Matt Hibberd

Matt Hibberd

Matt is the owner of Lawdogs Australia Stanthorpe and the Truffle Discovery Centres located in South East Qld. After a management career across several industries, he found his passion in security dog handling and training and ten years ago combined the two creating an Australian first ‘Dog Show With Bite’ tourist attraction at Stanthorpe showcasing positive training and development of law enforcement dogs.

Truffle growers on the Granite Belt sought out Matt’s detection dog training skills and through this process he uncovered a burgeoning and previously secretive truffle growing industry. He soon developed Queensland’s first ever truffle festival and he now owns three retail concept stores specialising in truffle products and gourmet delicacies which are located at Stanthorpe and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

Matt remains passionate about sourcing detection dogs from pounds, rescue groups and unwanted pets giving them a second chance at life in valuable careers as truffle detection dogs. His new food brand Granite Belt Gourmet supports local artisans by providing branding and a distribution channel for local producers trying to get products to market through his retail stores.

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