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18 August 2014

Edition 96

In this issue

• Special deal for Royal Melbourne Show
• Farm land values: Gippy stars
• The next big thing: techAG2014
• Chicks make the most money
• Farmers younger than we think

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Putting business on show … at the Show

We’ve secured a special deal for Gippy food and tourism firms at the Royal Melbourne Show: four-day deals for firms unable to run a whole-of-show display. Also we’ve negotiated special liquor licensing conditions for participating vineyards.
All slots are provisionally booked, but we will run a wait-list. You can join by emailing We’ve done all this in conjunction with the RASV and Destination Gippsland. We thank them, as well as Andrew Wilson, East Gippsland Shire and East Gippsland Marketing. We also thank Maffra Cheese for the donation of cheeses for the event.
And if you’re going to the Show, visit the Tastes of Victoria Pavilion to support the nine participating local firms at the Inspired by Gippsland stand. More?

Land is appreciated in Gippsland

West and South Gippsland farms are Victoria’s top performers in land value appreciation, according the latest index by Rural Finance. Farms in the regions averaged annual growth rate of 4.96% - 20% above the index’s average performance. The region saw 5603 farm sales totalling $2431m and the median parcel size was 52ha.
Victoria’s next-highest growth was 4.85% in the western district.
The Victorian Farmland Values Index 2013 tracked the results of almost 45,000 land sales across Victoria since 1990. The 44,268 transactions, totalling 5.8m ha, generated sales of $15.2b. The index removed sales under 30ha.
The report found 10% of rural land sales were between family members, although East Gippsland, at 7.9%, was the state’s lowest in this category.
The index found three distinct trends in the past 23 years. Between 1990-2000, farmland values were stagnant, with capitalised annual growth of 1.8%. From 2000, values rose rapidly over the next eight years to a peak in 2008. The capitalised annual growth rate was 11.6%. A decline in farmland values occurred in 2008, before stabilising in 2010 and 2011. Values began increasing again in 2012 and 2013, giving the 2008-2013 period a capitalised annual growth rate of 0.1%.

Come and see the real things to come ...

Drones, robotics, precision agriculture, waste mitigation/reuse, telemetry, genetic technologies ... Come and see what the future looks like for Australian farms. 
Don't miss our one-day forum at Sale on November 12.  Plus an amazing field trip the next day.
TechAG14 will feature speakers with real-time experience using tomorrow’s technology today. Pre-farmgate: Dr Amy Fay will explain how Dairy Australia conducted energy audits on dairy farms across Australia. Post-farmgate: Wuk Wuk Beef producer Peter Treasure will share his tale of developing, processing and packing shelf-stable meat-based meals. 
PLUS: Book a seat for the field trip of the future, an extra one-day tour of cutting-edge technology on November 13.  We'll get the first-look at SRW's new auto flume gates and we're negotiating for a working drone demo.
COST? Only $200 (plus GST) (half-price for students) for the conference includes meals, notes and a complimentary RASV cocktail networking event afterwards. The day-long field trip costs $150 plus GST (students $100) and includes all food, a goodie bag and some amazing onfarm insights.
BOOKING? Winning Post function centre, Greyhound Racing Victoria, Sale-Maffra Rd, SALE. November 12 and 13, 2014.
COST? November 12: Full-day conference with lunch/refreshments and complimentary RASV cocktail networking function. $200 plus GST. Students $100.
November 13: Full-day field tour with lunch/refreshments. $150 plus GST. Students $100.

Chicks make the most money: official

Chicken meat is the best Australian ag-property performer for 2014, with wine offering the greatest future potential for buyers to come in at low entry prices, according to the latest Colliers International research. Beef is also named as a future star. The most sought-after assets are vertically integrated businesses in strategic locations. More? Rural and Agribusiness Research and Forecast Report 2014

Switch off rising power costs

Wineries, breweries and an abattoir are among the businesses already signed up for our energy-saving cluster called SupplychainSmarts. This week we start on-site visits to the participating businesses with Gabriel Hakim from the award-winning Warragul-based team of AgVet Projects ( and RMIT Masters of Sustainable Engineering faculty. The project has with back-up support from Latrobe City Council and funding through Sustainability Victoria’s Building Business Capability grants as part of the Smarter Resources Smarter Business – Energy and Materials program. Running a food/fibre business and want to cut your power bills? Maybe you'd like to join the cluster too? We're looking for a handful of small businesses for a pilot project that could make a difference to your bottom line. Email

Australian farming population is ‘competitively young’

A  new RIRDC study has found that, while the number of young people entering agriculture continues to fall, Australia's farm population remains ‘competitively young’ compared to other developed economies. Only NZ had a younger farming population.
The study found that the number of farmers aged under 35 years of age has fallen by 75% since 1976, largely due to farm aggregation. Other reasons for declining numbers of younger farmers are factors are in common with the rest of Australia, including structural ageing of the Australian workforce and delayed entry due to longer years in tertiary education.
More? Visit

Put more bite into your food business

Agribusiness Gippsland is supporting a free Food Futures forum at Traralgon on August 20 for people wanting to develop leadership within the food, beverage and produce industries.   The program, devised by the Hargraves Institute will help maximise your leadership potential and give you tools to elevate effectiveness. The three-part program is organised by Food Innovation Australia Ltd and supported by East Gippsland Food Cluster and RDA Gippsland. The free introductory session will be held at the Century Inn from 3 to 6pm. More?


Gals with power tools back for more!

The DHS gals-with-power tools workshop we staged earlier this year in Cranbourne is back … this time in Warragul and Traralgon. The free workshops give women of all ages experience in using hand tools and small power tools, as well as explaining trade careers. Each four-hour workshop involves about 20 participants and includes a free lunch. The Gippsland sessions will be run from 10am-3pm on: September 8 at the Baw Baw Skills Centre, 69 -71 Wills St, Warragul or  September 9 at the CFA complex, 158 Princes Hwy, Traralgon. More? Julie 5177 2644 or

Report studies future livestock options

Ducks, buffalo, dairy goats and sheep and marrons are future livestock industries of promise, according to a new RIRDC analysis. Projections for rabbit meat are negative while those for emu, game birds and deer are neutral. The new report Animal Industries Five Year RD&E Plan 2013-2018 is available online at

Names in the news

Denison-based vet Dr Stephanie Bullen won the recent national young scientist award from the Sydney-based Dairy Research Foundation (DRF). She is studying her Master of Veterinary Science (Clinical) and Master of Veterinary Studies at the University of Melbourne. She received first prize for her study into drenching on 16 farms and found all had evidence of resistance to worm treatments in at least one species.
… AND: Tynong North’s Peppermint Ridge has been nominated for Farm of the Year in the Weekly Times.
... PLUS:
Michael Croatto is now Milk Supply Manager at Burra Foods.
... MEANWHILE: Paul Dodds has been named inaugural agribusiness manager for Murray Goulburn’s Gippsland suppliers.
... ALSO: Evans Mwengwe (the Young Agribusiness Professionals sponsored to attend our 2013 Cardinia conference) has been appointed climate adaptation expert at Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (Ministry of Finance).

SFS wants to shave information from your stubble

As part of the GRDC Stubble Project, Southern Farming Systems will be conducting conduct interviews to review stubble management practices. Information and contacts supplied in the survey will be strictly confidential and destroyed after the completion of the survey. More? Paul Breust 5265 1666 or

Dairy deals heat up

Following its first distribution deal to export to Singapore, Dandenong-based Chobani Australia has announced that it will be exporting yogurt to Malaysia. The new export deal comes just 19 months after Chobani Australia opened its $30m plant.
...AND: Asian, European and domestic buyers are reportedly circling Gippsland’s Longwarry Food Park, with a purchase price of $150m mentioned. Founder Rakesh Aggarwal has indicated an ASX listing might be sought amid reports that investment bank Rothschild has undertaken a due diligence and that it and Rabobank have received indicative bids. The company is looking to supply fresh milk to China and is also flagging a $100m infant formula plant. It reported revenue of around $92m last year off 100m litres and expects that to rise to $100m-plus this year with 80% of revenue from exports.

Bad backs are everywhere ...

We've had phone calls from Bundalaguah to Cardinia and Ensay, people wanting to know about our Betterspines4farmers project. Visit
A phone call last week from Fran Jacka of DHS got us analysing the women responding to our SurveyMonkey online back survey. So far, 38% of respondents have been women. Of total responses, 70% are aged 50 to 70 and also 50% spend more than 25 hours a week doing physical work (excluding sport but including tractor driving). This suggests that some of those older women are tackling some heavy-duty physical work.
Much equipment used on a farm is bloke-sized and many women have probably not had trades training. In fact, at our last power tools session the gals requested a session on fencing, safe use of chain saws and ATVs. (Still trying for that one).
And how do men and women try to counteract or avoid the pain? 45% do nothing (“I just get through it”). Another 45% see a doctor/chiro/physio or masseur. Tellingly, only 16.6% do yoga or pilates. That’s what we want to target.
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GippsDairy seeks directors

GippsDairy is seeking directors able to commit the necessary time, networks and technical knowledge of dairy farming or other skills. Appointees will be offered training from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Applications close August 25. More? GippsDairy 5624 3900 or or visit

Learn to live with bushfire

A community conference on living with bushfire will explore the wide range of issues relating to fire and the effect it has on our community and natural resources. The conference is a joint initiative between the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI), Federation University Australia, the Country Fire Authority, Latrobe City Council and Parks Victoria. Cost $20 per day, per person. It will be held from October 3-5 (attend one session or attend all) at Federation University Auditorium, Gippsland Campus, Churchill and includes:
  • Day 1 Opening with - Craig Lapsley and Theme: Fire and the environment
  • Day 2 Theme: Fire and the community
  • Day 3 Field trips (limit 40 people); DEPI - Fire Ecology; CFA - Bushfire protection plans for property
More? Peter West 0427 409 619 or Dr Wendy Wright 5122 6854 or visit 

Casey Cardinia Business Week is nearly here!

Casey Cardinia Business Week runs from August 25-30 with a range of training seminars, workshop and networking events. The opening event on Monday, August 25 will launch the week and include a:
  • showcase of technology tools and services
  • three-part symposium called ‘Gov4U’ with representatives of the three levels of government
  • CSIRO presentation about using applied research and development to create wealth
  • panel discussion by leading online business entrepreneurs in technology.

Brave new world …

Food of the future will be fresh, locally sourced and paid for using mobile phones, according to research commissioned by Woolworths. It predicted the grocery shopping habits of Generation Alpha - aged between 10 and 24 in 2034. They will be the most-educated generation, with 90% completing year 12. One in three will never have children. The most common family will be the couple-only, typically changing jobs every three years and living in 15 homes over their lifetimes. The ratio of workers to retirees will be 3:1 (compared with 5:1 today).

… And nervous new world

Australian supermarkets have not ruled out using personal information collected through loyalty programs when assessing customers’ credit applications. A recent report had a Woolworths executive saying data might affect customer eligibility - shoppers buying meat and milk might be considered a better credit risk than those buying cheap foodstuffs or alcohol.

Irrigation season starting with new faces

August 15 heralds the opening of the irrigation season in the Macalister Irrigation District and a new face at the helm of the Macalister Customer Consultative Committee. Longtime chair Graeme Anderson OAM is handing over to deputy chair Iain Stewart with Brad Missen now assuming the deputy position.

Help to incubate young farmers

Farmer Incubator helps new farmers work a small allotment under the guidance of instructors and mentors and is asking farmers and rural landholders to participate in a 10-minute online survey at

Hydroponic crops are ripe for the picking

Horticulture students from Community College Gippsland have harvested their first crop of hydroponically-grown bokchoy, the first to be grown from the new state of the art $450,000 hydroponics facility at the West Gippsland Trade Training Centre in the McMillan campus, Warragul. The facility is already being used by CCG’s horticulture, conservation and land management students who are also growing lettuces and lemon thyme. A peppermint tea business is also operating from the facility.

Boost to agriculture in schools

Canberra has announced $2m funding to develop classroom and career resources integrating primary industries into the Australian curriculum from kinder to Year 10.
Last year we established the Gippyagteachers network - supporting about 25 secondary teachers from Langwarrin to Orbost - and we're still on the hunt for about $15K to appoint a part-time facilitator for a year ... any ideas?

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Forum focuses on dairy investment opportunities

Dairy Australia is holding a Australian Dairy Farm Investment Forum at ZINC in Federation Square, Melbourne on Monday, September 15. More?

Insects to be collected and tested for biosecurity

Help is sought by Victorian Grains Industry biosecurity officer Jim Moran who has been collecting insects to measure resistance to commonly used chemicals. A maximum of 100 farms throughout Victoria will have insects collected and tested. All visits and results are confidential. More? Jim 5430 4479 or

South Gippsland Dairy Expo celebrates 15th year

The 15th annual South Gippsland dairy Expo, organised by the Strzelecki Lions Club, will take place on in Korumburra on September 24-25. A new initiative at the Dairy Expo, the Udder Truth Showbag, will see one farmer win $3000. Cost $10, U16’s free. More? Deane Kennedy 0419 878 055 or visit

Crop science joins cancer fight

A plant-derived molecule able to protect grain crops from a range of fungal diseases has been found to also kill human cancer cells. Australia agricultural biotechnology company Hexima Ltd, is developing the molecule for crop protection and medical applications. More? Visit

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:

Tour and taste tapas

Peppermint Ridge Farm, 540 Tynong North Rd, is hosting open garden days with tours and tapas on Sundays August 31; September 28; October 26; November 30. Tours at 11am or 2pm. Lunch at 12.30pm. Cost $30. Bookings essential.
More? Peppermint Ridge Farm 5942 8580 or

Planting seeds for environmental management

AUSVEG will be running an information session at Cranbourne on September 2 for local vegetable growers to hear from environmental management experts. More? AUSVEG 9882 0277 or

Exhibitors sought at farm and lifestyle expo

Exhibitors are sought for the Small Farm and Lifestyle Expo at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on November 22-23. More? 5952 2710 or or visit

Planting day promotes revegetation

Cardinia Catchment Landcare is hosting a community planting day on Saturday, August 30 from 10am-1.30pm. Meet at the end of either Allan or Cardinia streets, Beaconsfield. Morning tea, light lunch and refreshment provided. RSVP. More? Gagani Warnakulasooriya 0437 930 009 or or visit

Enjoy dinner and special guest at SGLN AGM

The South Gippsland Landcare Network (SGLN) is hosting its AGM and Gippsland produce dinner with speaker Professor Kate Auty (former State Environment Commissioner) at Lucinda Estate, Leongatha on October 4. Cost: $30 per person More? 5662 5759 or

DairyNZ release spring rotation planner

The DairyNZ Spring Rotation Planner helps farmers manage spring rotation length and achieve target pasture cover, based on stocking rate and pasture demand.

Funds open for places in leadership program

The Gardiner Foundation will fund up to two placements in the Gippsland Community Leadership Program. Applications close in October. More? Visit

New feed pad website released

Dairy Australia and the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries recently released a dairy feed pads website covering the need for feed pads, types, costs/benefits, feed-out and cleaning options. More? Visit:

Celebrate the past, embrace the future

The East Gippsland Beef Conference will be held on Tuesday August 19 at the Bairnsdale Football/Netball Club, McMillan St. The theme for the conference is 'Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future.' The pre-conference dinner will be held on August 18. More? DEPI Bairnsdale 5152 0600 or Craig Bush 0427 943155 or

Conquer challenges with maximum effect

A panel of successful Gippsland business people, led by David Staughton, will lift the lid on strategies for success and overcoming challenges on August 19 from 6-9pm at Bairnsdale RSL. The seminar includes a two course meal and light refreshments, bar will be available. Cost $35. RSVP. More? Pat Coles 0428 746 207

Business advice is the first step

Mornington Peninsula Small Business Sessions provide general business advice and assist in the initial steps to overcome an issue or information gap in your business. The free one-on-one sessions are funded by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Economic Development Unit. Sessions are held at the shire offices, 2 Queen St, Mornington between 11am-3pm on Tuesdays: August 26, September 16, September 30, October 14. Book at More? Kerri 5950 1842 or

Proposed approval of fluensulfone constituent

A new public consultation has begun into the approval of fluensulfone, designed to control root-knot nematodes in selected vegetable crops. Submissions close on September 9. More? visit

Looking for eagle-eyed landholders

Farmers and landholders with properties next to the Gippsland Lakes are being asked to look out for White-bellied Sea-eagle or Wedge-tailed Eagle nests on their land. Those knowing the whereabouts of an eagle nest or with a pair on their property are asked to contact DEPI. More? Faye Bedford 5152 0400 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 Wednesday, September 3. More? Vicky Birch 5940 4651 or or

Start your own business

The Latrobe City Council is running a free Starting Your Own Business workshop on August 26 from 6-9pm at the Moe RSL, 67 Albert St. Trevor Mason will presents the Small Business Victoria workshop covering carrying out a feasibility study, determining company structure, preparing a business plan and more. Light dinner provided.
More? Shannan Little 5128 5659 or

Protect your business and its assets

A training seminar to assist protect business and business assets will be held on Thursday, August 28, from 6-8pm at the Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Bvd, Pakenham. Presentations will cover:
  • opportunities and risks to consider with various types of business structures
  • asset protection
  • internal controls
  • risk management strategies towards  value and growth
  • the importance of protecting intellectual property.
The cost of attendance is $20.This event is being held as part of the 2014 Casey-Cardinia Business Week.
More? Lydia Ropiha 9705 5125 or or visit

Serrated tussock season approaches

Serrated tussock inspections have begun on properties at Stratford, Briagolong and Seaspray. Landowners must control the weed. Serrated tussock has long, 1-2mm needle-like rolled leaves with fine serrations. Plants grow about 50cm high. Plants set seed from October and are purple. More? DEPI Customer Service Centre 136 186 or visit

Learn to make a Cornish sausage

Award-winning food writer Richard Cornish will conduct a lunchtime master class on sausage making at Waratah Hills vineyard  on August 23. Cost, including lunch and a glass of wine, is $60. More? 5683 2441 or

Research pursues the secrets of P mobilisation

Wheat grown after a pulse break crop takes up more phosphorus than wheat following wheat, but the actual mechanism is not well understood. La Trobe University PhD student Daniel Espinosa is seeking answers that will help growers use more of the phosphorus bank locked up in soils. More? Visit

Seeking students with the greenest thumbs

Nominations are open for the Australian Institute of Horticulture (AIH) Horticulture Student of the Year, open to all students undertaking or recently completed an acknowledged course in horticulture with any university, TAFE or training organisation. Applications close September 15. Also, the 2014 BBM Sir John Pagan Horticulture Award is open to horticulturists younger than 24 years undertaking or who have completed an acknowledged course in horticulture with any university, TAFE or training organisation. The winner will receive an $8000 scholarship to travel to Europe. More? Andrew Price

Celebrating our history, growing our future

The 2014 National Landcare Conference in Melbourne from September 17-19 has the theme Celebrating Our History, Growing Our Future. Early bird registrations for the National Landcare Conference have been extended until August 25. More? Visit

CEO to address business community

Cardinia Shire Council’s Chief Executive Officer Garry McQuillan will speak to the business community at the annual CEO’s address on Wednesday September 3 at Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Boulevard in Pakenham from 6.30-8.30pm.
This is a free event. Canapés and beverages will be served on arrival. Bookings essential by Friday August 29. To book, visit More? Cardinia Economic Development team 1300 787 624 or

Get real intelligence on artificial insemination

The National Centre for Dairy Education is running an AI course with the National Herd Improvement Association of Australia comprising a day of theory followed by two days of practical training. The course provides a thorough grounding in bovine anatomy and reproductive physiology; liquid nitrogen and semen handling; AI technique; common reproductive diseases; heat detection and record-keeping; genetic theory and bull selection; nutrition and fertility. The theory course runs on October 15 in Leongatha followed by the practical session October 22-23 in Sunbury. More?  Sue Bird 5667 4502 or

Country racing is off and … well … racing

Meetings in August: 31-Sale.  Meetings in September: September: 6-Moe; 9-Traralgon; 18- Sale; 20-Moe. More? 1300 139 402 or visit

Grow for life

The Red Hill Spring Garden Festival: Grow for Life will be held on Saturday September 13 from 9am-3pm. The event features stalls, expert information sessions, gardening for kids, a spring flower show, a talk by Wes Fleming, winner at the Chelsea Flower Show and more. Parking is free and food is available. Cost $5, U12s free.More? Visit

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

Get your business organised

A Small Business Victoria ‘Get your business organised’ seminar will assist in developing personal strategies to unlock the hidden time, increase productivity and focus on business while still achieving day to day tasks. The seminar will be held on September 9 from 6-8pm at Suite 7/61 Smith St, Warragul. The cost is $20.
More? Stacey Clark 5624 2866 or

Wander down to the Wandin-Silvan field days

The Wandin-Silvan Horticultural and Farm Machinery Field Days will be held on October 17-18. More? Nan Cleven 0429 428 537 or or visit

Secrets of project management success explained

Simple, practical tools and techniques for maximising the chance of project success will be explained at a workshop on Tuesday, August 26 from 11am-12pm at the Telstra Business Centre, Overland Dr, Narre Warren. The session is suitable for those new to project management as well as experienced project managers. The cost of attendance is $20.
More? Lydia Ropiha 9705 5125 or or visit

Funding for thought-change leaders

Myer Innovation Fellowships support Australia’s brightest self-directed leaders to come up with actionable ideas that compel the community to respond. Each fellow will take nine months away from their current role to pursue an idea that has the capacity to radically shift our approaches to the challenges facing society and the environment. Deadline August 31. More?  click here.

Young scientists and innovators sought

Young innovators aged 18 to 35 can now apply for the 2015 Science and Innovation Awards. Winners from 12 categories across agriculture, fisheries and forestry will be awarded grants of up to $22,000 to fund innovative research projects that benefit Australia’s primary industries. Applications close at 5pm AEDT on October 3. More? Science and Innovation Awards 02 6272 2260 or or visit

East Gippsland Business Awards open for entries

Winners of the 2014 Office National East Gippsland Business Awards will be announced at a gala dinner on October 10. More? Visit

Your wish might be granted…

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

Entries for 2014 Fire Awareness Awards open

The Fire Awareness Awards are now open across many categories, with RACV Insurance offering $10,000 for the most outstanding application. Entries close September 30. More? Visit or

Tourism Awards open for entries

This year the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards is celebrating 30 years. Individual submissions are due by  August 25. Site visits will be held until September 8 and the gala ceremony will be held on Monday October 27. More? Visit

Say hallo to the hens at Hallora

A field day will share Tania and Geoff Murray’s experience of sustainable farm practices on small acres on August 22 from 1-4pm at Hens of Hallora, 1734 Main South Rd. DEPI's Benita Kelsall will also discuss the nutrient budget. Afternoon tea provided. More? South Gippsland Landcare Network 5662 5759 or

Improve your business operations

Small Business Victoria is running a business planning workshop on August 19 and 26 from 8.30am-5pm at WGHCG 31-35 Gladstone St, Warragul. Cost $200 per business. More? Stacey Clark 5624 2866 or

Landcare comments sought

Comments are sought on the design and delivery of the regional stream of the Landcare Program. A new public consultation links is here: National Landcare Programme This consultation is particularly interested in views on effective engagement with the community, strong governance, and simplified reporting.

Welcome spring with a Permablitz

The Cowes Community Garden is hosting a Permablitz on September 6 from 9.30am-2.30pm. The event features a morning tea, and freshly baked sour dough bread, pumpkin soup and a BBQ for lunch. RSVP. More? Adrian James 0429 001 214 or or visit

Support small business

Business registrations are now open for support Small Business Day on Saturday October 4. Register your small business  to create a business profile with a description of your business, photos and links to your website and social media platforms. More? Visit

Creates smart tourism connections

Gippsland Tourism-Creating Smart Connections is a free program to help Gippsland tourism businesses improve their online presence and functionality. Visit

Ellinbank seminars offer something for everyone

The free Ellinbank seminars discuss DEPI research and extension activities. The public are welcome between 12:30–1:30pm. Bring your lunch to DPI Ellinbank, 1301 Hazeldean Rd. Future seminars include:
  • August 20 - Dr. Leah Marett on improving feed conversion efficiency through genetic markers and biomarkers
  • September 17 - Marlie Wright on variation in feed intake between individual cows
  • October 15 - Natalie Nelson on the Dairy Farm Monitor project results for 2013-14
More? Sharon Aarons 5624 2399 or

Improve your business resource efficiency

The Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) is hosting a briefing on improving business resource efficiency from 10-11.30am on August 28 at the Premier Function Centre, 29 Grey St, Traralgon. More? Visit

Save a seed and breed plants

A seed saving/plant breeding workshop will be held on August 30 from 1-2pm at the Rosebud Community Garden, Lawson Reserve, Leon Ave. Gold coin donation. More? 0403 008 016 or visit

Fancy a coffee?

The next coffee club for home-based businesses is being held from 10.30am on August at Neighbourhood House, 21A Bemersyde Dr, Berwick with Leanne Sklavenitis discussing ‘Turning your Passion into Profit’. RSVP. More? Tom 9705 5189

Riding of the Bounds is back for its 25th year!

Horse riders will gather on October 26 to honour a tradition which began in Casey’s sister city, Berwick upon Tweed in the UK, more than 500 years ago. Riders on horseback and horse-drawn vehicles will ride 10km to inspect the boundary between the municipalities of Casey and Cardinia. The ride will start at Hillcrest Christian College, 500 Soldiers Rd, Clyde North from 8.30am when riders can register before the ride at 10.30am. Riders must register by Friday October 17. More?  City of Casey

Look after yourself at breakfast

The next Casey Cardinia Business Breakfast will be held on Wednesday September 17 at the Cranbourne Golf Club and features Emma Welsh and Tom Griffith; childhood friends who founded their successful company called Emma & Tom in 2004.
Register at More? Raylene Wilson 9705 5200 or

Fishing for your thoughts

For the sixth consecutive year, Fisheries Victoria and VRFish will hold a recreational fishing forum at Lakes Entrance on August 20 from 7-9pm at the Gippsland Lakes Fishing Club, Bullock Island. If you cannot make it, but want to pass on feedback or suggest an idea send an email to

Marketing opportunities arise for tourism

Destination Gippsland has announced the 2014-2015 International Marketing Program which offers Gippsland’s internationally active tourism operators the opportunity to participate in exclusive marketing activities.
More? Visit:

Tourism conference to take a trip to Sale

The Gippsland Tourism Conference will be hosted by Wellington Shire Council and will be held on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 September in Sale.
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

Report reveals strong tourism growth in 2013

International visitor numbers to East Gippsland jumped 27% in 2013 compared to the previous year, and visitor numbers overall increased by 30,000, an East Gippsland Shire Council report has revealed. Compared to 2012, international visitors increased by 27% to 32,453 people. Australian visitors increased by 9% to 661,000 and stayed longer than in 2012. More?


Don’t miss the business bus

The Victorian Government’s Small Business Bus provides free mentoring and face-to-face assistance to help start or build small businesses. From 10am-4pm, the small business bus will be at:
  • Rosebud on Monday August 25, outside the NAB, 1055 Point Nepean Rd Rosebud
  • Pakenham on Wednesday, August 27 at the Pakenham Place Shopping Centre Car Park, 65-69 Main St, Pakenham
  • Cranbourne on Thursday, August 28 at Cranbourne Homemaker Centre Car Park, Cnr South Gippsland Hwy and Thompsons Rd, Cranbourne
Book now for free one-on-one mentoring
More? Small Business Bus Event Bookings Officer 132 215 or  or visit

Help to start some good

Open Food Network is a not-for-profit online marketplace currently running trials with the Dandenong food hub, Baw Baw organics and soon Grow Lightly in South Gippsland. It is crowd raising to support its Australia-wide launch. Donate now and choose from these ‘early bird’ rewards:
  • Farm profile - $50 donation to the fundraising campaign
  • Your own online store - $200 donation to the fundraising campaign.


Silage rolls available for sale at $65 per roll. The silage is currently located at Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula. Loading can be arranged if necessary. More? John 0423 353 377
Brewers yeast available: Free brewers spent yeast, suitable for pigs, chooks, fertiliser – 1000 litres/week. Available from Port Melbourne. More? Neil 0418 371 663
Shed fruit sales: Organic apples, plums, nashis and peaches are available at Hazeldean Forest Farm. All fruit is $5. The shop is open every Wednesday and Sunday from 10am - 3pm, February - July. More?

Tractor for sale: Claas Ares 657 ATZ, 6 cylinder 132HP, 4wd, cabin tractor, one owner, genuine hrs, hexashift transmission, 4 ranges with 6 gears in each, plus additional 12 creeper gears, 4 speed pto, 3 remotes, 100ltr min hydraulic flow, 4 point cabin suspension, climate control air condition system. More? Jenni Richards (Foster) 0427 862 342

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.


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
Work sought on dairy farm: Odyssée Agri is seeking work for French national Alexandre Quarré, 27 years old who would like to work on a dairy farm from mid-September to February 2015. He has a technical diploma in agriculture and an undergraduate diploma in farm management. His parents are dairy farmers with 80 dairy cows on 105 ha farm. He has experience on a number of dairy farms and a wheat farm. More? Jean Marie Poirier 0033 243 085 312 or or visit (click on the British flag for English)
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

Federation Training is searching for a farm that can take a student for a voluntary work placement. The placement is part of a Certificate I in Work Education for students with mild intellectual disabilities. A young man from Trafalgar has a learning disability but an excellent attitude towards work, is able to follow instructions and would be capable of performing most tasks on a dairy farm. He is really keen to work in the dairy industry and with the appropriate support could prove to be very reliable, honest and hardworking farm hand. All his Workcover requirements are covered by the school’s insurance premium. The program is a voluntary one with no payment required. Usually placement is one day/week and hours of work are flexible.
More? Fred Couper  5175 9627 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

Swap weeds for trees

The Friends of Emerald Lake Park and Cardinia Council’s environment staff will help identify weeds on September 6 from 10am-2pm at: Emerald Library, 400B Belgrave-Gembrook Rd or Beaconsfield shopping plaza, 55 Old Princes Hwy. Bring a weed and claim a free indigenous plant.More? Marianne Sawyer 5945 4272 or

The pick of the festivals is on in Poowong

The Poowong Pickers Festival is on again on October 25. Visit or

Get the most out of online marketing

The Latrobe City Council is running a free Getting your Business Online workshop at Traralgon Service Centre 34-38 Kay St, from 6-9pm on August 19. Presenter Jim Radford will cover how Google displays business details, getting found on Google, cost-effective ways to get on the internet, and the benefits of an online and offline business theme. Light dinner provided. More? Shannan Little 5128 5659 or

Get behind the big blokes

The third Annual Baw Baw Big Blokes BBQ is on again on Friday October 17 at Lardner Park. Funds raised go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and other local Baw Baw community initiatives. Sponsorships and table sales are now available. More? Michael Grogan 0417 581 991

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Financial hardship help for farms

The Farm Household Allowance (FHA) provides eligible farmers and their partners  experiencing financial hardship with assistance. More?  Department of Human Services 132 316 or 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 on 13 22 15 visit

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Gippy Diary

Aug 18 Pre-conference dinner for the East Gippsland Beef Conference Bairnsdale DEPI Bairnsdale 5152 0600
Aug 19 Small Business Festival Victoria Panel Event and Dinner Bairnsdale 5116 7300
Aug 19 Getting your Business Online workshop Traralgon Shannan Little 5128 5659
Aug 19 East Gippsland Beef Conference Bairnsdale DEPI Bairnsdale 5152 0600
Aug 19, 26 Business Planning Workshop Waaragul Stacey Clark 5624 2866
Aug 20 Ellinbank Seminar – Improving feed conversion efficiency through genetic markers and biomarkers Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2399
Aug 20 Recreational Fishing Forum Lakes Entrance
Aug 21 Coffee Club Berwick Tom 9705 5189
Aug 22 Sustainable farm practices on small acres field day Hallora South Gippsland Landcare Network 5662 5759
Aug 23 Sausage Making Masterclass Fish Creek Waratah Hills Vineyard 5683 2441
Aug 25 Small Business Bus Rosebud Small Business Bus Event Bookings Officer 132 215
Aug 26 Mornington Peninsula Small Business Sessions Mornington Kerri Polites 5950 1842
Aug 26 Starting Your Own Business workshop Moe

Shannan Little 5128 5659

Aug 26 Project Management Workshop Narre Warren

Lydia Ropiha 9705 5125

Aug 27 Small Business Bus Pakenham

Small Business Bus Event Bookings Officer 132 215

Aug 28 Small Business Bus Cranbourne

Small Business Bus Event Bookings Officer 132 215

Aug 28 Protecting Business and Business Asset seminar Pakenham

Lydia Ropiha 9705 5125

Aug 28 Improving Business Resource Efficiency Briefing Traralgon 8662 5333
Aug 28 Solar Energy and Your Business workshop Traralgon 8662 5333
Aug 30 Seed Saving and Plant Breeding Workshop Rosebud 0403 008 016
Aug 31 Frankston and South Eastern Wine Show Mt Martha Frankston Amateur Winemakers Guild 0419 981 927
Aug 31 Garden Tour and Tapas Tynong North Peppermint Ridge Farm 5942 8580
Aug 31 Country Race Meet Sale 1300 139 402
Sep 2 Business Mentoring Session Wonthaggi Bass Coast Shire Council 1300 226 278
Sep 2 AUSVEG Environmental Management session Cranbourne AUSVEG 9882 0277
Sep 3 Cardinia CEO address Pakenham Cardinia Economic Development team 1300 787 624
Sep 3 Country Women’s Association branch meeting Pakenham Vicky Birch 5940 4651
Sep 6 Weeds for Trees Swap Emerald, Beaconsfield Marianne Sawyer 5945 4272
Sep 6 Cowes Community Garden is hosting a Permablitz Cowes Adrian James 0429 001 214
Sep 6 Country Race Meet Moe 1300 139 402
Sep 7 Father’s Day Lunch Tynong North Peppermint Ridge Farm 5942 8580
Sep 8 Girls with power tools workshop Warragul Julia Lambert 5177 2644
Sep 8-9 Gippsland Tourism Conference Sale  
Sep 9 Get Your Business Planned Seminar Warragul Stacey Clark 5624 2866
Sep 9 Country Race Meet Traralgon 1300 139 402
Sep 9 Girls with power tools workshop Traralgon Julia Lambert 5177 2644
Sep 10 Small Business Clinics Program Warragul Baw Baw Shire Council 5624 2411
Sep 10 Australian Farmer of the Year Awards Dinner Melbourne
Sep 13 Red Hill Spring Garden Festival Red Hill  
Sep 14-16 Royal Melbourne Dairy Show Ascot Vale  
Sep 15 Australian Dairy Farm Investment Forum Melbourne
Sep 16 Mornington Peninsula Small Business Sessions Mornington Kerri Polites 5950 1842
Sep 17 Ellinbank Seminar – Variation in feed intake between individual cows Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2399
Sep 17 Casey Cardinia Business Breakfast Cranbourne Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
Sep 18 Country Race Meet Sale 1300 139 402
Sep 17-19 National Landcare Conference Melbourne  
Sep 19 Country Race Meet Moe 1300 139 402
Sep 24-25 South Gippsland Dairy Expo Korumburra Deane Kennedy 0419 878 055
Sep 28 Garden Tour and Tapas Tynong North Peppermint Ridge Farm 5942 8580
Sep 30 Mornington Peninsula Small Business Sessions Mornington Kerri Polites 5950 1842
Oct 4 SGLN AGM and Dinner   SGLN 5662 5759
Oct 4 Small Business Day    
Oct 8 Small Business Clinics Program Warragul Baw Baw Shire Council 5624 2411
Oct 9 Casey Cardinia Business Awards 2014   9705 5200
Oct 14 Mornington Peninsula Small Business Sessions Mornington Kerri Polites 5950 1842
Oct 15 Ellinbank Seminar – Dairy Farm Monitor project results Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2399
Oct 15, 22-23 Artificial Insemination Course Leongatha, Seymour Sue Bird 5667 4502
Oct 17 Annual Baw Baw Big Blokes BBQ   Michael Grogan 0417 581 991
Oct 17-18     Nan Cleven 0429 428 537
Oct 25 Poowong Pickers Festival Poowong  
Oct 26 Garden Tour and Tapas Tynong North Peppermint Ridge Farm 5942 8580
Oct 26 Riding of the bounds Clyde North City of Casey Customer Service 9705 5200
Nov 4 Business Mentoring Session Wonthaggi Bass Coast Shire Council 1300 226 278
Nov 22-23 Small Farm and Lifestyle Expo Phillip Island 5952 2710
Nov 12 Small Business Clinics Program Warragul Baw Baw Shire Council 5624 2411
Nov 30 Garden Tour and Tapas Tynong North Peppermint Ridge Farm 5942 8580
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