Local businesses have come together to explore ways to get involved in the expanding food ecosystem of the Town of Logan.
Loganly Grown was recently launched to connect local growers, manufacturers, suppliers and innovators.
The Logan City Stories: Companies That Do Good The session was an interactive event hosted by the city’s newest innovation incubator, Homebase, managed by Griffith University and supported by Logan City Council.
Participants met potential collaborators and discovered ways to further promote their business.
New business owner Sujauddin Karimuddin, of Rua Haung Café in Woodridge, shared his inspiring story with the gathering.
Mr. Karimuddin is a former refugee from Burma (now Myanmar) who lived in Malaysia and Thailand, where he helped other refugees, before coming to Australia in 2005.
He learned to prepare street food while living in Southeast Asia and now sells some of these dishes in his cafe.
Mr Karimuddin said the role that food can play in nourishing soul and spirit has contributed to the vision for his North Rd cafe.
He also has plans to develop a place of healing, music and art.
“I want to create a community space next door for open mic style cultural storytelling and bring together different ethnic communities to develop the soul of the community,” he said.
Mr Karimuddin said his coffee recipes are also helping to support refugees in Malaysia, Bangladesh and Burma.
Logan Town Mayor Darren Power said it was great to see so many business owners passionate about growing the local food economy.
“Our abundance of opportunities will help us build a system that works together to get everyone to stand up,” said advisor Power.
Cr Power said the Council has set a goal of making Logan the multicultural food capital of Queensland within five years.
“We have 217 ethnic communities that give us all the right ingredients to attract foodies from across the state and country,” he said.
The Board will now explore the suggestions made by attendees at last week’s launch event to guide future Loganly Grown activities, events and initiatives.
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