McCormack welcomes $137k funding for local project

THE Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack, today welcomed the announcement of $137,550 in federal government funding for the Food I Am project.

Based in Wagga Wagga, Food I Am is a regional agri-tourism enterprise supporting regional producers and providing quality food experiences.

The funding, drawn from the Tourism Industry Regional Development fund, will help Food I Am with the construction of their headquarters in Wagga Wagga. 

In a letter of support written to the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism in December, Mr McCormack said such funding will provide facilities for hands-on classes, demonstrations and meeting rooms. 

The project will be built with sustainable, efficient building principles and will provide modern contemporary facilities in a regional setting. 

"This facility will support regional producers whilst also creating a tourism element with celebrity chefs running classes and food treks," Mr McCormack said.

"I am pleased it was successful in obtaining funding and I very much look forward to seeing all this facility will have to offer upon completion."

Cristy Houghton