Farmers market, doco plans for Mt Larcom

PLANS to create a video documentary rediscovering Mount Larcom's cultural heritage and develop a traditional farmers' market are underway as part of the area's community resilience strategy.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said a reference group of local organisations and businesses would oversee the two projects which will be the first of many.

"Young and old residents will connect with each other to produce the video," Councillor Burnett said.

"Young people aged between 14 and 18 will interview community leaders and long-term residents of the Rural West Areas, including the Boyne Valley, Ambrose, Bracewell, Raglan, Calliope and Mount Larcom."

Environment and Community Services Committee Chair Councillor Cindi Bush said the project would benefit both age groups.

"It will give the youth a chance to develop interviewing and documentary making skills, while the older residents' reflections and stories will add another dimension to the region's historical record," Cr Bush said.

"The collaboration will produce something that can attract and welcome local, regional and interstate tourists."

Another project to develop a farmers' market will be designed to celebrate the region's traditional country lifestyle.

Local primary producers, small businesses and craft makers interested in participating should contact Council's Strategic Community Inclusion Officer Luis Arroyo via email on luisa@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au

The idea would be to create a register of participants who will be encouraged to exhibit their products every few months at the Mount Larcom School, as part of a rural studies program.

Other features such as cooking demonstrations and rural games will also contribute to the concept of a regular farmers' market to be set up by the Bruce Hwy.



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