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Case Study: Collie Marron Farm

The Collie area has an opportunity to restart the Aboriginal-led marron farm in Collie. The farm utilizes wastewater from mining operations, purified and filtered through two dams, to raise the marron. There is presently a huge demand for bush tucker, far outweighing current supply and presenting a great opportunity for the wet and dry market proposed to accompany the farm. The bush tucker sales must be developed in a way that employs and empowers Aboriginal people. This food experience aspect will supplement tourism in the area.

The group proposes a market for the sale of marron, bush tucker and cultural products. The project is primarily focused on the sale of Marron with extra income added by the sale of other items. Recreation facilities in the Collie River area well used, drawing one time and repeat customers to the market.

The facility will provide interpretive displays sharing the story of the Ngalang Boodja and Collie Aquafarm Story with visitors. Further informative displays will provide background on the local artists whose work is featured in the shop. The dry section of the market provides a space for local Aboriginal artists and craftspeople to sell their products.

Marron is sold live to customers for immediate use in the BBQ area or for later consumption. The BBQ area provides coin operated gas BBQ’s for use. During aquaculture farm and cultural tours, marron tasting can be available with samples of bush tucker sauce. There is a small bush tucker garden on site to provide for aesthetic and educational value.

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