Moreton Bay Regional Council is sweetening the deal for local residents who attend council meetings, with the new ‘Moreton Bay Raspberry and Dark Choc’ variety of Tim Tams to be served up at meetings.
“Council meetings can no longer proceed in Moreton Bay Region without a packet of Tim Tam biscuits – specifically the new Moreton Bay Raspberry and Dark Choc variety,” Council stated online this week.
“The unanimous vote at the very first Council meeting of 2021 takes immediate effect.”
Mayor Peter Flannery said he’ll be taking every opportunity to promote Moreton Bay on the road to economic recovery from coronavirus.
“Tim Tam biscuits have been a made-in-Australia icon for more than 50 years, so getting our region etched in history like this is an achievement that must be celebrated,” Mayor Flannery said.
“This would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of the McGruddy families in Caboolture who collaborated with Arnott’s to create this flavour sensation: local berry growers Richard and Melissa McGruddy, and Aussie grown frozen fruit producers at My Berries Stuart and Allison McGruddy.
“I know Arnott’s launched three other new indulgent flavours, but honestly Moreton Bay Raspberry and Dark Choc is the only one I can remember. It’s definitively the best!
“For as long as this biscuit is available on Australian shelves, we’ll have a packet here to give to someone in the crowd attending our Council meetings. No exceptions, no excuses.
“So, if you’ve not come along to watch a Council meeting for a while, maybe we can sweeten the deal for you with the promise of tasting this luxe new Tim Tam flavour?
“We started livestreaming our meetings last year to ensure our community could follow everything that is said in the chamber, but myself and the Councillors have missed seeing locals in the gallery.
“As soon as COVID restrictions lift we want to see locals back in the Chamber, following Council proceedings.
“We will also gift a packet of these Tim Tam biscuits to each of our Australia Day Award recipients later this month, as well as provide them to our newest citizens at Citizenship ceremonies and some of our other events.”
Moreton Bay is one of the largest raspberry farming regions in Australia and its perfect climate means raspberries can be grown all year round.
Caboolture-based company ‘My Berries’ collaborated with Arnott’s to create the flavour sensation.
Owners Stuart and Allison McGruddy live, work, and raise their family in the Moreton Bay region and are dedicated to promoting the beautiful berries the area produces.
“The quality of the fruit here is second to none,” said Mr McGruddy.
“My dad and elder brother Richard brought the first raspberry plant over from the USA and created a farm that grows the most delicious raspberries in the country.
“I’m so proud to be able to continue what they started and to develop new and exciting ways to share our berries with our fellow Aussies.”
Tim Tam Marketing Manager, Matt Grant said he expects strong demand for the new flavours in the Tim Tam Crafted collection.
“Australia couldn’t get enough of last year’s Crafted Collection, so we hope it will be the same in 2021, especially when communities get around their local flavours” he said.
“Four new indulgent Tim Tam flavours – what more could you wish for?”