Board vacancies and 50+ jobs in Gippsland agriculture ... PLUS lots and lots of news!



28 September 2015

Edition 115

In this issue

  • Chinese FTA - your say
  • Names in the news
  • Learn about growing bush tucker and agroforestry
  • GCLP seeks applications
  • Scholarships, funding, awards and grants...
  • PLUS: Want to get into ag? There's 86ippsland ag jobs HERE!
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Regional ag-leaders get the backroom story

We hosted three tables of regional agribusiness leaders at the Royal Melbourne Show last Friday. MLA boss Richard Norton highlighted the introduction of meat quality standards that saw total industry buy-in. He also shared the backroom story of the successful Australia Day lamb campaign. It proved the importance of doing the consumer research, sticking your neck out, and – most of all – being brave. We’ll upload some of his speech on our Facebook page.

'Just-in-case' drought meeting

Late September also saw Agribusiness Gippsland convening, with assistance from South Gippsland Shire, a highly productive pre-drought forum.  The session involved 24 high-level agencies/firms and featured keynote speaker Dr Rob Smalley from the BoM, who praised the initiative.  The meeting means that Gippsland now has a working drought panel. Agencies/firms have been advised to recommend farmers start preparing financials in case funding applications are needed. We will work with Rural Financial Counselling Service to target feedbase discussion groups. Let’s all hope none of these preparations will be needed this season.

Get on board at SGLN!

Nominations are sought for three board positions for the South Gippsland Landcare Network. The network's annual dinner and AGM will be held on Saturday October 10 at Djinta Djinta Winery, Kardella South.  Guest speaker is leading Global Social Entrepreneur, Geoff Gourley. RSVP is essential and nomination forms are available. More? Jenny O’Sullivan 0419 153 377 or

Macalister Demonstration Farm seeks directors

The Macalister Demonstration Farm invites nominations of candidates for election to its Board of Directors. Three current directors are due to retire at the Annual General Meeting to be held on Tuesday October 20. Two directors, W. Lack and N. Baker, are offering themselves for re-election with further nominations from shareholders invited.
Details of eligibility, duties and responsibilities of directors and nomination forms are available. Nominations must be lodged by Friday October 9. More? MDF Secretary 0488 175 366 or

A special deal for Gippyagchat readers

Go along to the Lifestyle expo at Bairnsdale from October 23-25 using the discount entry voucher below. Just print it out and take it along to the event.

Names in the news

Hooray to East Gippsland's Jill Redwood, named the Bob Brown Environmentalist of the Year. She is coordinator of Environment East Gippsland, which this year secured 2000ha of forest habitat for three species of owls.
Clyde herb-guru Jan Vydra is Gippy's latest Nuffield scholar. Supported by the William Buckland Foundation, he will study innovative ways to boost the yields and sustainability of fresh herb and salad leaf production.
Jenny O'Sullivan from Fish Creek has been appointed south-east Victoria and Tasmania regional committee chair to the Southern Australia Meat Research Council.
Drouin's John Versteden has been appointed vice-president of the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria.
Brad Fankhauser has been announced as Apple and Pear Australia Limited’s (APAL’s) Grower of the Year. (
Landcare's John Topp received the Environment Medal for his work improving Gippsland's natural environment.
Andrew Bedggood has been awarded a Medal for Courage, using adversity in his own life to help and inspire others, including organising the Sale to Paynesville Sea Disability Kayak Challenge.
Waratah Hills won a gold medal at Gippsland Wine Show 2015 for its 2014 Waratah Hills Pinot Noir.
Pearcedale's Shae Hanger and former racehorse Chosen One beat 36 other Garryowen contenders at the Royal Melbourne Show.
Jamie Quinlan, from Elders at Pakenham, was named runner-up in the Victorian Young Auctioneers Competition at the Pakenham saleyards.

Gippsland calling for leaders

Future leaders throughout Gippsland are encouraged to apply for the 2016 intake of the Gippsland Community Leadership Program (GCLP). The 11 month program consists of a gala launch dinner, two-day retreats, 10 full day programs, a graduation dinner and more. The Community Project  allows participants to consider areas of need within the Gippsland community and become involved by initiating positive outcomes. Participants benefit through the enhancement of skills, knowledge and confidence through newly formed networks with other Gippsland industries including local government. More? Visit

Young dairy leaders wanted for NZ Study Tour

The United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) is asking young dairy leaders to apply for the New Zealand Study Tour. Fully funded by the Gardiner Foundation, the tour takes Victoria’s best young industry minds to New Zealand for an eight day tour in February 2016. Applicants must:
  • Be aged between 18-35 years
  • Hold a current Australian passport
  • Actively participate in the dairy industry - either on or off-farm
  • Be enrolled in or have completed studies related to the dairy industry
  • Agree to an ongoing relationship with the UDV and Gardiner Dairy Foundation
  • Utilise leadership skills upon return.
Application forms are available on the UDV section of the VFF website on the ‘Media and Events page’. Applications close on Friday, October 2. More? Ashlee Hammond 9207 5556 or

Use crops to improve sodic soil

Southern Farming Systems (SFS) have just provided first year data for the Using Crops to Improve Sodic Soil and Increase Productivity demonstration site. More? Click here

VFF launches regional FTA roadshow

THE Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) and the Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) have launched a state-wide roadshow to highlight the importance of ratifying the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). The farmer forums are open to all farmers and provide the opportunity for members to ask questions or raise any concerns you may have around ChAFTA. Sessions will be held on:
  • Monday, September 28 in Maffra from 11am
  • Monday, September 28 in Leongatha from 7pm
  • Tuesday, September 29 in Warragul from 11am
Please register. More? VFF Member Services 1300 882 833 or

Grow bush foods for sustainable farming

Workshops will be held on identifying, growing, harvesting and marketing opportunities for bush foods. The workshops involve Neville Bonney (ethnobotanist and wattleseed grower), Australian Native Food Industry (ANFIL), and the Australian Agroforestry Foundation. The workshops will be held from 10am-3pm on:
  • Thursday October 15 in South Gippsland
  • Friday October 16 in Jindivick
  • Saturday October 17 in Gembrook
  • Sunday October 18 in Mt Martha
  • Monday October 19 in Myrniong
Catering includes a range of bush food tastings. Cost $10, with money raised going directly to local Landcare. Register at: More? Karen Thomas 0427 480 170 or

Support available to improve irrigation

Applications for funding under the Macalister Irrigation District (MID) Irrigation Efficiency Incentive Program are open until Wednesday September 30 to help landholders with irrigation farm planning and on-farm works that will contribute to:
  • taking advantage of new opportunities following MID2030 modernisation
  • increasing water security through improved irrigation efficiency
  • reducing the adverse environmental impacts of irrigation.
More? visit

Rural tree grant applications open in Baw Baw

Baw Baw Shire Council’s Rural Tree Grants Program is now open; allowing applicants to apply for grants of up to $200 per rural property for the planting of indigenous trees and shrubs. More?

Chemclear is coming soon

ChemClear has scheduled a collection for October/November. Register your surplus, unwanted, unlabelled, mixed or out-of-date agvet chemicals. Group 1 chemicals  are collected free of charge while Group 2 chemicals (deregistered, out-of-date, mixed, unlabelled, unknown, or, agvet chemicals) are collected for a cost. More? 1800 008 182 or visit

Input sought on export survey

Regional Development Victoria (RDV), through the Invest Gippsland brand, is seeking input to identify and build on Gippsland’s competitive advantage and support growth into new and emerging markets, both nationally and internationally. The 'Invest Gippsland Industry Capability Survey' will be used by RDV to better understand the assistance required to develop and gain access to new export markets. The survey only takes 5-10 minutes and is available at:

Council concerned over floodplain management

East Gippsland Shire councillors have unanimously voiced concern about elements of a revised Draft Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy. The plan proposes new measures for assessing flood risk and sharing information; avoiding or minimising future risk; reducing existing risk; and managing residual risk. While councillors agreed with elements of the proposed strategy but were concerned that the draft had been prepared with insufficient targeted consultation with local governments and communities affected by the changes. More? Click here

Meeting aims to catch community flood knowledge

The West Gippsland CMA is hosting the final community meeting on flood studies to help better understand flooding and improve land use planning and emergency responses to floods. The meeting will be held on Tuesday September 29 from 6-9pm at the WGCMA Traralgon Office, 16 Hotham St. More? WGCMA 1300 094 262

Prepare your business for bushfire

Tourism Victoria and CFA have prepared a tool kit to assist businesses prepare for fire and understand risks, prepare business and employees, plan how to inform customers, identify triggers to act and write a plan. More? Visit the CFA website.

Free tickets available for Dubai forum

Into food processing and food processing machinery? Thinking of exporting to the Middle East? Gulfood Manufacturing, from October 27-29, is one of the biggest trade events in the region. We have free admission tickets to the big Dubai event. Email for the e-ticket.

Hey! There’s a field of food and wine!

The Heyfield Food and Wine Festival, from 11am-4pm on Sunday, October 18 at Heyfield Wetlands, Macfarlane St, offers free entry. A sample wine glass costs $5. More? Debbie 0419 483 311 or or

Take the crop challenge

Entries are now open in the 2015 Gippsland Crop Challenge, sponsored by Rural Finance. The competition is now open to non-irrigated crops, not just wheat, with one entry per farm holding. More? Janice Dowe 0488 600 209 or

Mornington burn-off restrictions eased for October

Mornington Peninsula Shire will ease burn off restrictions on small properties (< 1500 sq m) throughout October 2015 to allow residents to burn off for fire prevention purposes. Open air burning is permitted only on Fridays and Saturdays between 9am- 4pm provided that:
  • No more than 1 cu m of vegetation is burnt at any one time
  • The fire is not within 10m of any neighbouring dwelling
  • The General Fire Safety Provisions are followed at all times.
Open air burning is prohibited on properties <1500 sq m at all other times. More? Mornington Peninsula Customer Service 1300 850 600 or

R&D wish-list from GRDC

GRDC has released its R&D wishlist and is seeking EoIs by November 5. Projects include establishing four new pasture/fodder/forage legume options, mapping new weed incursions and improving grower knowledge about the contribution of legume crops and pastures to N cycling.

East Gippsland to take action on tourism

East Gippsland Shire, together with East Gippsland Marketing and Business and Tourism East Gippsland, is hosting a workshop to help develop the East Gippsland Tourism Action Plan on Thursday, October 1 from 1-3.30pm at the East Gippsland Shire Offices, 55 Palmers Rd, Lakes Entrance. Delivery of the Action Plan will be overseen by the East Gippsland International Tourism Committee. This is a free event. Book online at Trybooking. More? Jeanette Seignior 0419 099 968 or Phil Rickards 5153 9500

Help save the bees

Landcare has launched a donation campaign to establish specially equipped tracker hives. Visit
And if you're an apiarist seeking new bushland for your bees, or you're a landholder will to host hives, visit our hugely popular Wannabee Facebook page

Maffra shows its stuff

The Maffra Show on Saturday October 24 from 8.30am-9.30pm at Maffra Recreation Reserve, 1 McLean St, Maffra has lots of events, entertainment, food, wine and music and a night carnival. Entry is: family $30, adult $15, children $5 (6 -18 years). More? Maffra Show Office 5141 1235 or or visit

Market for growth

A marketing for growth workshop will be held on Wednesday October 7 from 6- 9.30pm at the Community Health Building, 31-35 Gladstone St, Warragul.  $30 per person. Bookings essential. More? Stacey Clark 5624 2866 or

Vote for the organic best

The Organic Consumers Choice Awards (OCCA’s) have been promoting and rewarding the best organic stakeholders around Australia since 2009. Voting takes place in s range of categories throughout October. More?

Do you have to live with bushfire?

A community conference, ‘Living with Bushfire,’ will be held at Federation University Australia's Gippsland campus in Churchill on October 9-10. The conference includes presentations and panel sessions with leading researchers, professionals and community members and displays from a range of agencies and community groups. The cost is $20 for each day session and $50 for the conference dinner on the Friday night. More?

Don’t miss the bus

A joint Tasmanian/Gippsland SFS member bus trip to western Victoria and AgriFocus will be held from Tuesday October 13-Thursday October15. The trip will visit three businesses who are innovative in either livestock, cropping or fodder production or all three, attending day one of Agrifocus at Westmere and the Agrifocus dinner at Ararat. AgriFocus 2015 will again include an impressive list of technical trials and industry experts at its Westmere trial site. Seats are limited. Register ASAP. More? Janice Dowe 0488 600 209 or

Canola-fed sheep make healthier meat

Feeding sheep polyunsaturated oils produces healthier meat enriched with omega-3 fatty acids, Tasmanian scientists have discovered. The scientists fed a group of sheep pellets laced with 5% polyunsaturated oils like rice bran and canola oil and found the oils transferred into the meat, infusing it with omega-3 fatty acids and reducing saturated fats. More?

Care to share your opinion on climate change?

An honours student at James Cook University is surveying the impacts of climate and weather on farmers and has initiated an online survey that takes about 15 minutes to complete. More?

Plan for success in succession

Workshops on farm financial planning/succession planning will be presented by Isobel Knight, one of Australia’s leading farm succession planning specialists. The workshops are targeted at family businesses and attendees are encouraged to bring as many family members as possible. The workshops will be held on:
  • Tuesday, November 10 from 9.30am-3pm at Bairnsdale Racecourse, 124 Forge Creek Rd, Bairnsdale. This workshop is free for Landcare members and $20 for non-Landcare members (family/property rate). Lunch will be provided. RSVP essential.  More? Emma Orgill 5154 2867 or
  • Wednesday November 11 from 8:45am-3pm at the Quality Inn Latrobe Convention Centre, 5601 Princes Hwy, Traralgon. This is a free event, Morning tea and lunch provided. RSVP at More? Sam Shannon 5613 5978 or

How well do you know your compost?

Increased interest in compost as a soil conditioner has led to this publication from GippsDairy and Dairy Australia called Understanding Purchased Compost Products:

Raise your forks Australia!

From Farm to Fork is a Landcare initiative to support Australian farmers and local produce. A range of challenges are available to help people get sustainable food on the menu and help secure our food future today! More?

Photo competition goes feral

The Invasive Animals CRC Feral Photos Competition rewards the best images of Australia’s pest animals and the impacts they have on biodiversity and agriculture. Photos can be from all locations across Australia and remote camera photos are also accepted. Entries close September 30. More?

Community garden supported with film screening

A Fair Food film screening from 7pm on October 14 at Phillip Island and Community Learning Centre, 56 Church St, Cowes will open with a brief snapshot of some of the community food initiatives happening in the Bass Coast and South Gippsland region, followed by a screening of ‘Fair Food Documentary’. The cost is $10. Light refreshments will be served. All money raised will go to the Community Garden. More? Adrian James  0429 001 214 or

Seven day streamflow forecasts now online

The Mitchell and Dargo Rivers among the 100 rivers covered by the BoM's new seven-day forecast stream flows. Updated daily at

Ellinbank plans a year of seminars

Ellinbank seminars provide a free forum to discuss current research and extension activities. The seminars are held at the Dairy Centre of Excellence, 1301 Hazeldean Rd, Ellinbank,  between 12:30-1:30 pm. Please bring lunch. The seminars will be held on:
  • 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.
More? Sharon Aarons 5624 2339 or

Group takes swift action on biodiversity

SWIFFT is hosting biodiversity video conferences at Bairnsdale, Traralgon and Yarram DEJTR offices from 9.45am on Thursday October 29 on mapping technology. More? Kylie Singleton 5172 2123 or or visit

Trout go wild!

Learn more about Victoria’s wild trout fisheries at a free one-day conference to be held in November 21 at the Mansfield Performing Arts Centre. The conference will feature scientists and recreational anglers to share the findings of research on trout populations. The conference keynote speaker is Dr Dan Dauwalter of Trout Unlimited, an American group committed to better trout and salmon fisheries. To register visit More? Visit

Spring down to the SFS field day

The Southern Farming Systems (SFS) spring field day will be held on October 27 from 8.15am-12pm at the Bairnsdale trial site. There will be presentations by Dr Chris Preston, weed management expert from the University of Adelaide, explaining the results of the weed survey that was carried out across Gippsland by SFS staff last December and what it means for farmers; and Annieka Paridaen, SFS Project Coordinator, on reducing weed numbers by using non-chemical means. More? Janice Dowe 0488 600 209 or

Collect, identify, cut and propogate

Free workshops will cover plant identification, seed collection and propagation skills with help from Barb Martin Bushbank Community Nursery and Phillip Island Landcare Group staff. The workshops will be held on Tuesday October 13 from 9.30am-1pm for a seed collection morning walk. All days start at the Barb Martin Bushbank (second car park at the Koala Conservation Centre Complex, 1790 Phillip Island Tourist Rd, Phillip Island). Please RSVP. More? Lisa Wangman 0409 366 914 or

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:

Mentoring sessions to support small business

Many councils in the Gippsland region work with the Small Business Mentoring Service to offer free mentoring sessions for businesses (one session per year) including:
Bass Coast Shire Council at the Wonthaggi Customer Service Centre, 76 McBride Ave, Wonthaggi on October 13 and will run: 10.30-11.15am; 11.30am-12.15pm; 1-1.45pm; and 2-2.45pm; and at the Cowes Customer Service Centre, 91-97 Thompson Ave, Cowes on November 10 from 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
The Mornington Peninsula at the shire offices, 2 Queen St, Mornington on: October 6, 20. Bookings directly via the Small Business Mentoring Service website: More? Kerri Polites 5950 1842 or
Baw Baw Shire Council on October 12, November 9. These sessions will be held at the Baw Baw Shire Council Customer Service Centre, 61 Smith St, Warragul. Book a session now. More? Stacey Clark 5624 2866

Join the community chat on climate change

The Gippsland Climate Change Network (GCCN) AGM and Forum “State Government Community Conversations on Climate Change Action in Gippsland” will be held from 10am-1pm on Wednesday October 14 at the Federation Training Conference Room on Warragul Station.  Morning tea and light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP. More? Beth Ripper 0427 528 013 or

Don’t let this bus tour pasture by!

The Stratford Farmcheque Group will host a tour into East Gippsland on Friday October 9 to investigate various pasture species trials. The tour, supported Southern Farming Systems (SFS) and the East Gippsland Branch of the Grasslands Society of Southern Australia (GSSA), will include visits to Meat and Livestock Australia's (MLA's) perennial pasture variety trails at Hillside and the SFS sub tropical grass trails at Bengworden. A bus will collect participants from Stratford. The day capped will be capped off with farm visit to Forge Creek Lamb situated on the edge of the Gippsland Lakes. More?

Local foodies to celebrate Fair Food Week

Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre (PICAL) is organising a film screening and local foodies gathering to celebrate Fair Food Week on Wednesday October 14 from 7-9pm, save the date for now, more details to come in future updates. More? PICAL 5952 1131

Workshop covers all dairy bases

The West Gippsland YDDP team is hosting a workshop on DairyBase, Dairy Australia's latest web-based tool that enables famers to measure and compare their farm business performance over time. The workshop will be held from 11am on September 30 in Warragul. Lunch provided. Please RSVP. More? Irene Baker 0428 889 337 or

You heard what the ex-Treasurer said…

Go on! Get out there and SPEND! Take an ad in Gippyagchat for smart, targeted advertising that helps our not-for-profit group. Visit Single insertions are only $50 plus GST and bulk insertions are as low as $33 plus GST. (Tell ‘em Joe sent ya!)

Get busy at the Bellbird Corner working bee

The next Bellbird Corner working bee will be held on Saturday October 3 from 9-11am. These regular working bees are held on the first Saturday of each month. Occasional or regular helpers are most welcome. There are tasks for people of all ages and abilities and a light morning tea is provided after the working bee. More? Christine 5141 1198

Plan for a better breakfast

The Casey Cardinia Business Breakfast series offers breakfast food with bite on Wednesday, November 25 with Megan Quinn, Founder of Net-A-Porter. Find out more More? Raylene Wilson 9705 5200 or

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 22 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

Eat and drink local

The Eat Drink Local Food Forum, on Monday October 12 from 5.30pm at Riversleigh, 1 Nicholson St, Bairnsdale, brings together farmers, food and wine producers, restaurants, cafes, caterers and retailers to network and discuss the future of food in East Gippsland.
Hear from industry representatives on current projects supporting industry growth; get involved in marketing campaigns and activities promoting East Gippsland produce; and network with your industry colleagues and create lasting business relationships. This is a free event. Book online at Trybooking . Locally sourced drinks and canapés provided. More? Karly McCaskill 0408 122 065 or Nicola Watt 0408 351 475

Put your school into the prime zone

A $10K food/fibre education package is available to 12 schools to become Primezone Partner Schools in an opportunity from the Primary Industry Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA), as part of the Department of Education's ‘Agriculture in Education’ program. Successful schools will receive $10,000 in funding to:
  • Trial PIEFA’s Agriculture in Education Units and complete a feedback survey
  • Host three professional learning sessions for teachers in their school and school cluster and present at a state or national teacher education conference
  • Share any resources developed as part of the funding received.
More? or

Where is agriculture in the future of education?

Bass Coast Shire Council is hosting a forum on education in the 21st Century on Tuesday, October 13 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Wonthaggi Workmens Club, 75 Graham St, Wonthaggi. Join the forum to have your say on how agriculture will fit into the mix. The event features Yohan Dantan, one of Anthill's '30 under 30' top entrepreneurs in Australia for 2012 and 2014 finalist for Young Australian Innovator of the Year by the Australian iAwards. RSVPs essential at:

Backyard bird count is back

The second Aussie Backyard Bird Count will be held during National Bird Week from October 19-25. All that is required is to choose a site, set aside 20 minutes, and record the birds you see. More?

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Meat makes the mark in exports

Meat made star billing in the 2014/15 export tally. Victorian meat industry exports increased in value by 33% to total $3.1bn, making meat our most valuable food and fibre export for the year. Latest Victorian Government data shows that dairy exports were valued at just over $2bn in the period. Animal fibre exports also performed strongly, earning $1.6bn in 2014/15, up 15% in value and 21% in volume on last year. Grain exports were worth $1.4 bn, despite a significant... seasonal dip in the 2014 Victorian grain harvest, and horticulture clocked up exports of $909m. The report doesn't detail regional production, but does mention Gippsland once: "The state’s bay and inlet fisheries,which include Port Phillip Bay, Corner Inlet and the Gippsland Lakes, are healthy," it said. Read the details at…/food-and-fibre-exports…

Get smart about fertiliser

Fert$mart is an in depth workshop to improve soil and fertiliser management which includes 1:1 and group sessions. It will be run in the Moyarra and Poowong areas over the period September 15-March 16. More? Gillian Hayman 0428 345 493

Oh me! Oh my! It’s Omeo Show

The 130th Omeo and District Agricultural Show will be held at the Omeo Recreation Reserve, Park St, Omeo on November 14 from 10am-5pm. The Show features show jumping, horse events, shearing competition, animal nursery, wood chop, pavilion competitions, and a fun day for all the family. Food and trade vendors contact Ronda Manhire 0427 191 223 or

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 October 7. More? Vicky 5940 4651 or

Opportunity opens for ag teachers

The Primary Industry Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA) and the Gardiner Foundation are offering nine Victorian teachers scholarships valued at $1000 each to enable attendance and participation in the 2016 National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) National Conference in Western Australia in January 2016. Eligibility criteria include:
  • current qualified Victorian primary or secondary teacher
  • currently employed in a contract or permanent position
  • located at a school within one of three Victorian RDPs and demonstrate awareness of a strong surrounding dairy community.
To apply please complete an Expression of Interest form by October 31. More? Ben Stockwin

Native vegetation benefits agricultural landscapes

The French Island Landcare Group is running two field days which will help participants learn the values of native vegetation and benefits it can provide to agriculture.
  • Saturday October 24 at 8.30am meeting at Cowes Jetty (9am start Cowes Cultural Centre) with case studies showing benefits for agriculture and biodiversity on four properties, timing/ techniques/ methods for establishing or maintaining vegetation, visits to two mainland properties. Finish 4pm in Cowes.
Participants will get an aerial map of their property with original vegetation types marked, morning tea, lunch, short theory session and bus tour for $15 per session or $20 for both sessions. RSVP essential. More? Lisa Wangman 0409 366 914 or or

Save the date to celebrate sustainability!

The 2016 Southern Gippsland Sustainability Festival will be held on Sunday April 3 at Coal Creek, Korumburra. More? Lyndal Peterson 5662 9324 or

Learn about nutrition before lunch

Join the YDDP East group for a tour of DEDJTR’s Ellinbank nutrition projects on October 7 from 11am. Lunch provided. Please RSVP. More? Irene Baker 5624 3900 or

Does your business offer the best bites?

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s food awards program Best Bites assesses local food businesses on measures being taken to provide safe and healthy food; use of environmentally sustainable business practices; and provide safe and accessible food premises. The Shire is inviting all local food businesses to nominate for the 2015 Best Bites Food Guide and Awards. Businesses that meet the requirements will be listed in the Best Bites Food Guide to be launched in November 2015. Nominations close October 12. More? Mornington Shire’s Health Team 5950 1050 or

Showcase your innovative idea

Grant applications are now open for the 2016 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. People 18-35 can apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund projects on innovative or emerging scientific issues that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. Applications close Friday October 9. Dairy Australia is sponsoring the dairy category of the Awards. More?

Competition is hot in the Fire Awareness Awards

Entries for the 2015 Fire Awareness Awards are now open to celebrate the work of individuals, groups and organisations to reduce the effect of fires in Victoria. Projects can focus on any fire type, including structure (housing, commercial, industrial) fires and bushfires. Long term partner of the awards RACV Insurance offers the $10,000 RACV Award for Excellence to the most outstanding application received. Entries close September 30. More? Visit:

Threatened species protection initiative announced

The Victorian Government has announced $5.2 million for the Threatened Species Protection Initiative to support immediate action on threatened species and habitat protection. Funding is available through two grant schemes:
  • Community Volunteer Action grants: $2 million dollars will be provided to small-scale, local threatened species projects that build community connections to the local environment.
  • Strategic Action and Critical Partnerships grants: $3 million dollars will be provided to undertake work that reduces threats and secures important sites for threatened species.
The Victorian Government has also committed $200,000 to a crowdfunding pilot to support threatened species conservation campaigns. More?

Funds to help with environmental projects

Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority  Community Grants of up to $30,000 are available for volunteer, community or not-for-profit groups like Landcare, “Friends-of”, Committees of Management and other environmental groups that benefit the health of the region’s land, water and biodiversity. Activities may include weed removal, planting indigenous vegetation or protective fencing of native vegetation but may also include bigger projects delivering a range of outcomes. Applications close October 19. More?

Bass Coast gets double chance at grants

Not-for-profit community groups in Bass Coast have the opportunity to apply for two separate community grant programs this October:
  • Applications for Round 3 of Council’s Community Grant Program will be open from October 1-15. Eligible groups can apply for equipment purchases up to $1000 and funding for other projects up to $2500.
  • AusNet Services will also be accepting applications for Community Development Grants from community groups from October 1-30. The ‘Energising Your Community’ program will award grants of up to $3000 for eligible projects run by not-for-profit organisations in the Bass Coast.
More? Bass Coast Grants Officer on 1300 226 278 or email or or

Award rewards ethical business

The Ethical Enterprise Award 2015 rewards Australian businesses or organisations that deliver innovative, ethical, positive social, environmental and economic impact. The business that wins this award will receive $10,000 in cash to contribute towards their vision for positive change, as well as business and development opportunities. Applications close on September 30. More? Moral Fair Ground

Irrigation funding round opens

The Macalister Irrigation District (MID) Irrigation Efficiency Incentives Program funding targets on-farm projects to: support irrigators to modernise delivery systems; improve water quality and protect the health of the Gippsland Lakes; improve water-use efficiency and reduce nutrient run-off; minimise problems associated with water logging and salinity; support an increasingly productive irrigation sector with reduced impacts on the environment and public assets Applications close at 4pm Wednesday, September 30. Successful projects must be completed by June 30 2016. Incentives are available for: irrigation farm plans; modernised (updated) irrigation farm plans; reuse systems; spray conversions; best practice surface irrigation. More? Department of Economic Development 5147 0800

Award rewards ethical business

The Ethical Enterprise Award 2015 rewards Australian businesses or organisations that deliver innovative, ethical and positive social, environmental and economic impact. The business that wins will receive $10,000 in cash to contribute towards their vision for positive change, as well as business and development opportunities. Applications close on September 30. More? Visit

Nominations open in RF (Bob) Pitman Award

The Directors at the Macalister Demonstration Farm are seeking nominations for the RF (Bob) Pitman Award. The award honours Bob Pitman by recognising others within the farming community who make an outstanding contribution to the many facets of the dairy industry. The recipient of this award should have one, or all, of:
  • commitment to betterment of the dairy industry in the Macalister Irrigation District via: production, technology, extension, environmental awareness and/or mentorship
  • served on Boards or committees which support the dairy industry
  • served with integrity, humility and altruism.
The award is open to public nomination but ultimately decided by the present day board. Nominations close on close on Friday October 9. More? 0488 175 366 or

Grants help grow the future for food

Food Source Victoria currently has grants worth $20 million, with $18 million for projects and $2 million for scholarships for the industry available via application. The grants aim to help businesses or industry partnerships improve their export ability. The project can include food, transport and logistics as well as other sectors relevant to the food supply chain. More?  Food Source Victoria

Need help supporting kids?

Entries are now open for the Whites Rural Community Grants program, which will deliver $40,000 nationwide for projects to support kids through art, music, sport, sustainability or social wellbeing. There are 10 grants available nationally. Applicants must reside outside of major capital cities to be eligible. Entries close on October 31 and grant recipients will be announced November 30. More?

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). More? Darren Charman 5116 7301 or

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

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

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 and we’ll give you a free plug. No large files, no photos, no sales pitches and full contact details, please.
Aquaculture farm hand/delivery driver wanted at Bangholme (Dandenong South) to manage farm duties in the mornings and deliveries of live seafood to restaurants in the afternoon. The incumbent will be given full on-the job-training, must be able to obtain a heavy vehicle licence (a full drivers licence and be over 25 years old), be okay with humid and warm working conditions and working with live seafood. This is a full-time position with additional overtime on weekends. More? Andrew 0417 317 037 or
Operations training coordinator wanted for Australia's leading branded frozen-food company in Bairnsdale. Engaging with employees and managers on site, applicants will have previous experience in the design and delivery of training programs, proven knowledge of adult learning principles and skills mapping/assessment programs. Flexibility required to work across a 24 hour operation, coordinating and delivering training initiatives for shift teams. Deadline: October 2. More? and enter ref code: 2391107
Pickers needed ASAP for a Pearcedale vegetable farm for on-going work. Applicants should be fit, happy to work outdoors and have own, reliable transport. More? 9549 0400 or
Full-time mine fire inspector for Traralgon-based, four-year term to provide advice on the characteristics of coal mines including the propensity of exposed coal faces to ignite, fire behaviour in mines and prevention, mitigation and suppression techniques. Applicants will have experience of the coal or broader mining industry, and familiarity with earth resources industry legislation in Victoria. Salary $74,962 -$85,052 (plus superannuation) Deadline midnight October 18. More? Duncan Pendrigh 9092 1983
Full-time manager, mine fire risk assessment wanted for four-year term in Traralgon-based position to provide leadership and guidance on approaches to the prevention, mitigation and suppression of fire. Applicants will have the comprehensive knowledge of the standards, principles and practices associated with the management of fire prevention, mitigation and suppression in the earth resources industries. Experience in managing fire prevention and suppression services in the earth resources sector or a similar environment would be an advantage. Salary $106,091 - $141,971 (plus superannuation). Deadline midnight October 18. More? Duncan Pendrigh 9092 1983
Farm Machinery Sales Consultant wanted in Maffra for Cervus Equipment Australia. Applicants require strong communication skills and an appreciation of customers’ needs. Minimum three years sales experience preferable, but not essential, with ag experience plus familiarity with John Deere and competitive products and ability to use Microsoft Office and internet functions. Deadline: Friday October 16. More?
Casual assistant sought by The Diggers Club at Dromana for the spring/summer season. Weekend availability and flexibility is a must. Applicants must have: strong retail experience and a passion for gardening coupled with a good working knowledge of all areas of horticulture. More? 5984 7933
Tourism guides wanted from November to early January in Yarra Valley. Applicants must have a minimum of two years experience in guest hospitality, hotel or tourism industry; be available to work Christmas/New Year and over seven-day rotating roster; have fluency in English and second language such as Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay, Vietnamese or Hindi; and valid visa to work in Australia. More?
Experienced electrician sought by Burra Foods to be responsible for repairs and routine maintenance. Knowledge of dairy manufacturing processes is preferred but not essential. Applicants must have electrical qualifications, a Victorian licence, must be on-call and live within 50km of Korumburra. Highly desirable but not essential: previous experience in a food manufacturing environment and knowledge of Rockwell PLC's. Deadline September 30. More?
New product developer sought by salad processing facility at OneHarvest Bairnsdale. The incumbent is responsible for implementation of new products and processes within the business through organisation and smooth running of factory trials, and finished product specification writing. The job requires similar experience within a chilled food manufacturing environment and hands-on approach to running factory trials. Relocation assistance provided. More?
National fleet maintenance manager sought by Peter Stoitse Transport in Welshpool to provide leadership and direction to the fleet maintenance team, with a focus on safety, preventative maintenance and minimising downtime of vehicles used in bulk liquid and general freight operation. Applicants require experience in a similar role or in a maintenance or spare parts environment, familiarity with COR legislation and strong organisational problem-solving abilities. This is a management role, but will involve some hands-on dealing directly with staff and drivers, troubleshooting various issues throughout the day and continual prioritising of resources to meet the requirements of all our operations. More?
Volunteer support assistant sought by RSPCA Victoria at the Pearcedale shelter. The position requires office support experience, a good knowledge of navigating databases and Microsoft Office suite, and strong written and verbal communication skills. Applicants must commit to a regular weekly shift for at least 12 months and be at least 15 years old. Deadline: October 3. More?
Environmentally sustainable design officer sought by Yarra Ranges Council as an innovative change agent. Applicants must be well-rounded technical experts with skills to engage site owners and users in lasting behaviour change. Applicants require a current Victorian drivers licence. Salary from $76,702/year plus superannuation for permanent full time working 76 hours per fortnight. Fortnightly RDO available. Deadline October 18. More? 9294 6480
Process workers sought by Coldstream winery for 38 hours/week in bottling line team on the day shift up to Christmas. Award wages for workers with experience in manufacturing/process work. Applicants must be fit as repetitive manual handling is involved. More?
Day/afternoon shift packers and production workers sought ASAP for Jindivick cheesery during the peak season. Applicants must have basic GMP knowledge and food manufacturing experience. More?
Horticultural technical officers sought by commercial salad company in Gippsland, Mildura and Bacchus Marsh. Diploma of Production Horticulture is essential. Evidence of previous experience in horticulture and management would be an advantage. More?
Sustainable Workplace Facilitator sought by Yarra Ranges Council to design and deliver organisational change initiatives that embed more ecologically sound practices throughout council’s main office complex. Salary from $76,702/year (pro-rata part-time) plus superannuation. Temporary part time, grant-funded until November 20, 2017, 68.4 hours/fortnight. Nine-day fortnight available. Deadline: October 7. More? Simon Woodland 9294 6480
Manager - Major Systems sought by Gippsland Water for its major bulkwater and bulkwaste systems. Applicants will have demonstrated experience in people management and leadership, strategic thinking and innovation, infrastructure delivery, maintenance and operations and crisis and emergency management. Deadline 5pm Wednesday October 7. More? Peter Skeels 5177 4623
Production team leader wanted by Fonterra at Darnum to work on a rotating roster, two days on (6am-6pm), two nights on (6pm-6am) and four days off. Night shift entails senior leadership on site. Applicants will have: strong team leadership experience with proven abilities in rostering, people development and performance management; understanding of process operations in a dairy, food or pharmaceutical manufacturing and knowledge of operational excellence/continuous improvement. Exposure to SAP highly regarded. More?
Casual construction labourers to work on adhering to WHS/OHS policies. Duties include site clean-up and assisting tradesmen. Pay will vary from $21 to $30/ hour with potential overtime and allowances. Applicants must hold a current drivers licence and reliable transport. Certificate III in Carpentry RTO ID 91454 is desirable. More? 02 6041 6286
Casual ongoing worker wanted for Beaconsfield plant producing dry pet food products to sort and screen product from a conveyor belt and packing and labelling finished product. No qualifications needed but basic knowledge of the food manufacturing environment and experience working on a production/process line would be an advantage. Applicants will be able to lift 25kg +, stand for long periods of time and be comfortable with repetitive tasks and movements. More? 9822 5760
Project support officers wanted to undertake flora mapping, entering and managing data for an invasive flora species control project. The position requires a high level of attention to detail. Applicants must have a proven track record of data management, use of Microsoft Excel and Word, proven experience using ArcGIS and/or Microsoft Access software, GPS and PDA’s to collect and manage spatial data and must hold current manual Victorian drivers licence. More? Matthew 9642 4066 or
Multi combination drivers with B Double tipper experience wanted to work across three sites in the south-east, transporting sand, soil and aggregate. Starts commencing either 4 or 5am and finish 4 or 5pm (12 hours shifts with breaks) on the industry award rate. More? 9705 1291
Full-time truck drivers sought by Gibsons Logistics for the Quad Dog tipper fleet delivering fertiliser and associated products to farmers across Gippsland. HC licence and minimum 12 months experience required. The role starts ASAP. More? Rod Bettess
Person sought by Peter Stoitse Transport to manage all aspects of the maintenance of a national transport fleet in a role based at Welshpool head office. More?
Tech-savvy transport scheduler with strong attention to detail sought in Welshpool to liaise with depots around the state. Experience is valuable, but a keen mind and willingness to learn and achieve results is critical. Applicants must have outstanding computer skills and excellent time management. More?
Ranger Team Leader sought by Parks Victoria in Omeo to lead staff delivering on-ground services. A track record in dealing with external stakeholders on a range of land management issues is necessary. A tertiary qualification in science or equivalent is highly desirable and current Victorian drivers licence is required. Deadline: Friday, October 2. More?
Agronomist based in Pakenham wanted by Elders. Along with tertiary qualifications in agricultural science or a related field, this role requires previous experience in a horticultural role (tree crops, e.g. apples would be desirable). In addition to technical expertise, applicants need to provide high level customer service and cultivate relationships with potential and current customers. Senior and junior agronomists are encouraged to apply. The role includes a fully maintained company vehicle, laptop and mobile phone together with a bonus structure. Deadline: Friday October 9. More? Dennis Panozzo 0409 692 868
Students studying at a tertiary level are wanted for Gippsland Water’s Vacation Employment Program. Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday October 6. More?
Agricultural sales professional sought by Massaro Motors. Applicants require an impressive track record in sales and an excellent history of outstanding customer service. More? Luke Massaro or 5134 1422
Livestock administration officer sought by Tabro Meats to provide management with livestock market numbers, daily and weekly cattle costings and invoicing, to liaise with the livestock department, cattle buyers/agents, and local livestock clients taking over phone bookings and arranging delivery times. Applicants must have very strong computer skills using Microsoft Word and Excel and have own transport. More?
Experienced person/couple wanted on 500 cow stud dairy herd, milking in a 36 unit rotary dairy in west Gippsland. This full time role is responsible for all records, dairy herd health, animal husbandry and dairy hygiene and applicants must have complementing knowledge in tractors and machinery. Extensive experience is essential. More?
Pickers wanted as soon as possible by a south-east vegetable farm. Applicants must be physically fit, happy to hands dirty, work in all weather conditions and have own reliable transport. More? 9549 0400 or
Operations Coordinator sought by Haar's Nursery in Somerville. Horticultural experience not essential, but applicants must have proven work experience as an operations coordinator, be able to lead a team, to manage rostering and shift work and have knowledge of business management principles. Applicants must also be comfortable working outdoors in this seven-day/week business. More?
Process workers/factory hands sought for Lilydale winery ASAP. Applicants must be available for at least three months, five days a week plus some overtime, be physically fit, have a car and current drivers licence and live within travelling distance. Pay: $20-$24.99/hour. More?
Casual farm hand sought for Merricks North, around one day of work per week, occasionally more, for general farm maintenance, mowing, fencing and other building and cattle management. More? Warren 9981 5900.
Picker/packers for two months work wanted by busy Dromana nursery. Pay: $24.69/hour. Current drivers licence and reliable car needed. Horticulture experience preferred. Shifts are 6-11.30am and 11.30am-5pm with occasional overtime. More? Jodie Smith 9767 2999
Experienced technical assistant wanted by One Harvest in Bairnsdale. Applicants should be confident, clear communicators and have expertise stemming from a tertiary qualification in food science or similar and able to manage audits, with auditing certifications highly advantageous. HACCP knowledge / training and familiarity with BRC, WQA and other customer standards and flexibility to work shift work and within cold room environment are also required. More?
Regional Development Victoria (RDV) is seeking to appoint a Regional Director based in Traralgon, to play a strategic leadership role for RDV and on behalf of the State Government. The position requires senior-level experience working with business and across Government, excellent stakeholder management, and strong people leadership. Appointees will have proven skills in; organisational leadership, leading and managing within a government organisation, operational and strategic decision making (balancing strategic and tactical perspectives), commercial acumen (effective in working with business at executive level), and an understanding of the regional context - economic development in relation to regional Victoria. More? quoting reference number J15156
Independent board member sought by Australian Dairy Farmers Limited. The position has a $20k honorarium per year. Experience sought in director's responsibilities; accounting and finances; risk management; HR; industry knowledge; stakeholder engagement; NFP membership; advocacy and government relations; and strategic expertise. Deadline: COB September 30. More?
Full-time gardening team leader sought for Mornington Peninsula gardens for motivated individual with a good horticultural background and knowledge. This is a hands-on position managing a team of two with minimal paperwork. Gear supplied. Salary: $45,000-$55,000. More?
Full-time experienced rendering plant supervisor sought by Tabro Meats Lance Creek facility. More?
Contract/temporary positions for natural resource management team members for Waterways Delivery Program in the south-east. Duties include chemical spot spraying and woody weed removal, land regeneration, GPS mapping, planting and brush cutting, conservation-related activities and chainsaw operation. Previous experience in conservation and land management, bushland maintenance, project fire fighting and local government is required. Work in preservation and the upkeep of wetlands, parks and forestry is highly sought. The role requires a White Card (or state-based training) and Diploma in Conservation and Land Management; First Aid Level 2 (current); ACUP or Chemical Certificate (current); Chainsaw and Fell Trees Ticket; Victorian Drivers Licence; Proven use of brushcutters, blowers, edgers and trimmers and applicants must be fit and reliable. Salary $29.99-$34.99/hr. More? AJ Recruitment 9705 1291
Agribusiness professionals sought including general managers; agronomists; farm managers, packing shed managers; orchard managers; diesel technicians; area/territory managers and product managers. More? 1800 882 287
Full time position available at dairy farm near Heyfield helping milk 500 cows in a 28 swing over. Experience preferred. Accommodation is available. More? 0400 725 290
Assistant depot logistics operator (casual) sought by Brown's at its Koo Wee Rup site. Applicants must be experienced and licensed in front end loader and forklift operation, hold an HR licence and be skilled in bulk storage and handling. More? Kirrily Chipperfield 5997 2203 or
Permanent, full-time environmental planner sought by Wellington Shire Council. The role involves providing advice to internal and external customers about statutory native vegetation requirements, engaging and educating landowners about native vegetation removal/offsetting, reviewing timber harvesting plans and assisting with auditing and processing of planning permit applications. The position requires a relevant degree and experience in environmental science/planning, natural resource management or urban and regional planning. Salary $72,231-$78,621/year plus 9.5% super. Deadline for applications: 4pm Friday October 9. More? Click here
Permanent, full-time community engagement officer sought by Wellington Shire Council to promote consistent community engagement practice across Council and support the development and implementation of local / township community plans. Applicants will have appropriate qualifications and demonstrated experience working within a related field, demonstrated ability to identify key stakeholders and maintain their involvement in the development and delivery of an initiative. Salary $59,414-$68,822/year plus 9.5% super. Deadline: 5pm Monday September 28. More? Click here
Reliable and skilled general labourers sought by a Gippsland council for tree planting, turf laying, and manual digging. A MR licence or traffic control ticket would be an advantage. Roles will be casual with the opportunity for full-time employment. Experience working for local councils will be highly regarded but is not essential. Applicants must have a white card, reliable transport, and pass a medical exam. There is immediate start for the right applicants. More?
Experienced labourers sought by busy landscaping business in Bass Coast/Mornington Peninsula region for a short term project that may lead to other potential work. Applicants must be physically fit and previous landscaping experience is preferred. A white car and own reliable transport is necessary. Immediate start. $23.90/hour. More? Luke Turner 1300 123 450
Machine operator - food manufacturing: two people sought for day shift (8am-4pm) and morning shift (12-8am). Roles will be casual with prospects for a more permanent role. The position involves developing skills on the production line, overseeing a small team and ensuring shift targets are met. Applicants need good mechanical aptitude, experience in food preparation and ability to lead teams. More? 5174 2665
Technical officer sought by Fonterra Darnum. The role has a strong quality systems focus and applicants require a background in HACCP, good process production experience, proven food safety and product quality improvement understanding and knowledge of document control. More?
Casual animal attendants sought by the Lost Dogs’ Home in Cranbourne for weekday, weekend and holiday shifts. Applicants need a Certificate II in Animal Studies (preferred), current driver’s licence, experience in animal handling and husbandry and be able to lift up to 20kgs. More?
Nursery / Dispatch Person for market leader in the wholesale water plant industry, located in Silvan. Nursery experience preferred. To pick and prepare plants, plant division and propagation, weeding, potting, plant care and maintenance and sssist with pond cleaning/maintenance. More? 9737 9663
Full-time HC truck driving work sought in the Krowera area in South Gippsland. Qualifications include: Heavy Combination Licence; Basic Fatigue Management Course; Competitive Edge- LMA; Cert 3 Load Restraints- Blue Ribbon Training; Advanced Load Restraints- One Steel; Crane Competency (3 tonne); Dangerous Goods Drivers Licence; Forklift Licence; and MISC Licence; Construction Induction Certificate (formerly Red and White Cards). A willing and dedicated worker More? Brett McKenzie 0499 173 419 or
Chemical/Process Engineer - Waste, Water, and Bioenergy: Laurent Pochat-Pochatoux is an experienced chemical/process engineer specialised in water treatment, waste recovery and bioenergy, focussing on the bioremediation of industrial effluents using algae, as well as the subsequent production of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts. More? Laurent Pochat-Pochatoux 0432 159 853 or
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
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.
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
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 or 9214 8753 or Karen 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
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

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 or via


Do you have land but no time? Seeking good, underused land in west and south Gippsland for a pilot profit-share cattle consortium. If you have a lifestyle /hobby farm of 50+acres with good water, yards/ramp and fencing, but insufficient time/expertise to run cattle, please contact Paul 0428 102 608

Looking for agistment or lease block for young Jersey cattle
in West and/or South Gippsland: 50 yearlings will run with bulls and 50 young weaned calves. More?

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Gippy Diary

Sep 28 VFF Free Trade Agreement Roadshow Maffra VFF Member Services 1300 882 833
Sep 28 VFF Free Trade Agreement Roadshow Leongatha VFF Member Services 1300 882 833
Sep 29 Traralgon Flood Studies Meeting Traralgon 1300 094 262
Sep 29 VFF Free Trade Agreement Roadshow Warragul VFF Member Services 1300 882 833
Sep 30 YDDP DairyBase Information Session Warragul Irene Baker 0428 889 337
Oct 1 East Gippsland Tourism Action Plan Meeting Lakes Entrance Jeanette Seignior 0419 099 968
Oct 3 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
Oct 4, Nov 8 soil and pasture management course Poowong/Loch SGLN 5662 5759
Oct 6 Mornington Peninsula Small Business Mentoring Session Mornington Kerri Polites 5950 1842
Oct 7 Country Women’s Association Meeting Pakenham Vicky Birch 5940 4651
Oct 7 YDDP Tour of Ellinbank Nutrition Projects Ellinbank Irene Baker 5624 3900
Oct 7 Marketing for Growth Warragul Stacey Clark 5624 2866
Oct 9 Freeranger Eggs Open Day Grantville Phil Westwood 0402 070 531
Oct 9 Pasture trial and farm tour Departing Stratford
Oct 9-10 Living with Bushfire Community Conference Churchill 0427 409 619
Oct 10 SGLN Annual dinner and AGM Kardella South Jenny O’Sullivan 0419 153 377
Oct 12 Food Forum: Eat Drink Local Bairnsdale Karly McCaskill 0408 122 065
Oct 12 Agribusiness Gippsland Regular Meeting Mornington Peninsula Sue 0402 267 802
Oct 12 Baw Baw Shire Small Business Mentoring Session Warragul Stacey Clark 5624 2866
Oct 13 Small Business Mentoring Sessions Wonthaggi Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278
Oct 13 Plant Identification Workshop Phillip Island Lisa Wangman 0409 366 914
Oct 13 Education in the 21st Century Forum Wonthaggi Bass Coast Shire Council 1300 226 278
Oct 13-15 SFS member bus trip to western Victoria and AgriFocus   Janice Dowe 0488 600 209
Oct 14 Bush Foods for Sustainable Farming workshop South Gippsland Karen Thomas 0427 480 170
Oct 14 GCCN) AGM and Forum “State Government Community Conversations on Climate Change Action in Gippsland” Warragul Beth Ripper 0427 528 013
Oct 15 Bush Foods for Sustainable Farming Jindivick Karen Thomas 0427 480 170
Oct 16 Bush Foods for Sustainable Farming workshop Gembrook Karen Thomas 0427 480 170
Oct 17 Bush Foods for Sustainable Farming workshop Mt Martha Karen Thomas 0427 480 170
Oct 18 Bush Foods for Sustainable Farming workshop Myrniong Karen Thomas 0427 480 170
Oct 18 Heyfield Food and Wine Festival Heyfield Debbie 0419 483 311
Oct 20 Mornington Peninsula Small Business Mentoring Session Mornington Kerri Polites 5950 1842
Oct 21 Ellinbank Seminar- Dairy Farm Monitor results Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Oct 22 Casey Cardinia Business Awards presentation Dinner Cranbourne 9705 5393
Oct 24 Benefits of Native Vegetation to Agricultural landscapes Field Day Cowes Lisa Wangman 0409 366 914
Oct 24 Maffra Show Maffra Maffra Show Office 5141 1235
Oct 27 SFS Spring Field Day
Oct 29 Biodiversity Video Conference – Mapping Technology and its Application   Kylie Singleton 5172 2123
Oct 31 Sustainable Living Festival Heyfield Heather Coleman 5148 2100
Nov 4 Country Women's Association Meeting Pakenham Vicky Birch 5940 4651
Nov 7 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
Nov 7-8 Small Farm and Lifestyle Expo Cowes Phillip Island Circuit 5952 2710
Nov 9 Baw Baw Shire Small Business Mentoring Session Warragul Stacey Clark 5624 2866
Nov 10 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Bass Coast Shire Council 1300 226 278
Nov 10 Succession Planning Workshop Bairnsdale Emma Orgill 5154 2867 
Nov 11 Succession Planning Workshop Traralgon Sam Shannon 5613 5978
Nov 14 130th Omeo and District Agricultural Show Omeo 5159 1367
Nov 14 SoarCon Mornington Peninsula
Nov 18 Ellinbank Seminar- links between dairy land management and catchment water quality – Australian and Irish perspectives Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Nov 21 Wild Trout Conference Mansfield

1800 039 049

Nov 25 Casey Cardinia Business Breakfast Pakenham Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
Dec 5 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
Dec 10 Agribusiness Gippsland Regular Meeting Latrobe City Sue 0402 267 802
Apr 3 Southern Gippsland Sustainability Festival Korumburra Lyndal Peterson 5662 9324
Apr 11-16 AusTimber 2016 Latrobe City 9533 4250
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