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December 18, 2009

The Great Alpine Road has a new tourism attraction with the official opening of ‘The Pressing Shed Cafe’ at Nullamunjie olive groves near Swifts Creek.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester called on local residents to help promote the new venture during a function attended by more than 60 people.

Mr Chester paid tribute to the hard work of owner Annie Patterson who has developed 3000 olive trees over the past ten years and has now launched a new café.

“It is one thing to have a dream but it is entirely different matter to do the hard work and bring that dream to fruition,” Mr Chester told the gathering.

“Gippslanders admire people who have an entrepreneurial spirit combined with the passion and determination to develop their ideas.

“Annie and her team have done a remarkable job to develop their olive oil brand and now they are expanding into the tourism industry.

“I wish them every success in the future.”

Nullamunjie olive groves have won national awards for their olive oil products which are available throughout Gippsland, Melbourne and are now being exported to China and the United States.

“It is an exceptional locally grown and processed product and I urge the local community to consider ‘Putting Locals First’ and supporting this venture,” Mr Chester said.

“It was great to see so many local residents at the launch of The Pressing Shed Café and now we need to spread the message and encourage others to experience everything that the Great Alpine Road has to offer.”

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