Gippy Agchat Edition 139 June 5

Gippy Agchat Edition 139 June 5

Agribusiness Gippsland makes agile partnership

Agribusiness Gippsland is now an industry member of the Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). We are currently the only regionally-based agribusiness forum represented in the CRC membership. Other stakeholders from Gippsland include Federation Uni and City Greater Dandenong.
The Food Agility CRC will boost Australia’s food industry by growing comparative advantage through digital transformation. The CRC brings together 54 participants from food, technology and research sectors to integrate processes of the digital economy in a whole-chain approach to fresh and processed food to ultimately build brand, markets, jobs and exports. More? Visit

HiTech Precinct to hear to voice of agribusiness

Agribusiness Gippsland has been invited to join the Management Committee of the new Gippsland HiTech Precinct.
The Precinct will be a centre for research, business incubation, new product development, start-up support, and education and training. It will support the growth of local industry and the expansion of the region’s health, food and fibre, advanced manufacturing and new energy sectors. It will also create jobs by accelerating technology adoption and attracting investment to the region, and centralise and connect the research and innovation already taking place.
The Precinct will be at the corner of Monash Way and Princes Way in Morwell, but will be virtually connected throughout the region and beyond. More? Click here

Agribusiness Gippsland commits to tech school

Agribusiness Gippsland is also the only food and fibre industry partner represented on the new Gippsland Tech School Committee. The Committee is in the process of appointing builders and a principal for the school. The Gippsland Tech School will have an education focus aligned to industries that are predicted to experience strong economic and employment growth in the region: food and fibre; health; new energy; and advanced manufacturing. The school will open in early 2018. More? Click here

Get ready for our annual conference!

It’s time to get excited – not long until the Annual Agribusiness Gippsland Conference! And what a terrific line up of guest presenters we have for you this year. The conference will be held at Lardner Park, 155 Burnt Store Rd, Lardner on Wednesday, July 26.
Registrations will commence from 8.15am and the day will conclude with drinks and nibbles at around 4pm. Tickets will soon be available to purchase online on our new, soon-to-be-released website!
Mark the date in your diary and keep a watch on your email inbox for further details. This is a conference you will not want to miss – see you there!
More? Jo Kingwill

Women given leading chance in agriculture

Women in the agriculture sector are eligible for scholarship funding for a range of leadership development programs commencing in the second half of 2017. The funding is offered thorough Women in Leadership Australia (WLA) and must be awarded by June 30. More? Alistair Young 9270 9032 or or click here

There are no sour GRAEPs for job seekers!

The Gippsland Regional Agrifood Employment Programme (GRAEP) is being implemented by the East Gippsland Food Cluster to match disadvantaged job seekers with employment opportunities in the agrifood sector. This programme will run through to April 2019 and is being supported by Jobs Victoria.
Through GRAEP, job seekers can:

  • find permanent employment and career opportunities in the agrifood sector
  • receive training and mentoring to find and stay in permanent employment.

Employers can:

  • find job-ready people to match workforce needs
  • access incentives and support services to help job seekers transition into work.

More? Julie Tuhi 0448 880 824 or or

Clean farms mean healthy produce

Agsafe’s product stewardship schemes, drumMUSTER and ChemClear, are helping farmers introduce environmentally friendly ways to reduce waste on their properties. The schemes are available to agvet chemical users to help keep land clear of unregistered chemicals, ensuring the health and safety of farm workers, families and the environment.
Agsafe recommends farmers have a single accumulation point for empty, clean containers and have them regularly delivered to a drumMUSTER depot.
ChemClear also collects unwanted agvet chemicals across Victoria approximately every two years. Farmers can register obsolete chemicals at

Names in the news

Agribusiness Gippsland Director, Brian Davey, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Brown Coal Innovation Australia
And…David Inall has been announced as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Australian Dairy Farmers, the peak body for the dairy industry
While…Lisa Brassington of Peninsula Fresh Organics, Baxter, has received the prestigious Women in Horticulture award at Hort Connections 2017
Meanwhile…Daniel Adams of the Yarra Valley was announce Young Grower of the Year at HortConnections 2017
Also…Bronwyn Koll has been employed by Agribusiness Yarra Valley to work directly with the fruit fly Regional Governance Group
Further…Sarah Cumming has been appointed Managing Director, Gippsland Water.

Gippsland makes the top cheese!

Gippsland companies featured among the winners of both the Victorian and Australian 2017 Dairy Industry Association of Australia (DIAA) Dairy Product Competitions.
Special congratulations to Barry Charlton and Cheryl Hulls, of Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese, whose Mossvale Blue was crowned Australia’s best cheese and the most outstanding show exhibit. Berrys Creek also won a range of awards at state and national levels for their cheese.
BoatShed Cheese, of Morninton Peninsula, won a national silver medal for their Compass Gold Washed Rind in the cheese, smear ripened, washed rind or mixed rind class, the same cheese won the Victorian competition.
Maffra Cheese Company was national winner of a gold medal in the cheddar cheese-rinded class for their Maffra Cloth Aged Cheddar and Coles Vintage Gippsland Club Cheddar and silver medals for Coles Pickled Onion and Chilli Gippsland Club Cheddar, Coles Wensleydale and Cranberry Gippsland Club Cheese
Lactalis Jindi took out a national silver medal for their Jindi Deluxe Blue, Emporium Double Cream Camembert, the President Camembert, Jindi Camembert, President Double Cream Brie, and President Double Brie cheeses.

Spurred on by a love of olives!

Congratulations to Peter and Helen Wright of Grassy Spur Olives in Stony Creek whose Picholine EVOO variety olive oil won a Gold Award and Picual EVOO variety won a Silver Award at the recent New York International Olive Oil Competition. The competition draws entries from Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Greece, Croatia, Tunisia, Morocco and Turkey, South Africa and Australia and across the United States. Visit:

Discount offered for women Gippy Agchat readers

Women and Leadership Australia are currently offering 20 Gippy AgChat readers the opportunity to attend the 2017 Australian Women’s Leadership Symposium for $400 off the standard rate. The Symposium, on July 20-21 in Melbourne, provides women a platform to explore leadership, life and career development.  Book here using code ASC2017 to obtain the discount. More? Visit

Regional Assemblies firm-up community priorities

The second Gippsland Regional Assembly will convene in Sale on August 16.
In 2016, the Victorian Government established nine Regional Partnerships across Victoria to give communities the opportunity to contribute to the future of their region, particularly during annual Regional Assemblies. Priorities identified during the inaugural Regional Assemblies last year included greater investments in roads and rail, better digital connectivity, greater investment in tourism and improved early-years programs.
To help Gippsland communities realise identified priorities, the Victorian budget provided funding for job-creating projects that include including the Gippsland Destination Management Plan to bring more jobs and more tourism to Gippsland. More?

Do you have Gippy news or events?

Gippy Agchat comes out on the first Monday of the month, with no issue released in January. Send agribusiness news or events that you would like publicised to our almost 10,000 readers to Madeline Toner at:

Get help to plan for the future

The Rural Financial Counselling Service is offering farmers and owners of small rural business in south eastern Victoria free, independent and confidential assistance that will help plan for the future. Offices are located in Leongatha (Head Office), Ellinbank, Maffra and Bairnsdale. Eligibility criteria apply. More? Rural Financial Counselling Service 5662 2566  or

Dairy: we are on your side

The Dairy Farmer Central website includes information on dairy farmer support programs, including:

  • Dairy Australia’s Tactic for Tight Times and Taking Stock programs, which provide specialist one-to-one farm business support.
  • The Rural Financial Counselling Service, which provides free financial counselling to farmers experiencing financial hardship.
  • The Look Over the Farm Gate program, which provides community wellbeing workshops and community events.
  • Mental Health First Aid Training, which provides support on mental health issues


The Victorian Government has announced a $1.5m package for South Gippsland to support affected farmers and the community through more counselling services and grants. More? Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources 136 186

The Department of Human Services also provides a Farm Household Assistance Package for eligible farmers. More? Department of Human Services website

There are a number of other services that individuals can access if they are unsure of who to go to including:

The Leongatha Rural Financial Counselling Service provides financial counselling to farmers experiencing hardship. More? Rural Financial Counselling Service or Leongatha (Head Office) 5662 2566; Maffra 5147 0855; Bairnsdale 5152 1514

ABS Australia is offering dairy farmers a deferred payment plan on their purchases to help ensure herd improvement programs are not put at risk while milk prices are low. More? ABS Australia website (

Camps, sports and excursion fund: Dairy farmers with school aged children can access the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF) which insures Victorian students can participate in school trips and sporting activities. More? Click here

Watch the weather

The Bureau of Meteorology is continuing El Niño watch, with below average rainfall and warmer temperatures predicted in the latest climate outlook. Watch the June-August climate outlook here.

Changes to 457 visas affect dairy

Recent changes to immigration laws for 457 visas impact on the dairy industry labour agreement. Changes include:

  • the Labour Market Testing period (requirement to advertise for Australian workers) has been increased from six months to 12 months
  • processing will take a maximum of six months (up from three months)
  • all labour agreements will be reviewed over the next 12 months

The dairy industry labour agreement remains in force and applications can still be made for visas of four years. Many documents relating to the agreement have been reviewed and updated. More? Visit the People in Dairy website or contact the Immigration Department

Get climate ready with online resource

The Climate Ready Natural Resource Management Planning in Victoria online portal provides access to information on regional natural resource management planning for climate change. The plan was developed collaboratively by all ten Victorian Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs), inclduing the West Gippsland CMA.  The work also provided guidance on carbon farming priorities within the regions. More? Visit

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The good, the bad and the budget…

The 2017-18 Federal Budget has good and bad news for the dairy industry according to Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) with:

  • Instant asset write off extended for 12 months for assets valued less than $20,000 businesses with turnover less than $10 million turnover until June 30 2018
  • Regional Growth Fund – $272 million over four years for major regional projects to support structural adjustment and $200 million for the Building Better Regions Fund
  • Extended eligibility for Farm Business Concessional Loans Scheme
  • Improved gas supply affordability – $86.3 million over four years
  • Visa fee changes – businesses with turnover of less than $10 million are required to make upfront payments of $1200 for temporary skill shortage visas (to replace the 457 visa), and $3000 for employees on permanent work visas.

More? Click here

Floodplain strategy opens for feedback

The draft West Gippsland Regional Floodplain Management Strategy is available for public comment. The strategy will help the community, government and emergency services better understand local flood behaviour, prepare for future flood events, and align efforts across agencies and communities to deliver outcomes called for in the 2016 Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy.
Download a copy of the draft West Gippsland Regional Floodplain Management Strategy or a summary of the draft strategy. The website provides detailed information for each shire in the catchment area. Feedback is open until June 23. More? WGCMA 1300 094 262 or the WGCMA website

Wheat yields drop due to climate change

A CSIRO study published in Global Change Biology has found that declining rainfall and rising maximum temperatures are impacting on the yield of Australia’s $5 billion wheat industry. More? Click here

African black beetles are spreading their wings

GippsDairy wants to map the spread of African black beetle as the first step of a potential study into distribution, damage and control methods for the pasture pest. The beetle is a voracious pest and all aspects of their lifestyle damage pastures. Some farms are facing significant re-sowing costs due to the pests.
The beetles have spread from Labertouche, Modella, Drouin West and Lardner Park down to Athlone, Nyora and Poowong. They are well established around Darnum and Gainsborough. They were found in Meeniyan and Fish Creek late last autumn.
Farmers who find the beetles on their properties are asked to let GippsDairy know. For information on the beetle, click hereMore? Karen 5624 3900 or

Harvest the benefits of digital agriculture

The Harvesting the Benefits of Digital Agriculture conference, on June 15-16 at Crown Promenade Melbourne, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank, will examine the actual and potential impacts of digital agriculture, and how farmers, agribusinesses and policy-makers can harness the benefits associated with digital agriculture. More? Tracey Bligh 02 9690 1388 or or click here

Project harnesses collective power

The Community Grid Project aims to improve the affordability and sustainability of the Mornington Peninsula’s energy system while maintaining energy supply reliability through the optimal allocation of electricity during peak usage times. Medium-to-large electricity users are offered financial incentives to temporarily reduce or delay non-critical energy use to non-peak times. Participating businesses

  • Receive financial incentives to reduce power usage
  • Earn money for every kWh reduced
  • Receive a subsidy and technical support to install a solar and battery storage system

More? or

South Gippy celebrates local food!

The Southern Gippsland Local Food event invites those interested in local food system change and those who grow, produce, sell or want access local food in Southern Gippsland to:

  • celebrate successful and innovative local food enterprises
  • connect with local growers, makers, eaters, and sellers over lunch
  • explore new ideas, partnerships, and opportunities for the future of local food in Southern Gippsland

The event will be held on Tuesday June 20 from 9am-4pmat the Korumburra Masonic Centre, 25 Bridge St, Korumburra. Book online: More?  Jodi 0491 249 842

Inputs sought on public consultations

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is seeking public comment on:

  • the proposed use of Genfarm Tebuconazole 430 Fungicide for use on wheat, oats and barley, faba beans, mung beans and soya beans. Written comment on the trade implications of this proposal is invited by June 12. More? Click here
  • a proposal on the proposal to vary Schedule 20 Maximum Residue Limits of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. Consultation closes on June 13. Submissions should be confined to relevant matters, such as public health and safety, associated with the proposed residues in foods. More? Click here


Phylloxera infested zone extended in Yarra Valley

Following detection of phylloxera in the Maroondah Phylloxera Infested Zone (PIZ), boundaries of the have been extended to maintain the required minimum five kilometre buffer zone. The PIZ boundary has been extended in a north and easterly direction to meet the Healesville–Kinglake Rd, which includes the townships of Toolangi and Chum Creek. More? Agriculture Victoria 136 186 or

Don’t whine about winter – have wine with winter!

The Winter Wine Festival, on Saturday, June 10 from 11am-4pm at the Red Hill Recreation Reserve, 180 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill South, features 50 Mornington Peninsula wineries showcasing more than 200 current and new release wines at the launch of the Winter Wine Weekend. Fine food will be provided by chefs from some of the Peninsula’s leading restaurants. Entry $65. More? Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association 0409 952 948 or or click here

New waste program gets a good wrap

East Gippsland Shire and Wellington Shire have a new silage wrap recycling program with collection from Monday, July 17 to Sunday, July 30 at the Kilmany, Yarram, Bairnsdale and Orbost transfer stations. Silage wrap must be shaken clean of silage, gravel and other contaminants. Net wrap and bale twine are not accepted. The cost to farmers is $11 per bulkabag of silage wrap. More? East Gippsland Shire 5153 9500 or Wellington Shire 1300 366 244

Spring is South Gippsland!

Spring is South Gippsland is an informational series of open gardens, flower shows, community garden walks and all things horticultural, that take place during the spring season. Spring is South Gippsland will host a pop up horticultural show in the main street of Leongatha on Thursday July 27. Expression of interest for the event are now sought. More? Lillian Brittain 5657 3268 or or visit

FSANZ seeking public feedback

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is seeking comment on

  • the use of silver chloride, ammonium bisulphite, chitin-glucan and PVI/PVP as processing aids for wine. Submissions close at 6pm June 7. More? Click here
  • the application for approval for food derived from a line of canola that is genetically modified to provide tolerance to herbicide glufosinate-ammonium. More? Click here

More? FSANZ 02 6271 2222

Embrace change and opportunity in food

The Victorian Food Industry: Change and Opportunity forum on Monday June 19 from 9.30am-12.30pm at Federation University Berwick Campus, 100 Clyde Rd, Berwick is for job seekers, career professionals, and students features industry experts who will outline the skills and qualifications required to forge career in this changing sector and local growers who have used technology and innovation to transform their business into impressive hi-tech operations. Topics include:

  • food developments in our own region
  • why Australian food is in high demand
  • the skills needed for this growing industry
  • careers in food processing or agri-business
  • the training and qualifications employers are seeking.

This is a free event orgainsed by Casey Cardinia Region. More? City of Casey 9705 5200 or book here

Learn mental health first aid

A two day mental health first aid training course teaches participants how to provide initial support to adults who may be feeling overwhelmed, experiencing a mental health crisis or developing a mental health illness. The course will be held on Mondays June 19 and 26 from 9am-4pm at the Latrobe Community Health Service, Fowler St, Moe. Participants must attend both days. There is no cost and morning tea and lunch are provided. More? Danielle Daley 1800 242 696 or

Do you use an FTA?

PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia (PwC), with ITS Global, is undertaking an independent study of utilisation of Free Trade Agreements (FTA) for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The study analyses FTA utilisation and the broader impact of FTAs on Australian business activity and will make recommendations to support FTA policy, implementation and advocacy. The research covers all of Australia’s FTAs, with an emphasis on the recent agreements with China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Input from industry is sought in the form of a short (10-12 minutes) online business survey. The survey closes on June 9. More? Sarah Macchiavelli 02 6271 3029 or

Forum to build agribusiness supply chain links

The City of Greater Dandenong, in partnership with the Victorian Agribusiness Council, is hosting an agribusiness forum on Tuesday October 25 from 9am-1pm at the Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale St, Dandenong. The forum will build supply chain linkages between Gippsland region producers and Melbourne South East food processors and agricultural supply chains. More? City of Greater Dandenong 8571 1550 or or click here

Grains industry conference comes to Melbourne

The Australian Grains Industry Conference Asia will be held at the Crown Promenade Hotel, 8 Whiteman St, Melbourne on August 2-3. More? Click here or 02 9427 6999 or

Want to launch a co-op?

The Farm Co-op Builder, developed by the national Farming Together program, will be launched on June 6 to:

  • Make key paperwork to register as a co-op easier
  • Provide information and resources for farmers and advisers
  • Help co-ops write a compliant constitution (rules for how the business operates) and disclosure statement (how the co-op will obtain funds from members)
  • Link to other industry resources.


Are you thinking of growing your business?

An information session on the Growing Gippsland Business Program will be held on June 20 from 5.30pm at Connell’s Bakery, 35 Murray St, Wonthaggi. Growing Gippsland Business is a new program that provides hands on mentoring assistance and a range of skill development sessions to business owners in Gippsland. This free session will provide information on accessing up to $2500 worth of funded business support. More? Emilie Barkley 5951 3384 or

Dairy safely to come home safely

West Gippsland farmers can get advice on implementing small changes to make farms safer for workers, family and farmers at the Dairy Safely Home Safely day at Rocky Murdica’s farm, 320 Morrisons Rd, Longwarry North on Tuesday June 6 from 11am-1.30pm. Participants can chat to a WorkSafe Agriculture inspectors (without any follow-up); hear from Dairy Australia and GippsDairy on the latest farm safety resources; watch a quad bike training and induction demonstration from GOTAFE and; get updates on quad bike, tractor, livestock, handling and chemical user training. There will also be Quad Bike Rebate Scheme update and the chance to win a motorcycle helmet.
Lunch is provided. Please RSVP. More? Leah Maslen 0448 681 373 or

Webinars offer learning from home!

Agri-Business Development Institute (ABDI) is hosting a number of webinars:

More? ABDI 07 4615 225 or or

Forum features Gippsland as a tourist destination

Series two in the Gippsland Tourism Leader and Industry Forum will be held on Thursday June 8 at the RACV Inverloch Resort for a networking lunch with local and Gippsland-wide tourism operators and industry leaders, followed by an afternoon of industry development. Speakers will discuss marketing, PR and operator case studies of visitor servicing and event management. The afternoon will conclude with a workshop on the power of quality images. The event is hosted in partnership with the Bass Coast Shire Council and the South Gippsland Shire Council. Register here.
Save the date for series three in East Gippsland on August 1 and Series four in Baw Baw on October 5 More? Janine Hayes 5668 2141 or

If in doubt, don’t eat it!

Mushroom foragers should know their mushrooms and avoid risk of accidental consumption of the deadly deathcap mushroom. Victoria’s Chief Health Officer (CHO) has issued a health alert with the core message: if in doubt, do not eat it. More? Visit the health.vic website

Collaboration helps strengthen food networks

The City of Greater Dandenong is running a series of events for food manufacturers and processors. The Food Manufacturers Collaboration Network program is designed to help the food and beverage sector and supply chains to meet the needs of domestic and export markets. All events are free for Greater Dandenong businesses:

  • Victorian Agribusiness Summit at Dandenong Civic Centre on August 18 from 9:30am
  • Fast and Furious Innovation Workshop from August 22 from 9am aimed at helping food and agribusinesses to rapidly realise commercial outcomes
  • IP and Brand Protection Workshop on September 14 from 9am to enhance knowledge of international market entry, IP protection and brand building

More? City of Greater Dandenong 8571 1550 or

Closing date extended for saleyard funding

Victorian saleyards have been given more time to apply for funding to transition to sheep and goat electronic identification (EID). Applications for funding to support planning for EID in saleyards now close on June 30. Saleyards can also apply for funding for the installation and testing of electronic EID infrastructure up to the new date of October 31. The deadline of March 31, 2018 for all saleyards to begin to electronically scan tagged sheep and goats has not changed. More? Click here

Village un-loch s door for food and wine festival

The 10th Loch Village Food and Wine Festival will be held on Sunday June 11 from 10am to 3pm at the Loch Railway Station Reserve. Quality Gippsland produce will be available to taste and purchase, including award winning wines, cheeses and other treats. The festival features musical and children’s entertainment and food demonstrations. Adult entry is $15 including a wine glass. Free entry for children. More? Kathryn Patience 0447 725 383 or visit

Program prepares participants to navigate change

Applications are open for the five day Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program. The residential program will be conducted at the College Campus in Geelong and run from June 25-30. Applicants require some leadership and industry representative experience. More? Click here or Jenny Hendricks 5247 2901 or

Do you want to watch the US apple harvest?

Expression of interest are sought from apple growers wanting to see new technologies and approaches to orchard management used by progressive producers in the United States on a forthcoming APAL study tour of Washington State from August 14-23 at the commencement of US harvest. More? Angus Crawford 9329 3511 or

Get the good spin on record keeping

ATO staff will lead a number of workshops on record-keeping covering keeping good records; how money flows through a business; case studies and examples; completing records, statements and other forms. Workshops run:

  • Thursday, June 22 from 9.30am-12.30pm at Narre Warren Library (Meeting Room), Overland Dr, Narre Warren Book here
  • Thursday, July 26 from 9.30-11.30am at the Shire Offices, 2 Queen St, Mornington. Book here.

More? ATO 13 28 61

Learn to plan for business growth

Expressions of interest are sought for a Business Planning for Growth workshop, which involves 16 hours of workshop and five individual sessions. The cost is $200 per participant. The workshop runs on Tuesdays September 12 and 19 at the Baw Baw Shire Council Offices, 33 Young St, Drouin.
The program is open to businesses that are more than two years old and are now ready to set a business strategy to identify and achieve new growth opportunities. Businesses will be guided through the planning process to set clear goals and objectives for future growth by identifying where the business is now, where they would like to be in the future, and how to get there. More? Baw Baw Shire 5624 2411 or

Make the most of your talent and team

A human resources workshop Tuesday June 27 from 5.30-7.30pm at the Gallery, Cardinia Civic Centre, 20 Siding Ave, Officer, will provide participants with:

  • guidance on human resource strategies, including recruitment, employment and occupational health and safety (OH&S) requirements
  • information on talent recruitment and retention tools
  • information on training programmes, advisory meetings and networking opportunities.

The cost is $25. More? Janet Armstrong 9792 7387 or

What is the point of pestpoint?

The Plant Biosecurity CRC’s Pestpoint® software, which harnesses the power of social media to help identify crop pests quickly and easily, has won a 2017 Award for Excellence in Innovation at Collaborate | Innovate 2017 – the Cooperative Research Centres Association annual conference.
Pestpoint®uses mobile devices to collect field information and share pest images, and use collective knowledge to identify pests. It is now in pre-commercial use in Australia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos PDR and Indonesia, and will soon be implemented in the Pacific, including New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. To enquire about trialling the software contact Dr Gary Kong More?

Product swaps on one well-viewed map

More than 4000 people have viewed the Google-map-based listing of produce swaps across Gippsland prepared for Agribusiness Gippsland by Dr Graham Moore from the University of Melbourne. You can view and edit the map at:

Transition cows for success

GippsDairy is running a number of transition cow management workshops to help farmers improve cow health, welfare, milk production, reproductive performance and improve return on investment. Workshops run from 10am-2.30pm on:

  • Tuesday June 20 in Maffra
  • Thursday June 22 in Foster
  • Friday June 23 in Warragul
  • Monday June 26 in Korumburra

All workshops are free for dairy farmers, but numbers are strictly limited. Please RSVP. More? GippsDairy 5624 3900 or

Save the date for food and wine!

The Heyfield Food and Wine Festival will be held on Sunday October 15 from 11am-4pm at the Heyfield Wetlands. The event features live music, local wineries, breweries and producers, kids activities and food stalls. Entry is $10 for adults and includes a wine glass or stubby holder for tasting. Children free. More? Caroline Trevorrow 5148 2100

Mansfield helps small producers to profit

Mansfield Shire Council, with support from the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, is hosting a two-day event at Mansfield Performing Arts Centre, 15 View St, Mansfield for small producers and featuring tips from professional speakers in the evening of June 5, followed by a day of forum sessions and business mentoring on June 6. Key note speakers include brand consultant Paul Kennedy and food technologist Dr Hazel MacTavish-West and Rob Faggian, Acting Professor Climate Change Adaptation from Deakin University. The evening event is $40 (includes dinner). Numbers limited. Book via trybooking here
Industry Sessions with the experts are also available on Tuesday 6 June.

  • Paul Kennedy Tips and tools for marketing your product with a focus on creating packaging, naming and branding – individually and collectively. Book here
  • Dr Hazel MacTavish-West Designing and validating new food products, throughout the value chain, on low budgets. Book here
  • Robert Faggian – an insight into the climate smart outlook for Mansfield Shire in particular, but also the region, against 17 products with a focus on your land, your outlook, your opportunity Book here

More? Judy Dixon 5775 8586 or

Prune for profit

Apple and Pear Australia (APAL) have released a short guide to pruning to increase profitability (which can be applied to orchards of just one tree!) Read more here

Don’t miss the small business bus

The small business bus offers friendly, professional assistance from an information officer and specialist advice from an experienced business mentor and will visit:

  • Spring Square Shopping Centre Carpark, Cnr Princes Domain Dr and Princes Hwy, Hallam on Wednesday, June 14

Sessions are strictly limited so advance bookings are required. More? Business Victoria 13 22 15 or

Make tax time less…umm…taxing!

A number of free events run by ATO staff will teach participants about: business structures; registering your business; record keeping; reporting online; business life cycles; online tools and resources to make things easier. Workshops will run:

  • Thursday, June 8 from 9-10:30am at Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale St, Dandenong. Book here
  • Thursday, June 15 from 9.30am-12.30pmat Narre Warren Library (Meeting Room), Overland Dr, Narre Warren. Book here
  • Thursday, July 20 from 9.30-11.30am at Shire Offices, 2 Queen St, Mornington. Book here.

Apply micro solutions to macro problems

The VicWater annual conference, with the theme Micro Solutions for Macro Problems, will be held on September 14-15 at the Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Ave, Southbank. The program will investigate how small, local and specific solutions can help solve bigger challenges. More? Lauren Vines 9639 8868 or

Open your sustainable house

Nominations now open for Sustainable House Day (SHD) on September 17. SHD gives visitors a chance to inspect houses that have been designed, built or renovated with sustainability in mind, and talk to owners and receive unbiased advice. Submit your house for SHD 2017 and upcycle your knowledge, passing your experiences on to your community and encouraging the continued growth of sustainably built homes! Submit your house here

Take six steps for small business success

Latrobe City Council is running a series of workshops – the Six Steps to Success for your Small Business series – designed to provide tools to build the foundations of a successful business. The workshop series will be delivered by an experienced facilitator each Wednesday night over six weeks at Latrobe City Council Traralgon Service Centre, 34-38 Kay St, Traralgon. Individual workshops are $10 each. Remaining workshops in the series include:

  • Business Planning Essentials on June 7 from 5.30-7.30pm
  • Understanding Marketing on June 14 from 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Your Business in a Digital World on June 21 from 5.30-7.30pm
  • Effective Record-keeping on June 28 from 5.30-7.30pm
  • Keep the Cash Flowing on July 5 from 5.30-7.30pm

More? Latrobe City Council 1300 367 700 or

Creativity in marketing matters

As part of the Victorian Small Business Festival, East Gippsland will host Dee Madigan at a business breakfast on Monday August 28 August at Main Hotel, 270 Main St, Bairnsdale. Dee will discuss why creativity matters in marketing. Book at: More? Marlene Rickhuss 5153 9500 or

Lunchtime learning is back at Ellinbank

Ellinbank seminars are free forums held at the Dairy Centre of Excellence, 1301 Hazeldean Rd, Ellinbank, between 12:30-1:30 pm. BYO lunch on:

  • July 26 on Assessing productive soil landscapes in Victoria using digital soil mapping with Dr. Nathan Robinson, Spatial Information Sciences, Bendigo
  • August 16 on Transitioning to the new dairy extension service offer 2016-18 with Dr. Jess Horton, Regional Manager – Dairy and Irrigation Gippsland, Ellinbank
  • September 6 on Quantifying the individual intake of grazing dairy cows offered mixed rations with Marlie Wright, Animal Production Sciences, Ellinbank
  • September 22 on Forage Value Index with Clare Leddin, Farming Systems, Warrnambool
  • October 18 on Dairy Farm Monitor results 2016-17 with Natalie Nelson, Dairy Extension Officer, Leongatha
  • November 15 on Manure technologies for enhanced resource use efficiency with Nazila Khorsandi, PhD student, Monash University

More? Sharon Aarons 5624 2339 or

Enjoy a big hearted business lunch

The Casey Cardinia region 2017 Women’s Business Lunch, part of the annual Victorian Small Business Festival, features guest speaker Clare Bowditch, Founder of Big Hearted Business. The lunch is on Friday August 4 from 11.30am -2pm at the Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Blvd, Pakenham. The cost is $99. More?

Gippsland grows good business

Growing Gippsland Business is a new program specifically designed to provide hands-on mentoring assistance and a range of skill development sessions to business owners in Gippsland. Only 10 places available – book now. The workshop is held over five sessions from 9.30am-12.30pm on Wednesdays: June 21, July 19, August 23, September 27, October 25 in the Training Rm, Lvl 1, 64 Victor Cres, Narre Warren. The cost is $145 for the series. Participation in all sessions is an essential requirement for registration More? Lydia Ropiha 9705 5125 or book here

Regulators level playing field for small business

Learn how regulators are working to level the playing field for small business, along with current and future initiatives in a range of regulatory agencies, and obtain information on unfair contract terms, online education resources and tips on protecting against scams. Host Tracey Spicer, Dr Michael Schaper from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and representatives from the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, the Australian Taxation Office, the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman will present a free one hour interactive webinar for small businesses. You can view the live webinar on Thursday, June 8 from 7pm. More? Click here

East Gippsland to review economic plan

East Gippsland Council currently supports economic development in East Gippsland through the Economic Development Strategy, Growing East Gippsland 2014-2018 and Action Plan. The Council will commence a review of the Strategy in 2017. Opportunities for the community and business sector to provide feedback will become available as the review progresses. More? Marlene Rickhuss

Women to discuss calf rearing best practice

The West Gippsland Women in Dairy Discussion Group will talk calf rearing on Tuesday June 13 from 11am-2pm at Baw Baw Skills Centre, 71 Wills St, Warragul. Dairy vet Dr Tim Luke will lead the rearing healthy calves discussion. Topics include:

  • pre-calving care
  • colostrum management
  • nutrition residue risk management
  • health management
  • weaning management
  • calf rearing experiences – the good, bad and ugly

Lunch will be provided so please RSVP.  Children welcome. More? Leah Maslen 0448 681 373 or

People are your greatest asset

Learn to find, select and retain the right people while also meeting the many legal obligations as an employer at an interactive workshop on Wednesday June 14 from 5.30-9pm on Drouin Civic Centre, 33 Young St, Drouin. The cost is $30 per person. Book here. More? Stacey Clark 5624 2411 or email

Prune for success

A session on fruit tree pruning and care will be held on Tuesday, June 20 from 10am-1pm at the The Old Cheese Factory, 34 Homestead Rd, Berwic. The session covers pruning and care for fruit trees, including pest and disease management. Bookings are essential. The cost is $15. More? City of Casey  9702 1919

Learn to farm together

Farming Together, that aims to lift farm profitability by boosting collaborative groups, cooperatives and collective bargaining, will hold its national forum at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Tuesday, June 6. The free event, for those wanting to form or expand a farmer-based group, features:

  • Alan Crabbe, CEO of Pozible, talking about crowd-funding for agriculture.
  • Prof Derek Baker of UNE explaining how to work with supply chains
  • Carolyn Suggate, describing how she co-founded Australia’s first organic ag finance co-op
  • Chris Sounness, CEO of the Birchip Cropping Group, will lead a panel discussion on opportunities arising from farmer collaboration

And more. Book here. More? Farming Together 1800 005 555 or

Get busy in Dandenong!

The City of Greater Dandenong (CGD) is running a series of business workshops including:

  • Save Money at Tax Time, presented by the Australian Tax Office, on Thursday June 8 from 9-10.30am at Dandenong Civic Centre Level 2, 225 Lonsdale St, Dandenong. Cost: free.

More? CGD Economic Development Unit 8571 1550 or

Business mentors on offer

Councils across Gippsland, in conjunction with the Small Business Mentoring Service, are offering free business mentoring sessions in:

  • Cowes Customer Service Centre Interview Room, 91-97 Thompson Avenue on June 6, September 5, November 14
  • Grantville Transaction Centre Community Room, 1504-1510 Bass Hwy on July 4
  • Mornington, Cnr Queen and Main Sts on June 14
  • Narre Warren at the Casey Cardinia Business Hub, 66 Victor Cres on June 27
  • Wonthaggi, 76 McBride Ave on May 2, August 1, October 3

More? Visit the Small Business Mentoring Service

East Gippsland Business awards get new sponsor

Federation Business School has been announced as sponsor of the East Gippsland Business awards. Entries for the awards open on June 1. Application forms will be available to download from and in hard copy from the BTEG office. More? Janet Burton 0419 099 968 or

Make your study fruitful

Applications are now open for a young person working in the Australian apple or pear industries to receive a $10,000 scholarship to study the one-year Diploma of Agribusiness in 2018. This is the third and final scholarship made available under a partnership between APAL, Hort Innovation and Marcus Oldham. Applications close July 31. More? Marcus Oldham website or Alison Barber  9329 3511  or

Nominate a Landcare champion

The 2017 State and Territory Landcare Awards are closing soon. The Awards celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of local Landcare groups all across the country.  Nominate projects, teams and enterprises by June 23. More? Click here

Tourism awards open for business

The 2017 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards are open for entries with a new, online entry system. There is a maximum 12,500 word limit (unless stated) and 25 image upload to respond to criteria across a range of business categories. Register interest by nominating before June 30. Entries must be completed by September 4. More?

Applications open in business awards

The Casey Cardinia Business Awards 2017 showcase the achievements of the business community across the Casey Cardinia region. The Awards include 12 categories, including Agriculture and Food, Environmental Sustainability, Manufacturing, New Business and more. Entries will be assessed according to the criteria listed on the application form. Applications close May 31 with winners announced at a gala dinner to be held on October 27. More? Raylene Wilson 9705 5200 or

Funding offered for new Gippsland businesses

The Latrobe Valley Economic Facilitation Fund of up to $10m is offered to support business growth and new job creation as the Gippsland region shifts out of coal production. More? Click here

Bass Coast Business Awards are back

Bass Coast businesses are invited to highlight their strengths and recognise the work of their staff by entering the 2017 Bass Coast Business Awards. Entries are now open and also include a people’s choice category. Businesses are also eligible for the newly established Hall of Fame. Entries close on July 3. More? Bass Coast Economic Development Team 5671 2211 or or

Scholarship offers more than e-nuff

Applications are now open for the 2018 Nuffield Scholarships which provide a $30,000 bursary to successful applicants for study on a topic relevant to their business and industry. The scholarships allow 16 weeks travel over an 18 month period. Applications close June 16. More? Click here

Is your business a leader in sustainability?

Entries are open for the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate Victorian businesses that have:

  • adopted sustainable measures in their business
  • minimised their environmental footprint.

Applications close June 21. More?

Awards acknowledge achievements in rural Vic

The Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards encourage, acknowledge and reward the contributions individuals, communities and businesses in regional and rural Victoria. Nominations close on July 12. More? Click here

Hazelwood supply chain offered transition help

The Hazelwood Supply Chain Transition Program (HSCTP) supports businesses in the Hazelwood supply chain to guide them through the transition period as the Hazelwood power station and mine close. Eligible supply chain companies can receive assistance to develop and implement a plan for transition. Support for individual supply chain companies will be capped at $71,000. Applications close June 30 2018. More? Click here

South Gippsland Water offers H2O grants

Up to $500 is available to land and property owners, farmers, special interest groups and educational organisations in the South Gippsland region for work on

  • prevention of erosion and land slippage
  • fencing to protect water courses and remnant vegetation
  • rehabilitation of river and stream-side habitats
  • educational and promotional displays.

More? South Gippsland Water 5682 0444 or or visit

Farmers fund supports dairy

Round three of the Farmers’ Fund is open to assist dairy farmers that demonstrate a strong commitment to the industry and a desire and ability to improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of their farm business. More? 

Looking for a grant?

The free government Grant Finder helps find grants and assistance programmes that are relevant to your own business. More?

WGCMA supports Landcare with grants program

WGCMA Landcare Support Grants (LSG) are funded through the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority to support Landcare Group or Network activities in the region such as community education events, citizen science, sustainable agriculture activities, group revegetation and remnant protection projects on public land, and training courses. A maximum of $5000 per group is available. LSG projects must be completed by September 30, 2018. Applications close at 5pm on July 31. More? WGCMA 1300 094 262 or click here

Threatened species given help

The Australian Government’s Threatened Species Recovery Fund was launched offers funding of between:

  • $20,000-$80,000 – projects must be completed by 31 December 2018
  • $80,000-$250,000 – projects must be completed by 30 June 2019

Applications close June 15 at 2pm. More? Click here or 1800 803 772 or

Producers and processors can farm together!

Applications are open for the $14.9m federal Farming Together program, a two-year campaign for primary producers and processors to collaborate and claim marketplace power. Assistance is offered for product research and development, marketing, capital-raising, packaging, logistics, and exporting non-ongoing consultancies. More? or 1800 005 555

Fund supports regional events growth

The Regional Events Fund is a $20 million grant program designed to support the growth of events in regional Victoria. The Fund is administered by Visit Victoria, Destination Gippsland and Destination Phillip Island and aims to extend the length of visitation and economic yield. Three tiers of funding are available:

  • between $100,000 and $500,000
  • between $20,000 and $100,000
  • up to $20,000

Intending applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposal with their Regional Tourism Board to test alignment with regional visitor economy strategies. More? Click here or

Energy assessment grants made easier!

Sustainability Victoria’s Boosting Productivity program offers funding to cover 50% of the cost of an energy assessment to identify business energy efficiency opportunities, review pricing tariffs, and renewable energy options, with:

  • up to $2000 available for a ‘basic energy assessment’
  • up to $6000 available for a ‘detailed energy assessment’.

Sustainability Victoria has recently simplified the application process. Grant recipients are offered a bonus of up to $3000 to help implement identified efficiencies. Eligibility criteria apply. More? Sustainability Victoria 1300 363 744 or

Grants support the region

Regional Community Grants (RCG) are funded through the Australian Government National Landcare Programme (NLP) through the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA). Projects must be completed by June 30, 2018. Grants can be allocated to individuals on private land for on-ground activities that protect or enhance natural resources within the WGCMA region. Activities may include revegetation using local indigenous species; fencing to exclude grazing from revegetation sites, waterways or remnant vegetation; and controlling woody weeds where livestock have been excluded as part of a revegetation or remnant protection project. More? WGCMA 1300 094 262 or

Agri-supply chain targeted for assistance

The Australian Government’s Supply Chain Facilitation Assistance program offers free access to a skilled advisor to strengthen supply chains and improve access new markets. You must have been trading in at least three successive years with turnover (or operating expenditure) in the current, or one of the last two financial years, of more than $1.5m ($750,000 for applicants from remote or northern Australia). Producers not meeting eligibility rules can still register for information events. More? Phone 13 28 46

Fund to help hort stay profitable and sustainable

The Victorian Government’s Horticulture Innovation Grants offer up to $50K for R&D to benefit Victoria’s horticulture sector and rural/regional Victoria. The Horticulture Innovation Fund (HIF) will support industry to partner with research organisations on projects that use new technologies and techniques for improving overall economic performance. Deadline June 30. More?

Develop exports markets

Export Market Development Grants help small-medium businesses to develop export markets. The Austrade grants reimburse up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5000 provided that total expenses are at least $15,000. The program can provide up to eight grants to eligible applicants. More? Visit

Sustainable agriculture gets funding support

Landcare’s 2017 Sustainable Agriculture Grants support Landcare and farming groups to undertake sustainable agriculture projects and activities. Eligible groups can receive up to $10,000 to fund sustainable agriculture projects that protect or improve the environment while enhancing farming productivity, through the adoption of sustainable farming practices and/or increased knowledge and capacity. More? Click here

Development grants support dairy communities

The Victorian Government is seeking applications for its Dairy Development Grants program, which aims to assist dairy farm businesses to improve productivity, competitiveness and resilience. The grant offers up to $5000 to implement on-farm infrastructure improvements that assist business rebuilding, restructure and production efficiencies. Grants are open until June 30 or until funds are fully allocated, whichever occurs first. More? Rural Finance 1800 260 425 or or click here

Grants make communities strong

Victoria’s Stronger Regional Communities invests in community-led initiatives and to drive change in regional and rural towns with grants of up to $50,000. Eligible applicants include businesses and for-profit organisations, local councils and not-for-profit community organisations. More? Click here

Grow with nbn grants

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), in partnership with nbn, is awarding $150,000 in grants to organisations which are leveraging nbn™ network connectivity to grow. Grants will be awarded across three categories: business, community and education. More?

Move your business into the future

The Future Industries Manufacturing Program is a Victorian Government initiative offering grants of up to $500,000. Victorian businesses implementing new manufacturing technologies and processes that generate new jobs and provide a critical foundation for growth are eligible for the funding. There’s a 3:1 funding requirement.

Government releases new funding opportunities

The Victorian Government has commenced a number of new funding programs including: the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund (RJIF) and Food Source Victoria (FSV) grants, a $20m initiative aimed at supporting agri-food businesses to work together and with value chain partners to grow exports and create new jobs. Deadline June 30, 2019. More? Graham Scott 5116 7300 or

Quote of the week

Bill Watterson: “I like these cold, gray winter days. Days like these let you savour a bad mood.”

Need staff?

Connect with local job seekers via East Victoria Jobs Hub. Add a job at no cost and access a community of willing and active local candidates. Promote local opportunities on the web, mobile and social media. Access supporting information and useful links. More? Visit

JOBS: A free feature in GippyAGchat

Times being what they are, we are running free job ads. If you’re seeking work, or workers, please send an email to:


ForestLearning Coordinator sought by Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA). People with a passion and practical understanding of Australia’s primary and secondary education sectors a wanted to manage the ForestLearning Education Program. More?

Beef Australia Schools Program Coordinator: Expressions of interest are sought for a Schools Program Coordinator to plan, coordinate and deliver a program for students aged 4-18 to help them gain an understanding of the importance of the beef industry, the ‘paddock to plate’ story, career options and the benefits of eating beef. Applications close June 5. More?

Dairy goat miller and assistant cheese maker sought by on certified organic goat farm located near Bendigo and Castlemaine (not Gippsland!). This is an ongoing position and the applicant will need to live near the farm. This position involves: assisting in the manufacture of lactic and rennet set cheeses; wrapping and despatching of cheeses; cleaning and maintenance of the cheese room; overseeing the running of the cheese room on a daily basis; milking a herd of :90 goats, assisting with feeding, goat care and general farm maintenance. Selling at farmers markets may also be required. Text Ann-Marie with your email address on 0400 023 695

Lights, camera, action!

The 2017 Victorian Tourism Conference will deliver practical takeaways for all delegates, with three key streams: Lights, Camera, Action. The conference aims to make individual businesses and the tourism industry thrive. There will be knowledge-sharing opportunities during networking sessions with a range of industry players. The conference will run on July 24-25 at Flemington Race Course, 448 Epson Rd, Flemington. More? Click here

Conference offers a grainy view

The Australian Grains Industry Conference (AGIC) is provides a one-stop opportunity to meet with clients, catch up with friends and colleagues and hear the latest developments in the industry. It will be held at the Crown Promenade Hotel Melbourne on August 2-3. More? Rosemary Richards 02 9427 6999 or or visit

Country racing is off and … well … racing

Race meetings will be held on June 1-Sale, 18-Sale, 24-Moe; July: 2-Sale, 6-Cranbourne, 15-Moe, 20-Sale.  More? 1300 139 402 or

And another thing …

Other than Agribusiness Gippsland’s events/surveys, all other events/surveys are user-submitted and we cannot vouch for the information provided. Please contact the organiser to confirm details. Nor can we endorse any agenda, product, process or techniques that might be based on information in GippyAgchat.

Gippy Diary

Jun 5 Profitable Small Producers – Dinner Mansfield Judy Dixon 5775 8586
Jun 6 Profitable Small Producers – Industry Forum Mansfield Judy Dixon 5775 8586
Jun 6 Farming Together National Forum Adelaide Farming Together 1800 005 555
Jun 6 Dairy Safely Home Safely Longwarry North Leah Maslen 0448 681 373
Jun 6 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5951 3384
Jun 7 Business Planning Essentials Traralgon Latrobe City Council 1300 367 700
Jun 8 Save Money at Tax Time Dandenong City of Greater Dandenong 8571 1000
Jun 8 Gippsland Tourism Leader and Industry Forum – Series Two Bass Coast / South Gippsland Janine Hayes 5668 2141
Jun 8 Webinar – Levelling the Playing Field For Small Business
Jun 10 Winter Wine Festival Red Hill South Peninsula Vignerons Association 0409 952 948
Jun 11 Loch Village Food and Wine Festival Loch Kathryn Patience 0447 725 383
Jun 13 Women in Dairy Discussion Group Warragul, V Leah Maslen 0448 681 373
Jun 14 Small Business Bus Hallam Business Victoria 13 22 15
Jun 14 Understanding Marketing Traralgon Latrobe City Council 1300 367 700
Jun 14 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Mornington Peninsula Economic Development Team 5950 1446
Jun 14 Employing and Keeping the Right Staff Workshop Drouin Stacey Clark 5624 2411
Jun 14 Webinar – ‘Land’ as a product… how collaborative farming generates prosperity ABDI 07 4615 225
Jun 15 Tax Essentials for Small Business Seminar Narre Warren ATO 13 28 61
Jun 15-16 Harvesting the Benefits of Digital Agriculture conference Melbourne Tracey Bligh 02 9690 1388
Jun 18 Country Race Meet Sale Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Jun 19 Victorian Food Industry: Change and Opportunity forum Berwick City of Casey 9705 5200
June 19, 26 Mental Health First Aid Moe, V Danielle Daley 1800 242 696
Jun 20 South Gippsland Local Food Festival Korumburra Jodi 0491 249 842
Jun 20 Growing Gippsland Business Program Information Session Wonthaggi Emilie Barkley 5951 3384
Jun 20 Future Orchards Walk tba Angus Crawford 9329 3511
Jun 20 Fruit Tree Pruning and Care Berwick City of Casey  9702 1919
Jun 20 Transition Cow Workshop Maffra GippsDairy 5624 3900
Jun 21 Your Business in a Digital World Traralgon Latrobe City Council 1300 367 700
Jun 22 Transition Cow Workshop Foster GippsDairy 5624 3900
Jun 22 Record Keeping Workshop Narre Warren ATO 13 28 61
Jun 23 Transition Cow Workshop Warragul GippsDairy 5624 3900
Jun 24 Country Race Meet Moe Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Jun 26 Transition Cow Workshop Korumburra  GippsDairy 5624 3900
Jun 27 Small Business Mentoring Service Narre Warren Chrissy Lloyd 5945 4387
Jun 28 Webinar – Marketing your agri-product – maximising your ROI ABDI 07 4615 225
Jun 21, Jul 19, Aug 23, Sep 27, Oct 25 Growing Gippsland Business Narre Warren Lydia Ropiha 9705 5125
Jun 25-30 Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program Geelong Jenny Hendricks 5247 2901
Jun 27 Talent and Team Workshop Officer Janet Armstrong 9792 7387
Jun 28 Effective Record-keeping Traralgon Latrobe City Council 1300 367 700
Jul 2 Country Race Meet Sale Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Jul 4 Small Business Mentoring Service Grantville Emilie Barkley 5951 3384
Jul 5 Keep the Cash Flowing Traralgon Latrobe City Council 1300 367 700
Jul 6 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Jul 15 Country Race Meet Moe Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Jul 16 Hazelnut and Truffle Growing and Marketing Seminar Gembrook Noel 0423 411 408
Jul 17-30 Silage Wrap Recycling Kilmany Wellington Shire Council 5142 3501
Jul 17-30 Silage Wrap Recycling Yarram East Gippsland Shire Council 5153 9500
Jul 20 Tax Essentials for Small Business Seminar Mornington ATO 13 28 61
Jul Country Race Meet Sale Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Jul 24-25 2017 Victorian Tourism Conference Flemington Victoria Tourism Industry Council 8662 5425
Jul 26 Agribusiness Gippsland Annual Conference Lardner Jo Kingwell 0407 230 043
Jul 26 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank 5624 2339
Jul 26 Record keeping workshop for small business Mornington ATO 13 28 61
Jul 27 Spring id South Gippsland Pop-up Horticulture Show Leongatha Lillian Brittain 5657 3268
Aug 1 Small Business Mentoring Service Wonthaggi Emilie Barkley 5951 3384
Aug 1 Gippsland Tourism Leader and Industry Forum – Series Two East Gippsland Janine Hayes 5668 2141
Aug 2-3 Australian Grains Industry Conference Asia Melbourne 02 9427 6999
Aug 4 Casey Cardinia region 2017 Women’s Business Lunch Pakenham Lydia Ropiha 9705 5125
Aug 6 Hazelnut and Truffle Growing and Marketing Seminar Korumburra Noel 0423 411 408
Aug 16 Second Gippsland Regional Assembly Sale
Aug 16 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Aug 18 Victorian Agribusiness Summit Dandenong City of Greater Dandenong 8571 1550
Aug 20 Hazelnut and Truffle Growing and Marketing Seminar Gembrook Noel 0423 411 408
Aug 22 Fast and Furious Innovation Workshop City of Greater Dandenong 8571 1550
Aug 28 East Gippsland Business Breakfast – Why Creativity in Marketing Matters Bairnsdale Marlene Rickhuss 5153 9500
Sep 5 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5951 3384
Sep 6 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Sep 12, 19 Business Planning for Growth Workshop Drouin Baw Baw Shire 5624 2411
Sep 14 IP and Brand Protection Workshop Mordialloc City of Greater Dandenong 8571 1550
Sep 14-15 VicWater Annual Conference Melbourne Lauren Vines 9639 8868
Sep 17 Sustainable House Day 9631 5405
Sep 22 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Sep 26-27 Science Protecting Plant Health 2017 conference (#SciPlant17) Brisbane
Oct 1 Hazelnut and Truffle Growing and Marketing Seminar Gembrook Noel 0423 411 408
Oct 3 Small Business Mentoring Service Wonthaggi Emilie Barkley 5951 3384
Oct 5 Gippsland Tourism Leader and Industry Forum – Series Two Baw Baw Janine Hayes 5668 2141
Oct 15 Heyfield Food and Wine Festival Heyfield Caroline Trevorrow 5148 2100
Oct 18 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Oct 25 Agribusiness Forum Dandenong City of Greater Dandenong 8571 1550
Oct 27 Casey-Cardinia Business Awards Gala Dinner Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
Nov 14 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5951 3384
Nov 15 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339


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