Canberra Airport backs Australia’s Oyster Coast

Australia’s Oyster Coast Ltd continues to attract investment through its prospectus, most recently from Canberra International Airport.

The Chairman of Australia’s Oyster Coast Ltd, David Trebeck, said the prospectus marketing period had been extended to ensure negotiations with potential investors could be completed. “We’re pleased with the broad support our young company is receiving. Investments from major corporations like Canberra International Airport, provide significant opportunities for export and tourism initiatives that can benefit both companies and the region more broadly,” said Mr Trebeck.

This latest news comes on the heels of announcing the appointment of the company’s executive team, who will be based in Batemans Bay and responsible for further developing the company and its oyster markets.

Mark Allsopp has been appointed as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and Craig Smith as Australian Operations Manager.

Mr Allsopp has a strong background in the seafood industry – in Western Australia, New Zealand and South Australia – and has a first class honours degree in science, in aquaculture, and a masters degree in agribusiness. He was most recently CEO of M&J Seafood Pty Ltd, an oyster farmer cooperative in Port Lincoln, which markets oysters to export and domestic markets. He also is food industry development manager with Australia’s Seafood Frontier, the regional tourism and development organisation in Port Lincoln.

“Mark’s knowledge of export markets for oysters, lobsters, mussels, abalone and clams is strong, and he maintains an extensive contact network across the domestic seafood sector,” said Mr Trebeck.

Craig Smith recently commenced with the company as Australian Operations Manager, strengthening the company’s domestic sales capacity and complementing its principal export focus. “There are many opportunities in the domestic market where oysters from Australia’s Oyster Coast are not presently supplied by us or our farmer shareholders. Having a strong domestic brand and market is vital to underpinning export success in Asia, a fact that has been repeatedly emphasised during export marketing visits,” said Mr Trebeck.

Mr Smith brings a wealth of senior management and wholesale and retail sales experience to the role. Prior to joining the company he was General Manager for Wholesale Sales, Australia and New Zealand for the Jaycar electronics group. Earlier, he had helped build the owner/operated Jaycar Stockists business from 30 stores to almost 200 stores throughout Australian, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Commenting on the appointments, Mt Trebeck said he was delighted the company had been able to attract people of the calibre and experience of Mark Allsopp and Craig Smith. “They add considerable horsepower to the company’s marketing efforts and effectiveness, consolidate relationships with the company’s grower shareholders, and strengthen the company’s presence in the region.”

Australia’s Oyster Coast’s new CEO, Mark Allsopp (right) with Australian Operations Manager, Craig Smith

Australia’s Oyster Coast’s new CEO, Mark Allsopp (right) with Australian Operations Manager, Craig Smith