Gingin vegetables served at Optus Stadium

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The relationships being forged between farmers, growers, suppliers and Optus Stadium help create local jobs, says Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray. File picture

VEGETABLES grown in Gingin are on the menu at Optus Stadium, which pleases the state government after its commitment to put local jobs first.

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray said Optus Stadium’s Perth-based meat and vegetable suppliers – Morley Growers and Classic Meats sourced most of their produce from South West and Wheatbelt farmers and growers.

Mr Murray said the family-run Morley Growers sourced pumpkin, squash, apples, baby beetroot, carrots and other heirloom vegetables from Manjimup, Pemberton, Albany and Gingin.

“The agriculture and food industries are so important to local jobs and it is pleasing to see relationships being forged between farmers, growers, suppliers and Optus Stadium,’’ he said.

“Bespoke butcher Classic Meats supplies the stadium with local lamb, pork, bacon, smallgoods, as well as beef for its burgers from farms across the South West and Wheatbelt regions.

“Boyanup’s Lotsa Lollies supplies the stadium with chocolate and confectionery – and also bakes cakes, slices, muffins and cookies locally for sale at the venue.

Based out of The Gingerbread House Café in Boyanup, the company has employed extra staff and opened a new retail outlet in Perth since beginning its relationship with the stadium.

“The state government is committed to putting local jobs first so it is pleasing to see local companies and farmers winning business out of Optus Stadium.

“Lotsa Lollies’ experience is a fitting example of a country-based small business matching it with the best and creating jobs along the way.

“The company has employed more people, opened a new retail outlet and raised the profile of its business during its relationship with Optus Stadium.

“South-West and Wheatbelt produce is among the best in the world and it is a real coup for local economies and farmers that local fruit, vegetables and meat are being supplied to Optus Stadium.’’