• Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Deb Frecklington MP, toured the Redlands electorate yesterday
  • Visits included a tinnie tour to Coochiemudlo Island, a visit to local business Darwalla Milling and a tour of Sirromet Winery with head chef Andrew Mirosch

    State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan yesterday hosted Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Deb Frecklington MP, in the Redlands electorate.

    The Shadow Minister took the opportunity to learn about what makes Redlands a great place to live, work and play.

    Mr. McEachan said the Shadow Minister enjoyed travelling in his tinnie to Norfolk Beach on Coochiemudlo Island.

    “The Shadow Minister was so impressed with the natural beauty of our Moreton Bay Islands that she’s thinking of bringing her family back for a holiday.

    “Locals from Coochie CoastCare met us on Norfolk Beach to discuss their work in erosion management,” Mr. McEachan said.

    Mr. McEachan also took the Shadow Minister on a tour of Darwalla Milling and Sirromet Winery, two Mount Cotton businesses which each employ many Redlanders.

    “Many people don’t realise that Redlands has such a vibrant agricultural sector still operating and employing many locals.

    “It was great to experience first-hand the innovative ways these local businesses are ensuring the agriculture sector remains an important part of Redlands,” Mr. McEachan said.

    The Shadow Minister also met with Sirromet Head Chef Andrew Mirosch on her tour of Sirromet Winery and discussed the importance of commercial fishing in Moreton Bay.

    “Andrew is possibly the only commercial fisherman using seafood in his own restaurant that he has caught himself.

    “It’s great to see local producers so passionate about locally sourced seafood,” Shadow Minister Frecklington said.

    Mr. McEachan also extended an invitation for the Shadow Minister to visit Redlands again and perhaps extend her tinnie tour to the other Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

    [ENDS] 29 April 2016