Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (20:36:51): Last week the member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, MP, and I met with Andrew Yiasemides, owner and founder of The Factory, a New South Wales manufacturer of fine confectionery and a significant tourism business operator on the Central Coast. Since

The Factory opened in July 2018, visitors have flocked to the place known as "the sweetest place on the Central Coast" to explore an immersive world of chocolate and to taste Andrew's secret nougat recipe and his marshmallows.

Formerly a plastics manufacturer, Andrew turned to nougat and never looked back. His positive outlook and innovative mind have led him to develop alternative business models in his manufacturing business to help it through the downturn due to COVID-19 and to enhance his tourism offering. Andrew and his staff, Luke, Amanda and Danielle, were absolutely fantastic and gave us a factory tour. We were also the guinea pigs for a bespoke chocolate‑making class to enhance the product.

I congratulate and thank the entire team at The Factory. It is great to see local tourism businesses adapting so positively to COVID.