Government comes to the (Tea) party

$100k grant for Green Tea Co-op.

Government comes to the (Tea) party Lucy Wicks/facebook

The federal government has staked a group of farmers in the Mangrove Mountain area $100,000, to help them get into the tea business.

Australia Green Tea Co-operative has been given the "Farming Together grant" to help them adopt a collaborative business model.

“This funding will allow the Australia Green Tea Co-operative to improve marketing, and the corporate consolidation required to develop their business,” said Lucy Wicks, Federal Member for Robertson.

“That business will provide farmers in the Mangrove Mountain plateau the opportunity to plant, harvest and sell their goods to an overseas market,” Mrs Wicks said.

Regional Development Australia Central Coast CEO John Mouland says the co-operative will cement the coast as leading tea production region.

“This is exactly the type of agricultural industry that we want to see on the Central Coast that not only provides an alternative crop for farmers but also cements the Central Coast as an industry leader in tea production,” Mr Mouland said.

John Robb, founder of the Australian Green Tea Co-op, said the region had enormous potential.
“Co-operatives like this could open up a whole new industry of production and tourism to the Central Coast. Mangrove Mountain could be the green tea equivalent to the Hunter Valley’s wine region,” said Mr Robb.
“The quality of tea produced in the Mangrove Mountain plateau is equal to, if not better than that produced in Japan.”
The establishment of the Australian Green Tea Co-operative would provide a framework for mutually beneficial collaboration to further the emerging green tea industry on the Central Coast with a view to expanding across Australia. 
Australian Tea Pty Limited (AGTL) has been born out of the ownership and management of a local Central Coast company called Paradise Plants and its sister company Paradise Seed Pty Ltd.