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2 May 2016

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In this issue

-MG shock: what next for dairying?
-Ag minister at our roundtable
-Names in the news
-Hort award wins
-Effluent warnings for Gippy farmers

-CSIRO eye-openers
-State Budget: what's for Gippy agribiz?
-Fox/dog/hunting $
-Gippy barra!

... Scholarships, grants and awards ...
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Victorian agriculture minister to open our forum

The Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, Jaala Pulford MP, has agreed to open the Agribusiness Gippsland 2016 roundtable on July 28 at Lardner Park, Warragul.
Other keynoters will be Judith Swales, Fonterra's managing director Oceania, having previously served as the firm's Australian MD. The daughter of a milkman, she grew up helping her father on his daily milk run. She was the MD of Heinz Australia and CEO and MD of Goodyear Dunlop, Australia and NZ. Judith was also the MD of Angus and Robertson Australia, and has served as a non-executive director on the DuluxGroup Board. 
Dr Christine Pitt is General Manager, Meat & Livestock Australia, Value Chain Innovation and has held a number of senior positions in retail, manufacturing and financial service companies. She now oversees MLA's extensive off-farm R&D and client innovation programs. 
Keynote speaker will be Harold Mitchell, the Trafalgar-born son of a sawmiller and high-school drop-out who has risen to become the nation’s foremost ad guru. A BRW Rich-Lister and major national philanthropist, he has interests in various farm enterprises.
From western Victorian farmer Mark Billing will discuss deploying new technologies on-farm to maximise profitability. Maffra’s Hans Van Wees will explain precision farming.
There will be other speakers with hands-on farming experience, including insights into the newest Gippsland crop, medicinal poppies.
This will be the region’s major annual agri-event, held at Lardner Park on July 28.
TICKETS ONLY $150 plus GST includes all the day's refreshments plus free networking cocktails (50% concession for farmers/students)
Info: 0402 267 802 or read more at the Facebook page....
...ALSO: Sponsorship packages are now available. Email for details. Plus trade stands are just $400 (plus GST). Outdoor sites are available for equipment displays.

Discovering what's possible in food science

We introduced Gippsland food firms to the 'what's possible' in R&D with a behind-the-scenes visit to CSIRO's food innovation centre this week.  Some of Australia's top food researchers explained the latest technologies available to the horticulture, beef and dairy industries. Read about it here 

Dairy industry activates after MG price shock

Dairy Australia has responded to the Murray Goulburn downturn by accelerating rollout of its ‘Tactics for Tight Times’ program. Additionally, delivery of DairyBase will be ramped up to help with on-farm budgeting. Other DA support activities include practical information and advice on finance, pastures and feeding and water/irrigation. DA chairman, Geoff Akers said: “It is vital at this difficult time for dairy farmers to seek out the support and advice they need to keep their businesses on track. GippsDairy will deliver a number of the support services you need. They will also be able to put you directly in touch with other farming services.” Visit and the RDP websites.
... PLUS: MG chair Phil Tracy and interim MD David Mallinson will be visiting Gippsland on Wednesday to explain the situation to suppliers. “We will be working our way around our entire supplier base,” Mr Tracy said. “We will be holding town hall meetings with farmers, and I am sure they will be well attended. We are trying to be transparent and open. We want to help explain the situation to the suppliers (so) they understand the market.” Time and location are TBA. We'll post on the Agribusiness Gippsland FB page: as soon as we find out about the meeting details.
...MEANWHILE: Mr Tracy explained the background to MG's profit and farmgate price downturn and the mechanism for helping smooth the shock on ABC radio. More?

Victorian agriculture minister to open our forum

The Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, Jaala Pulford MP, has agreed to open the Agribusiness Gippsland 2016 roundtable on July 28 at Lardner Park, Warragul.
Other keynoters will be Judith Swales, Fonterra's managing director Oceania, having previously served as the firm's Australian MD. The daughter of a milkman, she grew up helping her father on his daily milk run. She was the MD of Heinz Australia and CEO and MD of Goodyear Dunlop, Australia and NZ. Judith was also the MD of Angus and Robertson Australia, and has served as a non-executive director on the DuluxGroup Board. 
Dr Christine Pitt is General Manager, Meat & Livestock Australia, Value Chain Innovation and has held a number of senior positions in retail, manufacturing and financial service companies. She now oversees MLA's extensive off-farm R&D and client innovation programs. 
Keynote speaker will be Harold Mitchell, the Trafalgar-born son of a sawmiller and high-school drop-out who has risen to become the nation’s foremost ad guru. A BRW Rich-Lister and major national philanthropist, he has interests in various farm enterprises.
From western Victorian farmer Mark Billing will discuss deploying new technologies on-farm to maximise profitability. Maffra’s Hans Van Wees explains precision farming.
There will be other speakers with hands-on farming experience, including insights into the newest Gippsland crop, medicinal poppies.
This will be the region’s major annual agri-event, held at Lardner Park on July 28.
TICKETS $150 plus GST includes free networking cocktails (50% concession for farmers/students)
Info: 0402 267 802 or read more at the Facebook page....
...ALSO: Sponsorship packages are now available. Email for details. Plus trade stands are just $400 (plus GST). Outdoor sites are available for equipment displays.

Fox bounty extended, dog control measures rise

The fox bounty will be extended for four years and there will be an increase in aerial baiting of wild dogs. The 2016/17 Victorian Budget includes $6.2 million to address pests, including aerial baiting of wild dogs to run twice yearly in spring and autumn. Eligible Victorian hunters can submit acceptable entire fox scalps for a $10 reward at collection centres. More?

What’s in it for us?

The 2016/17 State Budget analysis... what's in it for agribusiness in Gippsland?

Names in the news...

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s agribusiness officer Gillian Stewart has gone to work in Samoa after seven years in the role. A replacement is being sought. In the meantime, Dana Harding and Sally McLennan are welcomed to the shire’s economic development department.
Jo Caminiti has finished up as Coordinator Sustainability with the Wellington Shire Council and is setting up a studio/gallery at her new property near Cowwarr.
And Lachy Moorhead has left the Star newspaper.

Gippslanders top the crop in AUSVEG VIC Awards

Gippslanders feature strongly among the winners of the inaugural AUSVEG VIC Awards for Excellence that celebrate the significant contributions of members of the vegetable and potato industries:
  • Andrew Bulmer – Grower of the Year (proudly sponsored by E.E. Muir and Sons)
  • Daniel Maher – Young Grower of the Year
  • Robert Lamattina – Rising Star of the Year
  • Jill Briggs – Industry Impact
  • Glenn Favero – Community Stewardship
  • Chris Millis – Environmental Award (proudly sponsored by Werribee South Farm Supplies)
  • E. E. Muir and Sons – Innovation Partner (proudly sponsored by Mode Logistics)
  • Schreurs and Sons – Innovative Marketing
  • Emma Germano – Women in Horticulture (proudly sponsored by Boomaroo)
  • Dolf de Boer – Researcher of the Year
The winners of the AUSVEG VIC Awards for Excellence are now in the running for the National Awards for Excellence, to be held during the 2016 National Horticulture Convention on the Gold Coast on June 25.

Get some Gippy traction ... soon

If you need to target Gippsland's agri-community and the services they use, consider highly targeted Gippyagchat for your advertising. You'll also get the satisfaction of supporting Agribusiness Gippsland, the region's not-for-profit group helping support our important ag sector. Want to get some ad traction? More info? Sue 0402 267 802
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Livestock owner pleads guilty to cruelty charges

A Sale district farmer who pleaded guilty to 33 charges of animal cruelty, with 11 of the charges for aggravated cruelty, has been fined $12,000 and disqualified from being a person in charge of any farm animals for 10 years. The charges related to the farmer’s failure to provide appropriate supervision, husbandry or veterinary treatment to 600 sheep and 130 cattle on a property near Giffard in 2013 and 2014. To report animal welfare concerns call 136 186 or

Farms on notice after effluent breaches

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has issued six Gippsland dairy farms with statutory notices over effluent leaching off their properties. The farmers face possible sanctions if they do not improve their effluent management. The EPA conducted the farm inspections following 13 complaints. Guidelines on effective effluent management on dairy farms can be found by visiting:…/water-gui…/dairy-farms-and-water

Rise in low reliability allocation for irrigators

Southern Rural Water (SRW) has announced that it has increased low reliability allocation for Macalister Irrigation Area irrigators from 15% to 20%. This is on top of their existing 100% of high reliability water shares.
...ALSO: SRW is also reminding those who take water from channels that the system will shut down from May 15 - August 15 to allow Southern Rural Water time to do essential maintenance. More? Southern Rural Water 1300 139 510 or visit

State government to support sustainable hunting

The state government has announced the Victorian Budget will include an allocation of $5.33m to support sustainable hunting. A Sustainable Hunting Action Plan, to be delivered later in 2016, will involve hunters, conservationists and the government. Other initiatives include improved signage/access to state game reserves, extra funding for firearm safety courses and money for the Australian Deer Association (ADA) to coordinate controlled culls of invasive deer species on public and some private land.

Catch but no release after fishy deal nets a big one

An alleged under-the-counter fish deal could prove expensive for the owners of a fish and chip shop on the Mornington Peninsula. Mornington Fisheries Officers allege that the shop owner acquired King George Whiting from a recreational fishing licence holder.   Seafood retailers and wholesalers must only buy and use legally caught seafood products. The maximum penalty for the offence is a $30,000 fine, or 12 months imprisonment, or both. Anyone who sees or suspects illegal fishing activity is urged to call the 24 hour reporting line 13 3474

Discount ticket to hear ag's big-hitters

Gippyagchat readers are eligible for a 10% discount on ticket prices to the second annual Agribusiness Outlook Australia 2016 conference, held May 24-26 in Sydney.
Every big-hitter in agriculture is speaking: Sen Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources;  Don Taylor, Graincorp chairman; Barry Irvin, Bega Cheese executive chairman; Mick Keogh, ACCC Agriculture Commissioner;  Doug Rathbone, Nufarm former CEO;  James Campbell, Sanger CEO; Richard Norton, MLA MD; John Wagner, Wagners chairman; John Harvey, GRDC MD; Fran Freeman, First Assistant Secretary - Agricultural Policy Division, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources; Timothy Henry, Archer Daniels Midland MD – ANZ; Mark Field, Coles head of product Technology; Darren De Bortoli, De Bortoli Wines MD; Gioia Small, Treasury Wines GM Sustainability and David Keldie, SunRice GM Global Consumer Markets. The event will be held at Aerial UTS Function Centre, Sydney. Early bird discounts here To claim the AGI discount use the promo code ASSN when registering. More?

FREE mulch offer for Gippsland landowners

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

Grants to make a difference in MID

More than $700,000 in grants for more than 50 projects will help landholders in the Macalister Irrigation District (MID) complete farm plans and on ground works to improve irrigation efficiency. The projects are in the areas of saving water, reducing salinity, improving farm productivity and reducing the amount of nutrients entering waterways. Funding for these grants has been made available through the Irrigation Efficiency Incentives Program which is funded by the Victorian Government. More? Click here

Get Jono online

Jono Craven, Gippsland's latest Churchill Scholar will be posting to his video blog regularly as he travels the world looking at composting systems. The Gippsland Water agribusiness manager will make his first post within a few days. Then he arrives in Israel on May 15 and hopes to blog weekly. He will also post on Instagram and Twitter along the way. To see the latest playing on Jonos CCC, my TouchCast channel. Enjoy: More?

Capture energy and nitrogen in livestock for profit

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

WGCMA working to stop the spread of Spartina

The West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) is working with Parks Victoria to control Spartina with large-scale spraying activities in Andersons Inlet, Shallow Inlet and Corner Inlet from April. Also known as Rice Grass or Cordgrass, Spartina was introduced in the 1920s and has since become aggressively invasive, competing with indigenous plants, degrading waterbird and fish habitats and restricting waterways. More? Click here

Planning to break into Asian exports?

A mission is open to Gippsland food producers keen to get an Asian footprint under the aegis of the Victorian Government. SIAL CHINA 2016 – Shanghai May 5 is the largest food and beverage exhibition in Asia, the 17th edition of SIAL CHINA 2016 will welcome 66,000 visitors and more than 2900 exhibitors from 65 countries. Visit: More?

Tour visits innovation in the Otways

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

Become a backyard boffin

The EU is seeking citizen scientists to measure varying rates of plant decomposition globally. Specifically – how quickly a teabag rots down in your soil. Don’t believe it? You read it here first!

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?

TopSoils promises top soils!

TopSoils is a regional program focusing on improving soil condition for farm profitability through four farmer driven focus groups representing the High Country, Red Gum Plains, Bairnsdale Foothills and the Far East. Each group will be provided with: group support (facilitator); training; on farm trials; technical advice; farm visits; and access to demonstration sites focused on perennial pastures, species selection, grazing practices and nutrient applications. More? Penny Gray (Far East TopSoils Group) 5154 2843 or or Natalie Jenkins (High Country, Foothills and Red Gum Plains TopSoils Groups) 5152 0612 or

Get financial help to strive for excellence

A Churchill Fellowship offers the opportunity to travel to the far edges of the globe to conduct valuable research and bring back knowledge, experience, ideas and innovation for the betterment of a chosen industry, community and Australia. Fellowships are awarded for the purpose of pursuing an overseas investigative project of a kind that is not readily available in Australia. More than 100 Fellowships are to be awarded in 2016 each valued at $25,000. Applications close May 15. More?

Save the date for Landcare

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

A pal will help you study apples and pears

School leavers interested in a career in the apple and pear industry can take advantage of a $10,000 scholarship if they want to spend a year working in the industry and will be ready to study in 2017. Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL) is again partnering with Marcus Oldham College to offer two students the opportunity to each receive $10,000 from the New Horizons Scholarship. Successful applicants will commence studying a Diploma of Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham in 2017 after working for at least 12 months in the apple and pear industry. Applications close June 30. More?

Last chance to complete the survey

Productivity, Irrigation, Pests and Soils (PIPS) researchers are seeking feedback to understand how Australian growers are currently managing their crop loads to ensure their research is relevant and outcomes are useful. Do the survey to win a $50 gift card...

Plan the transition to the next generation

Isobel Knight from Proagtive is returning to Bairnsdale on June 7 and Traralgon on June 8 to talk about succession planning. More? Emma Orgill 0400 467 921 or or Sam Shannon 0409 944 114 or

Baw Baw meets to discuss rural land use

Baw Baw Shire Council is holding consultations on its Rural Land Use Review –looking at the future of farming areas, its challenges and its opportunities. It will look at a variety of different issues including subdivision patterns, housing on lots and external factors such as a changing climate. Consultation sessions start the week of 16 May both as one-one consultation sessions in the mornings and as evening ‘drop in’ sessions in Trafalgar, Neerim South, Longwarry, Jindivick, Labertouche, Thorpdale, Rawson and  Willow Grove. If you would like to be a part of the consultation process contact Reuben van Bemmel-Misrachi 5624 2416.

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

Spuds more sustainable than pasta, rice

International researchers have shown that potatoes are good for the environment, with a recently published paper indicating that potato production is more environmentally sustainable than pasta and rice. The paper, conducted by researchers from Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, England and published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, considered both greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption when growing the three food types, with potatoes proving to have the least negative impact on the environment. More? click here

Landcare forms clusters

Landcare groups are having a number of cluster-catch-ups to share information.
  • Southern groups (Fish Creek, Franklin River, Foster North sub-group, Agnes River, Nerrena, Friends of Turtons Creek, Tarwin, Tarwin Valley) on Friday May 20 from 2-5pm at Golden Creek Olives 2295 Meeniyan-Promontory Rd, Fish Creek. RSVP by May 18.
South Gippsland Equine Landcare group and SGLN members invited to attend any session. More? South Gippsland Landcare Network 5662 5759 or

Drought concessional loans are now on offer

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

Scholarship offers more than e-nuff

Nuffield Scholarships award a $30,000 bursary to successful applicants for study on a topic relevant to their business and industry. The tenure of study is 16 weeks over two years with flexibility provided. The process for 2017 Scholarships includes an application and interview process in 2016. More? visit:

Leadership program opens for applications

Applications for the 2016 Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program are open until May 30. Further background information on the program and nomination forms can be downloaded from the College website The cost of the course is $3,300 ($2,800 early bird rate before April 30). More? Fiona Chambers 5247 2965 or

Looking for seasonal workers?

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

Opinion sought on draft biodiversity plan

Public comment is sought on the draft biodiversity plan ‘Protecting Victoria’s Environment - Biodiversity 2036’ by May 15. More?

Master the cups

Cups On Cups Off is a two-day training course designed by Dairy Australia and delivered by the National Centre for Dairy Education Australia and Countdown 2020-trained experts in mastitis and milk quality. The course will run in:
  • Leongatha on May 3 and 10
  • Warragul on May 6 and 13
More? Michelle Easterbrook 5592 2437 or or Tony Seymour 0429 000 301 or

Think you’ve got a Landcare tale to tell?

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

Sustainability forum in the diary

The Gippsland Sustainable Agriculture Network Forum is scheduled for Monday May 16  from 10:15am in the Traralgon WGCMA office to share information about any projects that you are working on related to agriculture. Lunch provided. RSVP by May 11. More? Sam Shannon 0409 944 114

Walk into the future of orchards

The next round of Future Orchards® walks, with a focus on high density orchards and reducing labour costs, is scheduled for Friday June 17 at 9am in Warragul. AgFirst presenter Steve Spark will cover the topic ‘Canopies and pedestrian orchards from a labour perspective’. Associate Professor Stefano Musacchi from Washington State University’s Department of Horticulture and Endowed Chair – Tree Fruit Physiology and Management will discuss ‘Labour efficient canopies’ where he will be analyse different orchard systems and winter pruning. More? Apple and Pear Australia Limited 9329 3511 or or click here

Mynas are a major problem

An Indian myna trapping information session will be held on Thursday, May 19 from 5:30-7pm at the Civic Centre, 20 Siding Ave, Officer. The event features an expert speaker from the Yarra Indian Myna Action Group discussing trapping Indian myna birds, from beginners to experts. RSVP at More? Alicia Brown 5945 4376 or

Help influence policy on imported food

If you import food you can contribute to strengthening Australia’s imported food safety system by participating in an online survey that collects quantitative information, including frequency and type of imports, compliance with the Imported Food Inspection Scheme, supply chain assurance and food traceability. Participation is anonymous and all information collected is confidential. The survey takes less than 20 minutes to complete. The survey is the first step in helping us better understand and measure implications for food importers of proposed reforms. The survey closes on Tuesday May 3. Click here to access the survey. More? Imported Food Reform section at Imported Food or 1800 900 090

Have you discussed DairyBase?

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

Diversification for Dandenong food firms

Food manufacturers within the City of Greater Dandenong are invited to a free day-long market diversification workshop in partnership with FIAL and the DEDJTR. The program will focus on maximising business with current customers and expanding the customer base. The event, on May 5 at Punt Hill, Dandenong is only available to 16 participants from the City of Greater Dandenong. More?

BuisnessEDGE gives grazing businesses the edge

BusinessEDGE is a comprehensive two-day workshop on May 25-26 at Bairnsdale Racing Club, Racecourse Rd, Bairnsdale for owners and managers of grazing enterprises. Primary producers get a 50% discount for the course specifically designed to improve financial literacy and business skills including:
  • Why your income tax return is of limited value in business decision making
  • How to set up and use management accounts
  • How to interpret financial statements
  • Understanding key profit drivers for the whole business, the herd and the flock
  • How to manage financial risk
  • How to allocate capital in a rational manner for a better return on the investment
The cost is one person: $1500; two people from the same business $1250pp and a special launch price - 50% discount to $750/person for producers only. More? Darren Hickey 5152 0496 or or Phil Holmes 0427 100 649 or

Enviro watering takes place in autumn

The release of environmental water into the Thomson, Macalister and Latrobe rivers this autumn is expected to deliver a range of environmental benefits. Autumn releases trigger downstream migration and spawning of Australian grayling. River heights of up to 1.6 metres can be expected during this time. More? Click here

Learn to lead

The Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program offers tools to excel as an innovative, well-educated and passionate industry and community leader. The program is open to leaders and emerging leaders from across rural Australia. Acceptance is based on:
  • potential to contribute as a leader in their community and industry
  • demonstrated desire to develop leadership skills, self-confidence and personal effectiveness
  • capacity to contribute to national, industry, sector and role.
There are no maximum age or experience criteria. Women and people from diverse ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to nominate. The cost of participation is $3300. Applications close Friday May 30. More? 1800 623 500 or or visit

Yarra Valley to host agritourism summit

Agribusiness Yarra Valley is hosting this year’s Victorian Agribusiness Summit which has agritourism as its theme. The summit starts with dinner on Thursday 23 June and the summit on Friday 24 June at the RACV Club Healesville. Speakers include Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford, Robert Ravens owner of Bridestowe Lavender in Tasmania, Yarra Valley fruit farms Len Rayner and Rachel Chivers of Cherryhill Orchards, Jon Baxter from Punt Road Wines, Miranda Sharp from Melbourne Farmers Markets and Tammi Jonas from Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance. Julie Sampson from Yarra Ranges Tourism will speak on marketing to domestic and international visitors. Bookings: www.trybooking/183839  Dinner tickets are $110 for a three-course meal & drinks and the summit attendance is $140. For more information visit

What’s in a name?

Board positions are available on the Geographic Place Names Advisory Panel which is responsible for providing expert advice and recommendations to the Registrar of Geographic Names on place naming issues of regional, state and national significance and geographic place names policy and principles.  They are unpaid positions, but expenses are covered.  Expressions of interest close: Sunday May 15. More?

Book in for breakfast

Dates for the 2016 Business Breakfast Series have been confirmed as:
  • Wednesday June 15 at the Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Blvd, Pakenham
  • Wednesday September 7 at the Cranbourne Racing Centre, Grant St, Cranbourne with Gerry Ryan, Melbourne-based businessman and entrepreneur
  • Wednesday November 23 at the Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Blvd, Pakenham with futurist Chris Riddell.
All breakfasts run from 6.45-9am. Cost: $60pp or $700 to sponsor a table. Book online through trybooking. The Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast series is presented by Casey Cardinia Region, Monash University and the Melbourne Football Club. More? Raylene Wilson 9705 5200 or

Do you need help with your training budget?

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

Product swaps on one well-viewed map

More than 4000 people have viewed the Google-map-based listing of produce swaps across Gippsland prepared for Agribusiness Gippsland by Dr Graham Moore from the University of Melbourne. You can view and edit the map at:

Forthcoming markets 

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

Worldwide agriculture event coming to Latrobe

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

Ellinbank plans a year of seminars

Ellinbank seminars provide a free forum to discuss current research and extension activities. The seminars are held at the Dairy Centre of Excellence, 1301 Hazeldean Rd, Ellinbank, between 12:30-1:30 pm. Please bring lunch. The seminars will be held on:
  • May 18 with Josie Thornhill, Research Scientist, Animal Production Sciences, Ellinbank on validation of genomic breeding values for heat tolerance in lactating dairy cows
  • June 15 with Dr Thabo Kumaran, Senior Research Scientist, Landscapes and Water, Parkville on extending “SafeGauge for Nutrients” to rainfed dairy systems in Victoria
  • July 20 with Dr Innocent Rugoho, Research Scientist, Soil Sciences, Ellinbank on winter feed systems in New Zealand South Island dairy farms
  • August 17 with Claire Lewis, Research Scientist, Animal Production Sciences, Ellinbank on valuing trait improvements in pasture species
  • September 14 with Sarah Killury, Dairy and Irrigation Team Leader, South East, Agriculture Services and Biosecurity Operations, Maffra on sustainable irrigation in the MID - progress to date
  • October 19 with Natalie Nelson, Specialist, Farm Business Economics - Dairy, Leongatha on Dairy Farm Monitor results 2015-16
  • November 16 – TBC
More? Sharon Aarons 5624 2339 or

Are dairy services your mission?

Austrade is seeking potential exporters for a dairy services mission to India from May 22-27. The event is suitable for companies and individuals involved in dairy training as well as dairy production and processing. Click here for the event brochure. More? Green Yang 9648 3261 or

Feedback wanted on draft tourism strategy

ll those with an interest in the future of Phillip Island and San Remo are encouraged to provide feedback on the Phillip Island and San Remo Draft Tourism Strategy released by Bass Coast Shire Council. The Strategy is available on Council website at and the strategy’s Facebook page at Phillip Island Tourism Strategy 2035.

Casey Cardinia Business Awards open

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

Small business mentoring sessions are back!

Small business mentoring sessions offer 45 minutes sessions with a mentor who can provide general business advice and assist in initial steps to overcome an issue or information gap in your business. The free sessions are supported by local councils. Sessions are available at:
  • Mornington Shire Offices 2 Queen St, Mornington on: May 3, 17, 31; June 14, 28; July 12, 26; August 9, 23; September 6, 20; October 4, 18.
  • Bass Coast Shire Council Civic Centre, 76 McBride Ave, Wonthaggi on  May 10, August 9, October 11
  • Cowes Customer Service Centre, 91-97 Thompson Ave, Cowes on June 14, September 13, November 8
  • Toomah Community Centre, 15 Golden Green St, Pakenham on May 24
  • Grantville Transaction Centre, 1504-1510 Bass Hwy, Grantville on July 12
To book a mentoring session please visit the Small Business Mentoring Service or contact your relevant local council.

Country women meet in Pakenham

The Country Women's Association Pakenham Branch will meet on Wednesday, May 4 from 9:30am-2:30pm at the Guide Hall, 31 Henry St, Pakenham. More? Heather Kleesh 5940 4481 or

Planning a trip?

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

Country racing is off and … well … racing

Meetings in May: 8-Bairnsdale, 12-Pakenham, 13-Cranbourne, 15-Pakenham, 19-Pakenham, 20-Cranbourne, 24-Pakenham, 25-Sale, 26-Pakenham, 27-Cranbourne, 29-Pakenham More? 1300 139 402 or visit

Got the rods packed already!

Barramundi will be stocked in Gippsland for the first time with the first batch of 1600 barramundi place into Hazelwood Pondage. More?…/

Visit the new RED centre

The Gippsland Lakes Research, Education and Discovery (RED) Centre aims to:
  • coordinate and conduct research in the region in collaboration with other research organisations
  • disseminate research findings through an interactive online knowledge base, and commenting on draft documents
  • provide education pathways for people that could lead to jobs in the region
  • provide education programs, in partnership with other education providers, focused on the Gippsland Lakes and connected careers
  • inspire local youth to seek careers in the region connected to the lakes.
Visit the Love our Lakes website to see the Feasibility Study and give feedback.

Grants available for Landcare groups

Landcare Australia is offering grants to Landcare and farming groups to undertake projects that protect environmental assets, address priority issues and improve the health of the environment. Groups are invited to apply for a grant of up to $15,000 to support projects that focus on biodiversity and/or sustainable agriculture. Applications close May 20. More?

Looking for a grant?

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

Funding helps make businesses greener

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

Move your business into the future

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

Government releases new funding opportunities

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

Do you have a small to medium export business?

Federal Government Export Market Development Grants:
  • encourage small-medium businesses to develop export markets
  • reimburse up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000
  • provide up to eight grants to each eligible applicant.
More? Visit

Market to drive business growth

The Successful Marketing and Presentation skills workshop is a unique and practical half-day learning session designed to help businesses develop their marketing and presentation skills to drive business growth in domestic and global supply chains. The workshop will run from 1-5pm on Tuesday, May 17 at the Bairnsdale Sporting and Convention Centre, 117 Omeo Hwy, Bairnsdale. RSVP by May 12. Register here. More? AusIndustry 13 28 46

Agritourism dossier available

What are the common factors that determine a successful agritourism venture? What do the failures always do wrong? Agribusiness Gippsland has completed a literature review as part of last year’s study of Gippsland’s agritourism sector. We have compiled the findings into a fascinating, easy-to-read dossier. Drawing on local, Australian and overseas studies, it presents the financials of agritourism, the trends in Gippsland, the challenges, and some early data on regional agritourism operations, along with ideas from existing successful operators. The cost is $30 plus GST. Email orders at or via

JOBS: A free feature in GippyAGchat

Times being what they are, we are running free job ads. If you’re seeking work, or workers, please flick an email to and we’ll give you a free plug. No large files, no photos, no sales pitches and full contact details, please.
Agribusiness and Food Industry Facilitation Officer sought by Mornington Peninsula Shire for a permanent, full time position. Salary: $77,993. The incumbent will undertake projects supporting the Shire's Economic Development Strategy and work closely with the agribusiness and food sector to drive implementation of actions identified in the Agricultural Audit and Local Food Strategy, in particular with the Mornington Peninsula Food Industry Advisory Body to implement the Mornington Peninsula Produce certified trade mark and awareness raising activities. Applicants will have the ability to design and implement business and industry development strategies, have a sound knowledge of agribusiness and food industry trends and provide expert assistance to council's strategic land use planners and statutory planners. An ability to manage workloads, assess the political environment, high level verbal/written communication and problem solving and decision making skills are valuable attributes to undertake this role. A tertiary qualification in business/agriculture (or similar) is essential with a focus on agribusiness and food being desirable. Demonstrated experience supporting businesses with growth opportunities, sound knowledge of the Microsoft suite of programs, knowledge in computer database software and a current drivers licence are required. Deadline: Friday May 13. More?

GM Trade and Export
sought for a not-for-profit, grower-owned R&D/marketing organisation based in Melbourne. Applicants require demonstrated experience implementing a coordinated market development, access and maintenance approach that satisfies all key stakeholders. An understanding of the appropriate Government trade pathways, along with a working knowledge of agricultural supply chains and demonstrated experience and success in trade outcomes, is mandatory. The ability to strategically manage relationships across multiple stakeholders, and a demonstrated understanding of cultural expectations of international trading markets, is crucial. Experience as part of an executive team, ideally with board exposure, is seen as essential, along with tertiary qualifications in agricultural trade, economics or policy. More? Mick Hay or Sharon Moloney 07 3878 3411

Agribusiness Manager
wanted by NAB Bairnsdale to generate business growth, use your networks pre- and post-farmgate, maintain and enhance the credit risk profile and profitability and coach support staff. Applicants require strong business development and relationship management skills, and should have extensive experience as a professional banker and experience in credit management/assessment. Relevant tertiary qualifications highly regarded. More?
Chief Fire Officer sought by DELWP to be accountable for fire management and planned burning operations in Victoria's public forests and parks, and a key member of the state's emergency management leadership. The role has a strong focus on risk management, quality assurance and driving operational improvement, and will help effective community engagement and improved public land management practices. Applicants should be highly regarded, values driven professional with an exceptional reputation for having developed committed, engaged teams of staff and a high performing culture. Proven experience in land management and emergency management will be highly regarded as the incumbent is required to engage with a range of stakeholders including Ministers and other agencies. More? Peter Wallbridge 8620 8010
Production nursery hand for Haar's Nursery, located on the Mornington Peninsula. You will have experience in the horticulture/ nursery industry and need to be flexible and willing to work in all weather conditions. This is a casual role with the potential to develop into a part-time or full-time position. More?
Farm Manager wanted for Gillingall Station, near Buchan. Applicants will have experience in animal husbandry and livestock movement, livestock and pasture/crop production, chemicals, machinery operation and maintenance, rotational grazing, fencing and pest control. A comfortable two-bedroom cottage and generous salary is available. More? Stewart 0411 564 985
General Manager Trade and Export wanted for agricultural not-for-profit, grower-owned Melbourne-based R&D/marketing organisation, to drive market development, market access and consumer demand in-market.  Applcants will have demonstrated experience implementing a coordinated market development, access and maintenance approach, understanding of the appropriate Government trade pathways, along with a working knowledge of agricultural supply chains and demonstrated experience and success in trade outcomes. The ability to strategically manage relationships across multiple stakeholders, and a demonstrated understanding of cultural expectations of international trading markets, is crucial.  Experience as part of an executive team, ideally with board exposure, is essential, along with tertiary qualifications in agricultural trade, economics or policy. More? Mick Hay or Sharon Moloney 07 3878 3411
Partnership Officer sought for Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) at  Federation Training's Forestec Campus, Lakes Entrance. This is a part-time, 12-month contract to increase employment opportunities, promote tourism and cultural commercial activities in East Gippsland. Applicants will have at least two years experience in a business development or partnership management administration role and must be identified as a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Deadline: Monday May 9. More? Mark Shelton 0418 511 374 or Olivia Hurley 5152 5100
Administration Officer sought for Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) at Federation Training's Forestec Campus, Lakes Entrance. This is a full-time, 12-month contract position to provide a high level of exemplary customer service and advice to students while promoting the services offered by Federation Training and providing high level and professional support and administrative functions for the educational delivery activities of the team. You will have significant experience in an administrative role and you must be identified as a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Deadline: Monday May 9. More? Mark Shelton 0418 511 374 or Olivia Hurley 5152 5100
Manager wanted for the Mornington Farmer's Market that operates every second Saturday 9am-1pm at Mornington Park. The Manager is required to attend every market day, including market set up and pack up and manage market operations, stallholder coordination, marketing and promotion, customer relations and financials. Deadline: 5pm, May 2. More? Elizabeth 0404 058 649
Food production workers sought in Jindivick. Applicants will have a proven work history as a production/process worker in food industry, flexibility and availability to work 38 hours per week, be fit to lift 10-25kgs and have own reliable transport plus valid Victorian drivers licence and forklift licence. A food handling certificate would be advantageous. More?
Assistant Farm Manager sought for large commercial Sub-Saharan African farms totalling 3000ha to develop unused land, uphold farm administration practices, employee relations and welfare, keep a motivated workforce, and train and supervise farm personnel on machine use. Applicants will have a university degree  or higher diploma in agricultural business, crop science, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering or a related field and two to five years hands-on agricultural experience and knowledge, excellent agricultural machinery knowledge and intercultural competence. Salary: negotiable - based on qualifications and experience, including housing, transport and medical. More? Peter 07 3720 8504
Dairy hand - second in charge (2IC) wanted on a progressive, large-scale dairy farm in South Gippsland. This position would suit an applicant that is keen to progress their farming career, who is very team-orientated and can work unsupervised. More? or 0428 495 691
Shift manager wanted for Maryvale Mill responsible for the direct supervision of a shift crew to achieve production targets and to cultivate ideas into Small Group Activity projects aimed at reducing costs and improving plant efficiency. To lead the emergency response team as the Maryvale commander. Being a trained assessor and writing a detailed shift log. You will have 10 years relevant front line management experience preferably in the pulp/paper industry or a tertiary qualification in engineering/science together with front line production management experience. Certificate IV in Front Line Management or Certificate IV in Leadership & Management would also be highly regarded. Deadline: Sunday May 20. More?
Recent food/flavours industry graduate sought by Deltagen Australia in the Yarra Valley to assist with sales and work in quality control and associated tasks. More?
Internal sales engineer wanted by Sterling Pumps. Applicants should have several years' experience within the pump industry, and a proven record of success. A trade or tertiary qualification would be an advantage as would experience working with Salesforce CRM. More?
Casual hatchery hand sought at Inghams Enterprises at Mt Martha. Applicants will have reliable transport. Work is conducted in a warm environment and under strict HACCP/Quality standards. Operating hours 6am to 3pm four days/week. The work can be physically demanding with repetitive lifting and involves standing for most of the shift cleaning, packing fertile eggs and sorting out day-old chickens. Deadline: Friday May 6. More?
Maintenance Fitter wanted for Vegco at Bairnsdale to be responsible for all electrical and mechanical maintenance. The incumbent will have a trade qualification as a licensed mechanical fitter, experience in industrial PLC's and fault finding, and ability to weld would be advantageous. FMCG experience is essential. Flexibility to work rotating shifts is required. More?
Reliability electrician sought by Murray Goulburn Maffra working Monday to Friday at a 24 hour/seven days site. The incumbent will be rostered and remunerated for after-hour callouts. Applicants will have an Australian-recognised Electrical Trade Certificate, Allen Bradley PLC and Schneider VSD systems troubleshooting experience, good knowledge and experience in steam systems, conveyors, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, food equipment, basic refrigeration operations, packing and processing machines, competency in the use of CMM Systems and Microsoft Office applications, practical knowledge of SAP or other PM system and commitment to OHS. A minimum two-three years post trade experience in a similar role in the food, dairy or related industries would be desirable. More? 5147 0777
Landscape Apprentice wanted for Southern Landscapes and Lawn Maintenance on the Mornington Peninsula. Current Victorian drivers licence and car is a must. More?
Vineyard Operators, two positions (Level 2-5) sought in Yarra Valley to operate machinery, undertaken daily maintenance and machinery preparation, do manual tasks, irrigation maintenance and harvesting. Prior viticultural/horticultural experience is essential, including herbicide and fungicide application and slashing. Previous experience operating tractors and heavy machinery is essential. Exposure to mechanical harvesting practices and some mechanical maintenance knowledge would be beneficial. Ability to work shifts and long hours as required with 24 hour flexibility and availability, including day / night / and weekend work during vintage. A current drivers licence is essential; medium rigid or heavier is highly preferential but not essential, as is a forklift licence. More? 1300 088 778
Diesel Mechanic sought by Austimber Harvesting and Haulage in Gippsland to maintain and repair plant and equipment related to timber harvesting. Applicants will have experience in maintenance and repairs of timber industry or heavy plant, strong mechanical aptitude and a current Medium Rigid licence. More?
Operations Manager wanted by tree removal company in Drouin to manage staff, liaise with clients and oversee operations. Applicants require tickets and licences to operate chainsaws, drive trucks and operate chippers, excavators and travel towers. Vehicle supplied and salary negotiable. More? 0419 592 757
Dairy worker wanted for three months, full-time position at Tinamba. Applicants must be experienced. Accommodation might be available to a suitable applicant. More? 0439 451 077
Nursery production supervisor for Dinsan Nursery in Dingley. You will have previous experience. More?
Forestry workers wanted by Incite Silviculture planting trees throughout Victoria and SA. Applicants will have a professional attitude and positive work ethic and an innovative perspective to solving problems. Desirable are: experience within a similar role, a current drivers licence and first aid certification. More? Paul McKnight 0431 614 226 or
A Grade electrician sought by Inghams Enterprises in Somerville. Applicants will demonstrate previous experience in a similar trade qualified role. Key responsibilities: SCADA experience, CMMS knowledge, PLC programming and fault finding, and experience of working in a FMCG industrial environment. A fork lift licence would be an advantage. More?
Maintenance Fitter /Trades sought by Inghams Enterprises in Somerville. Applicants will demonstrate previous experience in a similar trade qualified role, be self motivated with the ability to diagnose and rectify mechanical issues swiftly and professionally. Key responsibilities: assisting in the maintenance, fitting and setting of food manufacturing processing equipment; work planning and prioritising; and stainless steel metal fabrication, including welding. A fork lift licence would be an advantage. More?
Plant/animal nutrition salesperson sought for territory management role in a fast growing company. Applicants will have a proven track record with one to three years of work experience in relevant markets or industries. Excellent written and oral communication skills and great management skills are essential. Relevant tertiary qualifications are desirable and experienced agricultural sales with a good network will be considered. Salary: negotiable with a package of base $60k plus car, super and commission. More? Shannon 0400 850 040 or
Administration assistant wanted for Lilydale Instant Lawn at Yarra Glen to help with preparing quote documentation, email/ diary management, screening phone calls, organising purchase orders and reconciliation of invoices, meeting customers and managing relationships with turf sub-contractors. Applicants require excellent customer service, time and diary management skills and extensive computer software knowledge and experience including Outlook, Excel and Word. More?
Fork lift driver wanted by Flavorite at Warragul to operate gas and electric forklifts, undertake data entry and complete paperwork. Applicants require a valid forklift licence, mechanical aptitude with previous packing experience desirable. Deadline: May 6. More? Click here 
Return to Work Coordinator sought by Flavorite in Warragul to assist ill and injured employees to remain at work or return to work as soon and as safely as possible. Applicants will have a current Return to Work certification and experience in workers compensation claims management. Medical or allied health qualifications are desirable. More? Click here.
Guest services officer sought for position at Mt Baw Baw. Applicants will have a background in reception/administration in the tourism/accommodation industry and be comfortable dealing with guests and telephone enquiries. A current police check and WWC is necessary as are excellent computer skills in Word, Excel and Outlook (RMS would be an advantage). This is a seven-day roster position and includes subsidised accommodation if required. More?
Hardware Product Manager wanted for the Diggers Club on Mornington Peninsula in a permanent part-time three days/week or equivalent position. Relevant tertiary qualifications and extensive experience in all aspects of product management including stock management, product sourcing and buying and departmental profitability are required. Ideally applicants will have experience and knowledge of the gardening hardware industry. More? Elizabeth 5984 7933 or
Management Systems Coordinator sought by food manufacturer in Leongatha the incumbent is also responsible for: uploading external audits onto Quest (Codex HACCP, BRC, DFSV), issuing Green Forms, managing work instructions throughout the lab and production area, assigning actions to relevant parties on Quest, assisting the lab in finished product testing, assisting the lab in positive inhibitory substance reporting, assisting the site in implementing various corporate quality standards (GMP, manual cleaning, environmental monitoring), managing the archive system of production records, quality records, lab records, training records and managing temperature monitoring. This is a five-month contract with flexible working hours. More? Nick 9090 7651 or
MR delivery driver wanted for early morning position with Southern Milk Supplies. The role is casual with one to four days/week from Monday to Saturday. A full-time position is a possibility. Applicants will be accurate and good with numbers and hold a full/ current MR Licence. Shift starts 3am. More?
Casual dispatch staff wanted for Diggers Club, Dromana to pick and pack. Applicants require experience within a picking or packing role or warehouse, flexibility in hours available to work, a good eye for detail and good communication and computer skills. More? Elizabeth 5984 7933
Team Leader/ 2IC wanted by OneHarvest at Bairnsdale to supervise teams, work in a cold room environment and cover shifts across a 24/7 factory, work safely and adhere to food hygiene rules and operate food manufacturing machinery. More?
Milker to start ASAP in Sale. Experience is necessary. Daytime work is also available. More? 0499 407 711
Farm hand wanted on large-scale dairy farm at Denison to undertake tasks including some milking, feeding out and general farm work. Pay from $20/hour. Accommodation available. More? 0409 786 281

Technical sales manager – Southern Australia for BIOMIN, pioneering innovative solutions for mycotoxin risk management and gut performance. You will have a minimum Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture, preferably with major in animal science or related discipline and minimum three years experience in animal health or nutrition, preferably in a sales-based role, strong computing skills and proficient in MS Office/Powerpoint and with a valid driving licence. Frequent domestic travel within Australia and occasional international travel may be required. More?  02 9872 6324
Technical sales rep for a global animal health company across monogastric and dairy industries. You will have with one to three year’s work experience in stockfeed, feed additive sales or relevant markets or industries and relevant tertiary qualifications.  Good territory management skills will be highly regarded as will strong relationships within the stockfeed industry across Victoria. Salary based on experience - Base + Car + Super + Comms. More?
Dairy hand/2IC on a progressive large scale dairy farm in South Gippsland. This position would suit an applicant that is keen to progress their farming career, who is very team-orientated and can work unsupervised. More? or 0428495691
Forester for regeneration program. Immediate start with VicForests at Swifts Creek. Deadline Sunday 15 May. More? 9608 9520

Senior arborist for City of Casey. Salary package from $85,000 including super and commuter use vehicle plus outstanding study assistance. Full time and part time options will be considered. You will have: Certificate V Diploma of Horticulture (Arboriculture) and current Australian driver’s licence, experience in contract supervision including use of asset management systems plus OH&S. More? Paul Ridgway 9705 5200.
Casual labourer /farm hand needed ASAP for Warragul region. You will need current valid driver’s licence and your own reliable vehicle. You must be physically fit (able to lift 15kg within the last six months). You will provide two recent contactable work references and provide your own PPE, including steel-cap boots. Quarantine restrictions apply, No birds, pigs or poultry to be kept at your place of residence. More?
Odyssée Agri is seeking dairy farm work for Richard Briat (18) from early June until end of August. Richard is preparing for an undergraduate diploma in animal production. He has experience on his uncle’s cropping farm and on a dairy farm with 50 dairy cows at his agricultural college (milking, animal care, feeding, etc); one month training in horse breeding (50 horses) and managing 30 ewes on a 20 ha farm in Ireland. More? Jean Marie Poirier 0033 243 085 312 or or
Chemical/Process Engineer - Waste, Water, and Bioenergy: Laurent Pochat-Pochatoux is an experienced chemical/process engineer specialised in water treatment, waste recovery and bioenergy, focussing on the bioremediation of industrial effluents using algae, as well as the subsequent production of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts. More? Laurent Pochat-Pochatoux 0432 159 853 or
Students are now available for work: Federation University Australia offers direct access to Gippsland’s students for part-time, casual, full-time/graduate, vacation and volunteer opportunities. Motivated and committed staff are available from accounting, nursing, sciences, engineering, marketing, HR and PR/comms/media courses. More? Liana 5122 6245 or
Employers wanted for agricultural graduates: Employers sought for well-trained, job-ready agricultural and horticultural graduates with nationally recognised post-diploma qualifications, Australian work experience, certifications, permits and licenses. Prospective employers can trial graduates for three to six months.
Environmental planning and vegetation design: Springbank Ecosystems offers flora and fauna surveys, EMPs for sub-division applications, weed/animal management, revegetation plans for extraction companies, specialised native orchid ID and staff training.
More? Libby Lambert 5657 2387 or
Market your business more effectively: Award-winning marketer/business consultant with strong agricultural background can offer strategies to place your business in the public eye.  More? John 0457 065 425
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

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Gippy Diary

May 2-4 Landcare Tour of Innovation in the Otways   Jenny O’Sullivan 0419 153 377
May 3 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
May 4 Country Women’s Association Pakenham Branch Pakenham Heather Kleesh 5940 4481
May 3, 10 Cups On Cups Off Leongatha Tony Seymour 0429 000 301
May 5 SIAL CHINA 2016 Shanghai, China
May 6, 16 Cups On Cups Off Warragul Tony Seymour 0429 000 301
May 8 Country Race Meet Bairnsdale 1300 139 402
May 9 Humane Euthanasia of Livestock Fish Creek GippsDairy 5624 3900
May 10 Energy and Nitrogen in Livestock Production Workshop Leongatha Sam Shannon 0409 944 114
May 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5 Financial Literacy Program Leongatha GippsDairy 5624 3900
May 10 Humane Euthanasia of Livestock Maffra GippsDairy 5624 3900
May 11, 18, 25 June, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6 Financial Literacy Program Warragul GippsDairy 5624 3900
May 11 Humane Euthanasia of Livestock Warragul GippsDairy 5624 3900
May 12 Country Race Meet Pakenham 1300 139 402
May 13 Country Race Meet Cranbourne 1300 139 402
May 15 Country Race Meet Pakenham 1300 139 402
May 17 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
May 17 Successful Marketing and Presentation skills workshop Bairnsdale Aus Industry13 28 46
May 18 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
May 19 Myna Bord Trapping Information Session Officer Alicia Brown 5945 4376
May 19 Country Race Meet Pakenham 1300 139 402
May 20 Landcare Southern Groups Cluster Catch-up Fish Creek South Gippsland Landcare Network 5662 5759
May 20 Country Race Meet Cranbourne 1300 139 402
May 24 Small Business Mentoring Service Pakenham 5945 4387.
May 24 Country Race Meet Pakenham 1300 139 402
May 25 Country Race Meet Sale 1300 139 402
May 25-26 BusinessEDGE workshop Bairnsdale Darren Hickey 5152 0496
May 26 Country Race Meet Pakenham 1300 139 402
May 27 Country Race Meet Cranbourne 1300 139 402
May 29 Country Race Meet Pakenham 1300 139 402
May 31 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Jun 9 Export Readiness Workshop Mordialloc
Jun 7 Succession Planning Workshop Bairnsdale Emma Orgill 0400 467 921
Jun 8 Succession Planning Workshop Traralgon Emma Orgill 0400 467 921
Jun 14 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Jun 14 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Jun 15 Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast Pakenham Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
Jun 15 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Jun 17 Future Orchards® Walk Warragul Apple and Pear Australia Limited 9329 3511
Jun 28 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Jul 12 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
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Jul 20 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Jul 20-21 World Wide Agriculture Conference Churchill +64 3 318 0133
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Sep 7 Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast Cranbourne Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
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Sep 16 Casey Cardinia Business Awards Gala Dinner    
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Sep 21-23 2016 National Landcare Conference Melbourne  
Sep 22 2016 National Landcare Awards Melbourne  
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Oct 19 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
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Nov 23 Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast Cranbourne Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
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