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4 July 2016

Edition 128

In this issue

-Ag minister, ad guru and pasture masters: better book now! 
-MID liver fluke alert
-Esso sells Gippy assets
-New Traf abattoir
-Barra bruisers
-Fed Training new CEO
-Names in the news
-Dairy help on hand
-Who won the wine?

-Scholarships, grants, funding & awards
PLUS: LOTS of jobs!
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Meet the ag minister, the ad guru and the pasture masters

Come and hear how technology is transforming farms across Victoria, but you'd better book soon - our annual Agribusiness Gippsland conference is already half-filled.
On July 28 at Lardner Park near Warragul you will meet some of the most tech-savvy farmers from west and east Victoria, as well as some of Gippsland's new farming industries, such as land-based aquaculture, value-added construction timber and medicinal poppies.
The Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, Jaala Pulford MP, will open the event.
Keynote speaker will be Harold Mitchell, the Trafalgar-born son of a sawmiller and high-school drop-out who has risen to become the nation’s foremost ad guru. A BRW Rich-Lister and major national philanthropist, he has interests in various farm enterprises.
From western Victorian farmer Mark Billing will discuss deploying new technologies on-farm to maximise profitability. Maffra’s Hans Van Wees will explain precision farming.
Fonterra's Commercial Director of Finance Abhy Maharaj will discuss where the milk prices have been and what's ahead.  Prior to joining Fonterra, he was the General Manager of Strategy and Investor Relations at Air New Zealand and started his career at KPMG. Abhy holds a Commerce Degree from the University of Auckland, an Executive MBA from Harvard and is a chartered accountant.
Another keynoter will be Dr Christine Pitt General Manager, Meat & Livestock Australia, Value Chain Innovation, who has held a number of senior positions in retail, manufacturing and financial service companies. 
This will be the region’s major annual agri-event, held at Lardner Park on July 28.
TICKETS ONLY $150 plus GST includes all the day's refreshments plus free networking cocktails (50% concession for farmers/students)
Info: 0402 267 802 or read more at the Facebook page....
...ALSO: Sponsorship packages are now available. Email for details. Plus trade stands are just $400 (plus GST). Outdoor sites are available for equipment displays.

Survey wine-winner named

Our Gippyagchat survey attracted responses from Rooty Hill in NSW, Adelaide, Christchurch in NZ, Canberra and Kenmore in Queensland along with Wangaratta, Torquay, Horsham, Warrnambool, Bendigo and Strathfieldsaye. There were replies from all across Melbourne ... oh ... and have we mentioned Gippsland?
As well as giving us some valuable insights into the Gippyagchat readership, the respondents were entered into a draw for a case of exceptional wines from the Nicholson River Winery. And, as the odds would have it, a Gippslander has won the prize. Kate Commins of Swifts Creek – you’re the chosen one. We thank the Eckersleys for their kind donation of wine and we thank all participants for their help and insights.
We got the message about how big Gippyagchat has grown. Find us someone to sponsor more frequent, smaller editions and we're there! In the meantime, we'll experiment with trying to group the news into easier-to-navigate sections.

Gippsland dairy farmers discuss the price cuts ... and silage

Gippsland dairy consultant John Mulvany told ABC radio on Friday that farmers would be unable to last longer than 12 months at the current milk price rates. "The industry cannot be sustained at a milk price below $5 for any longer than a 12 month period," he said.
...WON WRON'S Paul Mumford has warned that, even at MG's bottom opening price of $4.31kg/milk solids was not the bottom ... "I expect that most dairy farmers will find their numbers come in a lot lower. I've even seen one farm report $3.98. He said his two dairy farms would earn $4.21 and $4.16 and he could maintain that low return for the next couple of years.
...YARRAGON's Clive Orgill said his May finance statement show a $90,000 income drop from Fonterra between May 2016 and May 2015. The drop equates to an approximate 75% drop in earnings.
... JACK CREEK's Marian McDonald said: "Processors tell me that since the opening prices were announced, there are hundreds of millions of litres of milk on waiting lists for new homes right now. The processors will cherry-pick those that suit their ideal profiles. In fact, many processors already have too much milk and have simply closed their books."
... ELLINBANK's Ron Paynter said many farmers would now look to cut costs in their businesses or consider leaving the industry - a move some have already made. He is determined to retain staff. "We need to think through what the consequences [of our decisions] are long term."
... FORGE CREEK's Brody Kennedy said: "The problem's not the one-dollar-a-litre milk... it's the fact there's a glut of milk in the world." 
... ATHLONE'S Lindsay Anderson has managed to squeak his herds through the season by feeding them pit silage stored seven years ago. It's the oldest silage he has ever had to feed out - but it was beautiful 'just like molasses' he said.

Names in the news

Jonathan Davis is Federation Training's new chief executive, taking over from Wendy Wood who announced her resignation in November. He has moved to Gippsland from NSW where he was executive director of Central Coast Community College.
...AND: A big hurrah to  Mark Trzaskoma of Battunga Orchards, Warragul, named national Grower of the Year in the Apple and Pear Australia Ltd 2016 National Awards for Excellence. Production manager Mark has rapidly transformed the 72ha orchard to become one of the most progressive in Australia.
...PLUS: Cheers to Alto Motors, the agribusiness section winner in the Baw Baw Business awards. More cheers to Barry Richards and the team at Gippsland Strawberries, winner of the innovation section and final cheers to Ten Rose International Simmental, winner of the sustainability award.

Are you the farmer we need? Part 1

Next term sees kick-off for our ag-taster project with Year Nine students of Wonthaggi Secondary College. We will be bringing smart farmers to the students, and vice versa, with a mixture of visits to farms and visits to the school by farmers. We have some candidates in mind and will be soon tapping them on the shoulder. In the meantime, if you're a farmer with the smarts - and keen to enthuse the next generation - we'd love to hear from you. Host farms need to be 30 minutes driving time from Wonthaggi and have access/parking for a 33-seater bus. Visits will be about an hour and should include a farm walk for about 25 students. School-visiting farmers need only bring themselves! Please email The pilot project is supported by Bass Coast Shire Council and the Rotary Club of San Remo and Phillip Island.

Are you the farmer we need? Part 2

Are you a small-scale beef, pork, chicken, vegetable or rice producer in Gippsland? OK... we realise rice ain't a goer but we're serious about the others, in a program linking Gippsland with Cambodia through a Gardiner Foundation project. We were invited to mentor a University of Melbourne agribusiness student and have been paired with  Molyvann By. She is a second-year Masters student who has worked for her government's agriculture agency promoting production in small farm co-operatives. Molyvann's experience would be enriched by visiting more pre-farmgate enterprises. If you would like to share your story, email and we'll link you up.

Dairy: we are on your side

Dairy Australia's Tactics for Tight Times fact sheets aim to assist dairy farmers to assess their situation and plan the way ahead during the current uncertainty around seasonal conditions and milk pricing. The first fact sheet - ‘Taking Stock of your situation’ - can be downloaded here

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

Tactics for Tight Times:
A number of farm days will be facilitated by Jeff Urie and featuring farmers talking tactics will look at finance management, winter management and setting up for spring. The farm days will be held from 11am-2pm at:
  • 845 Shady Creek Rd, Yarragon on July 27
  • 35 Sunnyside Rd, Loch on August 4.
Please RSVP. More? Karen Romano 5624 3900

A dairy farmer support day
on July 29 from 10am-2pm at Danny’s the Venue, Logan Park, Howitt St, Warragul will provide an opportunity for Baw Baw Shire farmers to get together for a lunch and chat and get information from a range of industry providers. More? Bec Olsson 0417 363 799
The Department of Human Services also provides a Farm Household Assistance Package for eligible farmers. More? Department of Human Services website.

Government offers support to dairy businesses: Small Business Victoria, in partnership with the East Gippsland Shire Council, is offering a free workshop and access to experienced business advisors from 7pm on July 6 in Bairnsdale RSL, Corner Forge Creek Road and Princes Hwy, Bairnsdale. Individual mentoring sessions are also available on July 7 by appointment.
Participating businesses will gain access to information and tools to help them assess the financial health of their business. All sessions are free and bookings are essential. More? Business Victoria 13 22 15 or visit

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

The Leongatha Rural Financial Counselling Service provides financial counselling to farmers experiencing hardship. More? Anne Gilligan 5662 2566 or or Marshall Scott  0407 898 735

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

Gippslanders have started a Facebook hay donation drive. Yarram-based organiser David Tilley said transport and loading/unloading assistance was also sought as the donated fodder would be delivered across the state. Donations are being accepted on 0409 334 397.

Liver fluke alert

A $340,000 research project is seeking new liver fluke treatments after a Victoria-wide study found the parasite has developed widespread resistance against triclabendazole, the most common drug used to combat it. “We found widespread liver fluke parasite infestation, with up to 73% of herds infected in the Macalister irrigation zone in Gippsland alone,” said joint project leader Prof Terry Spithill.  “Our aim is to trial a fluke control system based on environmentally integrated parasite management … rather than just relying on a chemical drench.” The researchers plan to launch an on-farm control program for implementation in 2018. The project is being carried out at the Centre for AgriBioscience at Bundoora and is supported by the Victorian Cattle Compensation Fund, the Federal Department of Agriculture, Dairy Australia, Agriculture Victoria and La Trobe University.

Local input sought for flood strategy

The West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) is seeking expressions of interest from members of the community who are interested in providing input and feedback in the development of the West Gippsland Regional Floodplain Management Strategy. More? or visit

Opportunity opens for women in sustainable ag

The Port Phillip and Westernport CMA is looking for interested women to take part in a women’s sustainable agriculture discussion group. The group will focus on developing confidence, developing broader networks and building capacity in public speaking. This is a free, two-year program facilitated by Jenny O’Sullivan of Linking Environment Agriculture and People. It will start with a two-day workshop held in early September 2016, followed by a series of workshops, farm walks and other activities as determined by the group at the retreat. Women will be selected based on an Expression of Interest process. More? Sarah Halligan  8781 7908 or

It's time to count your chickens ...

The 2016 Agricultural Census is on now on. Give the web form a try: faster and easier! or email or phone 1300 135 070
BUT DO IT SOON! The deadline is July 7... yep, three days away!
The 2016 Agricultural Census will ask approximately 103,000 Australian agricultural businesses to provide information that is crucial to decision making about agriculture in Australia. The Agricultural Census is one of the largest statistical collections undertaken by the ABS and provides a range of information to inform decision-making on Australia’s agricultural industry, including data on the area and production of key agricultural commodities, land management practices and information on land and water use. Go on ... set a good eggsample!

News around the traps....

A survey of Hazelwood Pondage last week has captured 20 stocked barramundi, the biggest of which weighed more than 6kg. Fisheries Victoria Executive Director, Travis Dowling, said: “These growth rates are comparable, if not better, than some of Australia's best tropical barramundi fisheries. The Pondage’s unusually warm water, combined with its abundant population of exotic prey-fish, appear to have provided barramundi with an ideal home away from home.” Recreational fishing in the Pondage remains closed until at least 20 October.
...ALSO: Trafalgar's Victoria Valley Meat Export has commenced operations at its newly commissioned abattoir . Owner Peter Povolinka has spent 2.5 years developing Australia's first multi-task processing plant. The company currently employs 35 people, but it is set to increase production to slaughter more than 200 head of cows and bulls/day, with the work force totalling around 100 people over the next two to four years.
...AND: Esso has announced plans to sell some of the offshore Gippsland Basin fields, licences and associated offshore infrastructure to third parties.  Newly returned Gippsland MP Darren Chester said while the jobs would still be there in the future it would be important to ensure they were filled by local workers.
...PLUS: Lakes Entrance plays a role in protecting seabirds

Looking to poppies as diversification

Agribusiness Gippsland is supporting the investment of a Tasmanian poppy company putting feelers out for a Gippsland supply of these high-value crop.

Get ready for the Gippsland Small Business Festival

The Gippsland Small Business Festival, part of the Victorian Small Business Festival, gives small businesses the opportunity to learn practical new skills and access new ideas to help boost their productivity and competitiveness. Tickets to the Gippsland Small Business Festival are on sale now at the TryBooking website. For more information about the Victorian and Gippsland events in this year’s festival, visit the Business Victoria website.

Get some Gippy traction ... soon

If you need to target Gippsland's agri-community and the services they use, consider highly targeted Gippyagchat for your advertising. You'll also get the satisfaction of supporting Agribusiness Gippsland, the region's not-for-profit group helping support our important ag sector. Want to get some ad traction? More info? Sue 0402 267 802
Single insert $60 plus GST
Five inserts $250 plus GST = $50/insert
Full year $500 plus GST = $30/insert

What is the value of Landcare projects?

The Merriman Creek Landcare Group is taking part in a pilot study to see the environmental, social and economic value of a small grant they have received from the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA). Read more here

Farmer groups unite for meeting

The Warragul Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) Branch and Region 7 of United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) are holding a joint meeting from 7:30-9:30pm on Wednesday July 6 at the Baw Baw Skills Centre, 69-71 Wills St, Warragul.  More? Jim Armstrong 0427 586 288

Russian wheat aphid found in Victoria

Russian wheat aphid (RWA) was found in Victoria by Agriculture Victoria in early June. Scientists at Agriculture Victoria’s Crop Health Services have confirmed samples from Horsham, Kaniva, Yaapeet and Nhill contained Russian wheat aphid. An emergency permit (82792) has been issued to support the use of pirimicarb and chlorpyrifos products for control of Russian wheat aphid in winter cereals. Read the more here
GRDC have released information on the changed approach to control of this pest from eradication to management. GRDC have urged growers to take a threshold based management more here
View RWA Treatment information here
Areas affected by RWA in Victoria (current at June 27) here

Speak up for the region and the future

The Committee for Gippsland is undertaking the Our Region Our Future project on the future of the Latrobe Valley which is expected to undergo an industrial transition within the energy generation sector. This will create both challenges and opportunities for Gippsland businesses and communities. Small and medium businesses in the region are asked to complete a short survey at More? Committee for Gippsland 5623 3219 or

Silage wrap recycling is coming to Wellington

Wellington Shire Council is making it easier and cheaper for local farmers to dispose of silage wrap. Between 8am and 5pm on Monday July 18 to Friday July 22, Bulkabags of silage wrap can be dropped off at Kilmany Transfer Station for reprocessing. A minimal fee of $10 applies to drop off each full Bulkabag, which partially covers transport and handling costs. More? Wellington Shire Council 1300 366 244 or

Get the latest news from Jono and Jan

Jono Craven, Gippsland's latest Churchill Scholar, is travelling the globe studying all things compost and how agriculture can get greater benefit from recycling of organic nature wastes. Jono is producing a regular video blog while travelling. The Blog from Germany and IFAT is here.
Nuffield name Jan Vydra is running a fascinating blog examining intensive horticulture. Jan is co-owner of a Clyde-based herb farm is employing the latest technosmarts for clean, sustainable production. He also runs a mean blog.

Get all the dirt on soils

Prom Country Cheese landowners Burke and Bronwyn Brandon will discuss their how soil management planning has benefited their sheep dairy operation at a field day on Friday July 15 from 10am-2pm Prom Country Cheese, 275 Andersons Inlet Rd, Moyarra. Senior Soil scientist, Declan McDonald will be on hand to discuss the finer points of soil health and how sustainable management can benefit production and reduce costs. A tour of the property will also look at other innovations and the cheese making operation. Morning tea and lunch provided. RSVP essential. More? Joel Geoghegan 0409 705 652 or,au

Get on course with learning

The NCDE are running a number of courses in the coming months including: 
  • Calf Rearing covering all aspects of calf rearing, including disease management, weight management, colostrum management, welfare and safe handling on July 11 and 18 in the Macalister Irrigation District
  • Farm Chemical Users Course covering safe handling and use of agricultural chemicals. Successful participants gain their farm chemical users certificate (valid for five years) in:
    • Maffra on July 22, 29
    • Leongatha on August 5, 12
    • Warragul on September 9, 16
    • Yarram on October 7, 14
  • Develop and Review Business Plans – set business goals , identify risks, develop operational and tactical plans as part of a whole of business plan in Warragul (or via webinar anywhere) August 2, 9, 16 and 23.
Enrolment essential in all courses. More? Robin Bell 0427 574 229 or Tony Seymour 0429 000 301

Focus on the Macalister Demonstration farm

The Macalister Demonstration Farm is holding a Focus Farm open day on Thursday July 21 from 10.30am-2.30pm. The day will showcase the physical and financial performance of a dairy farm that is operating under a corporate farming structure. More? Neil Baker 0488 175 366 or or visit

Government takes a stand with SIT

Fruit growers have welcomed a cooperative agreement to fund the establishment of a new Sterile Insect Technology (SITplus) program to help eradicate fruit flies and safeguard the horticulture industry in Victoria and South Australia.
The Andrews Government will contribute $900,000 towards SITplus for the development of a new national Queensland Fruit Fly rearing facility. The flies produced in the facility will be commercially available in 2018/19.
Victorian growers will be significant winners from the program, as SIT will be deployed across the state for area wide suppression and eradication programs.

FREE mulch offer for Gippsland landowners

Get a free* 30m3 load of locally-made mulch. No-obligation to buy. Ideal for calf bedding, laneways, vegie/tree mulching. Made in Dandenong from recycled new-home timber offcuts, non-toxic FARMULCH is already popular with local dairy farmers. They find it filters better than sawdust and seems to reduce lameness and mastitis. And at $8m3, it’s much cheaper than sawdust. Dairy farmer, Clyde Jones of Gembrook, said: “FARMULCH makes for a softer, cleaner walk to the milking bails, significantly reducing lameness and mastitis in my cows.”  PLUS: It’s a cost-effective mulch and soil conditioner for vineyards, vegetables and soft/pome fruits. More? Book delivery your free 30m3 trial load – first five callers each week (One load per customer) Ph Andrew 0416 246 258. (*Within 30km of Dandenong or $5/km thereafter). Or DIY collect for free from Dandenong.) Agribusiness Gippsland is proud to bring this offer to its readers through Gippyagchat.

Taking teams to new levels

A new short course in Bairnsdale - “Improving Team Productivity in Agribusiness” - is designed for people currently working in agribusiness as supervisors, frontline managers and team leaders. This course will build on current skills and use practical examples to demonstrate how to deal with challenging situations. It starts on Thursday July 21, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm (for four sessions), and is organised by East Gippsland Food Cluster and Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre (PNC Training). More? 51 560 214 or

Better manage soil

Learn how to better manage soil at the Soil Wealth farm walk from 2- 4pm July 7 at Bulmer farm, 30 Main Rd, Lindenow. The event is hosted by Bulmer farms and run by AHR and Stuart Grigg Ag-Hort Consulting. The walk will highlight the results of 10 months of minimum and reduced till practices, including use of permanent beds, cover crops, reduced tillage machinery and drip irrigation. The farm walk will cover the challenges of changing soil management practices and be followed by a BBQ and drinks. Please RSVP by Monday July 4. More? Stuart Grigg 0400 860 763 or

Do you have a mountain view?

Mount Baw Baw and Lake Mountain Resort Management Boards are seeking community feedback to help shape the future of Mt Baw Baw and Lake Mountain. Have your say on the DELWP website before Sunday July 10 at Mt Baw Baw and Lake Mountain 2030.

Focus farms open their gates

A series of Focus Farm field days will discuss findings over the past two years and how this information can be used to advantage on other farms. The focus farm budgets for production, financials and feeding have been developed to maximise recovery from the difficult position recovering from the dry times and dealing with the new milk price. Focus Farm Open Days will run from 11am-2pm at:
  • Macalister Focus Farm on Thursday July 21
  • Mirboo North Focus Farm on Thursday August 11
  • Leongatha South Focus Farm, Cashin's Rd, Leongatha South on Friday August 19.
More? Tony Platt 0477 440 339 or

Thinking of stepping up or back?

GippsDairy, Dairy Australia and Gippsland Young Dairy Network have designed workshops to provide development opportunities for dairy people. Stepping Up Stepping Back aims to help farmers consider the options available to them as they transition into or out of the dairy industry. These interactive workshops will be delivered by John Mulvany, OMJ Consulting from 9.45am-3pm on September 1 in Leongatha Lunch included. Please RSVP. More? GippsDairy 5624 3900 or

Show us your daffodils!

The Leongatha Horticultural Society 60th Daffodil and Floral Show 2016 will be opened by Stephen Ryan, TV Presenter and writer at 3.30pm Thursday, August 25 in the Memorial Hall, McCartin St, Leongatha. The Show features daffodils, floral art, cut flowers, Australian plants, camellias, plant stall and refreshments on:
  • Thursday, August 25 from 2-5pm
  • Friday, August 26 from 9am-5pm
  • Saturday, August 27 from 9am-4pm
More? Sue Thompson 5668 6334

Registrations open for Landcare conference

Registrations are now open for the 2016 National Landcare Conference and Awards, to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from September 21-23. The conference program focuses on Collaborative Communities – Landcare in Action, with keynote speeches being delivered by Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery, and Don Bourke, Presenter and Executive Producer of Australia’s beloved Burke’s Backyard. More?

Are you a young grower on a mission?

Expressions of interest are sought for the 2016 Young Grower Industry Leadership and Development Mission to Chile, Argentina and Brazil from September 11-25. More? Visit

Get on top of tax

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is presenting a number of tax workshops for small businesses will be held in Officer in early July:

App helps amateurs to love the lakes

A new field guide app, developed by Museum Victoria, shows the rich land based, freshwater and marine life found in the Gippsland Lakes catchment with photos and descriptions of over 250 animal species, including those commonly found in and around the Lakes and others that are of special interest. More? Love our Lakes website

Hand over your opinions on lupins

Comment is sought on a proposal considering options to regulate food containing lupin as a food allergen. Submissions close July 28. More? Click here

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

Drought concessional loans are now on offer

Eligible farmers in Victoria can apply for drought concessional loans.  The scheme, managed by Rural Finance, is designed to assist farming operations that have experienced significant financial impact as a result of the drought. Eligible businesses must have been operating for at least three years and have good long-term prospects of returning to profitable trading with sustainable debt levels. More? Visit or 1800 260 425

People work to protect the environment

West Coast Catchment Management Authority (WCCMA) is showcasing farmers who are working to protect waterways including:

Make government work for you

A free ‘Gov4U’ seminar for small business operators will be jointly delivered by the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, a Skills Adviser from the Industry Skills Fund and the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. The seminar will provide information on the advice, support and grants available from the three tiers of government that can help your business grow and become more sustainable. The seminar will be held on August 2 from 6-8pm in the Mornington Shire Offices, 2 Queen St, Mornington. To book, click here.

Events support sustainability in South Gippsland

A number of sustainability events are being held in South Gippsland including Resilience through Diversity fact finding tour to the North of Victoria on July 12-13, with support from South Gippsland Shire Council and Bass Coast Shire Council. The tour will find out how farmers in northern Victoria are coping with their warm, dry weather to be prepared for similar weather in Southern Gippsland. The cost is only $100 per person inclusive of accommodation, meals and tours. To book call 5662 9200 or More local sustainability activities? visit

Plan for business growth

Baw Baw Shire Council is hosting a Business Planning for Growth, two day workshop. Sessions run from 9am-5pm on Wednesday August 24 and Tuesday August 30. The cost is $200 per business (up to two people per business). Bookings are essential. More? Baw Baw Shire Council 5624 2411 or

Think you’ve got a Landcare tale to tell?

Landcare is seeking submissions of stories on successes and learnings for the quarterly publication Landcare in Focus.
  • The August issue on National Landcare Conference and Awards special edition has a deadline of July 21
  • The November issue on Grazing management for improved productivity and profitability, soil resource management and variable rainfall response has a deadline of October 20.
Article submissions must be between 150-600 words saved as a Microsoft Word document or a PDF; have at least one and no more than two or three high resolution images that clearly illustrate the accompanying article. Full captions for each attached image and permission to publish from any people in photos are required. More?

Book in for breakfast

Dates for the 2016 Business Breakfast Series have been confirmed as:
  • Wednesday September 28 at the Cranbourne Racing Centre, Grant St, Cranbourne with food educator Stephanie Alexander
  • Wednesday November 23 at the Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Blvd, Pakenham with futurist Chris Riddell.
All breakfasts run from 6.45-9am. Cost: $60pp or $700 to sponsor a table. Book online through trybooking. The Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast series is presented by Casey Cardinia Region, Monash University and the Melbourne Football Club. More? Raylene Wilson 9705 5200 or

Blind Bight man guilty of keeping excess pets

The City of Casey’s prosecution of a Blind Bight resident for breaches of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 and City Community Local Law 2/2010 concluded on Thursday June 23 at the Dandenong Magistrates’ Court. Council brought 53 charges against the defendant, Mr Troy Scoble, for keeping excess animals on his property and failing to meet basic registration requirements. Mr Scoble was found guilty after pleading guilty to 52 of the charges.
Mr Scoble has been ordered by Magistrate Spencer to reduce the number of dogs on his property to four, or obtain a permit for excess dogs within 60 days. Mr Scoble must also pay $1,500 towards Council’s legal costs and $1,000 to the court fund.

Strategy to help plan for impacts of climate change

The West Gippsland Regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) Climate Change Strategy will help better plan for the impacts of climate change with hotter weather in all seasons, less average annual rainfall, more intense bushfires, less snow, increased frequency of storm surges and flooding are all predicted as part of the future climate for the West Gippsland region by the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO. More? Visit

Have you discussed DairyBase?

GippsDairy is offering to present sessions on DairyBase to dairy discussion groups operating in Gippsland. Sessions can range from an introduction to the DairyBase tool through to running a comparative analysis session with real group member farm data. More? Tony Platt 0477 440 339 or

Do you need help with your training budget?

The Industry Skills Fund is an Australian Government initiative that provides grants to up skill/reskill workforces. Eligible businesses with identified growth opportunities or seeking to diversify can receive free independent skills advice, streamlined access to training grants and support services through financial co-contribution. Onsite help is available through the Gippsland area representative. More? Mariah 0438 497 836

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:

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 2nd 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

Worldwide agriculture event coming to Latrobe

Latrobe City will host the World Wide Agriculture conference (WWAG) in July 2016. Around the 200 delegates are expected to event. The WWAG will be held at Federation University in Churchill from July 20-21 and on 22 July the delegates will tour local regional growers. The event features a line up of international scientists and experts, as well as farmer speakers from both sides of the ditch. Additionally, one of the speakers will host an intensive course on feeding the soil at the Century Inn in Traralgon from July 25-27. More?

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:
  • July 20 with Dr Innocent Rugoho, Research Scientist, Soil Sciences, Ellinbank on winter feed systems in New Zealand South Island dairy farms
  • August 17 with Claire Lewis, Research Scientist, Animal Production Sciences, Ellinbank on valuing trait improvements in pasture species
  • September 14 with Sarah Killury, Dairy and Irrigation Team Leader, South East, Agriculture Services and Biosecurity Operations, Maffra on sustainable irrigation in the MID - progress to date
  • October 19 with Natalie Nelson, Specialist, Farm Business Economics - Dairy, Leongatha on Dairy Farm Monitor results 2015-16
  • November 16 – TBC
More? Sharon Aarons 5624 2339 or

Don’t miss the business bus

The Victorian Government’s Small Business Bus, that offers free mentoring with an experienced business professional, is coming to:
  • 91 Princes Hwy, Yarragon on Wednesday July 20
  • 61 Smith St, Warragul on Thursday July 21
More? 13 22 15 or

Successfully exiting your business takes planning

A short, practical workshop will introduce strategies, tools and models for planning a business exit strategy. Participants will learn how to improve the perceived value of your business in the eyes of potential buyers, and put steps in place to set new owners up for continued success. The workshop cost $20 and run from 6-8pm on Wednesday July 13 at Drouin Civic Centre 33 Young St, Drouin Book at: Business Victoria website

Small business mentoring sessions are back!

Small business mentoring sessions offer 45 minutes sessions with a mentor who can provide general business advice and assist in initial steps to overcome an issue or information gap in your business. The free sessions are supported by local councils. Sessions are available at:
  • Mornington Shire Offices 2 Queen St, Mornington on: July 12, 26; August 9, 23; September 6, 20; October 4, 18.
  • Bass Coast Shire Council Civic Centre, 76 McBride Ave, Wonthaggi on August 9, October 11
  • Cowes Customer Service Centre, 91-97 Thompson Ave, Cowes on September 13, November 8
  • Grantville Transaction Centre, 1504-1510 Bass Hwy, Grantville on July 12
  • Toomah Community Centre, 15 Golden Green St, Pakenham on July 26
To book a mentoring session please visit the Small Business Mentoring Service or contact your relevant local council.

Community grants season opens

Latrobe City Council Community Grants are open until midnight on Sunday July 17. More? Visit

Women make it work over breakfast

Women Making It Work (WMIW) is holding a networking breakfast on Thursday, July 21 from 7-8am at the On Track Cafe, 18 Golden Green St, Pakenham. Guest speaker is Tim Riley from Bona Fide Lawyers providing information on business structure for asset protection, financial flexibility and tax and succession planning. More? Sue 0407 009 656 or

Large fines for dumping of unwanted scrap metal

Latrobe City Council is reminding residents that dumping unwanted items is an offence. Dumping unwanted material, including scrap metal, old appliances, vehicle parts and machinery, also known as aggravated littering, is an offence under the provisions of the Environment Protection Act 1970 and carries a maximum penalty of $9120. Following complaints of repeated dumping outside a scrap recycling merchant’s premises in Head St, Traralgon, the Council has increased Local Laws patrols and will take action against any person found dumping material. For more information on Council’s waste facilities click here

Plan for a better business

A business planning workshop on Wednesday, August 24 from 6-8pm at the Toomah Community Centre, 18 Golden Green St, Pakenham will help participants to navigate the business planning process, create a clear one page plan for their business, and understand the business frameworks that will help to fast track success. The cost of participation is $20. More? 5941 2389

Swim in the Casey Cardinia shark tank

Casey Cardinia Region are encouraging young people (up to the age of 28) who have an innovative business idea to pitch their ideas to a panel of successful local entrepreneurs eager to help them reach their goals in a local shark tank style event! More? Click here

Victorian Export Awards now open

Applications for the Governor of Victoria Export Awards close on July 31. More?

Nominations open in Rabobank leadership awards

Nominations have opened for the 2016 Rabobank Leadership Awards, recognising the contribution of senior and emerging leaders in the success of Australia and New Zealand’s food and agribusiness industries. Nominations for both awards can be made on the Rabobank Leadership Awards website at: Award nominations close on July 31.

Bass Coast Business Awards open

The 2016 Bass Coast Business Awards are open for entries. Businesses can  submit an online entry form that will be assessed by an independent judging panel. Visit Entries close 5pm Monday, July 11.
The People’s Choice awards allow customers to support businesses by voting online at Voting closes 5pm Monday, July 11.
Winners will be announced at the Awards Presentation Dinner at Silverwater Resort, San Remo on Friday, August 19. Tickets are $60 per person and include drinks on arrival, canapés and a two course meal. Book online at: More? Emilie Barkley 1300 226 278 or

Scholarship encourages youth into agribusiness

Agribusiness Australia (formerly the Agribusiness Association of Australia) is supporting a multi-year scholarship encouraging young Australians to undertake tertiary education in agriculture. Applications close at 5pm on August 12. More?

Looking for a grant?

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

Resource Assessment Grants are now available

Sustainability Victoria is offering grants to help Victorian businesses get more out of the materials they purchase and save money. Funding of up to $10,000 is available to eligible small and medium sized businesses to review activities, and identify, and implement resource efficiency improvements. Application due by Friday August 5. More? Rodney Pugh 8626 8791 or or visit

Move your business into the future

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

Government releases new funding opportunities

The Victorian Government has commenced a number of new funding programs including: the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund (RJIF) and Food Source Victoria (FSV). More? Graham Scott 5116 7300 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

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.
Customer service team lead - agribusiness manufacturing and marketing agricultural product with Melbourne HQ. To maximise customer engagement by developing processes, systems and training tools. To support the movement of this soft commodity product from port to storage and handle any customer and manage a team of coordinators and supervisors. You will be an experienced customer service professional from an agricultural background, having worked in an agricultural, manufacturing, logistics or product-based business. Salary $60K-$75Kplus super. More? Ryan Hoiberg 0408 387 562.

Tractor driver for a Australian Fresh Salads  for permanent full-time role to start in August for discing, spraying, bed forming, slice hoe and slashing. You will have minimum 4-5 years experience in tractor operations, be fit, reliable and able to work up to 6 days/week during the harvest season (September - April). Previous experience working with baby leaf salads or related crops desirable and other skills and training including forklift, excavator and mechanical skills are a bonus. More?

Animal welfare officer for University of Melbourne to provide technical expertise, education and training, and policy leadership for the health and welfare of animals used in research and teaching at the university. You will have a degree in veterinary science and eligibility for registration in Victoria. Salary $111,812 - $116,332 p.a. plus 17% superannuation. Deadline July 3. More? Click here 0038403.pdf
Environmental projects monitoring and reporting officer for Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority.  You'll need to have GIS experience, be well-organised, be able to work autonomously, have great communication skills and be a team player.  Part time – 3 days per week (22.8 hours), one of your working days must be Thursday. Fixed term - concluding 30 September 2017. The role has a full-time equivalent salary of $65,000/year + super ($39,000 + super pro-rata). Deadline 12pm, Friday July 15.  More?
Bushland and wetlands - team member for south-east council. Full time permanent position, salary $59,037 - $63,558.You will have Diploma in Natural Resource Management or equivalent with demonstrated experience or lesser qualification with appropriate skills and extensive experience. Previous bushland maintenance experience, including identification of local native flora and fauna and habitat management and excellent plant/weed identification skills and holding the Farm Chemical Users Certificate or equivalent. Current Victorian driver’s licence with the ability to drive a manual vehicle. Deadline 15 July. More? Michael 9518 3727.

Ecologist for Victorian-based work with GHD. You will have three to five years’ experience conducting surveys in south-east Australia, particularly within Victoria and good skills in one or more areas of botanical, zoological or aquatic (fish and/or macroinvertebrates) identification, be able to independently undertake field surveys and present findings in detailed reports  plus a tertiary qualification in a relevant ecological discipline and understanding of national and state environmental legislation and policy (e.g. EPBC Act, FFG Act, Planning and Environment Act). Experience undertaking habitat hectare assessments is desirable but not essential. More?8687 8000

Co-ordinator, fire and emergency management for Baw Baw Shire Council, based at Drouin. Full-time, salary $43.13 to $48.27/hour. You will have an excellent track record in the field of emergency management and the ability to build strong professional relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders. Deadline July 10. More? Debbie 56242441

Project officer, community engagement for DWELP Forest Fire and Regions Group’s  Engagement and Risk Branch.  Position until 30 June 2017. You will have tertiary qualifications or experience in community engagement, strategic communications or other social science disciplines and demonstrated understanding of forest management, bushfire management or emergency management (in the prevention, planning, response or recovery phases) and current practices. Victorian driver’s licence is required. Salary $62,535 to $75,930.  More? Tamara  9637 9826

Veterinary resident fought for Healesville Sanctuary starting August 2016 for a two-year, full-time research degree - Master of Veterinary Science in Veterinary Care and Management of Australian Wildlife. The successful applicant will be enrolled in a post-graduate MVSc research degree, must have a veterinary degree eligible for registration in Victoria and a minimum of two years experience in clinical practice, with a strong academic background (preferably a second class honours degree or equivalent experience), and good written and verbal communication skills. A stipend of $32,500 pa (tax-exempt) will be offered. Zoos Victoria will assist in seeking further monetary support for the selected research project. The application should include following documents in one PDF or word document: 1-2 page cover letter; curriculum vitae; academic transcript; names and contact details of two referees. Deadline: July 10 at 11pm. More? Dr Paul Eden 5957 2880 or
Grey bench saw operator wanted for family-owned and operated Gippsland timber mill for a casual position working Monday to Friday with the opportunity for a full-time position for the right candidate. Applicants will have experience and a car licence. Some form of truck licence and forklift licence would be beneficial. More?
Skilled tree workers wanted for Drouin Tree Services. Applicants must have had certified training in working near power lines, traffic management, first aid, chainsaw and wood chipper operation. An EWP ticket (licence to perform high risk work - WP) and MR truck license is also desirable. Formal arboricultural training and/or relevant industry experience is also preferred. Negotiable wage range: $45k to $62k, paid from set start and finish time at depot, with a split of mulch sales. More? Jason 0419 592 757
Ruminant Sales Manager – Dairy sought by a leading animal health and nutrition company to manage their Gippsland/Tasmania territory. The successful candidate will manage customer relationships and profitability for dairy producers in the region. More? Click here
Director, capability and assets sought by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to ensure the mobilisation of a highly skilled emergency management workforce that is supported with safe, fit-for-purpose plant, equipment, and leading edge technology. Applicants need: experience in emergency management, logistics, procurement and contract management, proven executive leadership skills in a cross functional setting and relevant tertiary qualifications. Deadline: July 10. More? Jennifer D'Arcy-Smith 9631 0320
Permanent part-time veterinarian wanted at the RSPCA’s Pearcedale clinic. Salary $64k/year (pro-rata) including super (9.5%). The incumbent will be a registered veterinary surgeon in Victoria and hold a Victorian drivers licence, radiation use license and micro chipping implantation certificate and be able to work 24 hours per fortnight across a seven-day rotating roster including weekends and public holidays as required. More? Iain Mitchell 5978 9000
Horticulture apprentice wanted for Mansfield's Propagation Nursery in Carrum Downs to commence the Certificate III in Horticulture (Production Nursery) attending TAFE one day per week. Applicants  will be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions, be team orientated, reliable and have excellent communication skills. Own transport is essential. More? Shantelle Vance

Agribusiness professionals for Lucas Group clients nationwide. Companies are consistently looking for: General Managers; Agronomists; Farm Managers; Packing Shed Managers; Orchard Managers; Area/Territory Managers and Product Managers. More? 1800 882 287 
Assistant manager/Manager-agribusiness for Melbourne-based advisory firm, employing more than 330 people across Australia and NZ, with transactional and corporate advisory skills.You will demonstrate a strong understanding of commercial principles and business strategy, excellent written and verbal communication skills and a willingness to work in a team environment. You must have an agriculture background ideally primary production, with experience in M&A/ transactions/ investment banking desirable. You will have a degree in Commerce, Agribusiness/Agriculture Economics or Business, Accounting or Finance. CA or IPA or CFA or similar qualifications are ideal. More? Lucy 0401 944 320. View other positions at
Animal attendants for Blue Cross in eastern suburbs, casual positions for cleaning, feeding, exercising, and general care. You will have extensive animal handling experience and sound knowledge of animal behaviour, be happy to work outdoors and have excellent physical fitness.  Current drivers licence and own transport essential. Working from 15-25hrs/week any day of the week including weekends and public holidays. Roster starts 8am and finishes 4.30pm with some overtime. More?

Experienced nursery people wanted by Mansfields at Carrum Downs. Permanent and casual positions are available. Some industry experience required. Applicatns should be fit and willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions. More? Shantelle Vance
Chief executive officer wanted for industry association representing one of Australia’s largest agricultural sectors. The role involves the day-to-day running of the business, growing the membership base, working with existing members to deliver required services, sponsor engagement, advocacy and policy development, financial management and budgeting, planning and running meetings and ensuring corporate governance standards are maintained. This is a national role base in Melbourne. Agricultural industry and tertiary qualification an advantage, particularly in agricultural or rural science, with marketing/communication experience and the ability to source research and development funding and write applications. Salary: $120-130,000/year plus superannuation. Deadline: 15 July. More? Dr Ray Johnson
Community engagement facilitator sought by Cardinia Shire. Salary: $78K-$92K annual package for a 12-month parental leave contract. Applicants will have demonstrated understanding and experience in community policy and strategy development, excellent analytical, negotiation and problem solving skills, a comprehensive understanding of the role of local government in the community and the process by which services are provided and a tertiary qualification in social sciences, applied science or a related discipline. Deadline: 12 July. More? Position Description
Environment ranger wanted for Phillip Island Nature Parks in a full-time position on a seven-day roster for 12 months until 30 June 2017. The incumbent will assist with habitat rehabilitation, revegetation, plant propagation and aid with the coordination, training and supervision of volunteers, students and community groups. Applicants will have: relevant tertiary qualification in natural resource management and/or relevant field experience, sound understanding of environmental management principles and practices, especially areas of habitat restoration, and management of pest plants, drivers licence with ability to drive manual vehicle, Agvet Chemical User Certificate, Level 2 First Aid certificate and aWorking with Children Check. Pay: $28.34/hour. More?
Small Business Mentor in agriculture wanted by Australian Volunteers International for voluntary position in Tanzania. More? Click here
Agronomist sought by Australian Volunteers International (AVI) for a voluntary position in Tanzania. More? Click here

Farm Development Mentor - Crops sought by Australian Volunteers International (AVI) for a voluntary position in Fiji. More? Click here
Chipper operator sought for casual, on-going work in Melbourne’s south-east.  Immediate start working outdoors all year round in varied weather conditions. Applicants will be fit, have an MR truck licence and experience operating chipping machinery safely. More? Hayley 9554 4200

Herd manager in Yarragon milking 850 cows in a 60-bale rotary.Must be fully experienced in milking and animal husbandry, and take responsibility for a team environment. Three-bedroom house available close to schools and amenities and school bus at gate. Salary neg by experience. More? 0407878490

Casual milker for Yarragon dairy farm. Must have experience and able to work some weekends on a roster. Hourly casual rate $22/hour. More? 0407878490

Casual workers to help build large-scale netting structures to protect orchards, working in Warragul. This job will last up to two months and ongoing work is available. You will have your own transport and accommodation (normally a travelling van with a tent). You need to be very comfortable at heights (mostly working in cherry pickers 4-6m high)and  experience with heavy machinery (tractors, farm machinery) desired. More?
Dairy hands for large farm in Heyfield, preferably experienced staff. On-farm accommodation for couple or singles available. Backpackers welcome if you can stay a minimum of 4 months. More? Manaia 0488102222

Assistant packing shed manager sought at Cafresco Organics at Koo Wee Rup, working 7am to 3:30pm, although longer hours and weekend shifts needed seasonally. Applicants will have experience and hold a forklift ticket, or obtain one.  HACCP qualifications and mechanical aptitude desirable. More? 5997 1225
Arborist sought for local council in Melbourne’s south-east. Applicants will have relevant trade certificate and experience in arboriculture/horticulture including tree maintenance, EWP ticket, Limits of Approach, chainsaw ticket, MR/HR Licence and traffic management ticket. A first aid certificate is desirable. More?  Hayley 9554 4200
Cadetships: Applications are sought for the Indigenous Cadetship Program, an initiative of the CSIRO Indigenous Engagement Strategy which aims to enhance the educational, employment, training and career development opportunities for people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent. More?
International sales and marketing executive wanted for Phillip Island Nature Park in full-time three-year position to support the implementation of the marketing, sales and communication strategy, develop and implement a strategic sales action plan to drive new business opportunities, conduct training and presentations to clients and attend key sales missions and trade events. Applicants will have relevant tertiary qualification in sales and marketing, sales skills within an international tourism environment, proven negotiation abilities, exceptional stakeholder engagement and management and outstanding presentation and time management skills. Deadline July 6. More?
Senior shire ranger sought by Mornington Peninsula Shire in a permanent full-time role. Salary: $102,801/year. The incumbent will have a thorough understanding of local government regulatory and statutory requirements as well as knowledge in investigation, resolution and enforcement processes. Experience required in a customer service delivery environment, a regulatory or law enforcement role coupled with experience in training and mentoring staff, handling and management of animals including livestock and an understanding of issues associated with fire prevention and land management, and computer literacy skills, particularly with corporate databases and the Microsoft Office suite of products. Completed or commenced qualifications in a relevant field and a current Victorian drivers licence are essential. The position requires the successful applicant to undertake after-hours and on-call duties and should live on or close to the Peninsula to ensure an appropriate response time. Applicants must be prepared to undertake a Police Records Check. Deadline: noon July 8. More?
Tree planting crew members wanted for large tree planting projects in the south-east. Applicants require horticultural or similar experience, White Card (essential), First Aid certificate and adequate fitness level. The projects are short term and ideal for those who may be in-between jobs, university students or working visa travellers. A reliable car and licence is required. More? AJ Recruitment 9705 1291
Gardeners and horticulturist wanted for south-east Melbourne council. Payment: $25 +/hour. Applicants will have Certificate 3 or above in horticulture, a current Chemical Ticket and a chainsaw certificate is desirable as is MR or above drivers licence. More? Hayley 9554 4200.
Worker sought by JD Propagation in Pearcedale for a hands-on role for a person who can work well in a team. Experience is not essential but desired. Applicants will have a can-do-attitude and love the nursery Industry. More?
Vineyard Operators (Level 2-5) sought by Total Viticulture Solutions in the Yarra Valley. Duties include operating viticultural machinery; daily maintenance/preparation of machinery, manual tasks - pruning, canopy and trellis repair; irrigation maintenance and harvesting - including supervising hand-picking. Applicants will have pride in appearance, workmanship and punctuality. Prior viticultural/horticultural experience and experience operating tractors and heavy machinery are essential. Exposure to mechanical harvesting practices and some mechanical maintenance knowledge would be beneficial. Current drivers license is essential; medium rigid or heavier is highly preferential but not essential, as is a forklift license. More? 1300 088 778
Wholesale nursery production manager sought. Horticultural/management qualifications, experience in staff management, pest and disease management and associated practical technical skills and communication and leadership skills are essential. More?
Dairy herd manager sought for 500 cow stud dairy herd, milking in a 36 unit rotary dairy. This full time role will see the successful candidate being responsible for all records, dairy herd health, animal husbandry and dairy hygiene as well as have complementing knowledge in tractors and machinery. Extensive related work experience is essential. More?
Tractor driver sought for Australian Fresh Salads at Maffra for a permanent position for experienced (minimum four years) to start early August. Key tasks include discing, bed forming, slice hoe and spraying. Applicants will be fit and reliable and able to work minimum 38 hours/ week and up to 55 hours during harvest. More?
Farm hand wanted for Yarram dairy farm for work three to five days/week on milking, feeding out, calf feeding and cow collection. Applicants must be experienced. Current referees/references are essential. A two bedroom house is available nearby. Please ring after 7pm. More? 5189 1258
Work experience sought gardening, farm work, working with animals, ideally 10km radius of Warragul, for a fit, hard-working 25-year-old male with mild autism. More? Jenny 0439 210 405
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

Country racing is off and … well … racing

Meetings in July: 8-Pakenham, 17-Pakenham, 19-Pakenham, 24-Moe, 25-Yarra Valley, 31 Pakenham; Meetings in August: 3-Sale, 5-Pakenham, 6-Bairnsdale, 8-Yarra Valley, 13-Cranbourne, 16-Pakenham, 18-Sale. More? 1300 139 402 or visit

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Gippy Diary

Jul 6 VFF and Region 7 UDV Joint Meeting Warragul Jim Armstrong 0427 586 288
July 6 Small Business Resilience Workshop Bairnsdale, V 13 22 15
Jul 7 Tax essentials for small business Officer
13 72 26
Jul 7 Soil Wealth Farm Walk Lindenow
Stuart Grigg 0400 860 763
Jul 7 Small Business Resilience Mentoring Bairnsdale, V 13 22 15
Jul 8 Country Race Meet Pakenham Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Jul 11, 18 Calf Rearing Course MID Robin Bell 0427 574 229
Jul 12 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Jul 12 Small Business Mentoring Service Grantville 5951 3384
Jul 12 Peninsula Business Networking Breakfast Mornington Melinda Ryan
Jul 12-13 Resilience through Diversity Fact Finding Tour Dep. Leongatha
Jill Vella 0408 208 350
Jul 13 Successfully Exiting Your Business Workshop Drouin
Aaron Campbell 5624 2438
Jul 14 Record keeping for small business Officer
13 72 26
Jul 15 Soil Management Planning Field day Moyarra
Joel Geoghegan 0409 705 652
Jul 17 Country Race Meet Pakenham Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Jul 19 Country Race Meet Pakenham Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Jul 20 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Jul 20 Small Business Bus Yarragon 13 22 15
Jul 20-21 World Wide Agriculture Conference Churchill +64 3 318 0133
Jul 21 Focus Farm Field Day Macalister Tony Platt 0477 440 339
Jul 21 Women Making It Work Breakfast Pakenham Sue 0407 009 656
Jul 21 Small Business Bus Warragul 13 22 15
Jul 21 Macalister Demonstration Farm Focus Farm Open Day Macalister Neil Baker 0488 175 366
Jul 22 World Wide Agriculture Conference Tour Churchill +64 3 318 0133
Jul 22, 29 Farm Chemical Users Course Maffra Tony Seymour 0429 000 301
Jul 24 Country Race Meet Moe Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Jul 25 Country Race Meet Yarra Valley Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Jul 26 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Jul 26 Small Business Mentoring Service Pakenham Chrissy Lloyd 5945 4387
Jul 27 Tactics for Tight Times Farm Day Yarragon Karen Romano 5624 3900
Jul 28 Agribusiness Gippsland 2016 roundtable…technology>change>future Warragul
Jul 29 Dairy Farmer Support Day Warragul Bec Olsson 0417 363 799
Jul 30 Export Preparation Workshop Warragul Aaron Campbell 5624 2411
Jul 31 Country Race Meet Pakenham Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Aug 2 Gov4U Seminar Mornington
Aug 2, 9, 16, 23 Develop and Review Business Plans Warragul Tony Seymour 0429 000 301
Aug 3 Country Race Meet Sale Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Aug 4 Tactics for Tight Times Farm Day Loch Karen Romano 5624 3900
Aug 5 Country Race Meet Pakenham Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Aug 5, 12 Farm Chemical Users Course Leongatha Tony Seymour 0429 000 301
Aug 6 Country Race Meet Pakenham Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Aug 8 Country Race Meet Yarra Valley Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Aug 9 Small Business Mentoring Service Wonthaggi Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Aug 9 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Aug 11 Focus Farm Field Day Mirboo North Tony Platt 0477 440 339
Aug 13 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Aug 16 Country Race Meet Pakenham Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Aug 17 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Aug 18 Country Race Meet Sale Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Aug 19 Focus Farm Open Day Leongatha South 0477 440 339
Aug 19 Bass Coast Business Awards Presentation Dinner San Remo Emilie Barkley 1300 226 278
Aug 23 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Aug 24 Business Planning Centre Pakenham Toomah Community Centre 5941 2389
Aug 24, 30 Business Planning for Growth   Baw Baw Shire Council 5624 2411
Aug 25-27 Leongatha Horticultural Society 60th Daffodil and Floral Show Leongatha Sue Thompson 5668 6334
Aug 27 Vintage Wine Degustation Dinner Kardella South Djinta Djinta Winery 5658 1163
Sep 1 Stepping Up, Stepping Back Leongatha, V GippsDairy 5624 3900
Sep 6 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Sep 9, 16 Farm Chemical Users Course Warragul Tony Seymour 0429 000 301
Sep 13 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Sep 14 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Sep 16 Casey Cardinia Business Awards Gala Dinner San Remo  
Sep 20 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Sep 21-23 2016 National Landcare Conference Melbourne  
Sep 22 2016 National Landcare Awards Melbourne  
Sep 28 Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast Cranbourne Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
Oct 4 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Oct 7, 14 Farm Chemical Users Course Yarram Tony Seymour 0429 000 301
Oct 11 Small Business Mentoring Service Wonthaggi Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Oct 18 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Oct 19 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Nov 8 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Nov 16 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Nov 23 Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast Cranbourne Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
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