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Free mulch offer, China’s plans for Gippy dairying, funding on offer for sustainable ag and lots of jobs!

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30 November 2015

Edition 118

In this issue

  • Dry-times update
  • FREE mulch offer!
  • Darnum organic formula deal
  • EU super fund buys Yarram farm
  • Buy-a-Gippy-cow offer for Chinese
  • RDA appointments
  • Lots of names in the news
  • Funding for sustainable ag
  • Scholarships, grants, awards...
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DRY-TIME UPDATES

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

Revised climate outlook released: The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has released a climate and water outlook for December 2015 – February 2016. Visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovs52CMV5ig

Drought loans: Drought concessional loans are now on offer to eligible farmers in Victoria. Australian Government loans are available for restructuring of existing eligible farm debt, funding operating expenses necessary to continue normal operations, and/or drought preparedness and recovery activities. This scheme 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. These loans are available through Rural Finance. More? Visit www.ruralfinance.com.au or 1800 260 425

Dairy Australia and GippsDairy have developed a Tactics for Dry Times program. Free field days covering summer feeding plans, feed options and cost, grazing and protecting pastures, farm water supply, young stock feeding strategies, animal health, working with farm financials/debt and government assistance. The field days will be held in: South Gippsland: Monday, November 30 hosted by Warren and Kerrie Redmond, 6870 Bass Hwy, Inverloch (Redmond dairy farm No2)
Macalister Irrigation District: Friday, December 11 hosted by Mike and Sarah O’Brien, 618 Maffra-Rosedale Rd, Denison (500m north of Denison school)
Each day will run from 10am for a 10.30am start  to 1pm. Lunch provided. RSVP to John Gallienne 0407 863 493 or gallienne@dcsi.net.au
 
Additional Gippsland Events: A number of smaller events are also planned to address regionally specific issues across the region. Dates and locations of these additional events are yet to be finalised. If you would like a session held in your area please contact John Gallienne 0407 863 493 or GippsDairy on 5624 3900 or executiveassistant@gippsdairy.com.au

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? http://www.ruralfinancialcounselling.org.au/

No excuse for neglecting horses
: Horse owners are being urged to plan ahead in the face of dry conditions and a potentially severe summer. This warning comes after a Goulburn Valley man was found guilty of dereliction of care when he failed to supply his horses with enough water to survive a hot period. More? Visit www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/horses or www.rspcavic.org

 
 

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? www.farmulch.com 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 and our Facebook page www.facebook.com/agribusinessgippsland

News around the traps ...

...AND: Fonterra's Darnum Park will seek organic certification to become the manufacturing base for a range of new baby nutritional powders produced for Bellamy's Australia in a five-year strategic venture. Fonterra recently invested more than $45m in a site upgrade. Bellamy's achieved revenue growth of 156% 2014-15 on the prior year's sales, mostly from organic formula export sales.
...AND: Tarraville dairy, a 668ha farm near Yarram, has been bought by European pension fund-backed ACE Farming for about $8m. The property has more than 2000ML of underground water.
...PLUS: Wealthy Chinese investors are being invited to buy shares in 60 cows from around Korumburra to ensure they get supplies of Australian-based infant formula. The crowdsource funding deal is being brokered through the Victor Smorgon Group and is based on a similar beef businesses called My Cow. The group currently sells infant milk products sourced from Burra Foods online into China.

New RDA committees named

The newly-appointed members of the Regional Development Association in Gippsland are: Richard Elkington (Chair), Tim Weight (Deputy Chair), David Morcom, Jane Leslie, Angela Hutson, Paul Griffin, Gary Gaffney, Sue Coffey, Paul Buckley, Helen Anstis, Kellie O’Callaghan, Tim Tamlin and Toni Wakefield.
And in southern Melbourne the appointees are: Garry McQuillan, (chair), Faith FitzGerald (deputy chair), Greg Hunt, Stephen Chapple, Lyndon Joss, Geoff Spring, Dr Vinita Godinho, Julie Reid, Grant Radford, and Jillian Walsh.

Another rouseabout for the shed

We welcome little Audrey Mraz, second daughter to our recently retired director Courtney Ferguson and her shearer bloke Dan. All are well.

Well done to Gippy winners!

Congratulations to J D Propagation, named agribusiness winner in the 2015 Casey/Cardinia Business Awards. Finalists were Mountain Harvest Foods and Ten-Rose International Simmental, which also scored a finals berth in the Environmental Sustainability Award.
ALSO…well done to six Gippy small farm businesses named among the nation's top 30 food producers by foody-guru Richard Cornish. Drum roll for ... Mirboo Pastured Poultry, Port Franklin Fresh Fish, Mock Orchards at Red Hill (apple cider vinegar), Red Hill Cherry Farm, Bullfrog Gully Eggs at Gormondale and Prom Country Cheese for their toe-curlingly-good sheep-milk blue. Go on... buy their produce! More? http://m.goodfood.com.au/good-food/food-travel/australias-top-30-producers-2015-20151116-gkuw4w.html

First online water allocation auction

Southern Rural Water’s first online water allocation auction closed with more than 30 people participating in the bidding. The auction was for allocation water, available only this season, rather than permanent water shares. The water has been saved through modernisation projects. Six lots of water, ranging from five to 50 megalitres, were offered via an online auction similar in style to ebay. All lots offered were sold with prices ranging from $135 to $161 and an average price of $157. A total of $15,775 was raised for the 100ML offered, which will go towards projects to improve channels throughout the district. Further online allocation auctions will be held in December, January and February. More? Southern Rural Water 1300 139 510

Names in the news

Mikaela Power and Courtney Mraz have been appointed as new members of the WGCMA Board with Christine Holland and Warrick Wilson reappointed.
And…Chair Angus Hume has been appointed as Chair of the Victorian Catchment Management Council.
Meanwhile…Jan Vydra and William Pham have received a $430,000 Coles Nurture Fund interest-free loan to build a new greenhouse for their herb farm at Clyde.
Also…South Gippsland’s Beth Scott is in Holland for two years studying for a Masters in quantitative genetics at Wageningen University, supported by Dairy Futures CRC, ADHIS and Jersey Australia.
While…Steve Harrison of Giffard West has been re-elected to the board of Wool Producers Australia
And…Ashlee Wozniak of Morwell and Soorya Koch of W Tree are recipients of grants in the first round of Young Farmers Scholarship Awards.
With…Wandin agronomist Tim Cullen announced as a finalist in the Australian/NZ Growth Awards for his IPM work for berry and vine crops in the Yarra Valley.
Also… Horticulture Innovation Australia’s AGM saw the election of re-nominating director, Yarra Valley apple grower Susan Finger.
Plus ... we send a special 'well-done' to two Gippsland leaders who have served the dairy industry well; Agnes dairyfarmer and contractor Kelvin Jackson retired from the board of Dairy Australia last week and Yannathan dairyfarmer Noel Campbell stood back from the work as president of Australian Dairy Farmers. A little less agenda-reading and a little more milking!
 

Gippsland impresses in the Banksia Awards

Gippsland provided multiple winners in the Banksia Foundation Awards 2015, most impressive was Allen Riseley, joint winner of the environment minister’s award for work undertaken in his role as Landcare co-ordinator, sport co-ordinator and Mirboo North Secondary College teacher. The school itself was named a finalist in the education section. Meanwhile, Koo Wee Rup Regional Health Service was named as finalist in the small to medium enterprise leadership award. And the timber-rich Bairnsdale Library, created by NOWarchitecture, was a finalist in the built section. Also, SRW was finalist for the project Protecting the Health of the Gippsland Lakes – Macalister Nutrient Reduction Program. More? http://banksiafdn.com/winners/Gippsland

Want some space at Farm World?

Expressions of interest are sought from Baw Baw Shire based, not-for-profit community groups or clubs to utilise space at Baw Baw Shire’s prominent stand at 2016 Farm World on April 7-10. Eligibility criteria, further information and an application form are available at Council Stand at Farm World 2016. Applications close Friday January 15. More? Baw Baw Shire Council 5624 2411
 

A new weapon to wage war on rabbits

The new K5 strain of the rabbit calicivirus is set to be released early in 2016 and Maffra and District Landcare Network has nominated to host a local trial site. The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) will hold information sessions to accompany the release of the virus. More? www.pestsmart.org.au/what-is-rhd-boost/ and www.pestsmart.org.au/rhdv-k5-frequently-asked-questions/

Who’s the big cheese?

Berrys Creek is a finalist in the 2016 Australian Grand Dairy Awards with its Bellingham Blue and Mossvale Blue lining-up against Lion-owned King Island Dairy Black Label Triple Cream Blue. Jindi is also a finalist with its Triple Cream Brie. More? http://www.legendairy.com.au/dairy-foods/agda/2016-finalists

Session to discuss the dairy facts and figures

Comparative analysis sessions using DairyBase will be held during the Bairnsdale Discussion Group at Blackshaws’ Farm, Forge Creek on December 10 from 11am-1pm. RSVP essential. More? Maria Rose 0438 282 205 or maria.rose@ecodev.vic.gov.au

New mayors welcomed across Gippsland

Congratulations to new Mayors and Deputy Mayors elected across Gippsland.
  • Bass Coast Shire: Mayor Jordan Crugnale and Deputy Mayor Bradley Drew
  • Baw Baw Shire: Mayor Joe Gauci and Deputy Mayor Peter Kostos
  • Cardinia Shire: Mayor Jodie Owen and Deputy Mayor Leticia Wilmot
  • Casey Shire: Mayor Sam Aziz and Deputy Mayor Wayne Smith
  • East Gippsland Shire: Mayor Marianne Pelz and Deputy Mayor Dick Ellis
  • Latrobe City: Mayor Michael Rossiter and Deputy Mayor Sharon Gibson
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire: Mayor Graham Pittock and Deputy Mayor Bev Colomb
  • South Gippsland Shire: Mayor Robert Newton and Deputy Mayor Mohya Davies
  • Wellington Shire: Mayor Darren McCubbin and Deputy Mayor Bob Wenger

Can you offer a Uni Melb student a placement?

Internship placements of 80-200 hours are sought for undergraduate Bachelor of Agriculture students and graduate students in agricultural sciences, agribusiness, food science and food packaging. Students usually undertake the placement during the summer (Jan/Feb) or winter (July) holidays and are covered by the university’s insurance policies. More? Alana Marriner 8344 3849 or alanajm@unimelb.edu.au

Macalister Irrigation District upgrade welcomed

Agribusiness Gippsland has applauded news of the State Government’s $20 million commitment to the Macalister Irrigation District in the Victorian Regional Statement. Attending the statement launch, Agribusiness Gippsland chair Paul Ford said: “We are pleased the state government has heeded the many submissions – including ours – supporting the Macalister upgrade, subject to the Port of Melbourne lease “Now we ask the Federal Government to match the funding. The upgrade was listed as a priority in the recent agriculture White Paper; its importance has already been recognised by Canberra.”

Join the local food movement

A Baw Baw food movement meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 2 from 09:30-11:30am at the Community College Gippsland, McMillan Campus , 71 Warragul Korumburra Rd, Warragul. More? Shantel Morsink 5127 9159 or shantel.morsink@lchs.com.au or visit www.facebook.com/bawbawfoodmovement

Flood mapping to help in emergency management

Gippslanders are encouraged to attend the second round of Avon River flood mapping community meetings, part of the Victorian Government’s flood mapping project, on Tuesday December 8 from 6-8pm, Boisdale Hall and Wednesday December 9, 6-8pm, VICSES Unit Headquarters, 53 McFarlane St, Stratford. More? Adam Dunn 5175 7809 www.wgcma.vic.gov.au/news/latest-news/avon-flood-mapping-meetings-part-of-emergency-preparation

Keep sheep and goats as pets

A workshop on keeping sheep and goats as pets for people who live on rural properties will be held on Wednesday December 9 from 11am-1pm at Myuna Farm, 182 Kidds Rd, Doveton. It will cover topics including council laws, living requirements, health, diet and nutrition and will also help you to decide which type of animal might suit your needs best. The cost is $15. Bookings essential. More? Myuna Farm 9706 9944

Is data successfully transforming into information?

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is running a survey to understand how farm advisers help clients make effective use of animal performance technologies, and how they use their client data to shape advice. The information collected from this survey will be used to inform industry about the training and support needs of advisers. The survey is for Australian dairy industry service providers and advisers only, not dairy farmers. Visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/datatodecisions More? Sarah Chaplin 0439 275 896 or sarah.chaplin@ecodev.vic.gov.au

Tour showcases Gippy soils for World Soil Day

The South Gippsland Soils Tour will help participants get to know the soil types in the region, recognise constraints on growth, carry out a visual soil assessment on farm, get down and dirty in a soil pit. The tour will be held on Friday December 4 from 9:45 am-2pm, departing Inverloch Community Centre, 16 A'Beckett St, Inverloch. Presenters include: Doug Crawford and Nick Dudley (DEDJTR) and Chris Alenson Soils Consultant. Lunch is included and bookings are essential. More? Joel Geohegan 0409 705 652 or j.geoghegan@basscoast.vic.gov.au

AUSVEG VIC – a new start for vegie growers

The Victorian vegetable and potato industries have entered a new era with the launch of new representative body AUSVEG VIC. AUSVEG VIC aims to provide Victorian growers with a strong voice on the agri-political issues facing Victoria’s 840 vegetable and potato growers. AUSVEG VIC will build upon the work done by the Vegetable Growers Association of Victoria (VGA), which was established in 1923. Kurt Hermann has been appointed as State Manager - Victoria and will be consulting widely with Victorian growers in coming weeks and months. More? AUSVEG 9882 0277 or www.ausveg.com.au

Have your say on EPA regulations

Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) are reviewing the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises and Exemptions) Regulations 2007 before they expire in mid-2017. The Regulations cover a range of industrial and commercial activities. The Discussion Paper is open for comment until December 14, and submissions can be made via an online questionnaire or as a written submission — Click here for more information. More? scheduled.premises@epa.vic.gov.au

Prepare your business for bushfire

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

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 December 10 at Bunyip supermarket car park. More? 13 22 15 or www.business.vic.gov.au/sbb

Help save the bees

Landcare has launched a donation campaign to establish specially equipped tracker hives. Visit http://landcareaustralia.gofundraise.com.au/ 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 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wannabee-Linking-Gippsland-farmers-and-beekeepers/679159508860803

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 http://jobsearch.gov.au/Job/Search/Harvest. More? 1800 062 332

Help is available for significant disease events

Subsidies are available from the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) for initial field investigation, including clinical and post-mortem evaluation, laboratory testing and follow-up investigation of significant disease events in livestock and wildlife. A significant disease may include
  • a large number of animals are affected or an unusual presentation of a disease
  • failure to establish a diagnosis after investigation, or veterinary treatment fails to produce the expected response
  • clinical signs are those of an emergency disease without alternative diagnosis
  • possible effects on trade, public health or viability of a farm, industry or region
Payment of subsidies is conditional upon approval being given by DEDJTR Animal Health staff before the investigation begins. More? Local veterinarian or DEDJTR Veterinary or Animal Health Officer 136 186, or the Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888

Stuck for a Christmas gift?

A new CSIRO pocket field guide covers all species of dung beetle found in Australia, including two newly introduced species. It enables beetle identification and covers basic biology. The guide is $22 – a perfect Christmas gift! More? www.publish.csiro.au/nid/18/pid/7207.htm/

Volunteers given training opportunity

The Committee of Management of the Gippsland Plain Rail Trail (GPRT) has funding to cover a limited number of places in a chemical user's course for people interest in volunteering to spray weeds along the trail. More? http://www.gippslandplainsrailtrail.com.au/index.php

$10K fine for illegal clearing

The owners of a property in Bunyip North will donate $10,000 to local vegetation management projects, after being found guilty of removing native vegetation without a permit. Hanson Construction Materials pleaded guilty in the Dandenong Magistrates’ Court to one charge of failing to comply with the Cardinia Shire Planning Scheme. This followed the inadvertent removal of more than 2ha of native tea tree scrub by a contractor from a Sanders Rd property. More? Cardinia Shire Council 1300 787 624

Take advantage of the green waste amnesty

Bass Coast Council is holding a green waste amnesty until December 15 to encourage residents to prepare for the fire season. There will be no charge for green waste disposal at council waste disposal facilities. Weed species and species that cannot physically be mulched (e.g. palm fronds) are not accepted and fees apply. More? Bass Coast Council 1300 226 278 or www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/

Make your trees bear fruit

An introduction to fruit trees workshop on Thursday December 10 from 9.30-11.30am at Myuna Farm, 182 Kidds Rd, Doveton will cover the selection and basic care of fruit trees. More? Myuna Farm 9706 9944

Keep an eye open for pink eye

Farmers are warned to watch for pink-eye, or infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis, a contagious disease that occurs mainly in young cattle in summer and autumn. It is an inflammatory bacterial infection that can cause permanent blindness in severe cases. Pinkeye can affect up to 80% of a herd, with affected weaner calves losing up to 10% of their body weight. More? http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/pests-diseases-and-weeds/animal-diseases/beef-and-dairy-cows/pink-eye-in-beef-cattle

Feedback sought on water management plan

The West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) is seeking feedback on the draft Macalister River Environmental Water Management Plan. Submissions close 5pm Friday, January 29. The draft plan and instructions on providing submissions are on the WGCMA website: www.wgcma.vic.gov.au/. More? WGMCA 1300 094 262 or westgippy@wgcma.vic.gov.au

Movie highlights local effects of global warming

The South Gippsland Sustainability Network is presenting a free viewing of the fifth episode of the award-winning nine-part documentary, Years of Living Dangerously on December 9 from 7.30- 9.30pm at the Food and Sustainability Hub, 2 Silkstone Rd, Korumburra. Bookings essential. More? www.sustainabilitygippsland.com/event/community-talks-climate-presenting-the-years-of-living-dangerously-doco-episode-true-colours

Ponies go on parade

The Boolarra Pony Club Gymkhana will be held on Sunday February 7 from 6.30am-5pm at Boolarra Memorial Park, 1 Park Rd, Boolarra with three open rings, senior and junior Pony Club rings, activity and games ring, fun ring and an official Horse Riding Clubs Association of Victoria (HRCAV) show ring. Entry is $10 per vehicle. More? Gary Mills 5169 6429

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: http://g.co/maps/eqvpa

Input sought on regional wellbeing survey

The Regional Wellbeing Survey’s mission is to support research that improves the wellbeing and quality of life of people living in rural and regional Australia. To achieve this, the views of all people living in rural and regional Australia are sought in an online survey. Those aged 18 or over who take part in the survey can enter the draw to win one of 15 prizes worth a total of $7000. More? www.regionalwellbeing.org.au Paper opies are available. More? 1800 981 499

Working bee set for Bellbird Corner

The final Bellbird Corner working bee for this year will be held on Saturday December 5 from 9-11am with tasks for people of all ages and abilities. Morning tea provided. More? Christine 5141 1198
 

Win against seeds

The Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has produced a ‘Winning Against Seeds’ booklet as part of the National Grass Seed Action Program. The booklet is a comprehensive guide, containing information on grass and seed identification, grazing and livestock management options and the impact of grass seed contamination across the Australian sheep and lamb industry. More? www.mla.com.au/grassseeds

Strategy plans for a tourism future

Bass Coast Council has partnered with Regional Development Victoria, Tourism Victoria, Destination Phillip Island, and Phillip Island Nature Park to develop a 20-year tourism strategy for Phillip Island to ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of the tourism sector. As part of the strategy development, Phillip Island residents and non-residents are asked to participate in a survey about tourism to Phillip Island and San Remo at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N7WMV23. More? Visit the Strategy’s Facebook page or www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/phillipisland2035

Come to the show!

The Bass Coast Summer Agricultural Show will be held on January 9-10 from 9am at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve, Wonthaggi-Korumburra Rd and Wentworth Rd, Wonthaggi. Horse events are run and judged on Saturday and Sunday. Livestock events are judged on Saturday only. Pavilion exhibits such as cookery and crafts are judged from Wednesday to Friday, and are on display to the public on Saturday. Tickets are: family group: $30 (2 adults, 2 children under 16), adults: $15, children (under 16): $5 (under 5: free), pensioners: $5. More? Rosemary Loughnan 5672 3259 or basscoastagshow@hotmail.com or www.basscoastagshow.org.au

Forthcoming markets 

Market When Where More?
Bairnsdale Boot Market 3rd Saturday Great Alpine Rd, Bairnsdale  
Bittern Sunday market Every Sunday Bittern Railway Station, Frankston-Flinders Rd, Bittern 0409 417 463
Bruthen Village Market 4th Saturday Mechanics Hall, Bruthen  
Churchill Island Farmers Market 4th Saturday Churchill Island Visitor Centre, Phillip Island 5664 0096
Coal Creek Farmers Market 2nd Saturday Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, Korumburra 0459 629 000
Drouin Craft and Produce Market 3rd Saturday Drouin Civic Park 5625 3360
East Gippsland Farmers Market 1st Saturday Bairnsdale Secondary College Oval, Bairnsdale  
Emerald Community Craft and Produce Market 3rd Sunday Emerald Community House 0419 345 750
Gembrook Market 4th Sunday Puffing Billy Railway Station 0437 664 121
Gippsland Heritage Park Market 3rd Saturday Gippsland Heritage Park, Moe 5127 3082
Heyfield community market 1st Saturday Dr John Graves Memorial 5148 2780
Inverloch Farmers Market 3rd Sunday The Glade. Inverloch 5664 0096
Jindivick Market 1st Saturday Jindivick Harvest Kitchen, 1070 Jacksons Track, Jindivick 5628 5227
Jumbunna Bush Market 1st Sunday The Main Hall, Jumbunna 5657 3253
Kongwak Market Sundays Kongwak General Store 0417 142 478
Koowee Community Market 1st Sunday Cochrane Park, Rossiter Rd, Koo Wee Rup 0418 289 847
Lakes Entrance Surf Club Foreshore Market 1st Sunday The Esplanade, Lakes Entrance 0407 098 805
Lardner Park Market November 22 Lardner Park, Warragul 5976 3266 
Loch Market 2nd Sunday (Oct-April) Loch Village Railway Station, Loch 0418 500 520
Longwarry Fire Brigade Market 1st Sunday Bennett St, Longwarry 0419 158 946
Lucknow Market 4th Sunday Howitt Park, Bairnsdale 5152 4662
Maffra Variety and Farmers market 1st Sunday Johnson St, Maffra 0408 057 772
Mallacoota Artisans and Produce Market 1st Saturday Mudbrick Building, Develling Drive, Mallacoota 0422 988 890
Metung Farmers Market 2nd Saturday Village Green, Metung  
Mirboo North Community Market last Saturday of month Baromi Park in Ridgway (Strez Highway) Mirboo North 5668 2465
Mornington Racecourse Market 2nd Sunday Mornington Racecourse  
Paynesville Market 2nd Sunday Gilsenan Reserve, Paynesville  
Prom Country Farmers Market 3rd Saturday Main St. Foster 0407 543 371
Red Hill Community Market  1st Saturday Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill  
Rokeby Market 2nd Saturday Rokeby Reserve, Main Rd, Rokeby 5626 8523
Sale 3rd Saturday Sale Showgrounds  
South Gippsland Farmers Market 1st Saturday Koonwarra Memorial Park 0408 619 182
Stratford Variety and Farmers Market  4th Sunday Apex Park, Stratford 0408 057 772
Surf Club Market 1st Sunday Foreshore Rotunda, Lakes Entrance  
Toora market 2nd Sunday Jetty Rd, Toora 5688 1237
Traralgon Farmers Market 4th Saturday Kay St Gardens – Kay St, Traralgon 0409 232 715
Warragul farmer’s Market 3rd Saturday Civic Park, Warragul 0435 757 047
Yarragon community craft and produce market 4th Saturday Yarragon Public Hal 5634 2209

Schools given education on keeping poultry

The Poultry Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) has produced nine videos on the basics of keeping poultry in schools. They include choosing birds, housing, feeding, watering, management, health and preparing birds for show. More? Visit www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4OaBCdO34bCWLawEkj7kb14uYQ2aGHSq

Blog provides updates on dairy reproduction

The Dairy Fertility Investigator is a blog that aims to help farmers and service providers keep on top of developments in reproduction. Recent posts include:
  • an interview with Jo Coombes on cross-breeding on Australian dairy farms
  • early pregnancy testing and why it makes sense
  • a podcast with Donagh Berry on genetics to improve dairy fertility in Ireland.
The week of November 30 is evaluation week for the Dairy Fertility Investigator, so please visit the site and answer four short questions about the blog. More? Ee Cheng Ooi 0428 024 157 or ee.cheng.ooi@ecodev.vic.gov.au or visit www.dairyfertility.com.au

Planning a trip?

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Ps and Qs on FMDs

Canberra has just announced a new public consultation on a white paper into FMDs.  Anyone  is invited to provide feedback on the white paper to ensure it remains a valuable and useful tool for farmers. More? Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper changes to Farm Management Deposits

Investing in agriculture – growing our future

Registrations are now open for the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Outlook 2016 conference on March 1-2 in Canberra which will explore ‘Investing in agriculture – growing our future’. More? http://www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/outlook-2016

Country racing is off and … well … racing

Meetings in December: 6-Traralgon, 11-Sale, 15-Bairnsdale, 24-Sale, 26-Drouin, 26 Stony Creek, 29-Bairnsdale More? 1300 139 402 or visit www.countryracing.com.au

Blackberry battle wins celebrated

The Corner Inlet Blackberry Action Group (CIBAG) is holding a Community Celebration to celebrate the programs achievements on Saturday December 5 from 11am-2pm at the Agnes River Falls Rotunda, Agnes Falls Rd, Hazel Park. There are speakers and prizes and live music. A sausage sizzle lunch will be provided, BYO chair. RSVP by December 1. More? Raelene Bond Raelene.ngaire@gmail.com

Take advantage of green waste disposal amnesty

South Gippsland Shire residents are able to dispose of green waste free of charge at any of Council’s Waste Transfer Stations until Thursday December 31. Species unable to be mulched such as Cordylines and palm fronds and weed species such as Blackberry, Ragwort, Broom, Mirror Bush, Kikuyu Grass, Hawthorn, Cape Weed, Gorse, Blue Butterfly Bush and Pampas Grass are not included in the amnesty period. More? www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au/homepage/45/waste_and_amp_recycling

Learn to manage problem grass and seeds

BestWool/BestLamb is offering workshops and webinars on managing problematic grasses and seeds. More? Cathy Mulligan 5258 0229 or cathy.mulligan@ecodev.vic.gov.au

It’s more than just good scones!

The Country Women's Association Pakenham Branch meets monthly for friendship, fellowship, and fund raising to help local organisations and/or people in need. There are speakers at monthly meetings, bus trips and monthly craft get-togethers. The next meeting is on Wednesday, December 2 from 9.30am-12.30pm at Guide Hall 31 Henry St, Pakenham. More? Vicky Birch 5940 4651 or vickyken@bigpond.com or www.cwaofvic.org.au

Save the date to celebrate sustainability!

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

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. The closing dates for applications are:
  • Energy assessments: 4pm on Friday February 12
  • Materials assessments and combined material and energy assessments: 4pm on Friday May 13.
More? www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/services-and-advice/business/energy-and-materials-efficiency-for-business/resource-assessments

Gippsland's red gum grassy woodlands get grants

Maffra and District Landcare Network has a new project to help protect and enhance areas in the Stratford–Briagolong area with remnant red gums or native grassland. Eligible property owners can receive assistance to protect, restore and improve connectivity between important patches of Gippsland’s red gum woodlands. Activities such as fencing out remnant vegetation and waterways, connecting existing patches of bushland via revegetation and direct seeding and weed and pest control. Deadline December 4. More? Darren 0457 786 582 or maffralandcareoffice@gmail.com

Funding focuses on food and fibre

Food and fibre are among the focus industries for a new funding round announced by the state government. The $200 million Future Industries Fund - Manufacturing Program will support projects that create new jobs and stimulate industry investment. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with RDV Gippsland's Regional office on 5116 7300. More? Visit http://www.business.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/1219356/Future-Industries-Manufacturing-Program-Fact-Sheet.pdf

Fund to unlock potential in bioenergy

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is aiming to accelerate investment in Australia’s bioenergy sector through a$100 million cornerstone commitment to a new equity fund for bioenergy and energy-from-waste. The Australian Bioenergy Fund will invest in a range of technologies including:
  • energy from waste
  • anaerobic digestion
  • sustainably sourced biomass-to-energy projects
  • landfill gas capture
  • wood pelletisation (forestry plantation waste is converted into fuel pellets)
  • production of biofuels.
More? www.cleanenergyfinancecorp.com.au/media/releases-and-announcements/files/cefc-commits-$100-million-to-new-australian-bioenergy-fund-to-unlock-the-potential-of-bioenergy.aspx

Grants help grow the future for food

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

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. http://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/future-industries/future-industries-manufacturing-program

Support available for sustainable ag practices

Applications are open for the National Landcare Program Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants Round 2015-16. Grants of between $5500 and $55,000 are available for projects that increase capacity and knowledge in farmers and fishers to productively and sustainably manage natural resources; and encourage adoption of appropriate management practices that increase production or improve product quality while maintaining or enhancing the natural resource base. All project activities should be completed by December 31, 2017. Applications close 2pm Monday, December 7. More? Visit www.nrm.gov.au/national/sustainable-agriculture-small-grants

Government releases new funding opportunities

The Victorian Government has commenced a number of new funding programs including: the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund (RJIF) and Food Source Victoria (FSV). More? Darren Charman 5116 7301 or Darren.Charman@ecodev.vic.gov.au

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 https://www.austrade.gov.au/Export/Export-Grants

Employment is easy!

Employment Made Easy (eME) connects dairy farm businesses with willing workers and is free to use. More? Visit www.eme.org.au

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 susanw@ptarmigan.com.au and we’ll give you a free plug. No large files, no photos, no sales pitches and full contact details, please.
 
WORK AVAILABLE:
 
Entrepreneurial CEO or senior executive with experience/understanding of the VET, education, government, or related sectors is sought by Federation Training in Gippsland. Applicants will demonstrate the ability to deliver growth in a changing global environment, bringing contemporary people management skills, exceptional stakeholder management and negotiation skills and excellent financial management abilities. The role requires an inspirational, energetic and insightful leader, able to drive strategic change, encourage operational excellence and deliver outstanding educational outcomes across the organisation. Relevant tertiary and postgraduate qualifications in business, education or related sectors are essential. Deadline: December 14. More? Andrew Norton 9016 6000 or federationtraining@jofisher.com

General manager sought for San Remo Fisherman's Co-operative. An experienced performer with a proven management and seafood background to be responsible for the day to day operations as well as the implementation of new policies and procedures. Forklift licence and food handlers certificate needed. More? 5678 5206

Award-winning Tully's Corner Produce Store on Mornington Peninsula seeks enthusiastic, passionate person five days a week (including one weekend day) with warehouse management experience, current forklift licence, an understanding of stock rotation and a very strong work ethic. More? ben@tullys.com.au

Laborer with tractor driving experience for a full-time position at for South East Organic Fertiliser, near Koo Wee Ru.  Applicants must be willing to work as part of a team, be physically fit and able to undertake manual labour. More? sales@seorgfert.com.au or 5996 1172.

Experienced person/couple
for 500-cow stud dairy herd, milking in a 36-unit rotary dairy. This full-time role will be responsible for all records, dairy herd health, animal husbandry, AI and dairy hygiene as well as have complementing knowledge in tractors and machinery. Extensive related work experience essential. More?  HR@afssec.com.au
 
Senior environmental planner for 3-6 month contract to ensure that important biodiversity values are protected and conserved, using Victoria's planning system. You will have expert technical knowledge of the Victorian planning system, including the planning scheme amendment process, precinct structure planning, native vegetation precinct plans and biodiversity conservation. You will also have an appropriate qualification in planning/environmental science or natural resource management and a current Victorian drivers licence. Salary $86493 - $95571 + super.  More? tracey.murphy@randstad.com.au
 
Full-time farmhand with experience with sheep and fencing for Prom Country Cheese at Moyarra. Must have experience with sheep and fencing for a small but intensive sheep milking operation. This is a permanent, long-term position. Roles include daily milking, feeding, lamb rearing, computerised record keeping, fencing and operation of plant & equipment. More? promcountrycheese@gmail.com

Part-time holiday period (December 2015 until April 2016) penguin parade ranger for Phillip Island  directing traffic and people, providing information to nightly visitors and ensuring wildlife protection. You will have strong customer focus and excellent personal presentation, an interest in wildlife and the environment, a current First Aid certificate or personally obtain First Aid certificate within six months of employment. Working with a variable seven-day roster. All shifts are in the evening and will include weekends and public holidays.  Deadline, December 7. More? www.penguins.org.au/employment
 
Gippsland-based animal health/livestock nutritional sales rep within a fast-growing company. You will need a good working knowledge of the livestock industry (mostly cattle, sheep and some swine/poultry) and excellent computer skills. Requires BA in Ag Science or related field; three to five years experience agricultural product sales or equivalent combination of education and experience. More? Shannon Wood 0400 850 040
 
Produce manager sought for fresh produce supplier in Gippsland  co-coordinating vegetables and baby leaf supply. You will have flexible working patterns, experience in managing produce-based supply chains with tertiary qualifications in manufacturing, agriculture or supply chain. More? Nick Shaw o0416 084 718 or nick.shaw@osbornerichardson.com.au.
 


Supply manager sought by OneHarvest’s Bairnsdale salad processing facility.  You will establish and maintain competitive, secure and high quality lines of produce to the factory. You need experience in the agricultural industry or fresh produce, a degree in agriculture, or related field, experience working within a dynamic, FMCG environment and advanced Excel and planning software skills. More? www.oneharvest.com.au

 

General hand sought by Flavorite in Warragul, for full time ongoing position on a rotating roster which includes weekends. Penalty rates apply for any weekend work. You need sound computer and numeracy skills, good communication and interpersonal skills, good level of fitness and willingness to learn. Previous experience and qualifications desirable. More? Click here.

 

Labourer with HR licence sought to work on day shift over the Christmas period in Sale. Applicants must have experience in heavy labouring, be fit, pass a pre-employment medical including drug and alcohol screening and must have a current passport or birth certificate. Immediate start and rotating nine-day fortnight. More? www.skilled.com.au
 
General Manager sought CopRice to run the business and promote outstanding best practice within the whole of the business. The incumbent will have a track record of growing revenue and profitability, minimum 10 years senior management experience in food industry with a demonstrated record of performance, a degree in marketing, commerce, business or similar discipline and a proven communicator with excellent negotiating skills. A high degree of numeracy and financial analysis skills is essential. Travel will be required between business sites and interstate. More? Dr Ray Johnson ray@agri.com.au
 
First year diesel mechanic apprenticeship offered by AGA in the Gippsland area. The successful candidate will work full-time while completing a nationally recognised qualification. Recent school leavers are encouraged to apply. A pre-apprenticeship/ Cert II in Auto and a drivers licence is preferred. More? 1300 AGA 000 or enquiries@agaustralia.com.au
 
Landscape manager/Project manager sought by Eden Landscape in the Baxter office. Applicants will have a minimum of three years management experience with a landscape contractor, relevant tertiary qualifications in landscape or civil construction, Cert III in Landscape Construction and/or Civil Construction (desirable), understanding of construction processes, landscape/civil works and horticultural processes, knowledge of software packages such as Buildsoft, CAD and Microsoft Project, understanding of QA, environmental and OH&S systems and a current/valid drivers licence. The job offers an excellent remuneration and a new, fully-maintained company vehicle. More? Tim 0488 000 371
 
Professional driver wanted in Pakenham for McColl's Transport. Applicants require a minimum two years driving experience; exposure to tanker work and current MC licence. Food-grade experience preferred. More? hr@mccolls.com.au
 
Business support administrator based in Traralgon for Parks Victoria in a generalist administrative position. The role provides high level administrative and corporate support, including preparation of submissions, reports and other correspondence; organisation of meetings and conferences, including the preparation and dissemination of minutes and other documentation arising from project related meetings and events. The incumbent may be required to work from other offices within the district. Deadline: December 11. More? www.careers.vic.gov.au
 
Farm planner sought by DeLaval to design farm plans that include cow traffic, milking shed sizing, feedpad design and housing requirements. The role includes providing new large dairy customers with total customised solutions. Farm visits and work with CAD required to create farm layouts and site plans, fulfil design and planning requirements for projects according to national and regional codes and legislation including effluent, animal welfare, etc. Relevant tertiary qualification and a strong understanding of how dairy farms operate are essential. Experience in the dairy industry is essential through practical farming or via veterinary or nutrition industries. Ideally applicants will have a proven track record in farm planning and design. International travel will be required as this role covers both Australia and NZ. Deadline: December 27, 5pm NZ time. More? +64 7 849 8554
 
Milker/farmhand sought for irrigation dairy farm 10km from Yarram milking 800, 10,000+litre cows through a 60-unit rotary dairy with auto ID, milk metering, auto drafting and activity monitoring. The job entails 3am milkings cups off, 1am milking cups on, 1pm milking cups off, 2pm milkings cups on. The balance of time is taken up with animal husbandry work and general farm work, (weed control, silage and hay feeding). The salary is 52,000 plus super/year. The position has the potential to develop into a management roll. More? Greg 0429 826 106
 
Part-time relief milker sought for Korumburra farm milking 150 cows through a 16 swing over. Feeding out experience is required. More? Campbell 0447 598 168
 
Dairy position available at Korumburra South milking 500 cows through rotary with ID and cup removers. Remuneration is well above the award but no accommodation is available. The position involves working a 10-day fortnight and every second weekend. More? Michael 0427 667 114
 
Undergraduates sought by the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources for vacation internships in Mickleham. The position involves six weeks of paid work on a specific project relevant to your studies and interests and the opportunity to network with peers, professionals and researchers in your field. Work from January 12-February 23. Deadline for applications: December 6. More? https://agriculture.nga.net.au/fnt_info_page.cfm?JobID=8054&info_mode=new_app&MemberID=0
 
Field service officer sought by Murray Goulburn Leongatha to service suppliers in the Gippsland area. The primary focus of the role is to build strong partnerships with suppliers and provide financial, quality, technical and other advisory services. The ability to assess and consult with suppliers and provide expert advice is paramount. More? www.mgc.com.au
 
Volunteer co-ordinator sought for the not-for-profit Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater Inc. to provide year-round supplementary feeding to Helmeted Honeyeater colonies and record field observations at Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve. The role is based at Woori Yallock with some field work at Yellingbo. Initially the position will be for 12 months, with the view to extend, subject to ongoing funding. The successful applicant will bring recruitment, training and administrative skills to the program. Deadline: Tuesday December 1. More? heho1@optusnet.com.au
 

Strategic marketing manager, broadacre agriculture sought for BASF. To develop and implement short, mid and long term marketing strategies and lead product pricing and positioning across the Australian market. You will have experience gained in a similar strategic marketing position, the capability to interpret data and create and implement short and long term strategies and a strong team focus. More? Matthew 8855 6404.

Morwell site seeking food production workers for casual, ongoing day, afternoon and night shifts. You need excellent verbal and written communication skills and previous food production experience. Be fit, to stand for long periods of time and must be able to work at a safe, fast pace and be able to perform heavy lifting. Have your own transport and a current drivers licence. Must be available for all shift times. More? www.skilled.com.au

Full-time horticulture supervisor wanted to work five days/week on roster with another supervisor on a farm with innovative technology in Bunyip with high quality vegetables grown using ecologically sustainable methods in sophisticated, climate-controlled greenhouses. Applicants will have experience and qualifications in a similar field and have a current Australian drivers licence (manual) and fork lift licence. More? www.advantageprofessional.com.au
 
Crop workers wanted for sowing, planting, harvesting and packaging for hydroponic leaf vegetable crops. The hourly rate is $17.39/h and superannuation. No special skills required, training provided. The role involves working five days, 8am-4:30pm with priority for staff working weekends. More? enquiry@mirai-solutions.net
 
Landscape labourer sought -must be available on call for an immediate start. Applicants require retaining wall experience, White Card, driving licence and reliable vehicle. More? Ben Turner 1300 123 450
 
Farm supplies sales representative sought by Elders at Pakenham. Applicants will have a successful sales record in a rural farm supplies business, be customer focussed, possess knowledge of agriculture products, and understanding clients’ needs, the region and competitors. A qualification in an agricultural or related business discipline would be highly regarded. Deadline: Friday December 4. More? Dennis Panozzo 0409 692 868
 
Full-time leading stockperson sought for Victorian Livestock Exchange at Leongatha and Pakenham saleyards to start ASAP in the New Year, working in the livestock team on market days and the maintenance team on non-market days. Applicants will have excellent livestock handling skills and be able to work flexible hours, including some night work. Trade abilities and experience on a cattle station viewed favourably. Basic computer skills preferred but not necessary. Deadline: 4pm on Thursday, December 10. More? admin@vle.com.au
 
Community engagement advisor sought by City of Casey to deliver new community engagement strategy and manage council’s consultation website. From online engagement to surveys and focus groups, the incumbent will assist staff to plan and deliver community engagement activities ensuring the results are shared across council. The position is until June 30, 2017. Deadline: Monday, December 7. Salary from $78,275/year plus super. More? www.casey.vic.gov.au
 
Experienced sales people sought for new, Bairnsdale-based business servicing nutritional needs of the dairy industry. More? 08 8373 1122 or apply@agrecruit.com.au
 
Applicants are sought for the Ruralco Graduate Program, a two-year program starting in February 2016. Each participant will select a suitable mentor and coach who is a senior leader within the business. Successful applicants will be provided with financial assistance for further education and technical skills training programs and should have recently graduated with a degree in Business, Commerce, or Agribusiness with a credit average or higher and demonstrate leadership capabilities. More? www.ruralco.com.au
 
Assistant farm manager wanted for large-scale, production-based, corporate agribusiness with a strategic geographic spread of prime agricultural land with existing livestock, dryland and irrigated cropping operations. The incumbent will be accountable for supervising a small team and implementing production plans. Tertiary qualifications are well-regarded. This role would suit a candidate with some practical farming experience who wishes to be mentored. An attractive remuneration package, including accommodation, is available. More? Nigel Crawley 9645 5200
 
Nursery despatch supervisor wanted for Yarra Valley wholesale production nursery. This is a full-time Mon-Fri with occasional weekend work. Proven time management ability, professional conduct and daily reliability required, as is physical fitness. Prior horticultural work experience and strong references in a high-volume production nursery would be highly beneficial. Experience with basic administration responsibility and general computer literacy needed. More? di@larkmannurseries.com.au
 
Physically fit/strong/active, self motivated person, fairly local to Gembrook, with a current driving licence and transport sought by Timbertop Advanced Trees. The position involves potting of stock, tractor/bobcat driving, field crop cultivation and digging, care and maintenance of stock and grounds, picking and delivery of stock, construction and irrigation work, maintenance of machinery. Relevant industry experience would be looked on favourably but not essential. Training available. More? 5968 1760
 
Technically focussed account manager wanted to work closely with national winemakers to provide key ingredients and equipment. Applicants will be experienced and understand the winemaking process in detail and ideally have experience as a winemaker or assistant winemaker. Candidates will have tertiary qualifications in viticulture or oenology and be able to demonstrate solid technical skills and have a sales or key account management background. National travel on a regular basis will also be required. More? Nigel Crawley 9645 5200
 
Production coordinator sought for Mulgowie Farming Company at Boisdale to maintain schedules, agreements and services for hire equipment, ensure proactive and efficient material management in SAP in relation to parts, operating materials as detailed in the MFC document system, follow all inventory management procedures and requirements , follow all receival, storage, goods movement and despatch processes, procedures and requirements, process purchase requisitions, purchase orders, and general maintenance of data files. More? employment@mulgowie.com.au
 
WORK SOUGHT:
 
Holiday placement sought on dairy farm: Evan Wong, a La Trobe University Agricultural Science student, is from Hong Kong and has been studying in Australia since 2010. He is very interested in dairy industry career opportunities, and is seeking a dairy business to host him in his final industry placement, which he must undertake to complete his degree. More? Evan 0430 807 659
 
Dairy farm work sought: Odyssée Agri is seeking about six months work placement on a dairy farm for Anaël Bertrand, a 22 year-old French national. Anaël has a technician diploma in farm machinery, an undergraduate diploma in agriculture specialising in farm machinery and a certificate in farm machinery. He has truck driving licence. He has experience in dairy, in arable land farming, and various machinery training. More? Jean Marie Poirier 0033 (0) 243 085 312 or jmpoirier@wanadoo.fr
 
A 24-year old Canadian is looking for 3-4 months work in the agriculture sector so he can get an extension on his visa. He is willing to have a go at anything. More? Mike Williams 0431 054 902
 
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 pochatoux@gmail.com
 
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 liana.brennan@federation.edu.au
 
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. www.ruralskills.com.au/about-us/australian-college-of-agriculture-and-horticulture/employers-wanted-for-agricultural-graduates/
 
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 lamberte@tpg.com.au
 
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 lssibl@swin.edu.au or 9214 8753 or Karen kpomeranz@swin.edu.au 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 h.bull@bigpond.com
 
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 gregorynlewis@southernphone.com.au
 

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 susanw@ptarmigan.com.au or via www.aginc.wordpress.com

The secrets of companion planting revealed!

A companion planting and herbs workshop will explain the different types of herbs, when and how to plant them, and companion planting to assist the life cycle of vegetables. The workshop will be held Saturday December 12 from 10am-12pm at The Old Cheese Factory, 34 Homestead Rd, Berwick. The cost is $15. Full payment is required at time of booking to confirm placement. More? Old Cheese Factory 9702 1919 or ocf@casey.vic.gov.au

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Gippy Diary

DATE EVENT LOCATION CONTACT
Nov 30 Tactics for Tight Times Inverloch John Gallienne 0407 863 493
Dec 2 Business Networking Function and launch of 2016 Baw Baw Business Excellence Awards Warragul Stacey Clark 5624 2411
Dec 2 Baw Baw food Movement Meeting Warragul Shantel Morsink 5127 9159
Dec 2 CWA Pakenham Branch Meeting Pakenham Vicky Birch 5940 4651
Dec 3 Tax information session with ATO Traralgon Shannan Little 5128 5659
Dec 4 South Gippsland Soils Tour Inverloch Joel Geohegan 0409 705 652
Dec 5 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
Dec 5 Corner Inlet Blackberry Action Group Achievement Celebration Hazel Park Raelene Bond Raelene.ngaire@gmail.com
Dec 6 Country Race Meet Traralgon 1300 139 402
Dec 8 Avon River flood mapping community meeting Boisdale Adam Dunn 5175 7809
Dec 9 Avon River flood mapping community meeting Stratford Adam Dunn 5175 7809
Dec 9 Keeping Sheep and Goats as Pets Workshop Doveton Myuna Farm 9706 9944
Dec 9 Years of Living Dangerously Screening Korumburra Ms Radcliffe-Scott 5662 9380
Dec 10 Agribusiness Gippsland Regular Meeting Latrobe City Sue 0402 267 802
Dec 10 Bairnsdale Discussion Group – Dairybase Session Forge Creek Maria Rose 0438 282 205
Dec 10 Small Business Bus Bunyip 13 22 15
Dec 11 Tactics for Tight Times Denison John Gallienne 0407 863 493
Dec 11 Country Race Meet Sale 1300 139 402
Dec 12 Companion Planting and Herbs Workshop Berwick Old Cheese Factory 9702 1919
Dec 15 Country Race Meet Bairnsdale 1300 139 402
Dec 24 Country Race Meet Sale 1300 139 402
Dec 26 Country Race Meet Drouin 1300 139 402
Dec 26 Country Race Meet Stony Creek 1300 139 402
Dec 29 Country Race Meet Bairnsdale 1300 139 402
Jan 9-10 Bass Coast Summer Agricultural Show Wonthaggi Rosemary Loughnan 5672 3259
Feb 7 Boolarra Pony Club Gymkhana Boolarra Gary Mills 5169 6429
Mar 1-2 ABARES Outlook Conference Canberra www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/outlook-2016/
Apr 3 Southern Gippsland Sustainability Festival Korumburra Lyndal Peterson 5662 9324
Apr 7-10 Farm World 2016    
Apr 11-16 AusTimber 2016 Latrobe City 9533 4250
This regular news digest comes from Agribusiness Gippsland Inc which works with farmers, local councils, state and federal government, catchment management authorities, community groups and others to support regional agribusiness and work in partnership with existing regional organisations. Visit http://agribusinessgippsland.com.au or www.aginc.wordpress.com
 
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