High Commissioner keen on Coffs
A DIRECT trade route between the Coffs Coast and India, the world’s second largest growing economy, continued to be laid this week during a visit from the Indian High Commissioner in Australia, Sujatha Singh.
Mrs Singh and her delegation met with Sikh Indian leaders to discuss a range of future trade links including education, agricultural produce and business.
“There is a great deal that can be done, India views any future partnership with Australian communities with great potential,” Mrs Singh said.
Local job creation through greater Indian investment in the berry industry has also been a key issue of discusion.
“You only have to look to the Riverina where an Indian company is investing $65 million in a canola plant processing biofuels and animal feed, to see that our country is looking to invest in Australia.
“Your area has a lot to offer in terms of agriculture and horticulture.
Exported blueberries, raspberries and macadamia nuts are strong possibilities,” the High Commissioner said yesterday.
While Woolgoolga has always been renowned for its longstanding Sikh Indian population, statistics show the Indian community in Australia is growing rapidly.
The Indian population is estimated at 450,000 residents, making the country the third largest source of immigrants to Australia, after the UK and New Zealand.