Video transcript: Lizzie Franklin
Lizzie: My name is Lizzie Franklin and I work for a company called Sea Bounty and we grow mussels in Port Phillip Bay.
Question: Have you always lived in Portarlington?
Lizzie: No, no I'm originally from Melbourne. I came down here about 11 years ago and got stuck!
Question: What's the future for you and your company Sea Bounty?
Lizzie: Well we're obviously hoping to go down the export track, we'll obviously continue and remain with our local wholesale and retail business, but I think export is definitely going to become a big part of our future hopefully. I would like to see mussels become a bit more regular on people's dining tables, I don't think Australians certainly don't eat enough mussels. For such a versatile, cheap product, nutritious, that is good for you and in terms of sustainable seafood you couldn't get much better than mussels. So trying to get that message across is something I would really like to concentrate on.
Question: Do you see a bright future for food production in Victoria?
Lizzie: I definitely think the future's bright for food producers in Victoria, I think we've got, we've got an amazing array of different foods out there that we can produce and get out there to the world.
Question: What advice would you give people wanting to get in to the food industry?
Lizzie: Do a bit of research; find out what it is and what is the industry you would like to get in to and then just go for it!
Question: What's life like down here on the Bellarine Peninsula?
Lizzie: I couldn't imagine a more relaxed, peaceful environment to live in and bring up your children in. It's lovely, it's so close to Melbourne yet it's another world away really. It's just fabulous, you couldn't want a better place to live.