Want a better job? there's 43 in this edition ... plus all the news from Agribusiness Gippsland



21 March 2016

Edition 123

In this issue

  • Facial eczema claiming cows
  • Revamped saleyards to open
  • Latrobe City's biggest-ever public event
  • Gipps-wide wild dog campaign
  • Flower firms win
  • Dry-times roundup
  • Call yourself a Gippslander?
  • Names in the news
  • Scholarships, grants, awards...
  • ... AND LOTS of jobs ...
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Meet some of ag's most important people

Two of the most important women in Australian agriculture will address the Agribusiness Gippsland 2016 roundtable ... technology>change>future on July 28.
Judith Swales is Fonterra's managing director Oceania, having previously served as the firm's Australian MD. The daughter of a milkman, she grew up helping her father on his daily milk run. She was the MD of Heinz Australia and CEO and MD of Goodyear Dunlop, Australia and NZ. Judith was also the MD of Angus and Robertson Australia, and has served as a non-executive director on the DuluxGroup Board. 
Dr Christine Pitt is General Manager, Meat & Livestock Australia, Value Chain Innovation and has held a number of senior positions in retail, manufacturing and financial service companies. She now oversees MLA's extensive off-farm R&D and client innovation programs. 
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.
There will also be real-life insights from leading farmers.  Precision pasture management will be explained by west Victorian award-winning farmer, Mark Billings.
This will be the region’s major annual agri-event, held at Lardner Park on July 28.
1. Book the date now.
2. Email for a registration pack.
Tickets for the full day, including a free networking cocktail session, are only $150 (plus GST). And there’s a 50% concession for farmers and students.
Read more at the Facebook page....
Sponsorship packages are now available. Email for details. Plus trade stands are just $400 (plus GST). Outdoor sites are available for equipment displays. Email to book a place.
The Agribusiness Gippsland 2016 roundtable … it’s where your business needs to be.

Filled to the rafters with AUSTimber

Less than a month until AUSTimber - the biggest public event in Latrobe City's history. More than 8000 people will be attending. Visitors will see the latest technologies in growing, harvesting and processing trees to maximise the benefit of the wood fibre and carbon while minimising waste. More? 

Facial eczema alert

Bega Valley herds have been affected by facial eczema outbreaks, with reports of two cow deaths and fears of ongoing lost production. Humid conditions promote outbreaks of this fungal spore-based disease and the warm wet weather across Gippsland lifts this risk. More?

Gippsland Regional Livestock Exchange to open

Community members, farmers and stock agents are invited to the official opening of the newly redeveloped Gippsland Regional Livestock Exchange, Saleyards Rd, Sale on Friday April 1. The official opening is at 10am with the first sale at 11am. The new facility features modern infrastructure, including soft flooring, new weighing and drafting facilities. More? Wellington Shire Council 1300 366 244 or

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For the summer season we will compile all the drought news from across Gippsland in each edition ... we hope it will be a short campaign.

The Victorian Government is developing a new water plan to provide the long-term framework for water management. The plan will now be tested with Victorian communities. Join a community session at:
  • Maffra on Monday April 18 from 7-9pm at Maffra Uniting Church, Pearsons St
  • Morwell on Tuesday April 19 from 6-8pm Kernot Hall, 50-70 Princes Dr
  • Leongatha on Wednesday April 20 from 6-8pm at Federation College, 130 Nerrena Rd.
Feedback on the plan closes on April 29. More? Visit

Climate and water outlook
: The Bureau of Meteorology has released the climate and water outlook for March–May. Visit:

GippsDairy has a seasonal conditions webpage at The page includes information on water, feed, climate, animal welfare, key contacts and seminars.

Farmer resources: Dairy Australia has a range of resources to help farmers in the hot and dry conditions including: Southern Rural Water has announced that Macalister Irrigation Area irrigators now have 15% of their low reliability water shares available, on top of the existing 100% of high reliability water shares. More? Southern Rural Water 1300 139 510 or visit

Drought loans: Drought concessional loans are now on offer to eligible farmers in Victoria.  This 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

Register for the heat stress alerts service at

When should you get financial help? Jenny Mason from the Gippsland Rural Financial Counselling Service Victoria (RCFS) offers independent, cost-free and confidential rural financial counselling to farms and other small rural businesses facing hardship. More?

Want to trade water?: SRW is asking farmers to consider water trading with the free online Watermatch register which connects those wishing to buy or sell water licences. A temporary trade can just be for a single year and means no lose of water licence. A permanent trade can provide a good one-off income. Anyone looking at improving longer-term water supply options such as building new dams or bores that they need to discuss licensing requirements with Southern Rural Water first. More?

Names in the news

Inverloch's Angus Hume, of the WGCMA, has been appointed chair of the state umbrella group, the Victorian Catchment Management Council.
... AND: Simon Boag is now Executive Officer at the South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association.
...ALSO: Local firms scored well at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Second place in the Growers Walk of Art went to Monbulk’s Koomen’s Flowers and in third place was Wandin Valley Flowers. In the ‘So you think you can Arch’ competition Camilo Undurrata from Rosebud’s Petal to the Metal Floral Design was awarded third place.
... PLUS: Marlo farmer Vanessa Ingram is celebrating a rare case of triplet calves born to her F1 Wagyu.
…AND: Alison Conroy has been appointed Marketing Manager for Destination Gippsland. She has extensive tourism sales and marketing experience across Australia for Voyages Hotels and Resorts, Northern Territory Tourism and Star Ratings Australia. Her contact details are: 5668 2141 and

Farm World – it’s a whole world of farming

Farm World is Victoria’s largest regional agricultural event. It will be held at Lardner Park, Warragul from April 7-10. Farm World boasts more than 700 exhibitors showcasing existing ranges and highlights the latest farming innovations. The event also includes  More? Lardner Park 5626 1373 or visit

Dredging alert at Lakes

Dredging has started in The Narrows at the Port of Gippsland and boats are warned to take extra precaution, especially at night.  The Kalimna will be dredging sections of the navigable channel to the north-west of the entrance to North Arm. Pipework extends from the dredge to a connection point on the northern mainland shoreline. Work will continue throughout March.

Japanese impressed by Australian farmers

Dry paddocks, fewer dairy staff, non-reliance on purchased fodder and milk that tastes "as good as Japanese milk!" ... were some of the impressions gained by a group of five Japanese dairy farmers on a study tour of South Gippsland. Agribusiness Gippsland organised the tour for AUSTRADE and our executive assistant Madeline Toner was the hugely capable translator and tour guide. The Japanese group saw a traditional herringbone set-up at Ian Hitchings' Wonthaggi dairy and the big rotary at Caldermead farm. They were delighted at Ian McFee's vintage tractor display at Rhyll and impressed by Bassine Cheeses cafe where Kaye Courtney kindly shared her insights into the business behind the business - both pre-farmgate and post-farmgate.  We thank all the farmers who so generously gave up time in their busy days to help us host the group. The tour even made the press!…/japanese-farmers-learn-gippsland-dair…/

Reduce the impact of wild dogs

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Wild Dog Program will be holding community field days and workshops focussing on:
  • recognising signs of wild dogs
  • how and where to set wild dog traps and establishing bait stations
  • the Canid Pest Ejector (CPE)
  • AWI Community Wild Dog Group information
  • the current 2015/16 Wild Dog Management Zone (WDMZ) work plans and development of the 2016/17 work plans.
The workshops/field days will be held:
  • Wednesday March 30 from 12-3pm at Kevin Dean’s property, Tambo Crossing
  • Wednesday March 30 from 6-8pm at Ron Shelton’s shearing shed, Factory Ln, Swifts Creek
  • Thursday March 31 from 10am-1pm in Omeo/Benambra region
  • Tuesday April 12 from 10am-1pm at Glenmaggie Memorial Hall, Glenmaggie
  • Wednesday April 13 from 10am-1pm at the Dargo Hall, Dargo
  • Thursday April 14 from 10am-1pm at Iguana Creek, Dargo Rd, Glenaladale.
The events include a BBQ breakfast, lunch or morning tea. Please RSVP. More? Barry Davies 5152 0642 or

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.

Represent rural views in Bass Coast

The Bass Coast Rural Engagement Group (REG) is looking for new members. REG meets quarterly to discuss matters that impact the rural sector, provide opportunities to network and collaborate with key stakeholders, and provide advice to Bass Coast Council on its strategic direction. Other members include representatives from Bass Coast Landcare Network, Victorian Farmers Federation, Agribusiness Gippsland, Councillors and Council staff.  More? Roslyn Jenzen 5951 3317 or

Red tape putting east Gippsland herds at risk ...

Bovine anaemia caused by the parasite theileria is causing production and stock losses but red tape is stopping effective treatment according to Laura Griffin from Stock and Land. More?…/3783…/blood-disease-bites/…

Food and fibre strategy released

Forestry and fisheries are singled out among the commodity groups deserving a little extra TLC in the new State Government's Food and Fibre Sector Strategy launched recently. The document endorses the new Regional Partnerships, foresees more inbound and outbound trade missions and announces a new agribusiness facilitation service working with local councils. That's all alongside better infrastructure, water security and ICT. More?…/food-and-fibre

Capture energy and nitrogen in livestock for profit

The West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority is hosting a workshop on energy and nitrogen in livestock production looking at efficiency, emissions and profit. The workshop will be presented by Adrian James on Tuesday May 10 from 10:45am-2pm at the Community College Gippsland, Howard St, Leongatha. This is a free event and lunch will be provided. RSVP essential. More? Sam Shannon 0409 944 114 or

Dairy farmer views on compost sought

Sustainability Victoria is working with BehaviourWorks Australia to undertake a study in attitudes and practices for use of purchased compost and soil conditioner products on dairy farms to understand the specific needs of the market, identify information gaps and understand barriers.  Input is sought from dairy farmers and agricultural consultants by March 30. More? Breanna Wright 0422 316 401 or

New greenhouse to rise above the clouds
Clyde's Jan Vydra again proves his ability to bring technology to the table with his company Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs unveiling a new state-of-the-art greenhouse that will enable them to improve herb yield by 75%. More?…/3330c9323163271cdc0753ff…

Call yourself a Gippslander?

If March 12 slipped by unnoticed then you'd better make amends liickety-split! ... Visit

Take a look over the farm gate

Looking of the farm gate is a social and emotional wellbeing workshop designed to assist farmers and farm families affected by drought. Workshops will run:
  • Monday April 11 from 4.30p-7.30pm in TBA, Warragul
  • Tuesday April 12 from 7-10am in TBA, Leongatha.
Please RSVP. More? GippsDairy 5624 3900 or

Churn milk into money

The Churn Milk into Money program helps participants focus on the principles of profitable farming and balancing risk and return in a business that has ups and downs. The two-day program will run Wednesday April 27 from 10.30am-4pm and Thursday April 28 from 9am-2pm at the Century Inn, 5 Airfield Rd, Latrobe Valley. Please RSVP. More? GippsDairy 5624 3900 or

Save the date for Landcare

The 2016 National Landcare Conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on September 21–23 with the National Landcare Awards on September 22.

Eat, drink and be merry in Tinamba!

The Tinamba Food and Wine Festival will be held on Sunday April 3 from 11am-4pm at Tinamba Main St, outside the Tinamba Hotel, Tinamba-Seaton Rd, Tinamba. The cost is $10 per head, including a wine glass. More? Kellie Willis 0429 329 989 or

Feed pastures for profit

The Feeding Pastures for Profit program helps farmers make the most of available resources by making simple strategic decisions on how many feeds to take from each paddock in order to achieve any target rotation, and achieve a consistent daily pasture intake for the herd. The program will run from 9.45am-2.30pm in:
  • Labertouche on April 13, 20
  • Macalister Irrigation District on April 14, 21.
RSVP essential. More? GippsDairy 5624 3900 or

Workshops to explain the R&D tax incentive

The Victorian office of AusIndustry is running a series of workshops to aid companies and advisors understand the R&D Tax Incentive Program. The sessions cover the annual registration process, core and supporting activities, the registration form, and the compliance process undertaken. Sessions will run:
  • Bairnsdale, East Gippsland Shire Council Corporate Centre, 273 Main St (Princes Hwy) on April 7
  • Trafalgar, Baw Baw Technology Centre, 107 Princes Hwy on April 7
  • Narre Warren at the Casey Cardinia Business Hub, Victor Cres on April 14.
More? 13 28 46 or

Get help to become climate ready

Attend a free community workshop to learn practical ways to better prepare for climate change, develop a tailored Climate Ready plan and receive free give-aways to help make your home more ‘climate ready ’on:
  • Thursday, April 14 from 6-7pm at the Seawinds Community Hub, 11a Allambi Ave, West Rosebud
  • Friday, April 15 from 10.30-11.30am at Hastings Community Hub, 1973 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Hastings
Tea, coffee and light refreshments provided. Alternatively, book in for a free consultation at the Eco Living Display Centre at The Briars in Mount Martha to find out how to become ‘Climate Ready’. More? Nicci Tsernjavski 5950 1259 or visit

Tour visits innovation in the Otways

South Gippsland Landcare follows the harvest trail tour on May 2-4 with an exploration of innovative farms and marketing in the Otways. The tour involves:
  • Day 1: Ravens Creek Farm - pork, berries, beef; Moriac Farmstead – dairy goats, cheese; Tarndwarncoort Homestead - one of Australia’s oldest family farms
  • Day 2: Corunnaire Produce - truffles and walnuts; walk up Red Rock; Special Effects Nursery – bush foods; Otway Forest - shiitake mushrooms; Forrest Brewing Company
  • Day 3: Andrew Stewart - sheep, cut flowers and agroforestry; Rowan Reid - agroforestry and funder of Master Treegrower program.
RSVP by March 31. The cost is $385 (shared accommodation, breakfasts and dinner and two lunches included in price). More? Jenny O’Sullivan 0419 153 377 or

Nominations sought for Design Review Panel

Nominations are sought for the Victorian Design Review Panel for a two-year term (with an option to extend) commencing May 2016. People with experience in architecture, landscape architecture, planning and urban design, heritage, Indigenous cultural heritage, transport and infrastructure, economics, development value capture, design competitions and urban planning. Deadline Wednesday March 30. More? 

Humane euthanasia course

A one day course on the humane euthanasia of livestock provides practical guidance on how to safely, effectively and humanely euthanise livestock. The cost of attendance is $80 per participant, enrolment essential, includes lunch. The course will run from 9:15am-2:30pm in:
  • Fish Creek on May 9
  • Maffra on May 10
  • Warragul on May 11
  • Bairnsdale and Orbost to be announced.
Please RSVP. More? GippsDairy 5624 3900 or

Are you climate ready?

Climate Ready is a website designed to help better understand how to adapt to the likely impacts and risks of climate change. An initiative of the Mornington Peninsula Shire, the Shire partnered with Kingston City Council, Bayside City Council and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to develop the Climate Ready website enabling residents, holiday home owners and businesses to identify their local climate change risks and create a personalised Climate Ready Action Plan. More? Visit

Watch the dogs go through their paces

The Boloka Easter Sheep Dog Trials will be held on March 26-27 at the Beloka Kelpie Stud, 5845 South Gippsland Hwy, Welshpool. Entry by donation. More? Paul Macphail 0418 335 306 or or visit

The legend continues at Bunyip Show

The Bunyip and District Agricultural Show will be held on Saturday, April 2 from 10am-2.30pm at the Bunyip Recreation Reserve, Nar Nar Goon-Longwarry Rd, Bunyip and includes cattle, horses, dogs, sheep, goats, alpacas, amusement rides and activities. More? Joan Harrison 5629 5506 or or visit

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 May issue on revegetation and integration of biodiversity with food/fibre production has a deadline of April 8.
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?

Master the cups

Cups On Cups Off is a two-day training course designed by Dairy Australia and delivered by the National Centre for Dairy Education Australia (NCDE) and Countdown 2020 trained experts in mastitis and milk quality. Cups On Cups Off helps dairy farmers achieve best practice in milk harvesting, with the emphasis on the detection, treatment and prevention of clinical mastitis. The course will run in Leongatha on March 23-24. More? Tony Seymour 0429 000 301 or

Got the picture?

Bass Coast Shire Council's new youth Youth Digital Media project is calling for photo entries of/from young people in different ‘environment’ settings – and is particularly seeking rural entries from people aged to 25. . The photos will be collected and developed into memes and showcased. More? Geraldine Archibald

Horse enthusiasts invited to Casey

Find your stride and kick up your horse’s hooves with a ride through the Cranbourne Turf Club on Friday April 1. Casey Council, in partnership with the Cranbourne Turf Club, presents the opportunity to ride on an off-road trail with different terrains through the racing centre and finish down the home straight at Cranbourne Turf Club. The route provides a safe ride for riders of abilities. Clubs and individuals are encouraged to attend. Registration at the Cranbourne Turf Club, Grant St, Cranbourne from 2pm and the ride starts at 3.30pm. Cost: Single $20, Family (two adults, two children) $35. Registrations: Trybooking website (limited to 200 places). Registrations close March 29. More? Visit the Casey Rides webpage

Spend more time in the shed

Shed Days are short, sharp meetings focussed on planning for recovery after the unseasonal dry conditions. Days are designed to address needs of particular districts within Gippsland and will be held in:
  • 5310 South Gippsland Highway, Toora with host Wendy Wheelan from 11am-2:30pm on Tuesday March 22
  • 1995 Western Port Road, Ripplebrook with host Simon Garvey from 12-2pm on Wednesday March 23
  • 120 Soloman Road, Hedley with hosts Ian, Shelley, Mathew and Sam Conn from 11am-1.30pm on Wednesday April 13.
A light lunch will be supplied at all days. Please RSVP for catering purposes. More? John Gallienne 0407 863 493 or

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

Take charge of cow fertility

InCharge fertility workshops focus on improving herd fertility including heat detection, heifer management, transition management and bull management and feature a number of expert speakers The course will run for five days over five weeks in:
  • Maffra starting March 30
  • Ellinbank starting March 31.
More? Ash Michael 0428 307 250 or

Looking for seasonal workers?

The National Harvest Labour Information Service assists agricultural/horticultural industries find seasonal labour at critical times for fruit picking, but can be used for pruning, weeding, packing, tractor driving, spraying, planting etc. Register vacancies on the government’s Harvest Trail website More? 1800 062 332

Have your say on waste and resource recovery

The Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group is currently developing a major plan for waste management and resource recovery in Gippsland over the next decade. Comment is sought on issues, challenges and opportunities in waste management and resource recovery to help inform the plan. Business, industry and community sessions will be held across the Gippsland in the next few months. Details of engagement sessions across Gippsland are listed on the website  More? Ian Needham 0438 963 559 or

Wellington shares its harvest

The Harvest of Wellington, from March 26 - April 15, is a jam-packed 21 days of local produce tours, high tea, sauce making, gourmet sausage making classes, bread making, cheese and jam cooking demonstrations, dinners and much more. The events, organised by Wellington Regional Tourism, showcase the depth of local producers in Wellington. More? Bernie Dillon 0405 387 906 or or visit

Council concerned about spike in dog attacks

The City of Casey is urging dog owners to exercise responsible pet ownership following a concerning spike in dog attacks with council responding to 44 dog attack incidents since January 1. The majority of the dog attacks have occurred outside of the dog’s home and have been on animals, but there have also been attacks on people including a child, which resulted in her receiving serious injuries to her neck and shoulder area, and a teenage girl, who was bitten on the face.
Penalties for dog attacks can include infringement notices, orders imposed on dog owners, declaration of dogs to be a dangerous or menacing dog, and in some cases criminal convictions, and up to six months imprisonment and/or a penalty of $18,240. To report a dog attack contact Casey Customer Service 9705 5200

Be informed about alternative fertiliser use

A series of field days are planned to focus on the use and application of alternative or organic fertiliser including compost, chicken manure and dairy effluent to dairy pastures. Presenters will discuss the value of these fertilisers as nutrient sources and things to be wary of when apply them to pasture. The days will commence at 11am, include a light lunch and will be held:
  • Glen Alvie on March 24
  • Ellinbank on March 30
  • Yarram on March 31
  • Nambrok on April 1 (to be confirmed).
Further details available upon registration. More? David Shambrook 5662 9913 or

Ensure success after the long dry period

A Better Forages for the Future field day on Friday April 1 from 10.15am-2.45pm at Ellinbank Centre, DEDJTR, 1301 Hazeldean Road, Ellinbank will help farmer achieve success after a dry summer and early autumn. The day covers:
  • spraying: latest advances in spray technology; pre-emergent sprays- pros and cons; hidden traps which reduce spray effectiveness
  • demonstrations/paddock visits
  • summer crops: what worked and what didn’t
  • what to sow now and why
  • new plots: current endophytes, new CRC-bred endophytes and Forage Value Index (FVI)  cultivars
  • alternative species: species that survived the long dry spell
  • chicory: a local farmer’s experience on grey clay loam soils
Lunch supplied. BYO: raincoat and hat. Rain, hail or shine, we will visit the plots! More? Frank Mickan 5624 2259 or

What is limiting pasture production?

Healthy Soils Sustainable Farms is holding a pasture trial field day on Ross Batten, Madeline and Bernard Buckley’s property “Quatro Bras”, 160 Buffalo-Waratah Rd, Buffalo on Friday April 29 from 2-4.30 pm. The pasture trial looks at methods to deal with acid mat, low fertility and explore options to improve production. Results of sowing Soilkee renovator in autumn and spring will be discussed. Please RSVP. More? Jenny O’Sullivan 0419 153 377 or

Plan for better business

A business planning essentials workshop will be held on March 21 at the Bairnsdale Library Meeting Room, 22 Service St, Bairnsdale. The workshop will help participants to develop a business plan to identify and avoid future issues and explore new opportunities. The cost of the two-hour course is $20. More? Marlene Rickhuss 5153 9500 or

Book in for breakfast

Dates for the 2016 Business Breakfast Series have been confirmed as:
  • Wednesday June 15 at the Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Blvd, Pakenham
  • Wednesday September 7 at the Cranbourne Racing Centre, Grant St, Cranbourne with Gerry Ryan, Melbourne-based businessman and entrepreneur
  • 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

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

Planning to break into Asian exports?

Two trade missions are open to Gippsland food producers keen to get an Asian footprint under the aegis of the Victorian Government.
  • Food and Hotel Asia 2016 Exhibition - Singapore from April 12-15: FHA2016 Hotel Asia is widely regarded as Asia's most established trade exhibition. Visit:
  • SIAL CHINA 2016 – Shanghai May 5 is the largest food and beverage exhibition in Asia, the 17th edition of SIAL CHINA 2016 will welcome 66,000 visitors and more than 2900 exhibitors from 65 countries. Visit: More?

TM means it’s made in Mornington!

The Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Food Industry Advisory Body (FIAB) have launched the Mornington Peninsula Produce (MPP) Certified Trade Mark to strengthen the identity of the Mornington Peninsula as a quality, fresh and innovative food economy, and provide consumers with a guarantee of authentic provenance from the Mornington Peninsula with the legal backing of the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC).
The Mornington Peninsula Produce website provides a searchable directory of all MPP registered producers and their produce, and is also a useful resource to identify new opportunities for producers. More? Visit

Discover the benefits of whole farm planning

A whole farm planning- FarmPlan21 course, led by Nick Dudley from (DEDJTR) and other specialists, is a series of six workshops on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm-9.45pm from April 13 to May 18 at the DEDJTR Office in Peart St, Leongatha. The cost is $150. More? SGLN 5662 5759 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

Farm diversification made easy

Green tea, lemon aspen and Christmas Bush are some of the less-obvious crops suitable for the Warragul region according to this new RIRDC website. But the Bairnsdale region is a whole heap more exciting: Fennel oil, parsley oil, teff, muntries, redclaw ... the range is dizzying ... Go on, you know you want to try it!

Take a Gippsland food adventure

Paul and Jenny O’Sullivan open the gates for a farm tour and meal at “Malabar Farm” 720 Buffalo-Waratah Rd, Tarwin Lower - 640 hectares, running 1000 cattle and 5500 sheep and – the home of Gippsland Food Adventures, near Walkerville. They supply prime cattle to Gippsland Natural and Enviromeat brands, and have produced lambs for Coles for over 16 years. The tour includes paddock driving, a bush walk and sheep yard activities. Bookings essential. The tour and lunch will run on Saturday April 2 from 9.30am-2pm for lunch and 4-8.30pm for evening tour and dinner. Cost: $120 per person, $55 per child 4-14 years. More ? Paul  O’Sullivan 5663 2386 or

Creative women show their wares

The Country Women’s Association (CWA) Bass Group is holding its annual Creative Arts Exhibition on April 9-10 at the Public Hall, 11 Smith St, Loch. Members’ cooking, preserves, needlework, knitting, crochet, flora and photography will be displayed. Craft demonstrations will be given on rug making, beading, lace making, crochet, spinning, felting and more. Morning/afternoon tea and light lunch available. Admission: $3. More? Annie Graham 5678 8037

Bag a copy of the 2016 Hunting Guide

Victorian game hunters can gain information about bag limits, season dates and safe and responsible hunting in the new Victorian Hunting Guide. The guide is posted online and mailed to all 48,000 licensed game hunters, and covers updates to hunting arrangements for the 2016 seasons. This year, bag limits have been reduced for duck season to four birds per day, while the Blue-Winged Shoveler cannot be hunted.
Hunters of deer, Stubble Quail and introduced game birds will also find details of season openings and closings, locations and bag limits. More?

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. 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?

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:
  • Grantville on March 24 outside the Grantville Pantry, 1509 Bass Hwy
  • Mornington on Monday April 4 outside La Monicas Restaurant, 67 Main St
  • Hastings on Tuesday April 5 at 36 High St
  • Mt Martha on Wednesday April 6, outside IGA, 16 Lochiel Ave
  • Rye on Thursday April 7 in carpark opposite pharmacy, 2345 Nepean Hwy
  • Cowes on April 11 at 91-97 Thompson Ave
  • Inverloch on April 12 at 16 A'Beckett Street
  • Wonthaggi on April 13 at 71-73 McBride Ave
  • Cowes on April 14 at 91-97 Thompson Ave
More? 13 22 15 or

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:
  • March 23 with Kohleth Chia, Research Scientist, Biometrics, Parkville on 10 analyses you didn't know a Biometrician can do
  • April 20 with Doug Crawford, Research Scientist, Spatial Information Sciences, Ellinbank on rapid analytics: applying new spectrometric technologies for quicker cheaper analysis of soil
  • May 18 with Josie Thornhill, Research Scientist, Animal Production Sciences, Ellinbank on validation of genomic breeding values for heat tolerance in lactating dairy cows
  • June 15 with Dr Thabo Kumaran, Senior Research Scientist, Landscapes and Water, Parkville on extending “SafeGauge for Nutrients” to rainfed dairy systems in Victoria
  • 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

Show promises to paint the hill red!

The Red Hill Show will be held on Saturday, March 26 from 8:30am-5pm at the Red Hill Showgrounds, Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill. The Show features art, craft, cooking, flowers, produce and livestock competitions, face painting rides and more. The Grand Parade is at 2.45pm. Admission: family ticket (2 adults, 3 children 6-18 years) $50; adults $15; children 6 to 18 years $10 (5 years and under free); students and pensioners $10. Free parking. More? Rebecca Davis 5989 2357 or  or visit

Casey Cardinia Business Awards open

The Casey Cardinia Business Awards formally recognise the achievements of the business community across the Casey Cardinia region. There are 12 category awards including Agriculture and Food, Environmental Sustainability and Tourism Awards, the people's choice award, and the main Award of Casey Cardinia Business of the Year 2016 and $15,000 in prize money. Entries will be assessed on the response to the criteria listed on the application form.  Applications close May 13 with winners announced at a gala dinner to be held on September 16. More? Casey Economic Development 9705 5200 or or visit

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: March 22; April 5, 19; May 3, 17, 31; June 14, 28; July 12, 26; August 9, 23; September 6, 20; October 4, 18.
  • Bass Coast Shire Council Civic Centre, 76 McBride Ave, Wonthaggi on  May 10, August 9, October 11
  • Cowes Customer Service Centre, 91-97 Thompson Ave, Cowes on April 26, June 14, September 13, November 8
  • Grantville Transaction Centre, 1504-1510 Bass Hwy, Grantville on July 12
  • Toomah Community Centre, 15 Golden Green St, Pakenham on March 22.
To book a mentoring session please visit the Small Business Mentoring Service or contact your relevant local council.

Are you pest-smart?

The Invasive Animals CRC has launched the Pestsmart Connect website providing contact details of agencies, organisatins and groups active in pest animal management. More?

Planning a trip?

Do us a BIG favour and book online through Quickbeds … they make a donation to keep Gippyagchat going and it costs you nothing. Zilch. Nada. Zero  … you can hum the rest … HOW TO DO IT: Click on this link:, then find the hotel you want and book it. That's it. They charge no booking fees and no credit card fees. (Hooray!) Quickbeds is an accommodation search and booking website owned by the Flight Centre Travel Group. They offer a price beat guarantee - if you find a cheaper price they'll beat it. They have a HUGE range of hotels, apartments, resorts and B&B's in Australia and around the world. There’s also a 24/7 Australian customer support centre. Click on the link now and see for yourself. And please forward the booking code to your friends and family. If they click on the link and book, a donation goes to Agribusiness Gippsland. (double hooray)

Country racing is off and … well … racing

Meetings in March: 29-Stony Creek, 31-Pakenham; Meetings in April: 1-Cranbourne, 7-Pakenham, 8-Cranbourne, 9-Woolamai, 10-Pakenham, 15-Cranbourne, 16-Moe, 17-Pakenham, 21- Pakenham, 22-Cranbourne, 25-Moe, 28-Pakenham, 29-Cranbourne More? 1300 139 402 or visit

Growing beef could lower emissions

Research suggests reducing beef production icould increase global greenhouse gas emissions. More?

Learn about on-farm fertility

A RegenAG® Biofertiliser Course will be held on Tuesday, March 29 from 8am-5pm at Peninsula Fresh Organics, 6 Henderson Rd, Baxter. This very popular hands-on workshop will re-define the role that bio-fertilisers and organic inputs can play on your property in addressing soil health, plant nutrition, pest control, fungal disease control, equipment and processes. Course fees apply – see website. More? Kym Kruse 0447 054 466 or or visit

Need help with record keeping?

A short workshop on effective record keeping for small business will be held from 6-8pm on April 13 at the Baw Baw Shire Council Offices, 33 Young St, Drouin. $20 per person. Bookings Essential at  Effective Record Keeping for Small Business. More? Aaron Campbell 5624 2438 or

Celebrate sustainability

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

Care about the coast?

Applications are now open for Coastcare Victoria’s 2016 Community Grants Program that supports community organisations to take practical local action to protect and enhance the coastal and near-shore marine environment. Applications for small grants of up to $7,500 are sought. Projects must be completed by December 31, 2017. Applications close at midnight on April 17. More? Click here

Organically rid your business of waste

Local businesses can claim up to $150,000 from the State Government to install technology which will assist to efficiently break down organic matter. While the program is targeted at food manufacturers and local governments, all small-to-medium businesses who produce organic waste as a by-product and currently have an anaerobic digestive solution are encouraged to apply. Closing date for applications is March 21. More? Click here

Grants help businesses use resources efficiently

Resource Efficiency Grants offers to cover 50% of the cost to engage a consultant to conduct a resource assessment of business operations. Grants are capped at $5000 for an energy assessment and $10,000 for a materials (or combined materials and energy) assessment. A $3000 implementation support bonus is available if one or more recommendations from the assessment are implemented.  Closing dates for energy assessments is March 31. More? Click here

Thinking of doing business with China?

Applications for the Australia China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) programme funding round are now open for projects and trade missions that develop Australia’s agricultural trading relationship with China. More? Click here

Looking for a grant?

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

Funding helps make businesses greener

Sustainability Victoria is offering grants to eligible business cover 50% of the cost to engage a consultant to conduct a resource assessment of their operations. Grants are capped at $5000 for an energy assessment and $10,000 for a materials or combined materials and energy assessment. Applications for materials assessments and combined material and energy assessments close at 4pm on Friday May 13. More?

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

Learn to read your finances

A program to enhance the financial literacy skills of dairy farmers is suitable for existing micro and small businesses and individuals with a broad knowledge of financial activities. The program is delivered over five days followed by two one-on-one farm visits. The program will run from 9.45am- 3pm in:
  • South Gippsland: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • West Gippsland: May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1.
RSVP essential. More? GippsDairy 5624 3900 or


Bucket-trained black lamb. Good four-legged lawn-mower. $130. More? 0402 267 802

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.
Manager Park Management Planning sought by Parks Victoria to develop park management plans. The task involves engaging with peak recreational and open-space stakeholders and local communities, working closely with other government agencies and Aboriginal traditional owners, introducing innovation while managing contractors and consultants. Applicants will have a specialist or post-graduate qualification in park management, environmental science, recreation, natural resource management or similar discipline, in-depth knowledge of contemporary approaches, trends and challenges in nature conservation, cultural heritage management and nature-based tourism and extensive experience in developing relationships and partnerships with stakeholders in government and non-government organisations. Deadline: Friday April 1. More? Visit
Animal health officer wanted in Cranbourne for full-time to work in a small regional team from DEDJTR’s Agriculture Services and Biosecurity Operations division, dealing with disease surveillance; livestock legislation/enforcement management; emergency preparedness / response and traceability /auditing. Salary: $53,634 - $73,521 pa (plus super). As this is a regulatory position, applicants may be required to conduct investigations and appear in court. Deadline: midnight March 30. More? Dianne 5152 0620
Animal technician wanted for full-time work until December 31 for Monash Animal Research Platform . Salary offered to maintain and breed laboratory animals: $54,647 - $61,514 pa HEW Level 03 (includes 9.50% employer superannuation). Applicants will possess relevant work experience in the animal technology or biomedical research industry, or equivalent relevant experience working with large animals with relevant training in this field. Experience in performing laboratory animal techniques with large animals essential and completion, or near completion, of the Diploma of Applied Science (Animal Technology) desirable. Flexible working arrangements possible. Deadline: March 29. More? Cherelle 9905 4293
Share farming opportunity available on 160-cow dairy near Inverloch to start in May, milking through a 10 aside herringbone with stall gates. Calving from June to August, with the opportunity to milk year-round or opt for a six week drying off period. Applicants will have previous experience in the dairy industry, either in a senior farm hand position for a minimum of five years, or a farm management or previous share farming role. Experience with milk yard production and management, calf raising; tractor/heavy vehicle operation; pasture management; silage/hay making and general animal husbandry is most essential. We offer: 33.3% - 40% share of gross milk income (negotiable; some expenses to be paid, subject to written contract). all cattle and machinery provided and good 3 bdm home with double garage. More? Craig 0439 454 344
Farm hand sought near Wonthaggi starting June. Salary: $45,000 - $50,000 plus depending on hours, plus super. Position starts early June for morning and afternoon milking, cattle management/calf rearing, using equipment and general farm maintenance. There is work for up to seven days a week, which will pay overtime. The incumbent must live locally and have transport although board and lodging can be offered. Minimum eight weeks holiday offered. Previous experience in dairy farming is desirable however applicants with no experience considered if they can demonstrate manual, practical skills and a keen interest in farm life in general. More? Craig 0439 454 344
Machine operators wanted for Traralgon-based forestry company including: Loader Operator, Harvester Operator and Excavator Operator for site prep/clearing. Applicants will have a strong focus and commitment to OH&S, previous experience in the forestry industry and relevant qualifications. More? Shayne 5176 5855
R&D product manager wanted by Danone MG at Kiewa. This is a full-time role, responsible for driving innovation and renovation, and will bring FMCG experience in R&D and NPD project management. Applicants will be degree qualified in a relevant field and possess three or more years of experience in an FMCG environment. Knowledge of the food industry, dairy in particular, will be highly regarded. More?
Gardeners/horticulturists wanted for south-east council, to maintain gardens from Edwardian parks to natural environment areas. Pay: $25+/hour. Applicants require a Cert 3 or above in horticulture, a current chemical ticket and MR or above drivers licence. Chainsaw certificate is desirable but not essential. More? Hayley 9554 4200
Trail riding lead/riding instructor wanted for part-time work, including weekends in the Yarra Valley. The work is casual initially but could lead to full-time position. This is an operational role that will require riding, working with and at times leading volunteers. Volunteers are also sought. More? Clancy 0407 326 276 or
Beetroot supply planning manager wanted at Bairnsdale processing site to establish/ maintain competitive, secure and high quality lines, scheduling efficient production plans and generating the highest possible order fill rate. Experience in the agricultural industry or fresh produce, a degree in agriculture, or related field, experience working within a dynamic, FMCG environment, advanced Excel and planning software skills are essential. More?
Quarry manager wanted by Holcim at Tynong to be responsible for production quality and efficiency and for developing relationships with customers and suppliers. The role involves managing all aspects of quarry operations on site, including drill and blast, load and haul, stockpiling, fixed and mobile plant utilisation and efficiency through an effective preventative maintenance plan and understand local IR issues and implement EBA terms and conditions. The incumbent will develop and implement community engagement plans and ensure site compliance with relevant quarry and environmental regulations and legislation and company policies. Previous experience as either a quarry manager or supervisor is mandatory. Knowledge of relevant legislation (EHP, SHE, EPA, Sustainability, Dangerous Goods, Extractive Industries Sustainable development regulations, Electrical Safety Act) and of Safety Management Systems is essential. Diploma or above in extractive industries discipline would be advantageous. More?

Spreader driver for Gibsons Trafalgar Depot, working full-time spreading fertiliser on local farms in Gippsland. You will have a Heavy Rigid Licence but a Heavy Combination Licence is preferred. Knowledge of the local area would be beneficial. More?
Gardener for Mornington Peninsula firm also able to maintain tools on site and able to do everything from mowing a lawn, building a retaining wall, cutting hedges to landscaping a whole garden. You need your own car with towing facility to join this team who work hard … and surf hard when we are not working. More?
Production supervisor for the OneHarvest salad processing factory in Bairnsdale, to drive operations and ensure efficiencies, mentor and develop team members and support the Production manager. You will have relevant experience, preferably within chilled foods and experience in FMCG or short shelf life processing and manufacturing. More?
Farm hand/maintenance in the Warragul region, for an ASAP start in casual day shift role has the potential to become ongoing. You will hold a current valid driver licence, with your own reliable vehicle be fit (able to have lifted 15kg in the last 6 months) and have some experience with power tools. You need your own PPE including steel cap boots. Forklift licence is advantageous. More?
GIS officer for HVP office in Churchill for mapping, database integrity and the replication of data sets. You will have experience in similar roles, not necessarily in forestry.  Skill is required in the use of GIS and applicants will have good planning skills.  A relevant qualification, while not mandatory, would be preferred. Relocation assistance possible.  Deadline Friday, 8 April. More? Steve 5122 0610.
Hard landscape gardener for Peninsula Hot Springs on the Mornington Peninsula. You will be responsible for designing and constructing hard landscape gardening plans. You will have a Certificate III (or above) in Horticulture/Landscape Construction and have a minimum two years' experience in a hard landscaping role. This is a permanent full-time position. More? Jaimie  5950 8777.
Lead landscaper for Cameron Outdoor in Bairnsdale to lead a team, work to timelines and budgets and be very competent in segmental paving (rigid and flexible), concrete pavements, timber retaining walls and carpentry (preferred but not essential). More?
Quarry manager wanted by Holcim at Jeeralang to be responsible for production, quality and efficiency and for developing relationships with customers and suppliers. The role involves managing all aspects of quarry operations on site, including drill and blast, load and haul, stockpiling, fixed and mobile plant utilisation and efficiency through an effective preventative maintenance plan and understand local IR issues and implement EBA terms and conditions. The incumbent will develop and implement community engagement plans and ensure site compliance with relevant quarry and environmental regulations and legislation and company policies. Previous experience as either a quarry manager or supervisor is mandatory. Knowledge of relevant legislation (EHP, SHE, EPA, Sustainability, Dangerous Goods, Extractive Industries Sustainable development regulations, Electrical Safety Act) and of safety management systems is essential. Diploma or above in extractive industries discipline would be advantageous. More?
National sales manager sought by Flemings Nursery National Sales Manager. The incumbent will be an experienced sales leader with prior experience in sales management and ideally have experience or knowledge of the horticulture industry. More?
Horticulturalist wanted for Wellington Shire Council to work full-time in a 12-month maternity leave position. Salary: $52,095 - $55,742 plus 9.5% super. The incumbent will have a tertiary qualification in Horticulture (Certificate III or above) or significant relevant experience plus experience in the maintenance of municipal parks and gardens including grass and sports turf maintenance, tree planting and maintenance, and garden bed maintenance, demonstrated knowledge of horticulture, including methods, plants and materials especially herbicides and pesticides and a current Victorian Drivers Licence (medium rigid truck licence preferable) Deadline: 5pm March 28. More? Click here
Senior agribusiness analyst wanted for national/NZ advisory firm to conduct independent analysis of farm gate and post-farm gate businesses; undertaking due diligence and portfolio reviews of agribusinesses for lenders and other stakeholders, researching industry/economic conditions; help prepare reports, including preparation of data to support findings/recommendations and pitch documents. Applicants will have a degree in commerce, agribusiness/agriculture, accounting, finance or economics and a desire to study CA or IPA qualification. More? Lucy 0401 944 320
Dairy farmer wanted for full-time position at Tinamba. Salary $60K plus super. Applicants must be experienced. References required. Backpackers are not suitable. More? Jane 0439 451 077
Assistant dairy herd manager wanted or 700-800 cow farm at Candelo using 60-unit rapid-exit, ACRs and individual feeds. The role involves around 80% of workload milking and 20% farm management and is full-time, 10 days on/four days off. Relocation assistance and accommodation options are available. More?
Manager wanted for Bairnsdale adventure park, with an option to buy. A live-in package is available. Visit More?
Manager wanted for Labertouche farm for the 2016/17 season and beyond to lead a team of six full-time staff milking 1000 cows. Applicants will have proven large herd management experience. The role offers an attractive package, including a four bedroom house on farm. Deadline: 5pm March 31. More?
Foreman/stable hand sought by pacing stables, 20 minutes from Cranbourne. More? Arthur 9796 8356
Branch manager sought for CLAAS, Warragul. The incumbent will have more than five years experience in branch/operations management within the agricultural machinery industry (or similar), with ability to build strong and enduring relationships with customers and suppliers and have a proven record with regard to people management and enhancing and growing business opportunities. More? Nigel Crawley 9645 5200
First year parks and gardens apprenticeship available to provide hands-on experience and training at TAFE. Applicants will be able to undertake regular heavy lifting, have previous experience working in a team, a genuine interest in a career in horticulture and a driver’s licence (or close to obtaining) plus reliable car. More?
Arborist sought for south-east local council. Immediate start available on a casual, ongoing basis with tickets to operate chipper, chainsaw and EWP. Applicants will have a trade certificate in arboriculture/horticulture or extensive experience, including tree maintenance, as well as MR/HR Licence and Traffic Management Ticket. A First Aid Certificate preferred. More? Hayley 9554 4200
Horticulture traineeship is available at Narre Warren. The two year traineeship includes attending TAFE one day/week with fully paid TAFE fees, all PPE provided, fortnightly RDO and annual leave loading. Applicants will be punctual, fit and hold a driver’s licence. More?
Senior Veterinarian wanted to lead a team of veterinarians specialising in shelter medicine at RSPCA Burwood East to also assist with state-wide de-sexing initiatives and inspectorate cases including gathering of evidence, when required. This is a full-time role and includes occasional weekend and public holiday work. Applicants will have sound clinical veterinary knowledge and experience, a Victorian driver's licence, radiation use license and a microchipping implantation certificate. More? Melissa 9224 2251
Technical assistant sought for University of Melbourne's marsupial colony at Wantirna South. Full-time fixed-term to December 31, 2017. Salary: $51,698 - $57,081 p.a. plus 9.5% superannuation. For daily management of breeding colony, outdoor feeding, animal handling and treatment, cleaning and maintaining equipment and vehicles as well as maintaining accurate and up-to-date animal and laboratory records and undertaking field work. Deadline: March 22. More? 0038540 Technical Assistant Marsupial Research Colony.pdf
Course co-ordinator for Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training wanted to facilitate Melbourne and interstate learning programs; including trainer and assessor bookings, lecture and workshop preparation. Applicants will have initiative and excellent organisational and communication skills and be proficient with the MS Office Suite. Dog industry background an advantage. More?
Traineeship is available, leading to Certificate III Conservation and Land Management qualification with Maroondah Council to undertake weeding, herbicide spraying, brush-cutting, mulching, mowing, pruning and fencing. The incumbent will be trained to use/maintain equipment. Green Army participants are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be fit and be able to identify and recognise a range of flora and weeds. Driver’s licence preferred. More?
Tree planters sought for reafforestation contracts across Australia. The cost of airfares and accommodation covered and pay is incentive-based. Applicants will have white/blue card and steel-toed boots. Experience in Canadian reforestation/ silviculture industry, post-secondary education in a related field and a reliable vehicle are preferred. More?
Egg collectors sought for Pakenham free-range egg farm. Casual, on-going work is available for between 20-38 hours per week Monday to Sunday. Own transport is essential. More? 1800 602 773
Propagation / production nursery manager sought in outer eastern location. Applicants will have a hands-on style and a background in a wholesale propagation environment along with production nursery experience and a sound people management capability. More?
Logistics co-ordinator (agriculture) sought in Gippsland. Salary: 60,000 - $65,000 plus super. Applicants will have minimum three years experience in a similar role, experience within agriculture industry (grain, dairy, plant), strong relationships with transport and shipping companies and strong knowledge of Incoterms and experience with inventory and documentation systems. Relevant industry qualifications highly regarded. More? Paulette 9670 0111 quoting Ref No. MEL/PR/5029
Resort staff wanted for the Mt Buller ski season for front office, ski shop/hire, food/beverage, laundry and housekeeping. Employees need to be available to work varied shifts, including early mornings, late evenings, weekends and public holidays. Limited on-site accommodation is available. More? 5777 5788
Marketing and events coordinator wanted for a full-time role at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort to develop and implement a marketing strategy for the region. The incumbent will be energetic, self-motivated and capable of working without direct supervision, hard-working, have the highest level of integrity, have at least one year of practical marketing experience, be social media and IT savvy, have a tertiary qualification in marketing, be keen to develop and organise events, and prepared to work in the resort and on some weekends. Applicants will have a current drivers license. Some travel between the resorts may be required. Deadline: March 24. More?
Woodflow scheduler wanted by HVP Plantations in Churchill to plan and implement a woodflow program that meets all customer obligations in a timely and efficient manner. This includes managing weekly wood production and delivery schedules to meet sales agreements within production constraints. Experience in similar roles is essential, although not necessarily in forestry. High level computer skills are required. A relevant tertiary qualification in a related discipline would be well regarded. More? Todd Houghton 5122 0626
Feed mill hand wanted at a Leongatha plant for day shift 7.30am-3.30pm, Monday-Friday with overtime including weekend work. The role requires a current forklift licence, solid written and verbal communication skills, good keyboard skills, knowledge of safe manufacturing practices (including safe lifting techniques) and general housekeeping. Previous manufacturing experience essential and working at heights and confined space ticketing is desirable. More? Chris  9458 5144
Odyssée Agri is seeking dairy farm work for:
  • Ludjyh Mélange, 20 years old, from early April until the end of August. Ludjyh has a technician diploma in agriculture and is undertaking an undergraduate diploma in farm management. His parents are banana and sugar cane farmers in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean Sea. He has experience on a number of dairy farms and on a poultry farm.
  • Richard Briat, 18 years old, from early June until end of August. He has A level in science and is preparing an undergraduate diploma in animal production. He has experience on his uncle’s farm growing wheat, corn, soy and sunflower on a200 ha farm in South West of France. He can drive a combine harvester. He has experience in Ireland with a horse breeder (50 horses) and sheep farm (30 ewes); has undertaken one week training with a vet; and one week training with a vet specialised in horses.
More? Jean Marie Poirier 0033 (0)2 4308 5312 or
Chemical/Process Engineer - Waste, Water, and Bioenergy: Laurent Pochat-Pochatoux is an experienced chemical/process engineer specialised in water treatment, waste recovery and bioenergy, focussing on the bioremediation of industrial effluents using algae, as well as the subsequent production of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts. More? Laurent Pochat-Pochatoux 0432 159 853 or
Students are now available for work: Federation University Australia offers direct access to Gippsland’s students for part-time, casual, full-time/graduate, vacation and volunteer opportunities. Motivated and committed staff are available from accounting, nursing, sciences, engineering, marketing, HR and PR/comms/media courses. More? Liana 5122 6245 or
Employers wanted for agricultural graduates: Employers sought for well-trained, job-ready agricultural and horticultural graduates with nationally recognised post-diploma qualifications, Australian work experience, certifications, permits and licenses. Prospective employers can trial graduates for three to six months.
Environmental planning and vegetation design: Springbank Ecosystems offers flora and fauna surveys, EMPs for sub-division applications, weed/animal management, revegetation plans for extraction companies, specialised native orchid ID and staff training.
More? Libby Lambert 5657 2387 or
Market your business more effectively: Award-winning marketer/business consultant with strong agricultural background can offer strategies to place your business in the public eye.  More? John 0457 065 425
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Gippy Diary

Mar 21 Business Planning Essentials Workshop Bairnsdale Marlene Rickhuss 5153 9500
Mar 22 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Mar 22 Small Business Mentoring Service Pakenham 1300 787 624
Mar 22 Shed Day Toora 0407 863 493
Mar 23 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Mar 23 Shed Day Ripplebrook 0407 863 493
Mar 23-24 Cups On Cups Off Leongatha Tony Seymour 0429 000 301
Mar 24 Small Business Bus Cowes 13 22 15
Mar 24 Application of Alternative or Organic Fertiliser Field Day Glen Alvie 5662 9913
Mar 26 Red Hill Show Red Hill Rebecca Davis 5989 2357
Mar 26-27 Boloka Easter Sheep Dog Trials Welshpool Paul Macphail 0418 335 306
Mar 26-Apr 15 Harvest of Wellington Wellington Bernie Dillon 0405 387 906
Mar 29 Country Race Meet Stony Creek 1300 139 402
Mar 29 RegenAG® Biofertiliser Course Baxter Kym Kruse 0447 054 466
Mar 30 InCharge Workshop – Day 1 Maffra Ash Michael 0428 307 250
Mar 30 Wild Dog Program Field Day Tambo Crossing Barry Davies 5152 0642
Mar 30 Wild Dog Program Field Day Swifts Creek Barry Davies 5152 0642
Mar 30 Application of Alternative or Organic Fertiliser Field Day Ellinbank, V 5662 9913
Mar 31 InCharge Workshop – Day 1 Ellinbank Ash Michael 0428 307 250
Mar 31 Country Race Meet Pakenham 1300 139 402
Mar 31 Wild Dog Program Field Day Omeo/Benambra Barry Davies 5152 0642
Mar 31 Application of Alternative or Organic Fertiliser Field Day Yarram 5662 9913
Apr 1 Gippsland Regional Livestock Exchange Opening Sale Wellington Shire Council 1300 366 244
Apr 1 Better Forages for the Future Ellinbank 5624 2259
Apr 1 Casey Rides Cranbourne City of Casey 9705 5200
Apr 1 Application of Alternative or Organic Fertiliser Field Day Nambrok 03 5662 9913
Apr 1 Country Race Meet Cranbourne 1300 139 402
Apr 2 Gippsland Food Adventures Tour of Malabar Farm Tarwin Lower Paul  O’Sullivan 5663 2386
Apr 2 Bunyip and District Agricultural Show Bunyip Joan Harrison 5629 5506
Apr 3 Southern Gippsland Sustainability Festival Korumburra Lyndal Peterson 5662 9324
Apr 3 Tinamba Food and Wine Festival Tinamba Kellie Willis 0429 329 989
Apr 4 Small Business Bus Mornington 13 22 15
Apr 5 Small Business Bus Hastings 13 22 15
Apr 5 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Apr 6 Small Business Bus Mt Martha 13 22 15
Apr 7 Faba and Broad Bean Best Management Practices Training Course Maffra Mary Raynes 0408 591 193
Apr 7 Small Business Bus Rye 13 22 15
Apr 7 R&D Tax Incentive Program Information Session Bairnsdale 13 28 46
Apr 7 R&D Tax Incentive Program Information Session Trafalgar 13 28 46
Apr 7 Country Race Meet Pakenham 1300 139 402
Apr 7-10 Farm World 2016 Lardner Lardner Park Events 5626 1373
Apr 7, 14, 28 Feeding Pastures for Profit MID Ash Michael 5662 9901
Apr 8 Country Race Meet Cranbourne 1300 139 402
Apr 9 Country Race Meet Woolamai 1300 139 402
Apr 9-10 CWA Creative Arts Exhibition Loch Annie Graham 5678 8037
Apr 10 Country Race Meet Pakenham 1300 139 402
Apr 10-17 Farming through the Ages Exhibition Emerald ECH Reception 5968 3881
Apr 11 Small Business Bus Cowes 13 22 15
Apr 11 Looking Over the Farm Gate Warragul GippsDairy 5624 3900
Apr 11-16 AusTimber 2016 Latrobe City 9533 4250
Apr 12 Looking Over the Farm Gate Leongatha GippsDairy 5624 3900
Apr 12 Small Business Bus Inverloch 13 22 15
Apr 12 Wild Dog Program Field Day Glenmaggie Barry Davies 5152 0642
Apr 12-15 Food and Hotel Asia 2016 Exhibition Singapore
Apr 13 Small Business Bus Wonthaggi 13 22 15
Apr 13 Shed  Day Hedley 0407 863 493
Apr 13 Effective Record Keeping for Small Business Workshop Drouin Aaron Campbell 5624 2438
Apr 13 Wild Dog Program Field Day Dargo Barry Davies 5152 0642
Apr 13, 20 Feeding Pastures for Profit Labertouche GippsDairy 5624 3900
Apr 14 Business Innovation Summit Warragul Economic Development Team 5624 2411
Apr 14 R&D Tax Incentive Program Information Session Narre Warren 13 28 46
Apr 14 Climate Ready Workshop Rosebud West Nicci Tsernjavski 5950 1259
Apr 14 Small Business Bus Cowes 13 22 15
Apr 14 Wild Dog Program Field Day Glenaladale Barry Davies 5152 0642
Apr 14, 21 Feeding Pastures for Profit Macalister Irrigation District GippsDairy 5624 3900
Apr 15 Climate Ready Workshop Hastings Nicci Tsernjavski 5950 1259
Apr 15 Country Race Meet Cranbourne 1300 139 402
Apr 16 Country Race Meet Moe 1300 139 402
Apr 17 Country Race Meet Pakenham 1300 139 402
Apr 18 Water for Victoria – Community Forums Maffra 136 186
Apr 19 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Apr 19 Water for Victoria – Community Forums Morwell 136 186
Apr 20 Water for Victoria – Community Forums Leongatha 136 186
Apr 20 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Apr 21 Country Race Meet Pakenham 1300 139 402
Apr 22 Country Race Meet Cranbourne 1300 139 402
Apr 25 Country Race Meet Moe 1300 139 402
Apr 26 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Apr 27-28 Churn Milk into Money Latrobe Valley GippsDairy 5624 3900
Apr 28 Country Race Meet Pakenham 1300 139 402
Apr 29 Pasture Trials Field Day Buffalo Jenny O’Sullivan 0419 153 377
Apr 29 Country Race Meet Cranbourne 1300 139 402
May 1-3 2016 Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA) Conference Canberra Mr Ben Stockwin 02 6198 3230
May 2-4 Landcare Tour of Innovation in the Otways   Jenny O’Sullivan 0419 153 377
May 3 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Financial Literacy Program South Gippsland GippsDairy 5624 3900
May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1 Financial Literacy Program West Gippsland GippsDairy 5624 3900
May 5 SIAL CHINA 2016 Shanghai, China
May 9 Humane Euthanasia of Livestock Fish Creek GippsDairy 5624 3900
May 10 Energy and Nitrogen in Livestock Production Workshop Leongatha Sam Shannon 0409 944 114
May 10 Small Business Mentoring Service Wonthaggi Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
May 10 Humane Euthanasia of Livestock Maffra GippsDairy 5624 3900
May 11 Humane Euthanasia of Livestock Warragul GippsDairy 5624 3900
May 17 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
May 18 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
May 31 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Jun 14 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Jun 14 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Jun 15 Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast Pakenham Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
Jun 15 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Jun 28 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Jul 12 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Jul 12 Small Business Mentoring Service Grantville 5951 3384
Jul 20 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Jul 20-21 World Wide Agriculture Conference Churchill +64 3 318 0133
Jul 22 World Wide Agriculture Conference Tour Churchill +64 3 318 0133
Jul 26 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Jul 28 Agribusiness Gippsland 2016>change>future Warragul
Aug 9 Small Business Mentoring Service Wonthaggi Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Aug 9 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Aug 17 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Aug 23 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Sep 6 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Sep 7 Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast Cranbourne Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
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    
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  
Oct 4 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
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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