Three organisations have committed to developing the Central Coast's food economy at the University of Newcastle today.
The Uni, Regional Development Australia and Central Coast Industry Connect have signed a pledge in Ourimbah, to use their resources to improve local farming, food education and supply chains.
UON Professor Alan Broadfoot says they aim to grow local jobs, national and international trade, by making the region a world-renowned Centre of Excellence in Food Innovation over the long-term.
"We're looking to build on the Central Coast's existing strengths in food and improve the whole supply chain," Professor Broadfoot says, "How we handle our food, how we process it, transport it, and how to maximise nutritional value."
The partnership has six "Strategic Regional Initiatives" through which it will try and make these improvements, with activities to begin in April.
"What you'll start to see immediately is industry workshops, seeking for collaborative research projects, and an increase of support and infrastructure coming from the various organisations into the region," says Professor Broadfoot.
"My advice to people looking to get into the industry or relocate to the Coast is reach out to the partner organisations and participate."
"What we want is industry leadership to direct us into where we should be prioritising our research and how we can reach out and get to that world class to get that competitive advantage as a region."