The hard working Michelle Landry loves the sweet juicy pineapples grown in her hometown of Yeppoon.
“Capricornia is such a diverse electorate and while I’m glad for our coal industry and enjoy a local steak, one of the favourite products of my electorate is the sweet Pineapples grown throughout the Capricorn Coast” Ms Landry said.
Ms Landry is today visiting Tropical Pineapples in Yeppoon, in the lead up to Pines for Parliament.
“After being elected to the House of Representatives in 2013, I wanted to showcase the wonderful produce that my electorate has to offer. So, in partnership with Tropical Pineapples, we delivered 300 pineapples to Parliament House – giving every Member and Senator a pineapple to showcase
The pineapples will be supplied by Tropical Pineapples, the Yeppoon based growers who supply pineapples all over Australia through local markets and supermarket networks.
“Tropical Pineapples’ headquarters is in Yeppoon and supplies 45% of the nation’s demand for fresh pines - with 30% grown around Yeppoon itself,” Ms Landry said.
Ms Landry said it was important to showcase the diversity of Capricornia touting the message: “We are unique. We are diverse. We are the resourceful heart of Queensland. We have skilled workers. And we are open for business.”
“Capricornia is an absolute powerhouse in Queensland. We provide the coal that powers our state, we have the highest population of cattle of anywhere in Australia, we have some amazing tourist destinations like Great Keppel Island and we produce some amazing pineapples!”
Tropical Pineapples Sales & Marketing Manager Joe Craggs said their produce is a selection of some of the best fruit from the Central Queensland region.
“It is grown on the northerly slopes of selected farms to utilise all of nature’s most favourable assets,” Mr Craggs said.
“This will enable us to produce pineapples that are perfect in size, shape and most importantly flavour.
“Pineapples from Yeppoon have been famous for years and now we want to represent the strengths of the region in a product that celebrates the provenance, and promotes the region’s excellent growing conditions.”
Ms Landry has been pushing for Rookwood Weir, with its 2,100 jobs and $1 billion boost to the Agricultural sector to help make Capricornia the northern food bowl of Australia.
“Rookwood Weir will provide farmers with the opportunity to
turn land into high-value cropping land. Land in the region is already producing Macadamia nuts, soya beans, chick peas and a whole range of crops.” Ms Landry said.
“Imagine the boost to the local economy with the $1 billion boost from Rookwood Weir, on top of the marvellous efforts from growers like Tropical Pineapples”.