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Councillors visit local 'paddock to plate' operation in lead-up to small business week
In the lead up to Small Business Week, which kicked off yesterday, a couple of Councillors visited one of the region’s rising businesses – local ‘paddock to plate’ operation Maranoa Beef.
With the business set to feature in the upcoming 2017 Maranoa Food and Fire Festival (set for August 2017), Councillors Cameron O’Neil and Janelle Stanford took the opportunity to have a chat with owners Bec and Craig Beissel and learn more about the business’ setup.
Councillor Cameron O’Neil, Portfolio Chair for Economic Development said that he and Cr Stanford were pleased to accept the invitation from Maranoa Beef, to gain a better understanding about what their business is all about.
“Having a business that takes control of the production, processing and transportation, as well as selling directly to the customer (a practice not commonly undertaken for our businesses here in the Maranoa) is a fantastic draw card for our region. With agriculture the cornerstone of the Maranoa’s economy, it is imperative that we seize every opportunity that we can to help continuing to grow and develop this sector.”
“Additionally, we are rapt that Maranoa Beef will be involved in this year’s Maranoa Food and Fire Festival, where visitors and residents of the region will be able to taste their local owned and grown produce, and experience first-hand their paddock to plate business,” Cr O’Neil said.
Maranoa Beef’s Bec Beissel said they are passionate about having control of the whole production process, from birth all the way to delivery.
“We are delivering tender, grass fed, flavoursome beef direct from our paddock to your plate. We want to make the purchase of top quality, lovingly produced, healthy beef more affordable for all Australians to enjoy. Additionally, we want to encourage our customers to consider a new way of purchasing that minimises waste, supports sustainability and affords them the ability to delight in the cooking and taste of all cuts of beef,” Mrs Beissel said.
Cr O’Neil said that as Portfolio Chair for Economic Development, he is more than happy to meet with any Maranoa businesses keen to talk about how Council can help promote and support local businesses.