Creek to Coast star named #eatqld champion

News release | 27-May-2020

Creek to Coast host Scott Hillier has been named Queensland’s fourth #eatqld Champion.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said Scott, a born and bred Sunshine Coast resident, had been chosen for his passionate support of Queensland seafood.

“Right across Queensland, Scott Hillier is synonymous with fishing and Queensland’s delicious world class seafood,” Mr Furner said.

“Scott’s experience is second to none having worked as a Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officer for 10 years, a fishing reporter on Queensland regional television, breakfast radio host in Townsville, a BCF brand ambassador and the current host of Channel 7’s popular Creek to Coast program.

“I congratulate Scott whose passion for seafood makes him a terrific choice as our fourth #eatqld Champion and his contagious enthusiasm will significantly boost efforts to unite and recover from the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Scott joins Walkamin entrepreneur Krista Watkins, Bowen horticulturalist Carl Walker and Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre’s Executive Chef David Pugh to promote Queensland’s world of flavour from the state of delicious.”

Mr Hillier said becoming a #eatqld Champion was as good as eating his favourite Queensland seafood, Moreton Bay bugs.

“My work has taken me all around the state and internationally and having eaten seafood as I travel, I have no doubt that Queensland has by far the best seafood,’ Mr Hillier said.

“Having worked with the Fisheries Patrol for 10 years, I saw first-hand how our local seafood is looked after by the fisherman before it reaches the markets, which is what makes Queensland seafood the best.

“I know exactly how hard our commercial fisherman work to bring Queensland the best seafood in the world and I am proud to support the seafood industry in my role as an #eatqld Champion.”
 
Mr Furner said the Queensland Government’s #eatqld campaign encouraged the community to eat local, stay healthy and support jobs in the state’s agricultural sector.

“Our produce is second to none. We are urging everybody to explore Queensland-grown food and when you do we ask that you take a photograph and share it online using the hashtag #eatqld,” Mr Furner said.

“By eating Queensland-produced meat, seafood, fruit, nuts and veggies you support everybody that brings that food to your table.”

To nominate somebody as an #eatqld Champion email agriculture@ministerial.qld.gov.au

Media contact: Ron Goodman, 0427 781 920