Monday, July 22, 2024

Gympie butcher a cut above the rest

A family butchery that’s served the Gympie community for more than 60 years has been named as a Queensland #eatqld Champion.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Mark Furner said Terry Nolan, of export meat processors Nolan Meats, had been chosen for his and his family’s commitment to the beef industry and Gympie community.

“Nolan Meats is a 100% Australian, family-owned company founded as a small retail butchery business in Gympie in 1958,” Mr Furner said.   

“Since that time, they have grown to become Gympie’s largest private employer, producing quality grainfed beef for retailers, further processors, wholesalers and international markets.

“Nolan Meats is synonymous with quality having won several prestigious awards including the Premier of Queensland Exporter of the Year in 2011, the DAFF Biosecurity Award in 2012, the NAB Agri Business Exporter of the Year in 2012, and, in 2011, was a finalist in the Australian Export Awards.

“Nolan Meats has been a pioneer in its field and their work is truly inspirational as we unite and recover from the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and they will be fine ambassadors promoting Queensland’s world of flavour from the state of delicious.”

Mr Nolan said the #eatqld Champion award recognised a family tradition of meat processing and retailing that began in 1958.

“I am one small part in our family business that was formed by my father Pat and late mother Marie and the load is now shared with my brothers Michael and Terry,” Mr Nolan said.

“Nolan Meats’ fundamental principle is to take every opportunity to be innovative and to promote the benefits of Queensland grown beef and produce.

“To be named an #eatqld Champion fits perfectly with that principle, and I am humbled that our family business has received this recognition.”

Mr Furner said the Queensland Government’s #eatqld campaign encouraged the community to eat local, stay healthy and support jobs in the state’s agricultural sector.

“Our produce is second to none. We are urging everybody to explore Queensland-grown food and when you do, we ask that you take a photograph and share it online using the hashtag #eatqld,” Mr Furner said.

“By eating Queensland-produced meat, seafood, fruit, nuts and veggies you support everybody that brings that food to your table.

“That means jobs for Queenslanders right across our state.”

Previous #eatqld Champions include Creek to Coast host Scott Hillier, Walkamin entrepreneur Krista Watkins, Bowen horticulturalist Carl Walker, and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre’s Executive Chef David Pugh.

To nominate someone as an #eatqld Champion, email agriculture@ministerial.qld.gov.au

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