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Friday 8 October 2021

Mega new foodie hub for Tasmania

FermenTasmania has been awarded Australian Government funding for world-leading fermentation hub in the north of the state. 

To be built at Legana, the gateway to the Tamar Valley wine region, the centre is being billed as a global first. 

The $7.5 million funding was secured through the Building Better Regions Fund Infrastructure Project Stream and will see the construction of a food innovation facility just 10km from the Launceston CBD. 

"This industry-led facility is a global first, with 1800 square meters of space to ferment beverages, food and even nutraceuticals and green energy,” says FermenTasmania chair Kim Seagram AM. 

“Not only is it a space for industry to play and innovate small-scale commercial products, but it will also provide spaces for cutting edge research and development, hands-on training and even agritourism and fermentation experiences for locals and visitors alike.”

By building on Tasmania’s existing expertise in fermentation, and its international reputation for products such as wine, cheese, cider, gin and whisky, the project aims to create 650 direct and indirect jobs by 2030. 

The project started seven years ago as an idea to build on the strengths and assets of Northern Tasmania and develop these to create global connections and regional economic development. 

It has succeeded by building commercial links across industry, government, academia, consumers and community. The funding will be matched to $3.5 million from the West Tamar Council, $1.6 million of industry support and operational funding from Food Innovation Australia Ltd. 

FermenTasmania will also be seeking additional funding from the Tasmanian Government and industry partners for the equipment and technology within the facility. Good luck with that as it doe not involve chopping down trees, or fish farming. 

# Fermentation is the alchemy that transforms our food – grains into bread, cabbage into kraut, milk into cheese, grapes into wine. 


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