Local products could feature at international events, post -COVID-19

Amandine Lavender
Amandine Lavender products – some of the many local products that may be considered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Council has received an invitation from the National Bushfire Recovery Agency to put forward suggestions of businesses to feature local products at upcoming international events, once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

Council’s Executive Director Strategic Projects & Economic Development, Ben Artup, said it was an ideal opportunity for local products to be showcased internationally.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) are looking for local business operators to supply locally-made goods for future international events and forums,” Ben said.

“They would like to purchase small, non-perishable items such as honey, hand cream, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lip balm, sweets, herbs, clothing, wine, small artworks  like wooden cheese knives, collectables, booklets or any other luxury-style products that they can use in gift bags.

“Up to 500 of each item could be purchased by the Department.”

Showcasing local products

Rina Bruinsma, National Bushfire Recovery Deputy Coordinator, said it would be a wonderful way to showcase Australian products.

“Once current restrictions lift, these international events and forums will help promote our country overseas and tell the story of our bushfire recovery,” she said.

“It’s a great opportunity for local businesses and communities, one that we’re really proud to support.”

Helen Griffin from Amandine Lavender thought it was a great idea.

“During this time when many tourism operators are closed, it will be a wonderful way for local businesses to showcase and sell their products,” Helen said.

“We have a range of closet bars in various lavender fragrances, soaps, hand and body lotions and even eye pillows that would be very popular at international events and a great way to promote not only Amandine Lavender, but our region.

“We also stock Aromatica room sprays and soaps and will be encouraging them to put their details forward.”

Any local businesses who would like to be considered is invited to contact Helen Swanson, Council’s Industry Investment Advisor via email: helen.swanson@bundaberg.qld.gov.au by Thursday 23 April, with a brief description of what they could supply and a link to their website. 

The local products would need to be available by June.

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