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9 February 2015

Edition 104

In this issue

• Jobs: get yourself a career in ag
• Ag minister coming to our CBD forum

• New meat plant in Dandenong 

Comments sought over dairy expansion plan
• Local IDW winners plus Oz Day awards

We're addressing national forum
• Crowd buzzin'4bees 
• Quentin @ Farm World

•  Free irrigation tour/expo 
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We’re beefing up our jobs section

We’re beefing up our FREE job ads section because agribusiness needs people. Want to get on the dining boom? Transfer your skills to ag. Starting your career path? Agribusiness is farming and so much more. Employer? Use this free opportunity to target employment openings find people interested in food/fibre production. Scroll down to the bottom of this edition.

Yes, Minister will attend

Ag Minister Jaala Pulford has accepted our invitation and will be attending our executive briefing in Melbourne on February 18. The invitation-only event sees around 40 senior representatives of Gippsland municipalities and other regional leaders discussing agribusiness growth for the coming year and beyond. ANZ is hosting the event for us and we thank them.

Learn the ABC of bees and bee-friendly plants

More than 60 people will attend our free Trees4Bees evening from 6.30-8.30pm at Mossvale Park near Leongatha on February 13. Learn how to plant nectariferous windbreaks, or how to harvest honey. With South Gippsland Landcare we are hosting Mark Leach, Australia’s expert on bee-friendly vegetation, who is coming from Tassie just for this event. Howard Stevens will explain local honey production. We thank Michaels IGA Supermarkets for supporting the event. Attend even if it is raining because we have Option (wait for it…) Bee! Bookings essential. More? Jenny O’Sullivan 5662 5759, 0419153377 or

Wise-up to the latest in water systems

Interested in irrigation? Join a a free tour of the Macalister Irrigation District to view various irrigation automation systems and hear from farmers using them, 18 February 10.30-2.30pm.
... PLUS: PLUS: 3D drainage modelling, farm-scale solar set-ups shifting massive amounts of water, variable rate pivots, advanced telemetry and all the latest in pipes, pumps and precision irrigation – it’s at Sale showgrounds, on March 18. Exhibitors are coming from across Gippsland, northern Victoria/northern NSW as well as Melbourne and Adelaide for the free Gippsland Irrigation Expo from 8.30am-4.30pm. Maffra Rotary will be providing free refreshments, sponsored generously by the Bendigo Bank. The event is organised by DEDJTR (formerly the DEPI) supported by Dairy Australia and SRW. Bookings essential at More?

Gippsland grows in more ways than one!

Long-term growth trends make Gippsland Victoria’s fastest-growing rural area, according to a new report. Not only did Gippsland attract the greatest rural population growth, it was the Victorian rural region with the most population inflows over outflows – the highest net population growth in rural Victoria. 
There were four newcomers to each new local, according to the Regional Australia Institute report: Population Dynamics in Regional Australia. The report compared Regional Development Australia (RDA) areas between 2006/11. It found that migration into Gippsland accounted for most of the population increase, 79.1%. The natural population increase was 20.9%.
Overwhelmingly, the incomers were retirees or pre-retirees: 2811 were 60+ and 1908 were 50-59. The area saw 3040 15-to-24-year-olds leave. 
Gippsland scored an average annual growth figure of 1.5% Southern Melbourne scored higher with 1.9%. Melbourne’s northern and western suburbs recorded 3.2% and 2% respectively. Cardinia Shire was Gippsland’s growth hotspot. It recorded 4.4% growth between 2001/06 and 5.3% from 2006/11. It was the nation’s 13th fastest growing area. 

Farm World welcomes women in agriculture

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: More? 5626 1373

Gippslanders honoured with Australia Day Awards

Frank Mickan “Mr Silage” was awarded a Public Service Medal in this year’s Australia Day honours. Dairy extension officer Frank, who works from Ellinbank, is considered “a national expert in fodder conservation,” according to his award citation.
AND… Stephen Spargo, President of The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), was appointed a member of the Order of Australia General Division (AM)
ALSO…Professor Linda Tapsell was appointed AM. Linda is based at Wollongong University and has done a lot of work on functional foods and human nutrition.

Meat a new processing facility

A new export meat processing facility is opening in Dandenong. Run by former executives of the Tasman Meat Group, the start-up business expects revenues to top $200m in two years and employ more than 400 staff. The Dandenong processing facility of the Australian Meat Group will operate six days/week processing about 750 cattle/shift for export. It has another plant in Melbourne’s western suburbs and at Deniliquin NSW.

Names in the news

We honour all local Australians of the Year across Gippsland but make special mention of Alan Stuart of Mount Taylor who coordinated volunteer clean ups after fires in 2003, 2009 and 2011.
MEANWHILE…Michelle Jones, of Blerick Tree Farm at Neerim South has been appointed Director of International Business Development at Shanghai Orisis Landscape Science and Technology Co.
AND…Matt Dunn is now media advisor/electorate officer for McMillan MP Russell Broadbent.
ALSO:…Burra Foods GM commercial Dale O’Neill is moving to Hong Kong for the company keen to commit to its Chinese marketplace.
AND…Kylie Dann is now Coordinator and trainer Certificate II and III in Agriculture at Latrobe Valley Training and Assessment Centre.
WHILE…Olivia Tait has been appointed Market Development Manager responsible for developing export markets for Apple and Pear Australia Ltd.

Climate change quantified in new report

The BoM/CSIRO Climate Change in Australia report is finally out.  Regional projections for Gippsland in summary:
  • Up to 30% less rain in winter and spring by 2090 under high-emission scenarios. Changes to summer and autumn rainfall not clear
  • By 2030: temperatures across all seasons and all emission scenarios 0.5-1.2°C above the climate of 1986/2005
  • By 2090: temperatures up 2.7-4.3°C under the high-emission scenario and 1.3-2.2°C under the intermediate scenario
  • By 2030: projected range of sea-level rise 0.07-0.17m above the 1986/2005 level
  • By 2090: projected range of sea-level rise 0.27-0.62m in intermediate emissions and 0.38-0.81m under the high-emissions scenario. Under certain circumstances, sea-level rises higher than these may occur
  • Sea surface temperature up 1.6-3.4°C by 2090 under high-emissions scenario. The sea will also become more acidic proportional to emissions growth
  • Fewer frosts, more hot days, longer droughts, less humidity, more solarisation, more evapo-transpiration and more fire-hazard days. (No figures offered for these).

Agribusiness Gippsland at major Sydney conference
We're going to Sydney mid-year to address Agriworld Australia 2015. Agribusiness Gippsland will present its experiences in optimising human capacity. The two-day conference at the Sydney showgrounds is the only B2B agrifood supply chain forum in Australia and backed by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. More?

Water shares go to auction for Macalister district

Southern Rural Water is holding another water share auction for the Macalister Irrigation Area, scheduled for 11 am on Wednesday February 25 at the Maffra Recreational Reserve.
A total of 261.7 ML of high reliability and low reliability shares (bundled together) and 261.8 ML of high reliability water shares (with no low reliability shares) will go under the hammer. The auction is open to everyone, but to be able to use the allocation from the water shares, the buyer must either own a property with a water use licence in the MID, or transfer it to someone with a water use licence. Bidders must register by February 24 using a registration form available from SRW. More? SRW 1300 139 510 or

Not-for-profit group seeks food packing premises

The not-for-profit South East Food Hub needs new vegie-packing premises in the Casey/Cardinia or Dandenong area. It is hoping for the donation or low-rent use of 40-60 sq m ideally with a coolroom or spare fridge/freezer, truck access and staff parking. Also on the wish-list: internet connection, an adjoining office space and toilets. Preferably they’d like somewhere that has operated as a food premises in the past; but they can arrange registration and are willing to share space. The group supports local farmers by supplying fresh produce to businesses and community groups. More? Jodi Clarke 0497 902 008 or

Flower power makes a comeback

Flowers Victoria, representing cut florists and flower growers, has launched “The Power of the Flower” campaign timed with Valentine’s Day next week. The campaigns broadens the romance message to one of universal love and includes a Melbourne radio campaign on the gay station Joy 94.9 FM. More? Visit

Gippsland beef gets in on first serve

Paul Crock and Gippsland Beef aced it at the Australian Open. More?

Show in Pakenham to Pac ‘em in!

Pakenham and District Agricultural and Horticultural Society Show will be held from 9am-5pm on March 21 at the P.B. Ronald Reserve, cnr Henry and John Sts, Pakenham. The free entry show provides a platform to showcase the Pakenham and district agricultural and horticulture produce, while offering and promoting the importance of tourism to the region. More? Anita Rovers 0408 117 709 or or visit

Put your product in front of Melbourne's A-listers

Here is a prospect to get your food products before a discerning (and well-heeled) demographic of Melbourne consumers in March when Julian Burnside (yes, the QC human rights advocate) opens his Melbourne home for a charity cocktail party. If you want to break into the city marketplace at a quality-not-quantity level, this event will allow you to offer samples and leave order lists/promotional brochures. More? Robert Gibbs 9416 1035

Growers in high rainfall zone sought for survey

Growers in the high rainfall zone (HRZ) acid soil regions of the GRDC southern zone are invited to complete a short survey for a new GRDC Project, 'N fixing break-crops and pastures on HRZ acid soils'. The survey aims to benchmark farmer usage of legumes and to better-understand why farmers are not using more of these crops and forages. One farmer among the participants will win a $500 voucher. Deadline February 28. Visit

Develop and share your sustainable idea

The Western Port Catchment Landcare Network can assist farmers to establish demonstration sites on up to 40 farms within the Western Port or Yarra catchments to showcase sustainable farming practices through the Demonstrating Sustainable Farm Practices Project. EoIs are due by Thursday April 30. More? Gillian Stewart 0459 177 363 or or visit

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Gippsland a winner at International Dairy Week

Warragul’s Bawden/Burgmann partnership claimed top titles of Grand Champion and Champion Cow with Encore Pardner Didjago while Katandra Farms Burdette won reserve junior champion. Meanwhile, Munden Farms Dream Barcardi from Nilma North and Araluen Park Poker Pam from Shady Creek also scored firsts in their classes.  Roland Lodge Poker Corn from Drouin West’s Canobie Partnership was named reserve intermediate champion and the Canobie Partnership also scored several places in the Brown Swiss section.
In the Jersey heifer contest, Langdale Jerseys, Inverloch, scored a second, while Bushlea Farms from Koonwarra blitzed the Jersey Futurity.
In the youth sections Mitchell Atkins leading Avonlea Windbrook Cinnamon for JH & CJ Gardiner of Cardinia was named junior champion heifer. Shanae Fisher leading Red Field Doorman Bambi 3186-ET for K Smolenaars, Sale, was named reserve junior champion /heifer/senior leader. Other section winners were a win to Brianna Weaver leading Langdale Verbatim Martha for Langdale Jerseys and Brock Neal with Bushlea Gov Favorite 2 and Zack Redpath leading Bushlea Bbl Doris of the Koonwarra stud.
In the Holstein section, the exhibitor encouragement award went to Justin Johnson of Glomar Holsteins at Bundalaguah, while Bushlea GS Satin AJ & S Mackie, of Meeniyan gained second placing in the Graeme Simpson Memorial award for All Australian Heifer.

Livestock heat stress lessons

Learn about the effects of temperature stress on animals and practical ways to improve shade and shelter on farm. Speakers include District Veterinary Officer Dianne Phillips and Land Management Extension Officer Kylie Macreadie. Field days will be held in: More? Sam Shannon 5613 5978 or

Want to double your flock’s feed intake?

Employ a shepherd. A French study found that flocks tended by a human had daily intake levels often twice those recorded in controlled studies with similar forages. Researchers from INRA and Utah State University found herders use grazing circuits that sequence a meal into a succession of contrasting and complementary ‘sectors’ that boost appetite and intake.

‘Feed me’ offers a menu for healthy soils

Discuss soil amendment at the free ‘Feed me: a menu for healthy soils’ from 9.30am-2.30pm on February 19 at the Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Blv, Pakenham. Presentations from:
  • Dr Pauline Mele - Soil Biologist: Soil biology and the pros and cons of soil amendments
  • Chris Alenson - Soil scientist: What is it you are trying to fix? Fit for purpose amendments
  • Declan McDonald - Composting and soils expert: Compost trials, trial results and soil types

Register at
More? Karen Thomas 0427 480 170 or

Comments sought over dairy expansion

Bass Coast Shire has extended the public consultation period for an application to develop an export-market milk processing/bottling plant and 1000-cow facility at Kernot. Details at

Forum to discuss rural health and resilience

The Centre for the Study of Rural Australia is holding a forum on health and resilience across rural Australia on from 9am-1pm on Wednesday February 25 at The Ivo Dean Centre, Marcus Oldham College, Geelong. This forum will provide a range of insights into the health challenges influencing Australian agriculture and how these are being overcome to develop resilient rural communities. RSVP by Friday February 20.
More? Marcus Oldham College 1800 623 500 or

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

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 or visit

Looking for something unusual in the garden?

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

Festival offers sack-loads of laughs

The Thorpdale Potato Festival returns after 12 years on March 8 in Thorpdale. There’s a potato mash-eating competition, picking-and-packing comps and the Vin Rowe Mr Potato Head challenge – running 350m carrying a 50kg bag of … yep, you guessed it….For kids there’s potato decorating, potato/spoon racing and sack races. And drag out the sewing machine to fashion a winner in the “Hessians on the Field” contest. More? Visit

Get ready for the fire season

Take some time to learn about fire prevention activities.
Visit the Emergency website for more information on how to get prepared for summer and keep up to date with fire risks, download the Fire Ready app or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.
Visit the Fire Prevention webpage for information on fire prevention for residents.
Visit the CFA website for more information and a number of great tips on how to prepare properties and make a bushfire plan.

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

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.”

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
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

Trade mission to Indonesia seeks participants

The Victorian Government is seeking expressions of interest from the Victorian food and beverage organisations interested in participating in a trade mission to Food and Hotel Indonesia (FHI) from April 15-18. The Victorian Government will host a pavilion at FHI and participants will be introduced to potential qualified importers, distributors and end users. Eligible companies may be entitled to a grant of up to $2000. More? Darrin Vouch 9651 9498 or

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

Workshops to explain R&D tax incentive

The Victorian office of AusIndustry – Business Services is running workshops to aid companies in their understanding of the R&D Tax Incentive Programme. The sessions include:
  • discussions on the annual registration process
  • self-assessment of core and supporting activities
  • information for the registration form
  • the compliance process undertaken by AusIndustry.
The workshops will be held from 10am-12pm on:
  • March 16 from 10am. Baw Baw Technology Centre, Level 1, 107 Princes Hwy, Trafalgar
  • March 19,Casey Cardinia Business Hub,L1, 64 Victor Cres., Narre Warren.
To register please go to our website
More? Tim Wills 5633 3436 or

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 bby Erica Schelfhorst, a Bestwool/BestLamb facilitator who is also a PhD research student at the University of Melbourne. More? Erica 5430 4560 or

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 and

There are no excuses for grain farmers

Don’t work alone in grain silos, use sturdy ladders, fit auger guards and mask-up if using chemicals are some  ‘no-excuses’ safety rules from a new RIRDC study.

Warning given to watch for facial eczema

GippsDairy is warning that the recent warm, humid weather has increased the likelihood of facial eczema outbreaks in Gippsland this season. Dairy Australia and GippsDairy are again supporting a pasture spore monitoring service across a series of sentinel farms in Gippsland.
Early intervention is critical. Each farm should monitor its own pasture spore counts week to week and implement facial eczema control and prevention strategies. Spores have already been recorded at low levels in pasture samples in December.

Look for the GippsDairy field day signs!

Field days will be held at the GippsDairy Focus Farms from 11am-2.30pm on:
  • Thursday February 12 in Mirboo North at 670 Boolarra-Mirboo North Rd with Bruce and Fiona Manintveld, their facilitator Jeff Urie and the support group members
  • Thursday February 19 in Toora North at 100 Kewita Rd, Toora with Dan and Cindy Knee, their facilitator Matt Hall and support group members
  • Thursday February 26 in Macalister at Boggy Creek Rd, Maffra with farm manager Becky Horsham, facilitator Matt Harms and support group members.
Tea/coffee and light lunch provided, come for a cuppa from 10.30am.
More? John Gallienne 0407 863 493 or

Professional rodeo coming to Sale

The Sale Rodeo will be held on February 28 from 3pm at the Sale Greyhound Club, Sale-Maffra Rd from 6pm. More? 0418 326 439

Increase pasture intake for profitability

High herbage utilisation is more economic than maximising per cow intake in grass-based dairy systems, and trying to optimise both is impossible, report scientists from DairyNZ, the University of Waikato and the University of WA. Results indicated that profitable management relies on increasing total pasture eaten (grazing plus pasture silage harvested on-farm) through the use of a relatively high stocking rate and moderate levels of pasture intake/ cow.

Korumburra shows the way

The Korumburra Show is on February 14 – general events - and February 15 -horse events. The cost is $25 for families (two adults, two children); adults $10; children (10- 14 years) $5; children under 10 free; concession $8. Sunday only,  $10/vehicle. More?

Opportunities found for on-farm energy efficiency

Data from new RIRDC-backed research on annual on-farm energy usage at several typical meat chicken farms and the relative contributions that various on-farm components have on annual energy usage can be used to improve on-farm energy efficiency. Read the full report here

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:

Grains research update to be held in Sale

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) will hold a grains research update at Sale Greyhound centre on March 18. More? Visit

Show-up for the Show

Bass Coast summer ag show folk are running a fund raiser on February 20 at the showrooms from 7.30pm with $5 door entry to cover a light supper and door lucky tickets. Raffle donations are now sought. More? 5672 3259 or

Breakfast series is back for 2015

The next event is the Casey–Cardinia Business Breakfast series features Matthew Evans, SBS' Gourmet Farmer, former chef and food critic turned Tasmanian smallholder and will be held on Wednesday March 11 from 7-9am at Cranbourne Golf Club. Cost $55pp or $700/table. More? Raylene Wilson 9705 5200 or

Berwick goes on show!

The 2015 Berwick Show will be held at Akoonah Park Reserve, Cnr High St and Cardinia St, Berwick, from 9am-10pm on Saturday February 21. The show is presented by the Berwick and District Agricultural and Horticultural Society and supported by the City of Casey. More? Mike Vallence 9707 0399 or or visit

Victorian growers go on mouse watch

Monitoring has shown an increase in mouse pressure across Victoria. GRDC-funded monitoring by CSIRO and the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre is completed three times per year and analysed with CSIRO modelling that looks at factors such as forecast rainfall to help predict mouse numbers at seeding. Click here to read the whole story

Food forum brings groups together

Strategies and Pathways to Action will hold a free community forum presenting an overview of the key findings of the Connect→Food →Action Project on 3 March, 10am-1pm, Bass Coast Shire Wonthaggi. Have your say on creating strategies/pathways for food system action. Lunch provided. RSVP by February 27. More? Adrian 5674 6407 or

Soil as a gas sink sinks in expectations

Australian scientists are suggesting that using soil as a greenhouse gas sink will be less effective as agriculture’s footprint grows. Researchers from University of Queensland and the Queensland Government reported that by 2011 agricultural soils had expanded to cover 59% of Australia’s land mass and that these soils are ~70% less-efficient at consuming methane than undisturbed soils. More?

Graze the bays

The inaugural free Graze the Bays – Land and Sea festival will be held at Mount Eliza on March 15 from 10am to 4pm. There will be master classes in Gin, Craft Beer, Cupcake Decorating, Wine, Larder Essentials. Gold coin donation for parking. More?

Sign honour for veterans

South Gippsland Shire is naming previously unnamed roads after WWI veterans, and proposes naming a bridge on the Leongatha-Yarragon Rd at Hallston after Cecil Marks, an early dairy pioneer and WW1 western front survivor. His grand-daughter Sue Webster will be attending the March 4 meeting of Hallston Landcare Group to offer insights into the man behind the name. More? 0402 267 802

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 or

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

Do you need business funding?

Discover how you can access the funding to help grow your business at a business financing workshop from 6-7.30pm on Wednesday February 11 at the Casey Cardinia Business Hub, Waterman Business Centre, Lvl 1, 64 Victor Cres, Narre Warren. The workshop covers traditional and alternative funding sources including: bank financing; crowd funding; venture capital; and more. Cost $20. RSVP by February 6. More? Lydia Ropiha 9705 5125 or Trybooking

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

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 March 4. More? Vicky 5940 4651 or

Ponies dress up for the jump off

Pony Club Association of Victoria (PCAV) State Dressage and Show Jumping Championships will be held from 8.30am at the Wonthaggi Pony Club Grounds, South Dudley Rd with dressage for Grades 1 to 3 on February 21 and show jumping for Grades A to C on February 22. Spectator entry is free. More? Carol Chalmers 5687 1415 or

Plan for a better business

A business planning basics workshop will be held from 6-8pm on March 4 at the East Gippsland Shire Offices, 55 Palmers Rd, Lakes Entrance. Cost $20 includes a light supper. More? Marlene Rickhuss 5153 9500 or

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?

Yes, that cow is giving you a sideways look!

Subordinate and older cows are more likely to use their left eyes to look at unfamiliar people and dominant cows, according to new Australian research.  
Scientists from the University of Queensland and Princeton and Cambridge Universities found that a person in familiar clothing was viewed predominantly with the right eye by all cows. They also found that both subordinate and older cows were more likely to use their left eye to view other cattle. And cows predominantly using their left eyes in cow-to-cow interactions showed more overt responses in the cow-crush. Scientists explained that the right brain hemisphere, connected to the left eye, coordinates fight and flight behaviours in animals.

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: March 10, 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

I love Drouin!

The Drouin Ficifolia Festival celebrates all things Drouin from Thursday, February 12 to Sunday, February 15 at Drouin Civic Park. More? Jessica O’Donnell

Sponsorship opportunities open

Apply now for the Victoria Jiangsu Business Placement (VJBP) program, a 16-day residential program in Jiangsu Province, China, May 7–22. View the full itinerary. The program is supported by the Victorian Government and City of Melbourne. Cost is $6,500 (excl. GST), plus your return airfare and personal insurances. The program is normally valued at$17,160 (incl. GST). It is suited to current and future business owners, senior executives and directors of Victorian businesses. To be eligible your business 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.

Country racing is off and … well … racing

Meetings in February: 13-Moe; 14-Buchan; 14-Yarra Valley; 20-Sale; 21-Woolamai; 22-Moe; 28-Yarra Valley. Meetings in March:  1-Sale; 6-Cranbourne; 7-Omeo; 8-Stony Creek; 9-Balnarring; 13-Sale; 13-Cranbourne; 14-Woolamai; 15-Yarra Valley; 26- Pakenham.
More? 1300 139 402 or visit

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

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:

Grow your business

Victorian businesses with $500,000+ annual turnover can apply for Grow Your Business grants. Visit

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

Apply for a community assistance grant

Applications are now invited for Wellington Shire Council’s Community Assistance Grants. Applications for funding between $2000- $5000 in the community events and community projects categories. Applications are accepted until Sunday  March 1. More? Wellington Shire Community Facilities Planning and Grants Officer 1300 366 244, or visit

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

Baw Baw Business Excellence Awards open

The Best Match Recruitment Baw Baw Shire Business Excellence Awards 2015 are now open! An Awards Q & A will be held on Wednesday February 18 from 6-7pm at the Baw Baw Shire Council Offices, Smith St, Warragul. Bookings are essential by close of business on Monday February 16.
More? Baw Baw Shire Council’s Economic Development team 5624 2411 or

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, 2015.  
More? Mark Hincksman 5954 4004 or Melly Pandher 5833 5358 or visit

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

Your wish might be granted…

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

Wind down with a wine on the Peninsula

Peninsula Piers and Pinots is a wine tasting event with 20-25 Mornington Peninsula wineries, food and live music on March 8 from 12-3pm on the Flinders Foreshore, The Esplanade, Flinders. Cost $30/head. More?  5989 2377 or  or

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

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

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.
Gippsland East Local Learning and Employment Networks: seeks Executive Officer for 12-month contract role and possible three-year extension. Salary $80K-$90K +super. The successful candidate will be experienced in community development, education/training (preferably with adolescents) or business management. Applications close 9am February 16. More? 5622 0986 or
Drouin/Warragul Cheese manufacturer wants process workers: for day shifts initially and possible opportunity to move into afternoon shifts. More? Ryan Craven 8545 5750 or
Flavorite Hydroponic Tomatoes in Warragul seeks  production administrator: with sound Microsoft office skills, previous finance and purchasing experience, SAP experience and forklift licence desirable. More? 
The Diggers Club: seeks casuals at Mornington Peninsula for picking and packing, driving tractors and forklifts and other tasks. More? Elizabeth 5984 7933
A full-time qualified diesel mechanic: is sought by Richards Harvesting and Haulage in Morwell to maintain/service trucks, forestry machinery and motor vehicles. More?
Casual nursery hands sought: by Haar's Nursery in Somerville. This is an outdoor, hands-on role. An interest in horticulture is beneficial but not essential. Potential to develop into part-time or full-time position. More?
Korumburra's Burra Foods is seeking a technical co-ordinator: The applicant must have tertiary qualifications equivalent to professional scientist or a diploma in Dairy Chemistry/Technology/Food Science/Nutrition. More? Burra Foods
Gibsons Groundspread is seeking full-time HC truck drivers: for fertiliser deliveries out of Dutson depot. Shifts 12hrs and could include morning or night shifts. Applicants need current HC licence with local knowledge, with previous tipper experience being beneficial. More? Gibsons Groundspread

Hatchery Supervisor/Second in charge sought: with well-developed communication skills,  a flexible attitude to work hours and demonstrated experience as an effective team player. A commitment to OH&S essential. Previous hatchery/poultry experience desirable but not mandatory. Applications close 5pm Friday, February 13. More?

Maffra-based agronomist Operations Manager sought: for 500-acre vegetable operation. Strong awareness of plant nutrition and vegetable/plant agronomy practices are vital. Hands-on, tertiary qualified and significant farming experience sought for very attractive base wage and company vehicle. More? Greg 9862 5900

Reliable farm hands for Pakenham free-range egg farm: Applicants need own transport and be able to work weekends. Duties include egg collection, general labouring, record keeping and physical work. Casual, on-going and between 20-38 hours/week (Monday to Sunday). More?

OneHarvest in Bairnsdale is seeking an experienced maintenance electrician: with Victorian, A Grade Electrical licence with experience in industrial PLC’s, fault finding and maintenance software for a roster of 2 days/2 nights and 4 off. These are 12 hour shifts. More? Visit

The Victorian Farmers Federation is seeking a policy manager: able to work with VFF membership and representative councils to identify, analyse, execute and monitor policy outcomes. Salary $70,000-$90,000, plus super.  Applications close Friday February 20. More? Visit:
Sunny Ridge Berry Farm at Seville East seeks horticulture manager with experience in strawberry, blueberry or raspberry production. A formal agricultural / horticultural qualification is desirable. This is not a desk job and will suit a manager able to lead by example and turn a hand to whatever needs doing. Contact
Environmental Projects Officer sought for national organisation: Melbourne-based, permanent full-time role requiring high-level written communication skills in a commercial context, tertiary qualifications in an environmental or related discipline (e.g. ecology, forestry, agriculture, etc.) and direct experience in land management/conversation projects including planting/ clearing/ revegetation. More? Evan Willen 9663 5513 quoting reference no. SS4054
Qualified agronomists or horticulturalists needed to join a market leading company. Applicants should have experience in delivering improvements in product quality, shelf life and introducing new products for fruit and vegetable product lines and have a tertiary qualification, demonstrated project management experience and developed communication skills. Competitive remuneration package plus a company car. More? Voula Triantafillou 9864 6050
Part time sampling officer sought by Herd Improvement Co-operative Australia at Korumburra to conduct herd testing on farms for split am and pm shifts. More? 5658 1311
GippsDairy is seeking a Projects and Events Director: to work with partners, and establish an events program. Will have an agricultural and business management background with experience in the dairy industry, corporate governance, project management and financial literacy. Tertiary qualification in agriculture, natural resource management, business or a related discipline preferred. Attractive salary and possible part-time arrangements. More? 5624 3900 or
Trainer, agriculture: $100K package, flexible, part-time hours, flexible 3-4 day week, to deliver Cert II, III and IV courses in agriculture. Specialising in a "hands-on", practical class in venues around the Gippsland, LaTrobe Valley and South Gippsland. Tertiary qualifications in agriculture plus a Cert IV (or higher) in Training and Assessment required. More? 9571 5041 or
Teacher, agriculture: Melbourne Polytechnic seeking qualified and motivated person to organise and deliver theory, practical and field-based classes in areas including OH&S, animal husbandry, animal management and whole farm planning. With a degree, diploma or certificate and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or equivalent and/or an approved course of teacher training preferred. Salary $50,856-$81,487 plus super. More? or 9269 1266.
Work sought on dairy farm: Sébastien Depoix, a 23 years old French student is seeking work on a dairy farm in January. He has a technician diploma in agriculture, an undergraduate diploma in farm management and higher degree in animal production to be adviser on dairy farms. His parents are dairy farmers with 55 dairy cows on 120 ha farm. More? Jean Marie Poirier 0033 2 4308 5312 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
Accounting and book-keeping work sought: Work is sought assisting Gippsland farmers and rural small businesses with accounting and bookkeeping, including the calculation and lodgement of quarterly or annual BAS/GST and payroll work. Will travel to your farm. Very reasonable prices and 25 years experience. More? Liz Boughton 0408 305 624
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

Quote of the week

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Gippy Dairy

Feb 10 Business Financing Workshop Narre Warren Lydia Ropiha 9705 5125
Feb 12 GippsDairy Focus Farm Field Day Mirboo North John Gallienne 0407 863 493
Feb 13 ABC of bee-keeping and bee-friendly plants Leongatha Jenny O’Sullivan 5662 5759
Feb 13 Country Race Meet Moe Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Feb 14 Korumburra Show Korumburra
Feb 14 Country Race Meet Yarra Valley Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Feb 15 A Day Out at Lardner Park – Craft Market Lardner Craft Markets Australia 5976 3266
Feb 16 Shade and Shelter for Livestock Production Field Day Loch 0459 177 363
Feb 17 Shade and Shelter for Livestock Production Field Day Ellinbank 0459 177 363
Feb 18 Baw Baw Shire Business Excellence Awards Q&A night Warragul 5624 2411
Feb 18 MID irrigation bus tour   Gavan Lamb 5147 0800
Feb 19 GippsDairy Focus Farm Field Day Toora North John Gallienne 0407 863 493
Feb 19 Feed me: a menu for healthy soils Pakenham Karen Thomas 0427 480 170
Feb 20 Country Race Meet Sale  
Feb 20 Bass Coast Summer Ag Show Fund Raiser Wonthaggi 5672 3259
Feb 21 Berwick Show Berwick Mike Vallence 9707 0399
Feb 21 Country Race Meet Woolamai Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Feb 21-22 Pony Club Association of Victoria (PCAV) State Dressage and Show Jumping Championships Wonthaggi Carol Chalmers 5687 1415
Feb 22 Country Race Meet Moe Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Feb 25 Forum: Health and Resilience Across Rural Australia Geelong Marcus Oldham College 1800 623 500
Feb 25 WinHort Yarra Ranges Womens’ Day Dinner Coldstream 5964 9585
Feb 26 GippsDairy Focus Farm Field Day Maffra John Gallienne 0407 863 493
Feb 28 Sale Rodeo Sale Rodeo Hotline 0418 326 439
Feb 28 Country Race Meet Yarra Valley Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 1 Country Race Meet Sale Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 1-5 Don Campbell Memorial Study Tour Tasmania Colleen Laws 5624 3900
Mar 3 Connect→Food →Action Community Forum Wonthaggi Adrian James 5674 6407
Mar 3 Shade and Shelter for Livestock Production Field Day Flynn 0459 177 363
Mar 3-4 ABARES Outlook conference Canberra 02 6272 3933
Mar 4 Business Planning Basics Seminar Lakes Entrance Marlene Rickhuss 5153 9500
Mar 6 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 7 Country Race Meet Omeo Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 8 Thorpdale Potato Festival Thorpdale
Mar 8 Country Race Meet Stony Creek Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 8 Peninsula Piers and Pinots – Wine Tasting Flinders Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association 5989 2377
Mar 9 Country Race Meet Balnarring Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 10 Small Business Mentoring Sessions Wonthaggi Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278 
Mar 11 Casey–Cardinia Business Breakfast series featuring Matthew Evans Cranbourne North Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
Mar 12-15 Azerbaijan Flower Expo Baku, Azerbaijan Tansu Karabulut +90 212 2731 888
Mar 13 Country Race Meet Sale/Cranbourne Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 14 Country Race Meet Woolamai Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 15 Graze the Bays, Land and Sea Festival Mt Eliza
Mar 15 Country Race Meet Yarra Valley Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 16 R&D Tax Incentive Workshop Trafalgar Tim Wills 5633 3436
Mar 18 Gippsland Irrigation Expo Sale
Mar 18 GRDC research update Sale
Mar 19 R&D Tax Incentive Workshop Narre Warren Tim Wills 5633 3436
Mar 20-22 Women on Farms Gathering Healesville 0418 301 614
Mar 21 Pakenham and District Agricultural and Horticultural Society Show Pakenham Anita Rovers 0408 117 709
Mar 23-25 Paddock to Plate tour of West Gippsland and the Mornington Peninsula   Gillian Stewart 0459 177 363
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 26-29 Farm World 2015 Lardner Lardner Park Events 5626 1373
Mar 28-29 Biological Farming Practical Workshop and Small Microscope Course Garfield 5629 1253
Mar 29 Southern Gippsland Sustainability Festival Wonthaggi Roslyn Jenzen 5951 3317
Apr 1 Stepping In, Stepping Back – Dairy Business Transition Workshop Inverloch GippsDairy 5624 3900
Apr 2 Stepping In, Stepping Back – Dairy Business Transition Workshop Maffra GippsDairy 5624 3900
Apr 4 Omeo Rodeo Omeo 5159 1420
Apr 9, 16 Feeding Pastures for Profit TBA Frank Mickan 5624 2259
Apr 11 Gippsland Rare and Unusual Plant Fair Jindivick Jindivick Country Gardener 5628 5316
Apr 12 Tinamba Food and Wine Festival Tinamba Sarah Gray 0427 011 966
Apr 14 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278
Apr 19 A Day Out at Lardner Park – Craft Market Lardner Craft Markets Australia 5976 3266
Apr 30 Biodiversity Video Conference – Migrations   Kylie Singleton 5172 2123
May 12 Small Business Mentoring Sessions Wonthaggi Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278 
Jun 9 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278
Jun 25-27 National Horticulture Convention Gold Coast 9882 0277
Jul 30 Biodiversity Video Conference – Moths and Butterflies   Kylie Singleton 5172 2123
Aug 11 Small Business Mentoring Sessions Wonthaggi Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278 
Aug 24-24 Youth Ag-Summit Canberra
Sep 8 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278
Oct 13 Small Business Mentoring Sessions Wonthaggi Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278
Oct 29 Biodiversity Video Conference – Mapping Technology and its Application   Kylie Singleton 5172 2123
Nov 10 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278
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