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23 March 2015

Edition 106

In this issue

• Local farm to plug frozen berry gap
• Chinese buy 51% of Darnum Park
• Free range chicken comments sought
• Bass Coast reviews farm rates
• Maryvale paper gets MP tick

• New jobs with fishing co-op growth
• Export to China via Dandenong
• C02 storage survey in Gippsland
• Flock of the Year from Walpa


•  NEW ... expanded jobs section
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Interested in exporting to China?

A delegation from Xuzhou (the sister city of Dandenong) will be visiting the City of Greater Dandenong on the morning of April 20. The delegates are involved in food production and vegetable importing/exporting.  The council has asked if anyone in Gippsland would like to make linkages. More? paul.kearsley@cgd.vic.gov.au


Extension on free range broiler application

Wellington Shire Council has extended the formal submission period on the Toongabbie free range broiler farm planning application until Friday April 24. Documents are available to view at council’s customer service centres in Sale and Yarram and online at www.wellington.vic.gov.au/toongabbiechickens. More? Wellington Land Use Planning office 1300 366 244

Mornington Peninsula berries meet the market

Ruth and Matt Gallace of Mornington Peninsula's Sunny Ridge will become the first growers to put frozen Australian berries on supermarket shelves. Prompted by the hepatitis a scare from imported berries, the family farm will launch Matilda's in major supermarkets in Junes, initially producing frozen strawberries and then fozen mixed berries.

Department now uses Latrobe Valley paper

Photocopiers in the Federal Department of Agriculture now use paper made at Australian Paper in Maryvale, after a change in departmental procurement processes.
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Darren Chester said the Department of Defence also uses Maryvale-made paper. 

Chinese JV take 51% of Darnum Park

Chinese dairy foods firm Beingmate has acquired 51% ownership of Darnum Park, the Fonterra milk processing works, in a joint venture to produce infant formula for export.  Fonterra paid $NZ750m for an 18.8% stake in the Chinese company, and secured a distribution agent in mainland China for its Anmum range of milk powders.

Fishing cooperatives net a big haul

The Lakes Entrance Fishing Cooperative will spend $500,000 on a new processing facility to sell locally caught fish. Local, state and federal governments have matched the co-op’s funding to build the new facility. The co-op will move to processing fish as value-add and has created five new full-time positions.

Food forum focuses on agri-business

A food forum will be held on April 21 from 6-9.30pm to highlight issues and current initiatives across East Gippsland that impact on the agribusiness industry. The forum will feature guest key note speakers from industry groups such as Agribusiness Gippsland, East Gippsland Food Cluster, East Gippsland Shire. The location for the free forum is yet to be confirmed. More? Marlene Rickhuss 5153 9500 or economic.development@egipps.vic.gov.au

Celery growers save recreation reserve

Clyde-based celery grower Schreurs and Sons have partnered with Cardinia Shire Council to safeguard the future of Cardinia Recreation Reserve by donating water for the oval for at least five years. The ground’s playing surface was severely cracking,  the reserve had no mains water access and bore water was too high in salt.

 

Underground C02 storage survey underway

Singapore-based Gardline CGG will acquire the Gippsland 2D Infill marine seismic survey to help identify potential sites suitable for the long term storage of CO2 in the Gippsland basin. This is Gardline CGG’s second project related to the National CO2 Infrastructure Plan over the last three years and its second project for Geoscience Australia in 2015

Project results help cut energy use

The results are in for our energy-saving project SupplychainSmarts and there's a host of good ideas at https://www.facebook.com/Supplychainsmarts for anyone running a small business, or thinking of setting one up. The project was funded by Sustainability Victoria.

Agribusiness Gippsland is going to Sydney

Agribusiness Gippsland has been asked to address a major national conference in Sydney in July. Barnaby Joyce, Minister for Agriculture and Joel Fitzgibbon , Shadow Minister for Agriculture are major speakers. You can view the programme here: http://www.agriworldaustralia.com.au/conference/Conference-Program/ and you can register here http://www.agriworldaustralia.com.au/Register

Landowners warned to watch for giant pine scale

Giant pine scale has been found in the Casey, Yarra Ranges and Cardinia municipalities, on both private and public land. More? www.depi.vic.gov.au/agriculture-and-food/pests-diseases-and-weeds/pest-insects-and-mites/giant-pine-scale

Develop and share your sustainable idea

The Western Port Catchment Landcare Network is seeking up to 40 demonstration farms within the Western Port or Yarra catchments to showcase sustainable farming practices. EoIs are due by Thursday April 30. More? Gillian Stewart 0459 177 363 or Gillian.Stewart@mornpen.vic.gov.au or visit www.wpcln.org.au/pages/upcoming-projects

Take a water course

Gavan Lamb and Frank Tyndall are running an irrigation course over Wednesdays April 22, 29 and May 6 at Maffra DPI, Stratford Rd, Maffra. The cost will be less than $120 per person. A free tensiometer (value $240) will be provided to participants actually irrigating paddocks. The course is accredited by the National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE).  The practical course helps understand water, soil and plants, and how to get the best out flood and spray irrigation, and grow a heap of grass. More? Frank Tyndall 0409 940 782 or ftyndall@ozemail.com.au

Equipment focus at Farm World 2015

Farm World 2015 focuses on initiatives and products to improve on-farm productivity at Lardner Park from Thursday March 26-Sunday March 29. There'll be tractors, front-end loaders, telehandlers and utility vehicles within a controlled demonstration area and watch demonstrations of a portable sawmill, compost turner, plasma-cutting machines, ‘Jacksons View Animal Nursery’, ‘Animals of Oz’ and sheep dog yard trials. Visit the health and wellbeing area for free dental assessments, hearing tests and 'pitstop' health checks.
Farm World salutes women in agriculture with its annual pre-field days lunch on March 26 from 12-2pm at Lardner Park. Guests are Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO, former Governor-General of Australia and Governor of Queensland and Natalie Collard until recently CEO of the Australian Dairy Farmers. Cost $40 includes entry to Farm Word, light lunch and drinks. Book: www.trybooking.com/119124  More? 5626 1373 www.lardnerpark.com.au

Viet/Oz work exchange deal

A new agreement between the Australian and Vietnamese governments will allow up to 200 young Australians and 200 young Vietnamese to work, study and holiday in each other’s nations for up to a year, a deal that could help vegetable and fruit growers source pickers.

Flock of the year title for Walpa pair

Victoria’s Flock of the Year comes from Walpa, near Bairnsdale. Congrats to Garry and Kaye Davidson who were presented with the $1500 prize that evening during a BBQ celebration sponsored by East Gippsland Shire. Judge Michael Collins, owner of Mt Bute stud, said: "They’re a dedicated bunch down here and the dedication shows.”

Ellinbank plans a year of seminars

Ellinbank seminars provide a free forum for scientists, extension staff and external stakeholders to discuss current research and extension activities. The seminars are held at the Dairy Centre of Excellence, 1301 Hazeldean Rd, Ellinbank, usually Wednesdays between 12:30-1:30 pm. All welcome. Please bring lunch. The seminars will be held on:
  • April 22 with Dr Cameron Gourley, DEDJTR Ellinbank on useful indicators for measuring nutrient efficiency on dairy farms
  • May 20 with Graeme Ward, Dairy Australia NRM Technical Specialist on composting in dairy farming systems
  • June 17 with Kerry Stott, Farms System Economics, Parkville on nitrogen use efficiency
  • July 22 with Dr Peter Moate, Ellinbank on  methane mitigation
  • August 19 with Dr Abdur Rab, DEDJTR on understanding dairy soil water properties
  • September 16 with Dr Matthew Deighton, DEDJTR Ellinbank  on forage species
  • October 21 with Natalie Nelson DEDJTR Leongatha on the Dairy Farm Monitor results
  • November 18 with Dr Alice Melland, University of Southern Queensland on links between dairy land management and catchment water quality – Australian and Irish perspectives.
More? Sharon Aarons 5624 2339 or arons.aarons@ecodev.vic.gov.au

Leadership program to run agrain

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) are running the Resilient Grain Leaders national capacity building program for grain growers and industry professionals. The course runs for five days (plus travel) over a 12 month period. Places are strictly limited. More? www.grdc.com.au/GRDC-Resilient-Grain-Leaders-2005

Program core 4 keeping nutrients on farm

The West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority has launched the CORE 4 program in the west branch of the Tarwin River catchment to help dairy farmers keep nutrient and sediment on-farm through the provision of funding and assistance. Farms in Leongatha South, Leongatha North, Leongatha, Koonwarra, East of Korumburra, Kardella, Wooreen, Hallston, Berry’s Creek, Nerrena or Mardan areas may be eligible to participate. Interested farm owners or delegates must attend an information meeting on Monday March 23 from 10:15 am-12:15pm at the Dakers Centre, cnr Smith and Watt Sts, Leongatha. More? John Gallienne 5623 2940

Wild dog management to be reviewed

The Department of Environment, land, Water and Planning will hold community workshops this autumn to review the 2014/15 wild dog management zone work plans and seek input to develop the 2015/16 plans. More? Vaughn Kingston 5155 8121

Wannabee? Make contact and make honey!

The new Wannabee Facebook page is an initiative of South Gippsland Landcare and Agribusiness Gippsland to help beekeepers looking for cropland, orchards or bush to place hives to find landowner hosts.  The site has already attracted offers from three landholders and a request from one apiarist. More? https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wannabee-Linking-Gippsland-farmers-and-beekeepers/679159508860803

Plan smarter for the environment and production

SGLN is running a program with Australian Land Management Group (ALMG) on smarter farm planning, environmental action and food production involving:
  • a two day course on April 14-15 at GippsTafe, Nerrena Rd, Leongatha on environmental management systems (EMS)
  • an ecology workshop
  • assessment for recognition though Certified Land Management six months after EMS implementation.
The cost of participation is $100. More? Jenny O’Sullivan 5662 5759 or sgln@landcare.net.au

Group takes swift action on biodiversity

SWIFFT is a network of natural resource management (NRM) organisations, community groups and members of the public who share an interest in nature conservation. SWIFFT is hosting a number of biodiversity video conferences at DEPI offices across Victoria including the Bairnsdale, Traralgon and Yarram offices start at 9.45am on:
  • Thursday April 30 on migrations
  • Thursday July 30 on moths and butterflies
  • Thursday October 29 on mapping technology and its application.
More? Kylie Singleton 5172 2123 or kylie.singleton@depi.vic.gov.au or visit http://swifft.net.au

Evening for the next-gen farmers

Our supporters Phillipsons is staging its Next-Gen farming forum to Sale on March 25 from 6-8.30pm. It features Kain Jackson, Footprints Foundation and Stuart Wenn, NAB senior manager and  AFL umpire at Laurels, Sale Racecourse, Sale-Maffra Rd. RSVP. More? nextgen@phillipsons.com.au

Bass Coast to review farm rates

Bass Coast Shire Council is asking all ratepayers and residents to have input on the a draft rating strategy and long-term financial plan. Input can be made via an online web form, written submissions, and at one-on-one consultation sessions. These sessions will be held from 4-7pm at the Old Wonthaggi Post Office, cnr McBride Ave and Watt St on Wednesday, March 25 and the Cowes Cultural Centre, 92-97 Thompson Ave, Cowes on Thursday, March 26. More? www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/ratestrategy

Get advice for export success

Two export workshops will be held on April 29 at the Cardinia Cultural Centre, 40 Lakeside Blvd, Pakenham. The first workshop, from 10am-12.30pm offers tips to start and grow a successful export business. The second workshop from 1-4pm will show how to better position your website to sell your exports. Cost $30 each or $50 for both workshops, including a light lunch. Bookings are essential. RSVP by 5pm Friday April 24. More? Jeannie Clark 5945 0401 or www.trybooking.com/117138

Taste test helps predict climate change impacts

Climate change could see livestock preferentially grazing different plants.  Scientists from the University of Western Sydney, ANU and the University of Utah reported: “Recent work suggests that ambient temperature can be a major determinant of the toxicity of plant secondary metabolites, largely through effects on liver function. These effects are likely to be of major importance in predicting the impact of global climate change on herbivores.”

Recruitment challenges for industry explained

The Gippsland East LLEN, East Gippsland Shire Council, Wellington Shire Council and the East Gippsland Marketing Board will host Chris Sainsbury, Director of Labour Market Research and Analysis, Department of Employment as he discusses findings on the jobs market in East Gippsland and Wellington. Forums will be held on:
  • Wednesday April 15 from 4-5.30pm in the Wellington Room, Wellington Shire Council Office, Sale
  • Thursday April 16 from 11am-12.30pm in the Federation Training, Riverside Hub Room 313 Bairnsdale
 Please RSVP. More? Amanda Rickard 5153 1745 or www.gellen.org.au

How healthy is tourism in Gippsland?

Destination Gippsland and Urban Enterprise are asking tourism businesses to complete an anonymous online survey about changes to employment levels, capital investment, turnover, visitor markets, constraints to business growth and marketing activities. Each participating business will be emailed the full report. Participants will go into the draw for a $150 Gippsland gourmet hamper. Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DGLTourismBusinessSurvey More? Destination Gippsland 5668 2141

Are you stepping in or stepping back?

Stepping In, Stepping Back is a workshop discussing options for new entrants into dairy farming and farmers looking to step back from the day to day farming tasks. The workshop will be run in:
  • Inverloch on April 1
  • Maffra on April 2
More? GippsDairy 5624 3900 or executiveassistant@gippsdairy.com.au

Understand your soil and pasture

Mornington Peninsula's Understanding your soils and pastures workshops will be held on Saturday April 18 , Saturday May 9 and Saturday May 23 at The Briars, Mt Martha. Participants in the 2014 series are welcome to attend as a refresher. Cost $15/workshop. More? Gillian Stewart 0459 177 363 or Gillian.Stewart@mornpen.vic.gov.au

Tinamba celebrates food and wine!

The Tinamba Food and Wine Festival will be held from 11am-4pm on April 12, outside the Tinamba Hotel. The festival showcases the best of East Gippsland food and wine. More? Sarah Gray 0427 011 966 or gray.sa@avonridgevineyard.com.au

Share your woolly feelings

A new study aims to understand experiences of using Australian sheep breeding values among prime lamb breeders or farmers selling rams for prime lamb production. Participants will be asked to join a focus group discussion taking two to three hours. The study is by Erica Schelfhorst, a Bestwool/BestLamb facilitator who is also a PhD research student at the University of Melbourne. More? Erica 5430 4560 or eschelfhorst@student.unimelb.edu.au

Celebrate soil

It is the UN International Year of the Soils in 2015 and West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority will be working with Soil Science Australia, Landcare networks and other organisations. More? Visit www.wgcma.vic.gov.au and www.soilscienceaustralia.com.au

Protect red gum grassy woodland

Gippsland Red Gum Grassy Woodland is a critically endangered vegetation community. The West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority are currently looking for landholders in the Stratford and Briagolong area with patches on their property to be involved in our protection project. More? Visit WGCMA landholder program

Man fined for failure to control ragwort

A 64-year-old-man has been convicted in the Wonthaggi Magistrates Court of four charges relating to failing to control ragwort on his south Gippsland property, fined $500 and ordered to pay $2172.10 in costs. DEDJTR biosecurity area leader Bob Wilson said: “Land owners need to treat an infestation before it sets seed.” More? www.depi.vic.gov.au/weeds

Feed pastures for profit

The principles of grazing management and supplementary feeding for profitability will be discussed at a Feeding Pastures for Profit course to be run in April by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI). The course, a mix of theory and multiple farm walks, will run in South or West Gippsland depending on demand on April 9 and 16, plus on farm days. More? Frank Mickan 5624 2259

Attract young people to your trade

The South East Careers Expo and Try a Trade will be held on Tuesday, April 21 from 9am-3pm at the Cranbourne Racecourse, Grant Street, Cranbourne. More? Lydia Rophia 9705 5125 or lrophia@casey.vic.gov.au

Latrobe City to host timber conference

AUSTimber2016, the Australian timber industry’s four-yearly event, is to be held in Latrobe City from April 11-16, 2016. It is estimated that 7500 people will attend the event, returning more than $10m to the local economy. More? Latrobe City Council 1300 367 700 or latrobe@latrobe.vic.gov.au

What limits action on invasive animals?

The Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) hopes to identify and resolve strategic problems that limit invasive animal control. People who are involved in natural resource management issues are invited to provide feedback on a 33-page discussion paper at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1v0dpjg32hgrv0h/REPORT%20-%20Improving%20Australia%E2%80%99s%20invasives%20management%20institutions%20V1.2.pdf?dl=0. An easy-to-use feedback form can be found at: http://uneprofessions.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3TLbqJzJpl4ZnTv

Churn Milk Into Money workshop

GippsDairy, Dairy Australia and YDDP present a two-day 'Churn milk into money' workshop for enthusiastic dairy people led by John Mulvany. Topics include: Making money dairying; managing money; cash, tax, GST business structure; balancing financial and physical risk; increasing operational profit & asset growth and career options. Places are limited to only 20 people for the event at Century Inn Traralgon on 15 April from 10.30am-5pm (followed by dinner) and 16 April from 8.30am-2pm. Cost $75/person, includes accommodation and meals. Supported by Regional Development Australia and GippsDairy. More? Colleen 0428 889 337 or yddpgipps@gippsdairy.com.au

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: http://g.co/maps/eqvpa

Plan to adapt to future challenges

Bass Coast Landcare Network is hosting a series of field days as part of ‘Solutions on Farm - Farm plan 21: Adapting to future challenges’. Sessions will be held from 10am-3pm on Fridays:
  • April 10 in Wonthaggi Town Hall on pest plants and animal management with Matt Stephenson and Scott McArdle
  • April 17 in Kernot Community Hall on pasture management with John Bowman
  • April 24 in Cowes Cultural Centre Hall on innovations on farm - a panel discussion with industry experts, innovations in farming practice, new technology, visit to cutting edge property
  • May 1 in Krowera Community Hall on farm layout and vegetation management, farm setup for productivity, benefits of vegetation in farm landscapes.
  • May 8 and 15 in Bass Community Hall -further training on the iFarm property management tool.
The cost is $25 per session and $75 for the iFarm sessions. Lunch and presentations included –self drive tours to properties. RSVP is essential by the Tuesday prior to the session. More? Lisa 5951 3329 or l.wangman@basscoast.vic.gov.au

Booklet connects local people to local produce

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s new booklet Connecting Local People to Local Produce includes a local produce map to help locate fresh produce and support local farmers. The booklet is available from Mornington Peninsula Shire Offices in Rosebud, Hastings and Mornington – or download a copy here Mornington Peninsula Shire –Connecting Local People to Local Produce Booklet

Export-related regulatory burden is under review

Vegetable growers and others involved in exporting vegetables are invited to participate in a five minute survey about issues faced when attempting to access various export markets. More? Visit http://questionpro.com/t/AK7byZSDDx

South Gippsland celebrates sustainability

The 2015 Southern Gippsland Sustainability Festival will be held on March 29 at the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine. The festival hosts displays of alternative energy, local produce, self-sufficiency skills and a range of sustainable products. More? Roslyn Jenzen 5951 3317 or r.jenzen@basscoast.vic.gov.au or www.facebook.com/SouthernGippslandSustainabilityFestival

Women make it work for 10 years

Women Making it Work are holding a night event to celebrate their 10-year anniversary Celebration. The event will be held on Wednesday March 25 from 6.30pm at the Positano Restaurant, 214a Princes Hwy, Hallam. The cost is $45 for non-WMIW-members. Click here to book. More? admin@wmiw.com.au or 0407 009 656

Hold on to your horses!

The Omeo Rodeo will be held on Easter Saturday at the Omeo Rodeo Grounds, Park St, Omeo from 8.30am on April 4. The event is affiliated with Australian Professional Rodeo Association. More? 5159 1420 or omeorodeo@gmail.com

Fine food and wine celebrated in Tinamba

The Tinamba Food and Wine Festival will be held on Sunday April 12 from 11am-4pm outside the Tinamba Hotel. The festival showcases the best of East Gippsland food and wine. Live music commences at 3pm. More? Sarah Gray 0427 011 966 or gray.sa@avonridgevineyard.com.au

Market for growth

A marketing for growth workshop on April 15 from 6-9.30pm at the East Gippsland Shire Office, 273 Main St, Bairnsdale will help participants use market research, online marketing and marketing strategies.  Cost $30 includes light supper. More? Marlene Rickhuss 5153 9500 or economic.development@egipps.vic.gov.au

Young riders show their stuff

The 2015 PCAV State Horse Trials Championships will be held on May 2-3 on 8am-4pm for Victoria’s leading Grade 1 and 2 young riders. The competition includes dressage, cross-country and show jumping to decide the states Champions for 2015 and is hosted by the East Gippsland Zone of Pony Clubs at Rosedale Recreation Reserve, Evergreen Rd, Rosedale. More? Julie Carstairs 0427 090 649 or jlcarstairs@bigpond.com

Want to know more about your area?

A free session on understanding demographics and economic data in the Cardinia Shire will be held on Thursday, March 26 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Boulevard, Pakenham. Bookings: www.trybooking.com.au/122742. More? Jeannie Clark 5945 0401 or ecodev@cardinia.vic.gov.au

Country women gather in Pakenham

The Country Women's Association Pakenham branch will meet at the Guide Hall, Henry St, from 9.30am-2.30pm on April 1. More? Vicky 5940 4651 or vickyken@bigpond.com

AI course produces A-1 inseminators

The National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDEA) is running AI courses in conjunction with the National Herd Improvement Association of Australia (NHIA). The course comprises one day of theory (Part A) followed by two days of intense, practical training on live cows (Part B). Part A is on April 22 in Warragul, Part B practical training takes place on April 29-30 at Salesian College, Sunbury in facilities which are custom-designed for the purpose. More? Robin Bell 5667 4505 or rbell@gotafe.vic.edu.au

Beef up your bull

A series of one day training sessions presented by Brian Cumming and Claire Harris, in partnership with 4upskilling, will cover beef bull selection and management to maximise its financial contribution to your cow herd while minimising risk. Topics include:
  • The cost of getting live calves
  • Assessing bulls for longevity, ability to sire, and value of progeny
  • Using performance information
  • Bull health - vaccination programs and preventing transferable diseases
  • Joining management - single sire joining or multi sire joining?
The course will run from 9am-3.30pm n:
  • Monday March 30, 574 Main St, Bairnsdale
  • Tuesday March 31, 1301 Hazeldean Rd, Ellinbank
  • Wednesday April 1, 12 Peart St, Leongatha
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding. The cost is $50 per person for those eligible for education funding or $75 for ineligible. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea are included in the cost. RSVP by Friday March 19.
More? Claire Harris 5663 9908 or claire.harris@ecodev.vic.gov.au

Do people factor in the future of grains?

The GRDC has commissioned research into the 'people factor' in the future of the Australian grains industry. Farm workers including full-time, part-time and casual farmhands, independent contractors and employees of contractors are asked to complete a short, online survey.  A report of the group survey will however be provided to respondents. More? www.surveymonkey.com/s/grains_industry_training_and_development

Help available to get online

A Small Business Victoria seminar on May 6 from 6.30-8.30pm at East Gippsland Shire Office, 273 Main St, Bairnsdale will guide participants through the essential steps to take to get business online, from setting up a website to dealing with suppliers, engaging with customers via social media and putting an e-commerce framework in place. The cost is $20. A light supper provided. More? Marlene Rickhuss 5153 9500 or economic.development@egipps.vic.gov.au

Bendigo Bank to switch off the lights

Bendigo Bank is joining millions of Australians in switching off the lights to show support for the future of Aussie food and farming for Earth Hour on Saturday 28 March at 8:30pm. Earth Hour is a lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change. Bendigo Bank Branches across Australia will host Earth Hour lights out gatherings. More? www.earthhour.org.au/events

Dispose of hard waste for free

Latrobe City’s is holding a no charge hard waste drop-off weekend for rate-payers on Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29 from 8am- 5pm both days at:
  • Morwell Transfer Station – Porters Ln Morwell
  • Traralgon Transfer Station – Depot Rd, Traralgon
  • Moe Transfer Station – Haunted Hills Rd, Newborough
  • Yinnar Transfer Station – Whitelaws Trk, Yinnar South
Please note that some items may still attract a charge. For a full list of acceptable, chargeable and non-acceptable hard waste material visit www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/waste. More? Latrobe City Council 1300 367 700

Opportunities given to employers and job seekers

The Frankston and Mornington Peninsula (FMP) Careers and Jobs Expo 2015 will be held on May 5 from 9am-4.30pm at the Mornington Racecourse, Mornington. The Expo brings together employers, further education and training providers and high school students and those looking for work or wanting information to change career paths. The event is expected to attract approximately 2000 people. Businesses interested in becoming a stallholder should contact Aaron Hunter 5950 1841 or Aaron.Hunter@mornpen.vic.gov.au


Landcare lays a green carpet

25 of the West Gippsland region’s most active and innovative Landcare volunteers will take to the green carpet to showcase the work done to improve the environment. West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority will host the event. The green carpet will be held at Traralgon Vineyard from 1-4pm on the Friday, April 24. A high tea will be provided. RSVP is essential. More? Kathleen 1300 094 262 or kathleenb@wgcma.vic.gov.au or www.wgcma.vic.gov.au

Rare plants to be found at Jindi

The Gippsland Rare and Unusual Plant Fair will be held from 10am-4pm on Saturday April 11 at Jindivick Public Hall. More? Jindivick Country Gardener 5628 5316 or jindigardener@bigpond.com

Take you business planning back to basics

A business planning basics seminar will be held at the Living and Learning Inc, 6B Henry St, Pakenham on Saturday, April 18 from 10am-12pm. Cost $20. More? Pakenham Living Learning Centre 5941 2389 or info@livinglearning.org.au

Don’t forget to duck!

This year will see a full-length duck hunting season of 12 weeks with restrictions to the daily bag limit. The season closes half an hour after sunset on Monday June 8. Below average rainfall for the past two years has reduced duck numbers and habitat. As a result, the Game Management Authority recommended that a reduced bag limit. More? www.gma.vic.gov.au

Mentoring sessions to support small business

Bass Coast Shire Council, in conjunction with the Small Business Mentoring Service, is offering free business mentoring sessions to support businesses located within Bass Coast Shire.  Sessions will be held at the Wonthaggi Customer Service Centre, 76 McBride Ave, Wonthaggi and are limited to one session per business per year.
Sessions will be held on: May 12, August 11 and October 13. Sessions will run: 10.30-11.15am; 11.30am-12.15pm; 1-1.45pm; and 2-2.45pm. More?  Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278 or emilie.barkley@basscoast.vic.gov.au

Heavy horses go on show

The Red Hill Clydesdales and Heavy Harness Show will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 8am at the Boneo Park Equestrian Centre, 312 Boneo Rd, Boneo. More? Red Hill Agricultural and Horticultural Society 5989 2357 or info@redhillshow.com.au or www.redhillshow.com.au/show-jumping--clydesdales

Forthcoming markets 

Market When Where More?
Bairnsdale Boot Market 3rd Saturday Great Alpine Rd, Bairnsdale  
Bittern Sunday market Every Sunday Bittern Railway Station, Frankston-Flinders Rd, Bittern 0409 417 463
Bruthen Village Market 4th Saturday Mechanics Hall, Bruthen  
Churchill Island Farmers Market 4th Saturday Churchill Island Visitor Centre, Phillip Island 5664 0096
Coal Creek Farmers Market 2nd Saturday Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, Korumburra 0459 629 000
Drouin Craft and Produce Market 3rd Saturday Drouin Civic Park 5625 3360
East Gippsland Farmers Market 1st Saturday Bairnsdale Secondary College Oval, Bairnsdale  
Emerald Community Craft and Produce Market 3rd Sunday Emerald Community House 0419 345 750
Gembrook Market 4th Sunday Puffing Billy Railway Station 0437 664 121
Gippsland Heritage Park Market 3rd Saturday Gippsland Heritage Park, Moe 5127 3082
Heyfield community market 1st Saturday Dr John Graves Memorial 5148 2780
Inverloch Farmers Market 3rd Sunday The Glade. Inverloch 5664 0096
Jindivick Market 1st Saturday Jindivick Harvest Kitchen, 1070 Jacksons Track, Jindivick 5628 5227
Jumbunna Bush Market 1st Sunday The Main Hall, Jumbunna 5657 3253
Kongwak Market Sundays Kongwak General Store 0417 142 478
Koowee Community Market 1st Sunday Cochrane Park, Rossiter Rd, Koo Wee Rup 0418 289 847
Lakes Entrance Surf Club Foreshore Market 1st Sunday The Esplanade, Lakes Entrance 0407 098 805
Lardner Park Market November 20 Lardner Park, Warragul 5976 3266 
Loch Market 2nd Sunday (Oct-April) Loch Village Railway Station, Loch 0418 500 520
Longwarry Fire Brigade Market 1st Sunday Bennett St, Longwarry 0419 158 946
Lucknow Market 4th Sunday Howitt Park, Bairnsdale 5152 4662
Maffra Variety and Farmers market 1st Sunday Johnson St, Maffra 0408 057 772
Mallacoota Artisans and Produce Market 1st Saturday Mudbrick Building, Develling Drive, Mallacoota 0422 988 890
Metung Farmers Market 2nd Saturday Village Green, Metung  
Mirboo North Community Market last Saturday of month Baromi Park in Ridgway (Strez Highway) Mirboo North 5668 2465
Mornington Racecourse Market 2nd Sunday Mornington Racecourse  
Paynesville Market 2nd Sunday Gilsenan Reserve, Paynesville  
Prom Country Farmers Market 3rd Saturday Main St. Foster 0407 543 371
Red Hill Community Market  1st Saturday Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill  
Rokeby Market 2nd Saturday Rokeby Reserve, Main Rd, Rokeby 5626 8523
Sale 3rd Saturday Sale Showgrounds  
South Gippsland Farmers Market 1st Saturday Koonwarra Memorial Park 0408 619 182
Stratford Variety and Farmers Market  4th Sunday Apex Park, Stratford 0408 057 772
Surf Club Market 1st Sunday Foreshore Rotunda, Lakes Entrance  
Toora market 2nd Sunday Jetty Rd, Toora 5688 1237
Traralgon Farmers Market 4th Saturday Kay St Gardens – Kay St, Traralgon 0409 232 715
Warragul farmer’s Market 3rd Saturday Civic Park, Warragul 0435 757 047
Yarragon community craft and produce market 4th Saturday Yarragon Public Hal 5634 2209

Sponsorship opportunities open

The Victoria Jiangsu Business Placement (VJBP) program is a 16-day residential program in Jiangsu Province, China, May 7–22. View the full itinerary. The cost is $6500, plus return airfare and personal insurances. The program is valued at $17,160. It is suited to current and future business owners, senior executives and directors of Victorian businesses. Eligible businesses must:
  • be based or headquartered in Victoria
  • be financially viable and not insolvent
  • have a sound interest for doing business with China
  • be able to commit the time required to attend the program.
The program is developed by the VECCI in collaboration with the Jiangsu Federation of Industry of Commerce with support from the Victorian Government and City of Melbourne. Places are limited. Visit the VECCI website to apply.

Get the right staff

Ensure that you choose the best staff by attending a human resources workshop on Tuesday March 24 from 6-8pm at Milpara Community House, Shelcot Rd, Korumburra. The cost is $20. More? Milpara Community House 5655 2524

Inclusive tourism is good for business

Guest speaker Bill Forrester will discuss how to access a growing and profitable market at the Atura Dandenong Hotel, Doveton from 4-6pm on Thursday March 26. The event is free to Casey-Cardinia Tourism Network members and $25 for non-members. More? Nadine Hutchins 9757 0716 or nadine.hutchins@pbr.org.au

Country racing is off and … well … racing

Meetings in March:26-Pakenham. Meetings in April: 5-Swifts Creek, 7-Stony Creek, 10-Cranbourne, 12-Pakenham, 13-Moe, 17-Cranbourne, 24-Cranbourne, 25-Moe, 26-Pakenham
More? 1300 139 402 or visit www.countryracing.com.au

Business mentoring is available in Bass Coast

Bass Coast Shire Council in conjunction with the Small Business Mentoring Service is offering free business mentoring sessions to support businesses which are located within Bass Coast Shire. Sessions are limited to one session per business per year. The free sessions are held at the Cowes Customer Service Centre, 91-97 Thompson Ave, Cowes at: 10.30-11.15am; 11.30am-12.15pm; 1-1.45pm; and 2-2.45pm on April 14; June 9; September 8; November 10. More? Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278 or emilie.barkley@basscoast.vic.gov.au

Entrepreneurialism to rebuild rural Australia

Bairnsdale will host a regional workshop on harnessing community leadership run by the CSRA (Centre for the Study of Rural Australia) the EntruBIZ program and featuring Don Macke, co-founder of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, Nebraska (http://www.energizingentrepreneurs.org/) He will visit Marcus Oldham College from April 20-May 1. In addition to these workshops, the CSRA and Bank of I.D.E.A.S will jointly host a ‘Q&A’ session of entrepreneurial business owners on Tuesday April 21 at the college. More? Marcus Oldham College 5243 3533 or reception@marcusoldham.vic.edu.au

Fancy a cup of compost tea?

Learn how to make high quality thermal aerobic compost suitable for compost tea at a biological farming practical workshop and small microscope course in Garfield on March 28-29. Registration form on: http://agpath.com.au

Planning a trip?

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Take a crafty day out

A Day Out at Lardner Park craft market will be held on April 19 at Lardner Park, 155 Burnt Store Rd, Lardner. More? Craft Markets Australia 5976 3266

AUSVEG Awards for Excellence seek nominations

AUSVEG is seeking nominations of exceptional individuals or businesses that have made outstanding contributions to the Australian horticulture industry. Nominations close May 2. Winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner taking place at the 2015 National Horticulture Convention on Saturday June 27. To view the list of Awards and selection criteria,  click here. More? AUSVEG 9882 0277 or convention@ausveg.com.au

Entries in Baw Baw Business Awards to close soon

Applications for the Best Match Recruitment Baw Baw Shire Business Excellence Awards 2015 need to be submitted before Tuesday March 31. There is a new Business Person of the Year award, which will recognise an individual or individuals that have had a significant impact on shaping Baw Baw Shire’s economy and the greater region. The awards are open to all businesses currently based in the Baw Baw Shire, other than clubs, co-operatives, government supported businesses and agencies. More? www.bawbawshire.vic.gov.au/Business/Business-Awards

Eureka! Award to be given in new rural category

New to the science-based 2015 Eureka Prizes is the category for Rural Innovation sponsored by the rural RDC. The $10,000 is for excellence in the scientific research, development or innovative application of agricultural practices that have improved, or have the potential to improve, the productivity and sustainability of Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries. Entries close May 1. More? https://eureka-entry.australianmuseum.net.au/

Grow your business

Victorian businesses with $500,000+ annual turnover can apply for Grow Your Business grants. Visit http://business.grantguru.com.au/MyGrantSpace/?Section=Search&itemDetails=5796

Government invests in manufacturing technology

The Investing in Manufacturing Technology (IMT) program offers grants of up to $250,000 for eligible firms to purchase and integrate new technologies into manufacturing operations to improve business productivity and competitiveness. Expressions of Interest are now open. More? Business Victoria 13 22 15 visit  www.business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-assistance

Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grants are now open

The Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grants program is offering funding of up to $1000 to schools and youth groups to help create gardens in their grounds and communities. Applications close March 27. More? Visit http://www.juniorlandcare.com.au/news/archive/2015-coles-junior-landcare-garden-grants

Got a project to benefit your rural community?

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) are offering small grants of up to $5000 for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer. Applications close at 5pm on March 27. More? www.frrr.org.au/grants/small-grants-for-rural-communities-round27

Applications open for farm managers program

Applications are now open for up-and-coming farmers looking to undertake the Rabobank Farm Managers Program in 2015, which will be held near Melbourne in June.  Applications close on April 27. More? Nerida Sweetapple 02 8115 4139 or nerida.sweetapple@rabobank.com www.rabobank.com.au/bmp

Develop your sustainable project idea

The  Demonstrating Sustainable Farm Practices project is seeking Expressions of Interest for new projects from farmers or community groups with ideas will benefit the region’s agricultural industry. Submissions due by April 30.  More? Joel Geoghegan 5678 2335 or j.geoghegan@basscoast.vic.gov.au

Grants aim to strengthen value chain

The Food and Fibre Marketing Cooperatives Initiative is providing grants to encourage co-operation between Victorian farmers and value chain members, to increase their collective capability to generate improved access to markets and customers. Grants of up to $50,000 are available to eligible groups for a range of approved activities including, feasibility and business plans, legal costs, market research, business and technical advice and some marketing capability activities. The program is open until June 30. More? Mark Hincksman 5954 4004 or Melly Pandher 5833 5358 or visit http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/agriculture-and-food/food-and-fibre-industries/food-and-fibre-marketing-cooperatives-grants

Projects with community benefits should apply

Applications for the City of Casey 2014-15 Environmental Sustainability Grants round opens March 26 and closes May 1. More? SmartGrants Online Application System
Bass Coast Shire Council Community Grants
Round 1 applications are open from April 13-28 April for groups seeking funding in the 2015-16 financial year. More? http://news.basscoast.vic.gov.au/funds-for-community-projects/
 

Do you have a small to medium export business?

Federal Government Export Market Development Grants:
  • encourage small-medium businesses to develop export markets
  • reimburse up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000
  • provide up to eight grants to each eligible applicant.
More? Visit https://www.austrade.gov.au/Export/Export-Grants

Your wish might be granted…

A range of grants are available for food and fibre industries including:

Entries sought in business awards

Applications are sought for the Casey Cardinia Business Awards 2015. The Awards comprise 12 category awards, a people's choice award, and the main Award of Casey Cardinia Business of the Year 2015 and with $15,000 in prize money. Applications close May 15. Winners will be announces at a gala dinner on October 22. More? Economic Development 9705 5200 or rewilson@casey.vic.gov.au or ecodev@cardinia.vic.gov.au
 

Red Hill goes on show!

The Red Hill Show will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 8:30am-7pm at the Red Hill Showgrounds, 180 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill South. More? Red Hill Agricultural and Horticultural Society 5989 2357 or info@redhillshow.com.au or http://www.redhillshow.com.au/

Employment is easy!

Employment Made Easy (eME) connects dairy farm businesses with willing workers and is free to use. More? Jeanette White 03 5624 3900 or visit www.eme.org.au

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 flick an email to susanw@ptarmigan.com.au and we’ll give you a free plug. No large files, no photos, no sales pitches and full contact details, please.
 
WORK AVAILABLE:
 
Eastern Victoria representative for a leading animal healthcare business. The ability to work from home and be self-motivated is essential. Occasional travel to Sydney is required as well regional trips every four-six weeks. More? Sarah, Sanofi Careers Centre 02 8666 2566
 
Community Engagement Officer sought for two-month contract at $35-$45/hour plus super. The position starts March 30 in a government department concerned with improving Victoria's liveability through transportation projects and assignments. The role involves planning and facilitating community engagement strategies to support engineering-based projects throughout Gippsland. Send resume (in WORD format) to Nathan Fulford nf@armstrongpersonnel.com.au
 
Diesel Tractor Technician required. Applicants must be a qualified diesel mechanic. Experience with tractor and farm implements would be highly regarded. More? Leo Simmons 9079 0111 (quoting job number TL3920) or jobs@teamrecruit.com.au
 
CFA Community Education Coordinator sought for a position, based at Sale, fulltime, fixed term for up to six months at $70,398pa (plus 9.5% superannuation) with responsibility for co-ordinating community education and awareness programs. Experience in working with community groups and involvement in developing and delivering community programs is required. More? Jude Kennedy 0408 354 148

Green Army is an Australian Government initiative open to people between 17 and 24, including Indigenous Australians, school leavers, gap year students, graduates and job seekers. The Phillip Island project offers experiences in the ongoing protection and re-establishment of penguin habitat across the Summerland Peninsula and in habitat corridors. More? 5136 5875 or www.environment.gov.au/green-army

Technician with a trade qualification in heavy vehicle or diesel mechanics with a minimum three years' experience, ability to use Microsoft Office, internet and forklift/front end loader license preferred. More? brett.garrett@cervusequipment.com.au
 
Property and Works Team Leader sought for Windana, a major provider of drug treatment services, on a 40-acre property at Maryknoll. Experience required in managing a farm /property using sustainable systems, a horticulture qualification or similar and Certificate IV or Diploma in AOD and Mental Health or the capacity to complete studies. The appointee will need criminal records and Working with Children checks.  The position is fulltime, 76 hours per fortnight. Quote the position reference number TCPW. More? applications@windana.org.au
 
Drivers with B-Double experience sought by O'Connor Livestock, based in Pakenham. A good driving record and an MC licence are essential. Livestock handling experience and BFM preferred. More? cartage@oconnorlivestock.com.au
 
Harvesting District Forester based at Churchill sought by HVP Plantations.  Experience in the forest industry and in directing and working with contractors is essential.  Good computer skills are required. Experience in cable harvesting a tertiary qualification in forestry or related discipline are desirable. Relocation assistance is available. More? Mark Graf 0408 307 932 or jobs@hvp.com.au
 
Viplus Dairy seeks a Quality Control Officer with knowledge of HACCP and quality systems and maintaining, updating and reviewing SOP's and food safety system documentation. The successful candidate will have a tertiary qualification in science, food technology or equivalent, and 1-3 years experience working in a QA environment. More?  Jenny 8555 0993 or jenny@viplusdairy.com
 
Work available for pregnancy tester on stud beef herd in Yarra Valley.  More? 0412 667 811
 
Production Team Leader - Food Production sought in south Gippsland for a leading nutrition, health and wellness company employing more than 6000 people. Candidates with pharmaceutical, packaging or pet food production with a minimum 2-3 years stable work experience and a degree in engineering/science discipline. More? Michael Knight 02 9542 3011
 
Agricultural diesel mechanic (sponsorship available) wanted to work on new and used agricultural equipment including precision farming technology in east Gippsland. More? 08 8357 1882
 
QA officer sought by East Gippsland meat processor. Applicants must have QA experience in food industry; familiarity with HACCP systems, SOPs and Specification Control Documents and AUS-Meat qualification are desired. More? Adrian 0411 641 023 or adrian@orionsearch.com.au
 
Technical Sales Agronomist sought by MG Trading for the Maffra team. The successful candidate will demonstrate previous experience in an agronomy role, ideally with a minimum three years’ experience and tertiary qualifications in agriculture or agronomy. More? Ken Lascelles  0417 310 989 or ken.lascelles@mgc.com.au
 
HR officer is sought by Flavorite Hydroponic Tomatoes in Warragul. This broad role is required to deliver HR and safety services and a broad range of employee relations issues and driving HR outcomes for blue and white collar workforces. Applicants need previous experience in a HR generalist role, relevant tertiary qualification and a sound understanding of Victorian legislation. More? http://flavoritetomatoes.com.au/hrofficer or careers@flavorite.com.au
 
Territory Manager – Dairy feed/nutrition sales, earning $60,000-$80,000/year sought. Candidates require a degree in agricultural science and three to five years’ experience in a similar sales management role in Maffra/Sale. More? Dr Ray Johnson 0419 012 841 or ray@agri.com.au
 
Tree maintenance employee sought for Latrobe City Council. Full-time for tree felling, cross cutting, pruning, chainsaw, wood chipper and travel tower, hazard spotting and power line clearing. Applicants require a current medium rigid drivers licence, Traffic Control and Worksite Management certificate, Construction Induction card and evidence of training and competency in trimming and cross cutting felled trees. More? Ben Black 0429 337 350
 
DWELP Communications and Engagement Officer, Gippsland, required to develop and maintain relationships with media, community and staff, provide support on communications and engagement issues, and lead regional internal communications processes. This is a flexible position for 12 months. Applications close midnight Sunday, April 5.  More? www.careers.vic.gov.au
 
Byrnes Hillndale Orchards seeks IPM coordinator at their Wandin North orchard to manage collection and reporting of technical data and facilitate IT use, and ensure farm training, OH&S and environment and QA requirements are met. A Diploma of Agriculture, Aus-Chem certification and experience in irrigation/fertigation arenecessary. Horticultural experience is advantageous but not essential. Candidates seeking employer sponsorships are welcome. More? janine@hillndale.com.au
 
WORK SOUGHT:
Odyssée Agri  is seeking placement for Alexandre Carbonnel (19) from Brittany, France,  on a dairy farm from early April until early September. He has a technician diploma in agriculture and is preparing to undertake an undergraduate diploma in farm management. He has experience on a dairy farm, in welding, and on beef farms. More? Jean Marie Poirier 0033 243 085 312 or jmpoirier@wanadoo.fr
Students are now available for work: Federation University Australia offers direct access to Gippsland’s students for part-time, casual, full-time/graduate, vacation and volunteer opportunities. Motivated and committed staff are available from accounting, nursing, sciences, engineering, marketing, HR and PR/comms/media courses. More? Liana 5122 6245 or liana.brennan@federation.edu.au
Employers wanted for agricultural graduates: Employers sought for well-trained, job-ready agricultural and horticultural graduates with nationally recognised post-diploma qualifications, Australian work experience, certifications, permits and licenses. Prospective employers can trial graduates for three to six months. www.ruralskills.com.au/about-us/australian-college-of-agriculture-and-horticulture/employers-wanted-for-agricultural-graduates/
 
Environmental planning and vegetation design: Springbank Ecosystems offers flora and fauna surveys, EMPs for sub-division applications, weed/animal management, revegetation plans for extraction companies, specialised native orchid ID and staff training.
More? Libby Lambert 5657 2387 or lamberte@tpg.com.au
 
Market your business more effectively: Award-winning marketer/business consultant with strong agricultural background can offer strategies to place your business in the public eye.  More? John 0457 065 425
 
Need staff? Try 12 or six months of cost-effective undergraduate recruits from accounting, sciences, marketing, HR and PR/comms/media. Candidates available for paid full-time or half-time placements. More? Annette lssibl@swin.edu.au or 9214 8753 or Karen kpomeranz@swin.edu.au or 9215 7136
 
Fire management planning: Consultant to prepare sustainable fire management plans for your property or small reserve. More? Helen Bull 0400 310 188 or h.bull@bigpond.com
 
Seeking admin/clerical work: For any type of administrative/clerical type work (consulting, part time or job share – even if it is only a few hours per week).  I have a current ABN and tertiary qualifications in business studies, taxation and financial planning. More? Greg Lewis on 0439 523 871 or gregorynlewis@southernphone.com.au

Agritourism dossier available

What are the common factors that determine a successful agritourism venture? What do the failures always do wrong? Agribusiness Gippsland has completed a literature review as part of last year’s study of Gippsland’s agritourism sector. We have compiled the findings into a fascinating, easy-to-read dossier. Drawing on local, Australian and overseas studies, it presents the financials of agritourism, the trends in Gippsland, the challenges, and some early data on regional agritourism operations, along with ideas from existing successful operators. The cost is $30 plus GST. Email orders at susanw@ptarmigan.com.au or via www.aginc.wordpress.com

Tea-room timewaster

‘Live life like someone left the gate open’ and other good reads at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dairy-farmers-work-stories/469735246415942?fref=nf
 

Demand for Gippsland land to grow

Agribusiness Gippsland quoted in the Weekly Times about Gippsland farmland values. More?  http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/property/asian-investors-eye-dairy-farms-in-gippsland/story-fnkerdg1-1227265786029

Classifieds

Hay for sale: Approximately 40 round rolls of dry cow hay for sale at $40 each plus GST in Phillip Island. Delivery can be arranged. More? 5956 9318 (AH)

Quote of the week

Lloyd Langford: "My girlfriend said 'did you know that hippopotamuses kill more people every year than guns?'. 'Yes,' I said, 'but a gun is easier to conceal'."

Can we crack the 10K? Say cheese!

The popularity of Gippyagchat has seen phenomenal growth in our recipients' list over the past six years. We want to crack five digits soon. So, we are shamelessly offering a bribe ...  (alright, an inducement) to recruit more readers. The 10,000th person to join the Gippyagchat list will receive a waxed block of Maffra Cheese's award-winning cheddar. It's 1.2kg of multi-award winning cheese craftsmanship from the Maffra Cheese Company, who are exceptionally generous to us. We thank the legendairy Ferial, Sam and the dogged Rebecca for their donations of cheese.

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Gippy Diary

DATE EVENT LOCATION CONTACT
Mar 23 CORE 4 Information Session Leongatha John Gallienne 5623 2940
Mar 23-25 Paddock to Plate tour of West Gippsland and the Mornington Peninsula   Gillian Stewart 0459 177 363
Mar 24 Get the Right Staff Workshop Korumbura Milpara Community House 5655 2524
Mar 25 Financial Sustainability Session Wonthaggi 1300 226 278
Mar 25 Women Making it Work 10th Anniversary Celebration Hallam 0407 009 656
Mar 26 Women in Agriculture Lunch Lardner Lardner Park Events 5626 1373
Mar 26 Country Race Meet Pakenham Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 26 Understanding Demographics and Economic Data Pakenham Jeannie Clark 5945 0401
Mar 26 Inclusive tourism: good for business Doveton Nadine Hutchins 9757 0716
Mar 26 Financial Sustainability Session Cowes 1300 226 278
Mar 26-29 Farm World 2015 Lardner Lardner Park Events 5626 1373
Mar 28 Red Hill Show Red Hill South Red Hill Agricultural and Horticultural Society 5989 2357
Mar 28 Earth Hour   https://earthhour.org.au/home/
Mar 28-29 Biological Farming Practical Workshop and Small Microscope Course Garfield 5629 1253
Mar 28-29 Hard Waste Weekend La Trobe City Latrobe City Council 1300 367 700
Mar 29 Southern Gippsland Sustainability Festival Wonthaggi Roslyn Jenzen 5951 3317
Mar 29 Peninsula Picnic Mornington Stephanie Jones 5975 3310
Mar 30 Beef Bull Selection Course Bairnsdale Claire Harris 5663 9908
Mar 31 Beef Bull Selection Course Ellinbank Claire Harris 5663 9908
Apr 1 Beef Bull Selection Course Leongatha Claire Harris 5663 9908
Apr 1 Stepping In, Stepping Back – Dairy Business Transition Workshop Inverloch GippsDairy 5624 3900
Apr 1 Country Women’s Association Pakenham branch meeting Pakenham Vicky 5940 4651
Apr 2 Stepping In, Stepping Back – Dairy Business Transition Workshop Maffra GippsDairy 5624 3900
Apr 2 Seed Saving Workshop Sale 5144 5747
Apr 4 Omeo Rodeo Omeo 5159 1420
Apr 4 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
Apr 5 Country Race Meet Swifts Creek Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Apr 7 Country Race Meet Stony Creek Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Apr 9, 16 Feeding Pastures for Profit TBA Frank Mickan 5624 2259
Apr 10 Pest Plants and Animal Management Field Day Wonthaggi Lisa 5951 3329
Apr 10 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Apr 11 Gippsland Rare and Unusual Plant Fair Jindivick Jindivick Country Gardener 5628 5316
Apr 11 Red Hill Clydesdales and Heavy Harness Show Borneo Red Hill Agricultural and Horticultural Society 5989 2357
Apr 12 Tinamba Food and Wine Festival Tinamba Sarah Gray 0427 011 966
Apr 12 Country Race Meet Pakenham Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Apr 13 Country Race Meet Moe Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Apr 14 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278
Apr 14-15 Smarter Farm Planning, Environmental Action and Food Production prgram Leongatha Jenny O’Sullivan 5662 5759
Apr 15 Recruitment Challenges for Industry Sale Amanda Rickard 5153 1745
Apr 15 Marketing for Growth Seminar Bairnsdale Marlene Rickhuss 5153 9500
Apr 16 Recruitment Challenges for Industry Bairnsdale Amanda Rickard 5153 1745
Apr 17 Pasture Management Field Day Kernot Lisa 5951 3329
Apr 17 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Apr 18 Business Basics Seminar Pakenham Pakenham Living Learning Centre 5941 2389
Apr 19 A Day Out at Lardner Park – Craft Market Lardner Craft Markets Australia 5976 3266
April 21 Food Forum East Gippsland Marlene Rickhuss 5153 9500
Apr 21 South East Careers Expo and Try a Trade Cranbourne Lydia Rophia 9705 5125
Apr 21 Fostering entrepreneurship in rural communities and regional economies Geelong Marcus Oldham College 5243 3533
Apr 22 Ellinbank Seminar- useful indicators for measuring nutrient efficiency on dairy farms Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Apr 22, 29, May 6 Irrigation Course Maffra Frank Tyndall 0409 940 782
Apr 24 Landcare Green Carpet Traralgon Kathleen 1300 094 262
Apr 24 Innovations on Farm Field Day Cowes Lisa 5951 3329
Apr 24 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Apr 25 Country Race Meet Moe Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Apr 26 Country Race Meet Pakenham Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Apr 29 Export Seminars (Introduction and Online Marketing) Pakenham Jeannie Clark 5945 0401
Apr 30 Biodiversity Video Conference – Migrations   Kylie Singleton 5172 2123
May 1 Farm Layout and Vegetation Management Krowera Lisa 5951 3329
May 2 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
May 2 Sustainability Expo Pakenham Cardinia Shire Council 1300 787 624
May 2-3 PCAV State Horse Trials Championships Rosedale Julie Carstairs 0427 090 649
May 5 Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Careers and Jobs Expo Mornington Aaron Hunter 5950 1841
May 6 Country Women’s Association Pakenham branch meeting Pakenham Vicky 5940 4651
May 6 Go On-line, A Startup Guide Bairnsdale Marlene Rickhuss 5153 9500
May 8, 15 iFarm Property Management Tool Training Bass  Lisa 5951 3329
May 12 Small Business Mentoring Sessions Wonthaggi Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278 
May 20 Ellinbank Seminar- composting in dairy farming systems Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Jun 6 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
Jun 9 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278
Jun 17 Ellinbank Seminar- nitrogen use efficiency on Victorian dairy farms Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Jun 25-27 National Horticulture Convention Gold Coast 9882 0277
Jul 4 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
Jul 22 Ellinbank Seminar- methane mitigation Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Jul 30 Biodiversity Video Conference – Moths and Butterflies   Kylie Singleton 5172 2123
Aug 1 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
Aug 11 Small Business Mentoring Sessions Wonthaggi Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278 
Aug 19 Ellinbank Seminar- understanding dairy soil water properties Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Aug 24-24 Youth Ag-Summit Canberra www.youthagsummit.com/
Sep 5 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
Sep 8 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Bass Coast Shire Council 1300 226 278
Sep 16 Ellinbank Seminar- new and traditional forage species Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Oct 3 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
Oct 13 Small Business Mentoring Sessions Wonthaggi Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278
Oct 21 Ellinbank Seminar- Dairy Farm Monitor results Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Oct 29 Biodiversity Video Conference – Mapping Technology and its Application   Kylie Singleton 5172 2123
Nov 7 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
Nov 10 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Bass Coast Shire Council 1300 226 278
Nov 18 Ellinbank Seminar- links between dairy land management and catchment water quality – Australian and Irish perspectives Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Dec 5 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
Apr 11-16 AusTimber 2016 Latrobe City 9533 4250
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