Snowy Mountains Cookies has been in business for 14 years, supplying Australian cookies and savoury snacks to the locals of Jindabyne and other businesses. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has recently purchased their gourmet products to use at international events, giving the business a welcome boost.
DFAT seeks to actively support bushfire affected communities. As part of that effort they have worked with the NBRA and local councils to identify businesses in bushfire affected areas to supply products for diplomacy events across the globe. These events promote Australia’s creative excellence, innovation, goods and services to international markets.
During the Black Summer bushfires, the Snowy Mountains Cookies workplace in Jindabyne and the homes of 20-30 staff were classified as No-Go Zones for visitors and the town was mostly evacuated over the summer holiday season. The local economy was devastated without its seasonal trade and the experience of being under the threat of fires for weeks took its toll not just financially but emotionally.
“The DFAT program has been incredibly helpful, they were able to help my company with a worthy order and will promote our products abroad in hope of confirming an exporting distribution channel,” said Nolen Oayda, owner of Snowy Mountain Cookies.