ONE of Kristy O’Brien’s favourite aspects of her much-loved Brinx Deli and Café is that she can sell superb Stanthorpe produce.

But, without water security in the area, Ms O’Brien is concerned farmers won’t be able to meet their market demands which is why she is in full support of the Granite Belt Irrigation Project (GBIP).

“I am born and bred in Stanthorpe. We are a community well known for producing quality fresh produce, which makes my work in the deli easy,” she said.

“I think the GBIP will bring more life to the town. We have been struggling with years of drought so I think this project will draw more people to Stanthorpe.

“I am in support of the project and agree it’s vital our farmers to have water security.”

Ms O’Brien has owned the bustling Maryland Street eatery for almost 10 years. She was inspired to open its doors because of childhood nostalgia for warm, homely delis.

She started the business at the age of 24.

Today, she has 10 staff on the books and has navigated all the challenges thrown at her, like drought and a global pandemic, with a firm focus on quality and following her unique flair.

“The whole time I have dared to be a little bit different, and it seems to work for me,” she said.

“The fact that we can showcase our local wares while providing a quality service means a lot to our business and our community.”

Selling Campos coffee, mouth-watering fresh platters and unique gifts, like Camphor Laurel cutting boards stamped with her logo, attracts locals and plenty of tourists to her one-of-a-kind venture.

Ms O’Brien is eager to see the Granite Belt Irrigation Project come to fruition as she feels water security is crucial for the community.