Best wishes for the festive season - this is our last edition for the year. Our next issue comes out in February.



5 December 2016

Edition 134

In this issue

- Best wishes for the festive season
- Victoria leads in food and fibre
- Agricultural Climate Resilience Project leaves a legacy in resources
- New resources released for farmers
- Quad bike rebate
- State of the climate

- Lots of scholarships, grants, funding & awards
PLUS: Jobs!

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Season’s Greetings from the AGI Board

At the recent Gippsland Regional Assembly Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford observed “food and fibre is the hidden secret of Gippsland,” acknowledging the food and fibre sector contributes $7bn of the $15.3bn gross regional production. Our story is often lost because we break up the value chain into “farming” and “food processing,” and take for granted a sector that is all around us but quietly “getting on with the job”.
Over the past 12 months the Agribusiness Gippsland team has worked hard to showcase the fact that food and fibre underpins the prosperity and vitality of the region.
In 2016 we have had record attendances at events we hosted, including our Annual Conference; the Agribusiness Insights Forum with partner KPMG; the Agribusiness Leaders Luncheon with partner the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria.
Together with Regional Development Victoria we released a Food and Fibre Prospectus that includes six case studies showcasing the best of the regions’ products. For over 18 months we have worked with the Department of Education to shape the new Latrobe Technical School which will open in 2018. Agribusiness Gippsland is the first industry partner to support this initiative.
Throughout 2016 Agribusiness Gippsland has worked to ensure food and fibre is an integral part of the Victorian Government’s new Regional Partnerships Program. This program engages with regional communities to ensure they shape key Government initiatives. Our Chair Paul Ford is Deputy Chair of the Gippsland Regional Partnership facilitation group.
In 2017, we are committed to deliver key events and projects that make food and fibre connected, respected and valued as a key sector in Gippsland’s economy.
From all the AGI Team - Best wishes for a safe and prosperous Festive Season.
More? Paul Ford

Victoria leads in food and fibre exports

Victoria is exporting more food and fibre than any other Australian state, with a total value of $11.9 billion in 2015/16 and accounting for 26% of food and fibre exports, according to the 2015-16 Food and Fibre Export Performance Report. More than 80% of Australia’s dairy exports, 48% of horticultural exports and 39% of prepared food exports come from Victoria. The report states that:
  • China was Victoria’s top food and fibre export destination, valued at $3.1 billion, up 10% from 2014/15
  • Horticulture exports increased 31% to $1.1 billion
  • Wine production increased by 26% to $251 million
  • Prepared foods rose by 38% to $1.3 billion
  • Victorian export values were: red meat-$2.7 billion, dairy-$1.9 billion, animal fibre-$1.6 billion, grains-$967 million.

Fund addresses challenges in Latrobe Valley

The Latrobe Valley Economic Facilitation Fund (LVEFF) is a $10 million fund established under the $40 million Latrobe Valley Economic Development Program. LVEFF will provide grants to businesses in the Latrobe Valley to support business growth and new job creation, consistent with priorities set out in local economic development plans including the Gippsland Strategic Plan, local government strategies and the Committee for Gippsland ‘Our Region Our Future’ report. LVEFF will also support economic development and local investment priorities identified by the Gippsland Regional Partnership.
The LVEFF will work to attract and facilitate business investment into the Latrobe Valley through three key ‘fund streams’ supporting: growing existing businesses; investment attraction; and market access. More? LVEFF application guidelines

Gather round to discuss dairy assistance

A series of dairy roundtable meetings will be held across Victoria in December to obtain dairy farmer views on the delivery of assistance measures to support farmers affected by reduced farmgate milk prices, including the Coalition Government’s $579 million dairy assistance package. Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie will represent the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, at the meetings. In Gippsland, the roundtable will commence at 10.30am on Thursday December 15 in Morwell. More? Carmel Shellie 0402 948 193 or

Dairy: we are on your side

A Christmas BBQ will be held to support dairy farmers on Sunday December 11 from 10am to 2pm at Coal Creek, 11 Silkstone Rd, Korumburra. The day features free entertainment with comedian Beau Stegmann and music by Paulie Bignell. The event is supported by Lions International and LEO. More? Katie 0414 414 055

The Dairy Farmer Central website contains information on a number of dairy farmer support programs, including:
  • Dairy Australia's Tactic for Tight Times and Taking Stock programs, which provide specialist one-to-one farm business support.
  • The Rural Financial Counselling Service, which provides free financial counselling to farmers experiencing financial hardship.
  • The Look Over the Farm Gate program, which provides community wellbeing workshops and community events.
  • Mental Health First Aid Training, which provides support on mental health issues

Latrobe City Council is working with the State Government and local services to support the roll out of a range of measures to assist local dairy farmers, local businesses, farm workers and families. These could be in the form of a social event to get people together, or providing financial services or even food hampers. Farmers who have difficulty in paying rates are asked to contact Council’s rates team to discuss payment plan options. More? Latrobe City Council 1300 367 700

Baw Baw Shire Rates and the dairy crisis:
Baw Baw residents impacted by the dairy crisis or experiencing financial hardship regarding your rates payment are advised to contact the council to discuss options. More? Baw Baw Council’s Revenue team 5624 2411 or

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

The Department of Human Services also provides a Farm Household Assistance Package for eligible farmers. More? Department of Human Services website.

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

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

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

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

Get help to give help
: East Gippsland Primary Care Partnership are hosting a mental health first aid training course for service providers to develop skills in assisting those suffering mental health issues as a result of challenging circumstances. The course will run in Bairnsdale from 9am-4pm on November 18 and 25. Please RSVP. More? Brooke Carlesso 5153 0149

Agricultural Climate Resilience Project ends

The Southern Gippsland Agricultural Climate Resilience Project has come to a close with a case study and final report launch. The project encouraged farmers to plan to be resilient to climate change at 20 events which engaged more than 500 people. Workshops covered topics including agridiversity, financial literacy and biosecurity. Climate change cafes were delivered, providing an informal setting for farmers to build knowledge and develop meaningful partnerships with other farmers.
The project was a joint initiative of South Gippsland Shire Council, South Gippsland Landcare Network, Bass Coast Shire Council, Bass Coast Land Care Network and the State Government and was supported by Agribusiness Gippsland.
Case study videos are available here and the final report here

Be prepared for fire

Residents across Gippsland are reminded to prepare for the up-coming fire season as warmer weather approaches. More?

Names in the news

South Gippslander farmer Sally Ruljancich, of Colin and Sally’s Organic lamb and beef, has been appointed President of Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.
and...Cr Pamela Rothfield was elected Mayor of Bass Coast Shire Council.
while...Cr Joe Gauci was appointed as Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Council.
with...Cr Brett Owen elected Mayor of Cardinia Shire Council.
also...Cr Sam Aziz was elected as Mayor of the City of Casey.
plus...Cr Joe Rettino was elected Mayor of East Gippsland Shire Council.
meanwhile...Cr Jim Memeti was elected Mayor of the City of Greater Dandenong
and...Cr Kellie O’Callaghan was elected Mayor of Latrobe City Council.
also...Cr Bev Colomb was elected as Mayor of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.
additionally...Cr Ray Argento was elected Mayor of South Gippsland Shire Council.
and...Cr Carolyn Crossley was elected Mayor of Wellington Shire Council.

Secure your dam walls

Agriculture Victoia is urging farmers to take action on dams after several recent Victorian dam collapses. Prior to starting any work on dams, landowners should consult the local council planning officer and water authority, in case a planning permit or licence is required. More? Visit

Do you have Gippy news or events?

Gippy Agchat comes out on the first Monday of the month, with no issue released in January. Send agribusiness news or events that you would like publicised to our almost 10,000 readers to Madeline Toner at:

CSIRO lifts farming into the future

CSIRO has recently announced the introduction of future science platforms (FSPs) to assist Australian businesses move towards more advanced, sustainable and profitable practices. The Active Integrated Matter (AIM) FSP will provide Australian industry with tools to capitalise on predicted changes and ensure preparedness for future population, climate and environmental scenarios. The AIM FSP focuses on: smart on-farm manufacturing, eliminating food loss, morphing equipment, and autonomous science for physical construction. The AIM team seeks to develop partnerships between academia, research, industry and business through research partnerships, researcher placements, consultancy services and commercialisation of IP. More? Mike O'Shea 9545 8128 or or visit

New VicEmergency app launched

The new VicEmergency app provides access to warnings and incidents for fires, floods, storms, earthquake, tsunamis and water safety. The VicEmergency app replaces the FireReady app and is now available from the App Store or Google Play.
Victorians can now get emergency information from the VicEmergency app, ABC radio or other emergency broadcasters, Sky TV, VicEmergency on Facebook and Twitter, and the VicEmergency Hotline 1800 226 226

Baw Baw’s rural land use review continues

Baw Baw Shire Council is inviting the community to provide further feedback on the Rural Land Use Review in a third round of consultation that closes at 5pm on Wednesday December 7. More? Click here

Ideas are flowing for Gippsland irrigation expo

The volunteer committee that organised the highly successful, inaugural Gippsland irrigation expo have reconvened to plan the 2017 event. More than 500 farmer attendees and 40+ national exhibitors are expected to attend the second Gippsland irrigation expo at Sale Showgrounds on March 15, 2017. The event has free admission and a free lunch. Exhibitors can register for stands here and sponsorships are now being sought. More? or 0402 267 802

New advertiser Bayer offers farmers free trial

New Gippy AGchat advertiser Bayer has partnered with AgriWebb to produce a new, simple to use farm management tool. The AgriWebb Notebook is a digital notebook and cloud-based farm management portal that captures and provides easy access to all farm records, making management decisions simpler and more efficient.
Bayer is offering farmers a free trial to use the AgriWebb notebook. More? or Sam Stinger 043 1207 049 or

Govt plans for sustainable animal industries

'Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries' is the Victorian Government's response to the Animal Industries Advisory Committee's Final Report. It commits to addressing a broad range of planning issues that have affected Victoria's farmers, local government and the community in recent years. The report and response are available here

Gippsland grows green grass

GippsDairy has received funding from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to run two Gippsland Grows Green Grass groups in Gippsland. The project aims to give participating dairy farmers skills in managing on-farm change related to increased pasture production and fertiliser decisions via mentoring, farmer discussions and expert advice. The program runs over 12 months and involves a combination of one-on-one visits and learning group sessions on farm. Each group will be facilitated by an experienced agricultural consultant. More? Karen Romano 0417 524 916 or

Thinking about diversifying?

The Diversification and Innovation Discussion Group is hosting a field day from 13-3pm on Friday December 9 to Moyarra Fine Foods, a free range Berkshire pig farm owned and operated by Tim and Kirstin Anderson and their daughter, Paige in Moyarra, South Gippsland. Lunch provided. Please RSVP. Please note that those who have contact with pigs within 48 hours of this event should advise the organisers for biosecurity reasons. More? Joel Geoghegan 0409 705 652 or

Farmers, foresters and fishers given new resource

The national Farming Together program, home of Agribusiness Gippsland’s former EO Sue Webster, aims to develop farm co-ops, collaborations and collective bargaining groups to boost returns for Australia’s farmers, fishers and foresters. News about the program and a range of resources can be found on their Facebook page:

Rebate aims to reduce quad bike deaths

The Victorian Government, through WorkSafe Victoria, is encouraging farmers to take part in a $6 million rebate scheme for approved safety solutions to help reduce quad bike deaths. Farmers can claim either:
  • Up to $1200 for the purchase of an alternate vehicle such as a side-by-side vehicle (SSV) or a small utility vehicle (SUV)
  • Up to $600 for the purchase of up to two operator protection devices (OPDs) or up to $1200 for two devices.
The scheme is available for purchases made from September 1. More?

Are you on a mission?

Aus Veg is seeking expressions of interest for:
  • the USA Industry Leadership and Development Mission from February 2-14. The Mission will take growers to the WorldAg Expo in California, visit some of the best farms and produce markets in the country, and meet top producers from the industry. View the flier here
  • the 2017 European Industry Leadership and Development Mission from February 4-11. The Mission will take growers to the 2017 Berlin Fruit Logistica Trade Fair, which hosts over 2000 exhibitors, and visit the global headquarters of a world-leading agribusiness. View the flier here
More? AusVeg 9882 0277 or

The focus has changed

The latest round of Focus Farms offers the opportunity to delve into farm business operations, catch-up with local farmers and enjoy a free lunch at 100 Greig’s Creek Rd, Won Wron on Thursday, December 15 from 11am-2pm with facilitator Matt Harms and Paul and Lisa Mumford. Please RSVP for catering. More? GippsDairy 5624 3900 or

Is biological activity reducing the mat?

Lime and compost treatment seem to be positively influencing yield and species composition according to interim results from the Healthy Soils project looking at reducing root mat by stimulation of the carbon cycle. The project is a collaboration between the West Gippsland Management Authority (WGCMA), Agriculture Victoria, Bass Coast Landcare, and Daryl and Margaret Hook. The root mat will not been tested for changes in depth until next year.  More? Click here

Connect with horticulture at Hort Connections

Registrations are now open for Hort Connections 2017, an event that combines the National Horticulture Convention and PMA Fresh Connections, and brings the entire horticulture supply chain together. Hort Connections 2017 will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from May 15-17. Early bird rates are available to industry members who register before February 28.
To find out more and register for Hort Connections, view the delegate registration brochure or visit the Hort Connections website. Businesses looking to be a part of Hort Connections 2017 can download the Exhibitor Registration Brochure and submit forms to

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Get the guide to safe food

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released a new edition of Safe Food Australia that outlines the food safety standards in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code and how they can be addressed by businesses and producers. More? 1800 900 090 or click here

If you’re a woman with a passion for horses…

who is looking for adventure and would love to travel… then join Mirboo North’s Jeanette White of Wise Women Ride, for a horse-centred travel experience in Montana and Wyoming USA from June 15-July 2,2017. More?

Watch the weather

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has released the forecast for December–February. Watch it here.
The Very Fast Break has released a forecast for the state. Watch it here

Agricultural innovation - capture the opportunities

Registrations are now open for ABARES Outlook 2017 conference, the premier information and networking forum for stakeholders and decision makers in agriculture, which will be held March 7-8 in Canberra. More? Click here

Do you suffer payment delays?

If you’ve experienced delays or problems when it comes to being paid by big business or government agencies the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman is interested in hearing from you. Submissions close January 13. More? Click here

It’s a meat market out there!

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released an interactive graph on based on monthly data collections from abattoirs and other major slaughtering establishments. More? Click here

State of the Climate report released

The CSIRO has released its biennial report on Australia’s climate with findings:
  • Australia’s mean surface air temperature and surrounding sea surface temperature have increased by around 1 °C since 1910
  • the duration, frequency and intensity of extreme heat events have increased
  • since the 1970s, extreme fire weather has increased, with longer fire seasons
  • May-July rainfall has decreased by about 19% since 1970 in southwest Australia
  • rainfall Australia’s southeast declined by around 11% In the April–October growing season since the mid-1990s
  • oceans around Australia have warmed and ocean acidity levels have increased
  • sea levels have risen around Australia, amplifying the effects of high tides and storm surges.
More? Click here or watch a video here

Two men facing illegal shark fishing charges

Two men from South Gippsland are expected to be charged on summons with illegally taking a grey nurse shark at Corner Inlet. Following a short investigation, Fisheries Officers and Victoria Police executed two search warrants in Koonwarra and Welshpool. Grey nurse sharks are listed as threatened and are protected, under both Victorian and Commonwealth legislation.
In another matter, Fisheries officers apprehended a Venus Bay man allegedly breaching a court-imposed fishing ban prescribed under the Fisheries Act. The man’s original ban prohibited him from recreational fishing after he was caught taking a large amount of squid for sale near Mornington.
Anyone who sees or suspects illegal fishing activity is urged to call 13 FISH (13 34 74).

Study investigates rural alcohol consumption

Nickala Best, PhD candidate at La Trobe University, is seeking farmer input to help with work on a new tool for diagnosing sheep footrot. Sheep producers are asked to respond to a short online survey at:

Do you like talking dairy?

GippsDairy has announced that funds are available to support private dairy industry discussion groups. The funds can be used to establish new groups or add value to existing groups. The funds can be put to a range of uses including structured study tours, guest speakers, etc. More? Tony Platt 0477 440 339

Webinar focuses on herbicide resistance

WeedSmart are holding a webinar: “A snapshot of resistance in corn, soybean and cotton crops in the US” on December 6 from 10-11am. Dr Jason Norsworthy from the University of Arkansas will discuss the challenges of keeping glyphosate resistance. More? Lisa Mayer 08 6488 7870 or or visit

Get smarter about fertiliser use

The latest Fert$mart program will roll-out in the Tarago catchment from November to March, offering farmers in Labertouche, Jindivick, Drouin West and Poowong the chance to improve the efficiency and profitability in fertiliser use. Participants must commit to a farm visit of up to four hours during which soil samples will be taken; two workshops of four hours each (to be held in February and March) and a follow-up farm visit to discuss implementation of the Fert$mart plan. More?  Donna Gibson 0409 178 624 or

Take action now on serrated tussock

The Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party (VSTWP) is urging landowners to take action now against the noxious weed serrated tussock which is set for a prolific seeding season after recent heavy rainfall. More? Visit or

Food loss equals food waste

Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) Market Development Manager Olivia Tait wants to hear from the apple and pear industry about how on-farm waste is managed and what innovative ways people use to dispose of their waste in order to explore possible end-use markets or further processing opportunities. More? Olivia Tait 0409 554 078 or

Register interest in dairy youth camp

The National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE) National All Breeds Dairy Youth Camp will be held at Tatura Park on January 3-8. The five day program, for participants between 16 and 20, aims to support young people as they develop  leadership and teamwork skills, and foster a passion for the dairy industry. No dairy experience necessary. Register at More? Lucy Galt 0488 144 999

Novel processing technology is good fo’ food

CSIRO and Porifera are showcasing their forward osmosis (FO) product line, a novel concentration technology for the food industry and its laboratory scale proof-of-concept applications for dairy fluids and fruit and vegetable extracts on Wednesday December 7 at CSIRO's food innovation centre, Werribee. More? Click here to register

Watch for pink-eye in beef cattle

Pink-eye, or infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis, is an inflammatory bacterial infection of the eye that can cause permanent blindness in severe cases. It is a contagious disease and in Victoria occurs mainly in young cattle in summer and autumn. Pinkeye can affect up to 80% of a herd, with affected weaner calves losing up to 10% of body weight. Although rare, deaths may occur when both eyes are affected. More?

Mornington Peninsula supports enviro upgrades

Mornington Peninsula Shire is offering Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs) to businesses owning or leasing commercial, non-residential buildings on the peninsula. EUAs are low-interest financing mechanisms allowing businesses to undertake environmental upgrades to existing non-residential buildings. EUAs have proven to:
  • reduce its operating costs
  • increase profit margins
  • have better lighting, insulation, refrigeration, water storage, heating and cooling
  • reduce environmental footprint with no capital expense and competitive finance
More? visit

This Board really does deal with wild dogs!

The Victorian Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee (WDMAC) is seeking expressions of interest for six member positions, for a term of three years, or less if determined by the Minister. WDMAC is a non-statutory committee formed by the Minister for Agriculture to provide advice on matters relating to the management of wild dogs in Victoria, regardless of land tenure. EoIs close at 11:59pm on January 18. More? Tracey Marsden 9217 4316 or click here

Work wanted in west Gippsland

Mawarra is a not-for-profit organisation based in Warragul that employs people with disability. A recent slowing of work in the assembly and packaging line means that additional work is sought for employees – this could be in the form of additional production work, or other work duties offsite. The organisation is able to provide transport for its workers. More? Jeff Tellefson 0499 600 666 or or

Keep your nitrogen in your soils

Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection have produced a fact sheet on the loss of plant available nitrogen, reducing nitrous oxide emissions, nitrogen management ("the 4 'R's") and keeping informed through soil testing. More? click here

Horticulture knows how to grow leaders

Applications are now open for the 2017 Growing Leaders program. Funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia, Growing Leaders is the only national leadership and development program tailored for the vegetable industry. The program develops skills at the personal, business and national industry. More?  Click here

Bass Coast to pilot new herbicide

Bass Coast Shire Council will support a pilot program for the use of Bioweed as an alternative to glyphosate-based products in a number of locations. Bioweed is a plant derived product that dehydrates weeds, rather than poison them. Council voted to trial Bioweed at council maintained playgrounds, and land abutting schools and childcare facilities after receiving a community petition requesting alternative methods of weed control in these locations. Council will receive a report on the pilot program in February 2018.More?

Don’t miss the small business bus

The small business bus offers friendly, professional assistance from an information officer and specialist advice from an experienced business mentor and will visit:
  • Mallacoota on December 5 from 10am-12pm
  • Cann River on December 5 from 2-4pm
  • Bairnsdale on December 6 from 2-4pm
  • Lakes Entrance on December 7 from 2-4pm
Sessions are strictly limited so advance bookings are required.
More? Business Victoria 13 22 15

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 246 256. (*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.

Members sought on Hazelwood working group

Expressions of Interest are now open for community representatives to establish an advisory Council and Community Working Group ahead of Hazelwood Power Station’s impending closure. EoIs close on December 7. More?

How do you manage codling moth?

Productivity, Irrigation, Pests and Soils (PIPS) research program is seeking feedback to understand how Australian growers are currently managing codling moth in their orchards to ensure their research is relevant and outcomes are useful. Complete the survey here

Garlic heaven comes to Meeniyan

Taste the best garlic in Australia and talk to expert growers at the Meeniyan Garlic Festival on Saturday February 18 from 9am-4pm at Meeniyan Town Hall, Whitelaw St, Meeniyan. Visitors can sample food from market and produce stalls, enjoy a full day of music, watch cooking shows hosted by Millie and Rome’s and Tamsins Table, taste smoked garlic beer from Loch Brewery, attend the Garlic Institute for talks and workshops on planting, plaiting and tasting with Penny Woodward and friends. There will be a guest appearance by the original Choir of Hard Knocks. More?

Sustainability festival is on again

Bass Coast Shire Council will again host the Southern Gippsland Sustainability Festival at the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi on Sunday, April 9. Organisers are now calling for sponsors and exhibitors. More? Roslyn Jenzen 5951 3317 or

Healthy crop photos needed!

GrowNotes Alert, the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) digital disease, pest and weed early warning and surveillance system, helps growers actively look for diseases and pests in crops, enabling quick action to contain spread. Over 500 farmers have downloaded the app and many have submitted photos seeking advice on pests. Photos of ‘healthy crops’ are now sought as they can demonstrates crops have not been impacted by pests. Every surveillance picture submitted to GrowNotes Alert before December 31 places registered grower group members into the draw to win one of six drones. More?

Think you’ve got a Landcare tale to tell?

Landcare is seeking submissions of stories on successes and learning for the quarterly publication Landcare in Focus.
  • The February issue on biosecurity management: invasive species, pests, and disease has a deadline of January 6
  • The March special publication on farming innovation and best practice land management has a deadline of February 3.
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?

Vegetable weeds are put on notice

Horticulture Innovation Australia and the University of New England (UNE) have announced a $1 million program to fight vegetable crop-impacting weeds. The four-year project intends to safeguard the vegetable industry by reducing the need for herbicides and tillage, methods which become ineffective with repeated use. More? Click here

Network just one more time!

The final Casey Cardinia Business Group Networking Night for 2016 will be held from 6-8pm on Wednesday December 7 at Casey RACE, 65 Cranbourne-Berwick Rd, Cranbourne and features with Master Networker, Bev Brough and 2016 Olympian, Josh Beaver. The cost is $40 for non CCBG members and $20 for CCBG members. RSVP is essential. More? Tom Zsolt 9705 5200 or

Save the date for vegie innovation!

East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days will be held in Lindenow on May 3-4 at Bulmer Farms on Main Rd, Lindenow. The event, with seedling producer Boomaroo as major sponsor, features new, innovative and favourite varieties growing in demonstration sites, an undercover event hub and an industry networking function in the Lindenow Hall on Wednesday May 3. More? Shayne Hyman 0417 330 081 or

It’s more than a traditional show

The Bass Coast Summer Agricultural Show, with all the features of a traditional agricultural show and more, will be held on Saturday January 14 and Sunday January 15 (equestrian only) at Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve, Korumburra Rd, Wonthaggi. More? or Rosemary Loughnan 5672 3259 or

Mornington Peninsula Business gets a new website

MP Business has a new website at The website includes information on business related permits, business events, conferences and workshops, and how the Economic Development Unit can assist you in starting or growing your business. More?

Know the fire regulations

Baw Baw Shire Council is reminding residents of the new regulations that apply to where open air burning is permitted, when a permit is needed and where it is prohibited. More?

What are your vegie training needs?

As part of VegPRO, the vegetable industry's training initiative, RM Consulting Group (RMCG) is industry members to complete a short survey on training requirements. To take this survey, click here
Also, RMCG is seeking training providers to design and deliver training. More? click here

Other shows can’t get Neerim!

The Neerim District Country Show is celebrating its 100th agricultural show with its inaugural rodeo on Saturday January 28 from 2-9pm and in conjunction with the show on January 29 from 10am-3pm. The Show is held at the Neerim Showgrounds, Hamono Rd, Neerim More? Bonnie McCall 0467 023 024 or 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

Vegetable Strategic Investment Plan seeks input

In producing a new Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) for the vegetable industry, Horticulture Innovation Australia has engaged consulting firm Consulting and Implementation Services (CIS). CIS has developed a short online survey for growers and industry members to provide feedback on what opportunities for the vegetable industry in next five years (it only takes about 10 minutes to complete). Take the survey here

Aerial spraying guide is now available

Agriculture Victoria has launched a new guide to assist land managers with the safe and effective use of agricultural chemicals. The guide can be downloaded for free at:

Casey-Cardinia updates its online profile

The latest online economic and community profile for the Casey-Cardinia region is available here

Food and agribusiness innovation celebrated

Food Innovation Australia Limited’s Celebrating Australian Food and Agribusiness Innovations celebrates and promotes innovation in the Australian food and agribusiness industry. Click to view the book

Leverage China relationships and experience

In May 2017, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will run its fourth China business immersion experience. The Victoria Jiangsu Business Placement Program brings business people from China's Jiangsu province together with Victorian business owners and senior staff to:
  • create long-term partnerships with Chinese companies
  • pursue new contracts, develop exports and build strategic relationships
  • showcase Victorian goods, services and technology to Chinese businesses, buyers and investors.
More? Olivia Bowden 8662 5343 or

You’ll go crazy for the…

2017 Australian Nut Conference in Melbourne from March 27-29 2017. Sponsorship opportunities are available. More? Chaseley 0409 707 806 or

Are you keeping Greater Dandenong green?

The Greater Dandenong Sustainability Awards recognise the sustainable efforts of the community. Award Categories include the Sustainable Business Award, the Sustainable Community Award, the Sustainable Development Award and a new video competition. Entries close at 4pm on Friday, February 10. More? Visit

Casey Cardinia looking for partners

The Casey Cardinia region is looking form partnerships with local businesses in running Facebook competitions; and swap products or services for promotion through a number of our communication channels. 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:

Mash it up at Thorpdale Potato Festival

The Thorpdale Potato Festival will be held on Sunday, March 12 at Thorpdale Recreation Reserve, Stockdales Rd, Thorpdale and features a myriad of events and activities including a market, photography competition, hessians on the field sack race, potatoes and more. More?

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 20 Lardner Park, Warragul 5976 3266 
Loch Market 2nd Sunday (Oct-April) Loch Village Railway Station, Loch 0447 398 822
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

It’s show time!

The Korumburra A & P Society Annual Show will be held on February 11-12 at the Korumburra Showgrounds South Gippsland Hwy, Korumburra. The Show features the Australian Tug of War competition, pet parade, arts and crafts, cattle judging, sideshows, barnyard buddies, cattle, poultry and sheep, wedding dress display, beaut ute show, live bands and also incorporating the buskers festival. All the horse events will be on Sunday February 12. More? Josie Buchanan 5655 2648 or

Conference offers ideas to grow with

The Food Fibre and Agriculture Educators Conference will be held in Brisbane on January 9-12. The conference will up-skill teachers on current agricultural practices and the wide range of career and training opportunities for students in plants, animal, science and rural industries. More? Click here

Put your brand on display

Opportunities are now open to partner with Economic Development Australia on their Annual Victorian State Conference to be held in Baw Baw Shire on March 8-10, 2017. This is an opportunity to showcase your brand to leading economic development practitioners, local government, the private sector, community organisations and companies involved in economic development. More? Click here or contact the Baw Baw Shire Economic Development team 5624 2411

Summer weed control sets up the season

GRDC-funded research found that for every dollar invested in herbicides during the summer fallow period, the return on investment ranged from $3 per hectare to $8/ha. Staying on top of weeds also preserves stored soil moisture after above average winter and spring rain. More? Click here

Save the date for economic development

Economic Development Australia (EDA) and the Baw Baw Shire Council are hosting the EDA Victorian State Conference to be held in Warragul on March 8-10, 2017. Sponsorship opportunities are available. More? Baw Baw Shire Economic Development team 5624 2411

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 7 from 9.30am-12.30pm at Guide Hall, 31 Henry St, Pakenham. Also craft days on the third Wednesday of the month (December 21) More? Heather Kleesh 5940 4481 or or

Plant the seed of health in children

The Victorian State Government and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation are offering schools and early learning centres a subsidised food education package, providing professional development, educational resources and support to plant the seeds of health, learning and wellbeing in the children and communities. The offer includes over $1500 of products and services for only $550. Training will occur in Traralgon on February 15. More? SAKGF 1300 072 543 or

Funds offered for women’s leadership development

Women and Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across all agricultural sectors and at three levels: Expression of Interest (EoI) forms can be downloaded here. The deadline for EoIs is December 22. More? Ian Johnson 9270 9016 or

$10m to fight weeds and pests

The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water is seeking applications for its $10m program to develop chemical, biological or physical control tools/technologies to manage introduced pest animals/weeds that affect national productivity and profitability and threaten ecosystems, habitats or native species. Deadline: January 23. More?

New ag students are on the horizon!

Applications are open for RIRDC’s Horizon Scholarship which offers to Year 12 students $5000 a year for agriculture study at any university. More? Click here

Help is available for food-based businesses

The Enterprise Solution Centre, run by Food Innovation Australia Ltd, offers R&D and technical assistance for food-based companies with turnover of less than $10m/year. Co-contribution is required. Deadline for applications is December 6.  More?

Fonterra grants give back to the community

The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund will support community projects and groups that focus on bringing communities together, caring for the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles and dairy nutrition. Grants are from $500 to $5000. Applications close on Friday December 16. More?

Funding boost to help farm and food economies

The $14.9m Farming Together program will help primary producers and processors collaborate to value-add, secure premium pricing, scale-up production, attract capital investment, earn new markets or secure lower input costs. Farmers who register receive one-on-one expert advice to discuss opportunities, either as a structured co-operative, a collective bargaining entity or as a less-formal collaborative group. The most-promising groups will be offered assistance for product research and development. Areas that are covered include advice on marketing, capital-raising, packaging, logistics and exporting as well as non-ongoing consultancy appointments. More? Nick or Andrew 1800 005 555 or

Applications open for 2017 Youth Ag Summit

Bayer and Future Farmers Network are offering 18-25 year olds the opportunity to win a trip to Belgium to attend the 2017 Youth Ag Summit in Brussels, where 1000 like-minded individuals will come together to discuss agriculture. Delegates will have the opportunity to share their passion for agriculture and gain exposure to new thoughts and experiences from around the world. Applicants are required to submit an essay response to a prompt. 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?

Boost your export footprint

Applications are sought under the national Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation programme for projects between $55,000 to $1.65m (GST incl.). The programme aims to open, improve and/or maintain access to overseas markets for Australian agricultural products by building stronger relationships with trading partners, neighbouring countries and international organisations. Projects may occur in Australia or overseas. Deadline December 31, 2018 or until all funds have been allocated. More? application form or 1800 868 175

Fund supports regional events growth

The Regional Events Fund is a $20 million grant program designed to support the growth of events in regional Victoria. The Fund is administered by Visit Victoria, Destination Gippsland and Destination Phillip Island. The Regional Events Fund aims to extend the length of visitation and economic yield and is open to private sector organisations, local government, regional tourism organisations, industry groups, and incorporated not-for-profit organisations. Three tiers of funding are available:
  • between $100,000 and $500,000
  • between $20,000 and $100,000
  • up to $20,000
Intending applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposal with their Regional Tourism Board to test alignment with regional visitor economy strategies. More? Click here or

Potter Foundation closing soon

Expressions of interest are sought for Ian Potter Foundation grants in the areas of environment, conservation, science and community wellbeing. Deadline December 9. More?

Energy assessment grants open now

Small and medium sized businesses can apply for funding for an energy assessment under the new Sustainability Victoria Business - Boosting Productivity program:
  • Energy Assessment Grants for businesses with less than 200 employees, spending more than $20,000 per annum on energy bills. Grants are offered at two funding levels - up to $2000 for a basic energy assessment and up to $6000 for a detailed energy assessment on a matched funding ($1:$1) basis. Successful applicants can also access a $3000 bonus to help implement energy efficiency assessment recommendations
  • Industry Capability Grants of up to $150,000 to strengthen and build business capabilities in energy efficiency. Expressions of interest open soon.
More? Click here

Grants help dairy development

The Victorian Government is seeking applications for its Dairy Development Grants program, which aims to assist dairy farm businesses to improve productivity, competitiveness and resilience to market downturns. The grant offers up to $5000 to implement on-farm infrastructure improvements that assist business rebuilding, restructure and production efficiencies. Grants are open until June 30, 2017 or until the Dairy Development Grant program funds are fully allocated, whichever occurs first. More? Rural Finance 1800 260 425 or or click here

Support offered to regional volunteers

Regional groups are encouraged to apply for Australian Government grants of between $1000 and $5000 for equipment to train volunteers or improve fundraising. Deadline: December 20. More? Freecall 1800 020 283 or

Grow with nbn grants

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), in partnership with nbn, is awarding $150k in grants to organisations which are leveraging nbn™ network connectivity to grow. Grants will be awarded across three categories: business, community and education. 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) grants, a $20m initiative aimed at supporting agri-food businesses to work together and with value chain partners to grow exports and create new jobs. Deadline June 30, 2019. 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

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.
Network Coordinator and Team Leader sought by the East Gippsland Landcare Network (EGLN) in a part-time opportunity (28hrs/wk) for a 12-month, fixed term position based in Bairnsdale. The role is primarily responsible for managing the daily business and HR operations for this not-for-profit organisation. The incumbent will manage multiple projects in line with the requirements of the EGLN Strategic Plan, manage support staff, maintain strong and effective relationships with key stakeholders and actively promote the EGLN and its member Landcare Groups. Applications must be made via the GBS Recruitment website (, Job #2004712, and include a cover letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria shown in the position description More? GBS 5174 2665 or
Farm Driver sought by Kinross Farm, a stable, family owned business in Kinglake West. The role offers a great company culture, consistent full-time hours, a generous hourly rate and an environment where you will be recognised as a member of the team. Responsibilities include: maintaining equipment; removal of waste; cleaning sheds and equipment; using tools and undertaking minor repairs. Applicants require: a medium MR or HR licence, farm experience, ability to work unsupervised and a 'can do' attitude. More? Jo 0477 029 670
Farm Hand manager wanted on small flower farm in the Yarra Valley. Ideally, applicants will have experience dealing with customers, knowledge of farm machinery, computer skills, managerial experience on farms. Chemical licence and tractor license essential. Applicants must be able work well in a team. Weekend work is required in busier seasons. Send your resume to
Tractor driver sought for a permanent full time role on large organic farm in the Pearcedale/Devon Meadows region. The farm is a family business with a great team and working conditions. Applicants require a minimum three years experience in row crop vegetable farming including spraying, bed forming, ploughing, planting and general tractor experience. Farm Chemical Users Certificate, Agricultural Chemical Users Permit and experience operating other heavy equipment including forklifts would be an advantage. Current drivers licence and own-transport are essential. The role involves tractor driving and associated duties Monday to Friday with some overtime during the week and on weekends in peak periods. A competitive salary offered. Apply ASAP. More? Howard Wootton 0481 354 296
Head Spray Operator wanted by Australian vegetable grower/supplier on a family owned business in Clyde. Applicants must have at least three years experience in row crop vegetable farming including spraying, ploughing, planting, scouting, pegging out plants and general tractor duties. Experience operating other heavy equipment including forklifts will be an advantage. Current drivers licence and own transport are essential. Farm Chemical Users Certificate and Agricultural Chemical Users Permit would be advantageous. The work requires spray operations and associated duties up to six days per week with flexibility of days depending on weather. More? Howard Wootton 0481 354 296
Nursery Manager wanted in a role reporting to the General Manager. The incumbent is responsible for: timely production of plants to quality standards and order requirements; effective and efficient management of all production functions; prioritising work flows to ensure order deadlines are met and dispatch/freight are done accordingly; effectively manage human resources. Applicants require proven industry experience in seedling production, irrigation, sales, customer service in a production environment, good communication and interpersonal skills. Applications must be honest, hard working and have, solid leadership capabilities. More? Howard Wootton 0481 354 296
Sales Nutritionist sought in the south-eastern districts in a company that supplies knowledge and products tailored to the beef, dairy, poultry, pigs and fat lamb industries. Based in Gippsland, the Sales Nutritionist will focus on maintaining and developing relationships with existing customers by specifying each client’s feed program and provide ongoing support to existing programs. The incumbent will work closely with the Sales Manager to develop and identify business opportunities while managing budget and sales targets. An affinity and passion for the dairy market is essential. The ideal candidate will have a strong nutritional/technical background and have a passion for working with people. Relevant tertiary qualifications and excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. More? Nigel Crawley 9645 5200
Cutting Harvester wanted for a fulltime position with JD Propagation, a family-owned company based in Pearcedale. An enthusiastic, passionate, hands-on person who can work well in a team and wants to achieve results is sought. Experience not essential but will be favourably looked upon. The successful applicant must be hard working, reliable and punctual and be able to achieve KPI's. Email a cover letter and resume to and

Assistant Mixed Farm Manager wanted to assist the farm Manager to execute tasks required to run a successful farming operation. The business farms intensive vegetables, pasture for feed and fodder, and sheep and beef. Teamwork required. Applicants will ideally have experience in spray application, irrigation and cultivation and be organised, methodical and a hard worker. Animal husbandry, IT and agronomy skills will be looked upon favourably, but are not essential. More? Emma 0423 774 477
Zucchini pickers wanted in Wandin for casual work Monday to Sunday. More? Brads Produce 0408 307 262
Farm Hands sought in Clyde/Devon Meadows for a casual role with part time rates. The role includes, but is not limited to, planting, harvesting, packing, cleaning, landscape maintenance. Approximately 40 hours per week available. The site is not easily accessible by public transport, so own-transport required and applicants should currently reside in Victoria. To apply send an email with current location, method of transport and if seeking on-going employment to
Farm Hand Manager required in a fulltime role on a small flower farm in the Yarra Valley. Chemical licence and tractor licence are essential. Ideally the person will have: the ability to deal with customers, knowledge of farm machinery, computer skills, and on-farm managerial experience. Applicants must be able work well in a team. Weekend work is required in busier seasons. Salary: $54,000. More? Nancye Ellis
Experienced Dairy Farm Hands wanted for several positions on a large dairy farm in Yanakie. Duties include milking, cleaning the dairy and surrounds, feeding calves, moving and feeding stock, operating farm equipment, and other general farm duties as required. The work involves between 40-60 hours per week in a small team on a roster, working five days on, two days off in morning or afternoon shifts. Pay is at award rates, from $17.70 to $19.25, depending on experience, with overtime paid at penalty rates. Housing is available for rent. A vehicle and valid drivers licence are preferred, but not essential. Applicants must be physically fit and be prepared to work long hours including early morning and late nights. Overseas applicants must have a valid working holiday visa and the position qualifies for the three month regional work requirement. More? Phil 0417 508 165
Farm Hands (Full-Time / Part-Time) wanted on a family owned and operated dairy farm milking 480 cows on a 44 stand rotary located in Tinamba. Ideally full time experienced workers should apply, but part-time relief milkers will be considered. Duties include milking, calf rearing, management of herd health and general farm duties. Hours and days can be flexible. Applicants must have a current drivers licence and own vehicle. A three bedroom house is available. Send an application with references. More? Emma 0429 451 216
Farm hand sought mainly to assist in milking on a modern rotary dairy in Gormandale. Experience is beneficial but not essential. A positive attitude and honesty are required. Pay is negotiable on experience according to the pastoral award. 0427 977 320
Tractor Driver sought. Applicants must have a minimum four years experience driving tractors and operating farm machinery to start immediately. Working Holiday visa holders with relevant experience are welcome to apply. Applicants must be able to work a minimum of three months, but preferably six months. Applicants must be able to work up to six days per week. Working holiday visa holders can apply. Minimum: $22.76 per hour. More?
Relief Milker wanted in Trafalgar. Applicants must be able to find and treat mastitis, set up and take down strip grazers and have an understanding of electronic fences. Experience in a herringbone and licence are essential. No backpackers and no accommodation available. More? Jackie 0428 519 973
Assembly and packaging work wanted: Mawarra is a not-for-profit organisation based in Warragul and employs people with a disability. One of our enterprises specialises in assembly and packaging of products and is looking for additional work for our employees. More? Jeff Tellefson 0499 600 666 or
Farm work sought: Aaron of Mirboo North writes: “I am 18 years old with a wide variety of farm experience. I am very keen to learn. I have my P1 drivers licence and I am willing to travel. I am very interested in beef farming. Full time work preferred. Call, text or email me for my resume or for more information. More? Aaron 0491 100 924
Farm hand job or tractor contracting sought by fully qualified agricultural diesel mechanic. Luke was raised on a dairy farm and has actively helped with farm work. Luke has worked as a contractor during silage and hay season and has experience with mowing, tedding, raking, baling, wrapping, disking, seeding spreading and spraying. Luke has a passion for driving tractors and would like full time, five days a week work. He has a full licence and transport, a firearms licence and firearms. More? Luke 0411 518 430
Fruit / vegetable picking work wanted by two German backpacker girls. The girls are reliable, motivated, hard-working, friendly and currently located in Melbourne but are willing to move. Immediate start possible. More? Sofie Paetkau 0478 326 202
Pest removal: Joel writes: I am a licensed shooter with a category A and B firearm licence. I am offering a free pest animal removal service while respecting land and land owners. I strongly believe in humane methods of eradication. More? Joel 0407 328 606
Welding work wanted: A Gippslander is starting a mobile welding business and seeking rural work welding or fabrication More?
Work sought in the cattle or dairy industry. Tammie Burns writes: “I have a current ACUP permit, AI certificate and first aid certificate. I can pregnancy test and look after animal health. I am studying Certificate 4 Agriculture through TAFE. I am looking for relief, part time and casual work until I finish my course.” More? Tammie Burns 0499 776 022 or at
Chemical/Process Engineer - Waste, Water, and Bioenergy: Laurent Pochat-Pochatoux is an experienced chemical/process engineer specialised in water treatment, waste recovery and bioenergy, focussing on the bioremediation of industrial effluents using algae, as well as the subsequent production of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts. More? Laurent Pochat-Pochatoux 0432 159 853 or
Students are now available for work: Federation University Australia offers direct access to Gippsland’s students for part-time, casual, full-time/graduate, vacation and volunteer opportunities. Motivated and committed staff are available from accounting, nursing, sciences, engineering, marketing, HR and PR/comms/media courses. More? Liana 5122 6245 or
Employers wanted for agricultural graduates: Employers sought for well-trained, job-ready agricultural and horticultural graduates with nationally recognised post-diploma qualifications, Australian work experience, certifications, permits and licenses. Prospective employers can trial graduates for three to six months.
Environmental planning and vegetation design: Springbank Ecosystems offers flora and fauna surveys, EMPs for sub-division applications, weed/animal management, revegetation plans for extraction companies, specialised native orchid ID and staff training.
More? Libby Lambert 5657 2387 or
Market your business more effectively: Award-winning marketer/business consultant with strong agricultural background can offer strategies to place your business in the public eye.  More? John 0457 065 425
Need staff? Try 12 or six months of cost-effective undergraduate recruits from accounting, sciences, marketing, HR and PR/comms/media. Candidates available for paid full-time or half-time placements. More? Annette or 9214 8753 or Karen or 9215 7136
Fire management planning: Consultant to prepare sustainable fire management plans for your property or small reserve. More? Helen Bull 0400 310 188 or
Seeking admin/clerical work: For any type of administrative/clerical type work (consulting, part time or job share – even if it is only a few hours per week). I have a current ABN and tertiary qualifications in business studies, taxation and financial planning. More? Greg Lewis on 0439 523 871 or

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

Gippy East LLEN step up with new digital platforms

The Gippsland East Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) has a number of new digital platforms:

And another thing ...

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Country racing is off and … well … racing

Meetings in December:  4-Sale, 9 Moe, 10-Cranbourne, 13-Bairnsdale, 16-Yarra Valley, 22-Sale, 23-Cranbourne, 27-Stony Creek, 29-Yarra Valley, 30-Cranbourne, 30-Bairnsdale;  In January: 3-Stony Creek, 6-Cranbourne, 10-Yarra Valley, 13-Cranbourne, 16-Moe, 20-Cranbourne, 21-Yarra Valley, 22-Sale More? 1300 139 402 or visit

Quote of the week

Anonymous: “Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money.”

Are you in need of skilled employees?

With the announcement that Masters stores will cease trade by the end of November/early December, Mornington Peninsula Shire are working with Masters to explore alternative employment options for approximately 60 staff. If you have any positions that may be suitable, please send
  • name of business
  • contact person
  • position
  • contact phone number
  • contact email
to Dana Harding, Industry Facilitation Officer at

See you in February

Gippy Agchat will take a break over Christmas and our next edition will be out on February 6. Send in any news or event that you would like publicised or talk to us about advertising in our newsletter to reach almost 10,000 people. More? Madeline

Gippy Diary

Dec 5 Small Business Bus Mallacoota Business Victoria 13 22 15
Dec 5 Small Business Bus Cann River Business Victoria 13 22 15
Dec 6 WeedSmart Webinar   Lisa Mayer 08 6488 7870
Dec 6 Attract, protect and understand backyard birdsworkshop Mornington Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery 5975 4395
Dec 6 Small Business Bus Bairnsdale Business Victoria 13 22 15
Dec 7 CWA Meeting Pakenham Heather Kleesh 5940 4481
Dec 5 Small Business Bus Lakes Entrance Business Victoria 13 22 15
Dec 7 Cardinia Business Group Networking Night Cranbourne Tom Zsolt 9705 5200
Dec 9 Country Race Meet Moe Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Dec 9 Diversification and Innovation Discussion Group Field Day Moyarra Joel Geoghegan 0409 705 652
Dec 10 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Dec 11 BBQ to support dairy farmers Korumburra Katie 0414 414 055
Dec 13 Country Race Meet Bairnsdale Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Dec 15 Focus Farm Open Day Won Wron GippsDairy 5624 3900
Dec 15 Dairy Assistance Roundtable Morwell Carmel Shellie 0402 948 193
Dec 16 Country Race Meet Yarra Valley Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Dec 21 CWA Craft Meeting Pakenham Heather Kleesh 5940 4481
Dec 22 Country Race Meet Sale Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Dec 23 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Dec 27 Country Race Meet Stony Creek Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Dec 29 Country Race Meet Yarra Valley Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Dec 30 Country Race Meet Bairnsdale Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Dec 30 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Jan 3 Country Race Meet Stony Creek Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Jan 3-8 National All Breeds Dairy Youth Camp Tatura Lucy Galt 0488 144 999
Jan 6 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
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