Response to Gippsland Regional Partnership overwhelms; New tech school to showcase opportunities in food and fibre; Dandenong seeks to improve supply chain linkages; jobs..and more!



7 November 2016

Edition 133

In this issue

- Gippy students shape new tech school curriculum
- Overwhelming response to Gippsland Regional Partnership
- Meeting focuses on building supply chain linkages
- Weather results in insect alert and spraying concerns
- It's show season!
- Communication key to protecting bees

- Scholarships, grants, funding & awards
PLUS: LOTS of jobs!

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Regional Partnership gets overwhelming response!

Nine new Regional Partnerships have been established across the state by the Victorian Government to give regional communities greater say in what matters to them and ensure their voices reach the heart of government. Gippslander’s were asked to engage with the Partnership in two ways: log on to a website and nominate issues they see as key to the region’s future; and express interest in attending a Regional Assembly on November 17.
Over 1200 Gippslander’s visited the website in just three weeks -many made multiple visits. Over 250 left ideas on regional priorities. The ideas will be incorporated in discussions at the Regional Assembly.  Expressions of interest to attend the Regional Assembly were three times the number of available places. A wide and diverse range of participants will be selected to attend the meeting so that all sectors are represented. The Assembly will collate the key priorities for Gippsland for input to the Victorian Government’s 2017 Budget.
Agribusiness Gippsland’s Chair Paul Ford is playing a key role in the process by taking on the position as Deputy Chair of the Gippsland Regional Partnership.

Gippy students shape new tech school curriculum

AgriBusiness Gippsland is supporting the future success of Gippsland’s food and fibre value chain by contributing to the development of the new Gippsland Tech School, scheduled to open in Morwell in 2017. The school will attract, retain and develop talented young people and play a critical role in showcasing the many careers that food and fibre offer.
In mid-October, over 100 students from Leongatha, Maffra and Traralgon Colleges joined Agribusiness Gippsland and other industry and educational leaders in a co-design workshop to shape the curriculum at the school. The focus of the sessions, led by Steve Lennon, Fujitsu’s Global Advisor for Innovation, was: How do we design learning experiences for young people that harness their potential and strengths as learners and equip them with the skills and attributes to succeed in the 21st century workplace?
It was clear that students are looking for local careers. They also want to work closely with industry so that the Tech School becomes a “sand pit” to understanding what is coming next and to solve real workforce problems. Gippsland's futute is looking bright.

Meeting to build agribusiness supply chain linkages

Greater Dandenong is hosting an agribusiness ‘meet up’ event on Thursday, November 24 from 10am-12.30pm at the Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale St, Dandenong. The event aims to build supply chain linkages between Gippsland producers and Melbourne South East food processors. Representatives of both sectors will present on the latest innovation in food technologies and the challenges involved in building more effective supply chains and market access. This will be the first in a series of events to assist local food manufacturers to better link with regional suppliers to their mutual advantage. Booking priority is given to food manufacturers and processors. Register here. More? City of Greater Dandenong Economic Development Unit 8571 1000 or

Dairy: we are on your side

Mental health support: David Corduff, a Beyond Blue ambassador, will discuss his personal experience on the importance of communication for good mental health on November 10 from 7.30-9pm at Leongatha Uniting Church of Australia 16 Peart St, Leongatha. This event is an initiative of the Leongatha Uniting Church of Australia to help deal with the effects of decreased confidence in the dairy industry. Rates of depression and suicide are higher in rural regions. More? Paul Bauer 0400 853 868 or

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

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Names in the news

Jo Kingwell has commenced as new Executive Officer of Agribusiness Gippsland. (Welcome aboard!)
Meanwhile…Ebony Arms has been appointed as the United Dairy Farmers of Victoria (UDV) Regional Membership Coordinator in Gippsland. More? Ebony Arms 0428 865 692 or
And…Jan Vydra, executive director of Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs, has been given the 2016 Rabobank Emerging Leader Award, recognising exceptional up-and-coming leadership in Australia and New Zealand’s food and agribusiness industries.
Also…Phil Turnbull has commenced as CEO of Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL).

Vegetable growers win export award

Clyde-based Schruers and Sons has been included among the top exporters in the state at the recent Governor of Victoria Export Awards where they took out the Agribusiness Award. Third-generation vegetable-growing business, Schreurs and Sons are now exporting to six international markets with an ability to supply produce all year. Schreurs and Sons have also qualified as finalists in the Australian Export awards, to be announced in Brisbane on November 23.  More? Click here

Welcome aboard!

GippsDairy’s recent annual general meeting saw new appointments to the GippsDairy Board: Jindivick farm business management consultant Dan Armstrong and Maffra veterinarian Richard Shephard. Fish Creek dairy farmer Graeme Nicoll and Hallora dairy farmer Grant Williams were reappointed as chair and deputy chair respectively, with Korumburra dairy farmer Sinead De Gooyer appointed as secretary. More? GippsDairy 5624 3900 or

Be alert for insect damage to pasture

Farmers are being warned that large numbers of red legged earth mites and lucerne flea have been found in pasture across the Macalister Irrigation District (MID), raising concerns about damage during spring and summer. Farmers are advised to watch for the pests and, if they notice signs of either large numbers or pasture damage, contact their agronomist for advice on the best way to deal with the insects. 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

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

Love, sweat and passion come out in print!

Uri Fogel, Jenny O’Sullivan and Jillian Staton are hosting the launch of their new book ‘Love, Sweat and Passion - Producing Fine Food and Wine in South Gippsland’ which features seven farmers, four seasons and one stunning landscape. The South Gippsland farmers in the book and authors will be at the launch with books available at a special discounted price. The book will be launched on:
  • Saturday, November 19 from 7pm at Waratah Hills Vineyard, Promontory Rd, Fish Creek.
  • Thursday, November 24 from 6pm at Corrie’s Bookshop, Toorak Rd, Toorak.
RSVP essential. More? Jenny O’Sullivan 0419 153 377 or

Survey contributes to regional planning

People living in regional Australia are asked to take part in the Regional Wellbeing Survey that aims to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people living in rural and regional Australia. All survey participants aged 18 or over can enter the draw to win prizes. The survey is voluntary, confidential, anonymous, and closes on November 30. Do the survey online at More? 1800 981 499

Wet conditions raise spraying concerns

Agriculture Victoria is reminding farmers of the importance of correctly using agricultural chemicals during wetter periods to ensure that the risks of unwanted outcomes are minimised. Farmers should:
  • only use Schedule 7 Dangerous Poisons in strict accordance with the label and not to use them unless they hold an Agricultural Chemical User Permit
  • not use other agricultural chemicals (e.g. Schedule 5 or 6 chemicals) at a rate greater than the maximum label rate, more frequently than the label states, or in contravention of any prohibitive (‘DO NOT’) statements
  • not spray any chemical in inappropriate conditions, such as strong winds, inversion conditions, where there is a high risk of causing spray drift onto neighbouring crops, pasture, or other sensitive areas.
More? Agriculture Victoria Customer Service Centre 136 186 or

Sustainable agriculture is on the discussion agenda

A Gippsland Sustainable Agriculture Network (GSAN) Forum will be held on Monday November 7 from 9.45am-1.30 pm at West Gippsland CMA, 16 Hotham St, Traralgon. The forum provides the opportunity for those working on or interested in sustainable agriculture to discuss relevant projects. Please RSVP for catering. More? Sam Shannon 5613 5978 or

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?

Manage onion maggot

Onion maggot (Delia platura), also known as seed corn maggot, damages seeds and seedlings in corn, beans, onions, garlic, brassicas, potatoes and spinach. Reports of damage usually follow cool wet spring conditions. This fact sheet provides practical advice on onion maggot. More? click here

Thinking of stepping up or stepping back?

GippsDairy is running workshops through the Stepping Up Stepping Back program:
  • Succession pilot program for farmers looking to step back from the business or transition to retirement in Traralgon on November 9 from 10am-1:30pm
  • Sharefarming and leasing program on transitioning to sharefarming and leasing using Dairy Australia's best practice guidelines in Warragul on November 24 from 9:45am-3pm.
RSVP essential. More? GippsDairy 5624 3900

Place your trust in a cemetery…

Cemetery Trusts across Gippsland are seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified members of the community who would be interested in serving on a trust:
  • Bendoc Cemetery Trust More? The Secretary 02 6458 1236
  • Dargo Cemetery Trust More? The Secretary 5140 1234
  • Kilcunda Cemetery Trust More? The Secretary 0409 653 419
  • Maryknoll Cemetery Trust More? The Secretary 0412 636 192
  • Mallacoota Cemetery Trust More? The Secretary 0428 106 334
  • Moondarra Cemetery Trust More? The Secretary 5165 3267
  • Tarwin Lower Cemetery Trust More? The Sceretary 5663 5256
  • Welshpool Cemetery Trust More? Secretary 5688 1411

Health soils make sustainable farms

Explore what is limiting production in a Healthy Soils Sustainable Farms field day with guest speaker Jim Shovelton, Director and Senior Advisor at Meridian Agriculture. Jim will discuss farm results to date and strategies to identify what is limiting production on south Gippsland soils. The field day will be held at Don and Sally Jelbart’s property, 102 McBurnie and Boags Rd, Tarwin Lower on Monday November 21 from 10.30am-3pm.RSVP by November 17. More? Jenny O’Sullivan 0419 153 377

Eight applicants compete for five places

Horticulture Innovation Australia has announced new candidates for its Board. Levy paying apple and/or pear grower should ensure that they are registered to vote at the AGM on November 25. More? Click here

Farmers wanted for climate survey

Australian Farmers for Climate Action is currently conducting a survey on farmers' attitudes and concerns about climate change. Respondents go in the running to win a Beam Energy and Flex solar system and battery storage by Enphase (total value of approximately $15,000). To take this survey, click here

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:
  • 335 Main Jindivick Rd, Jindivick on Friday, November 25 from 11am-2pm with facilitator Matt Hall, and Steve Ronalds and Brenton Zeiro of Dairy Cropping Australia
  • 195 Kerrs Rd, Fish Creek on Wednesday, November 30 from 11am-2pm with facilitators Karen Romano and John Mulvany; and Graeme, Jenny and Shaun Cope
  • 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

Food for thought…

Two new publications discuss what climate change will do for food and farming:

Farm biosecurity is in place!

Designed for primary producers and organisations with a biosecurity responsibility, a practical and informative series of workshops and lectures at will be held at Farm Biosecurity 2016 on Tuesday November 8 from 9am-4:30pm at the Biosecurity Centre of Excellence, Box Hill Institute, Lilydale Lakeside Campus. Workshops include:
  • Implementing a Farm Biosecurity Plan – Dr Jessica Lye, AUSVEG.
  • Phylloxera under the Microscope – Dr Kevin Powell, DEDJTR.
  • Apiary Inspection – Jessica Hartland, DEDJTR.
Keynote Speakers:
  • Dr Simone Warner Research Director Microbial Sciences, Pests and Diseases, Biosciences Research Division
  • Dr Andrea Magiafoglou – 360 AgSolutions on behalf of Cherry Growers Australia
  • Dr Cathy Robinson - Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO
  • Dr Brendan Rodoni - Principal Research Scientist, Microbiology, Biosciences Research Division
Full fee-$200, primary producer-$100, full time student-$50. Book here. More? Mick Blake 8892 2530 or or click here

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The weather is about to change!

Watch the Bureau of Meteorology’s climate and water outlook for November-January here

Scholarship funds study of agricultural health

GippsDairy is offering a $2500 scholarship for study in agricultural health and medicine. The funding will cover most costs associated with enrolment, travel and accommodation for the course. As part of the scholarship, recipients complete a five day intensive course developed by the highly regarded National Centre for Farmer Health and delivered by the School of Medicine at Deakin University. Applications close November 11. More? GippsDairy 5624 3900 or or click here

Gippsland man facing charges over illegal net

An East Gippsland man will be charged on summons after allegedly being caught using an illegal mesh net in a channel off the Snowy River. Fisheries officers allege the man was using a small boat to lay a 15 metre net across the channel near Marlo. A number of fish were caught. The unauthorised use of mesh nets in Victorian waters can bring severe penalties of up to $15,546 or six months imprisonment. Anyone aware of suspicious or illegal fishing activity should contact Fisheries Victoria 133 474

Get smart about fertiliser

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

How do you identify typical native grasses?

A native grass identification field day will be held on Saturday November 12 from 10:30am-1:30pm in the Stratford Woodland Reserve, Cnr of South Boundary Rd and Briagolong Rd, 8.5kms north of Stratford. Presenters include:
  • Claire Moxham, Vegetation Ecologist, Arthur Rylah Institute of Environmental Research
  • Geoff Sutter, Senior Botanist, Arthur Rylah Institute of Environmental Research
  • John Hick, Regional Manager, West Gippsland, Trust for Nature
Lunch will be provided by Maffra Spit Roast, vegetarian option available. Places limited. RSVP essential. Please register here. More? Nicole 5613 5983

Pollination campaign commences

Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) is coordinating a project to bolster pollinator populations, explore impacts on bee populations and identify how to pollinate more effectively. Key topics of investigation include understanding and managing bee threats, experimenting with non-traditional pollinators, and creating better conditions for pollinators. More? Click here

Dairy extension committees seeks members

GippsDairy is forming a West Gippsland Regional Extension committee to join the existing Macalister/East Gippsland and the South Gippsland Committees. The extension committees help to inform extension delivery in the sub-regions, provide feedback on emerging regional issues and provide input to new extension programs. The committees meet a minimum of four times a year and have a farmer chairperson. Terms of reference are available. More? Tony Platt 0477 440 339

Get smart (about fertiliser)!

The latest Fert$mart program will roll-out in the Tarago catchment from November to March, offering farmers in Labertouche, Jindivick, Drouin West and Poowong the chance to improve the efficiency and profitability in fertiliser use. Fert$mart brings together the latest nutrient management science, best management practises (BMP) and decision support tools designed specifically to help farmers and advisors with more profitable fertiliser management decisions. 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? Contact Donna Gibson 0409 178 624 or email

Communication the key to protecting bees

Producers and apiarists can gain significant benefits from working together to protect bees so that hives are not placed close to crop-spraying activity and crop owners may spray without knowing the potential threat to nearby hives.
For agricultural chemical users, a number of tactics can reduce the risk to bees:
  • Advise apiarists of your crop-spraying plans with as much notice as possible
  • Use pesticides only when needed and according to the label directions
  • Use a pesticide formulation and application that minimises potential harm
  • Ensure pesticides do not drift from the target area
  • Ensure sprays do not contaminate water supplies
Similarly, apiarists can use a range of tactics to protect their hives:
  • Before placing hives in or near crops, work with landholders to establish a mutually acceptable chemical program
  • Leave your full, written contact details with the landholder
  • Understand the chemical being used and avoid returning bees to a sprayed area before the risk to bees has dissipated
  • Establish a holding area at a safe distance from the crop
  • Ensure bees have access to residue-free water
  • Inspect hives regularly
To report symptoms of bee poisoning, contact Agriculture Victoria on 136 186. More? 'Sampling bees for residue testing' factsheet or Agriculture Victoria website

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

It works but…

Application of compost and chicken litter can increase organic carbon, crop biomass and yield, but it is not currently economic to do so according to the final results from the fourth year of the Southern Farming Systems Trial ‘Organic amendments to increase carbon in cropping soils.’ More? Click here

Apple and pear exporters get Australia branding

Apple and pear exporters can make Australia's clean, green, food-producing reputation work for them with bright new promotional logos and point of sale material to help promote product abroad. More? Click here

Women wanted to discuss dairy

Women in Dairy Discussion Groups have been launched in Gippsland to provide practical on-farm or farm-business related information for women in the dairy industry. The groups will provide extension and education services and a supportive environment for dairy women to network and discuss current issues. More? Leah Maslen 5624 3900 or

Making the most of the water you've got

The Macalister Demonstration Farm (MDF) is now Gippsland's site for a national project to see how to get the best irrigation results, whatever irrigation system is being used. The national Smarter Irrigation for Profit project aims to quantify what water, energy and labour savings farmers can expect by using best practice techniques. MDF has four different types of irrigation systems, surface, sub-surface drip, fixed spray and bike shift laterals, which will help provide an accurate picture of district standard systems and practices and the effect of optimising irrigation systems. More? Sarah Killury

Betting the farm

Scientists concerned that climate change is biting harder and faster than models predicted are campaigning for a bigger research investment to protect Australia's $58 billion agriculture industry from extreme weather. The interviews feature Gippsland’s Gillian Hayman discussing the changes dairy farmers are making to adapt to climate change and manage risk. More?

Fire season inspections underway

Wellington Shire Council’s Municipal Fire Prevention Officers have commenced inspecting properties to ensure that residents have prepared for the fire season and compliancy with the Country Fire Authority Act 1958. Inspections identify properties that require works to be carried out to reduce the threat of fire to life or property and focus on reducing the fuel loads to minimise the threat of ignition and spread of bushfires. As a guide to maintain property:
  • ensure all ground fuel such as grasses, bracken or weeds are no more than 100mm in height
  • ensure there are no heaps of debris or tree prunings on your property
  • remove all branches overhanging houses or your neighbour’s property.
A permit may be required if you wish to remove entire shrubs and trees. Please check with Wellington Shire Council’s Environmental Planner if you are unsure.
More? Council’s Municipal Fire Prevention Officer 1300 366 244, or

FREE mulch offer for Gippsland landowners

Get a free* 30m3 load of locally-made mulch. No-obligation to buy. Ideal for calf bedding, laneways, vegie/tree mulching. Made in Dandenong from recycled new-home timber offcuts, non-toxic FARMULCH is already popular with local dairy farmers. They find it filters better than sawdust and seems to reduce lameness and mastitis. And at $8m3, it’s much cheaper than sawdust. Dairy farmer, Clyde Jones of Gembrook, said: “FARMULCH makes for a softer, cleaner walk to the milking bails, significantly reducing lameness and mastitis in my cows.”  PLUS: It’s a cost-effective mulch and soil conditioner for vineyards, vegetables and soft/pome fruits. More? Book delivery your free 30m3 trial load – first five callers each week (One load per customer) Ph Andrew 0416 246 256. (*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.

Is once a day twice as good?

The Young Dairy Network is hosting an event on November 17 from 11am to 2pm at 504 Thwaites Rd, Yannathan where Lauren and Simon Finger will provide insight into their once-a-day milking system. Matt Steendam from Rural Finance will also attend to provide the bank perspective and answer questions. Lunch provided. Please RSVP. More? Irene Baker 0428 889 337 or

Conference seeks improve nitrogen use efficiency

The 7th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference (INI2016) will be held in Melbourne on December 4-8. The conference’s theme, ‘Solutions to improve nitrogen use efficiency for the world,’ aims to address reducing nutrient losses while producing food and energy for all humans. More?

How can we up-skill the vegie industry?

Respondents are sought for a short survey on training needs in the vegetable industry as part of the education and training initiative, VegPRO. Take the survey 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?

Prepare your property for summer

Mornington Peninsula Shire is holding a ‘No Charge’ green waste disposal event at all resource recovery centres from November 18-20 to help local residents and rate-payers to prepare for summer. Green waste can only be delivered only from residential vehicles and trailers.  No commercial vehicles or commercial green waste accepted. Proof of residency is required to dispose of green waste for no charge. Green waste includes all types of garden waste and untreated timber. More? Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Customer Service 5950 1000 or

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 to help farmers manage on-farm change related to increased pasture production and fertiliser decisions. 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

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?

Swap noxious weeds for native plants

Bass Coast Shire Council is encouraging urban landowners to control weeds this spring once again running the ‘Weed ’em and Reap’ program where participants who remove noxious weeds from their gardens can receive free indigenous plants. The program runs until November 28. More? or Sustainable Environment Department 5671 2211

It’s show time!

The Yarram Agricultural Show, on November 19 at Yarram Recreational Reserve, Buckley St, Yarram, features craft, photography, horticulture, cookery, horse events, beaut ute, animal farm, slot cars, Hung Gar Yau Shu Martial Arts School and Lion Dance. Entry is $25 per family or $10 single. More? Vanessa Bennett 0467 759 877, or

It’s a wrap (with a resilient video launch!)

The Southern Gippsland Agricultural Climate Resilience Project is hosting a video case study launch and project wrap event on Tuesday November 29 at Manna Gum at Broadbeach, Inverloch from 11am and  finishing with a local food lunch. Please RSVP. More? Jill Vella 0408 208 350 or

Is there conflict in your community group?

Latrobe City Council is hosting a session on managing and resolving conflict in community groups on Tuesday November 15 from 5.30-9pm at the Premiere Function Centre, 29 Grey St, Traralgon. Register at by November 8. Places are limited. More? Latrobe City Council 1300 367 700

Special Landcare number plates set for auction

VicRoads is joining the celebration of Landcare’s 30th birthday by issuing a special set of Victorian number plates with the number ‘086-LC’. The plates will be auctioned on eBay with bidding opening on November 16 and closing on November 25 and a starting price of $330. More? Kate McKenzie 5662 5759 or

Apps make farming easier

The GRDC has produced a range of mobile-based applications to help make farming easier. The latest, SoilWater App (SWApp), provides a ready estimate of plant available water in the soil (PAW) during a fallow and early crop phase. SWApp simulates infiltration, runoff, evaporation, transpiration and deep drainage to provide an estimate of soil water on a daily basis and uses long term climate data to provide a forward looking estimate of likely outcomes for specified soil, climate and cover conditions. More?

Cover crops get webinar coverage

Dr Kelvin Montagu from the Soil Wealth - ICP team will discuss the use of cover crops in vegetable production and associated practical issues in a webinar on Thursday November 10 from 12:30-1:30pm. The webinar will cover: objectives for cover crops; types of cover crops; and how to integrate cover crops into vegetable production. Click here to register. More? click here
In a follow-up webinar on Thursday December 1, Julie Finnigan, technical agronomist with Serve-Ag in Tasmania, will look at the use of biofumigation cover crops in vegetable production. More?

Keen to up-skill your knowledge of grasses?

An intensive grass identification course with grass guru Dr. Graeme Lorimar and covering local and exotic grasses will be held on Sunday November 26 from 9am-4pm at 15 Lowrys Rd, Hoddle (Fish Creek). The cost is $40 per person. Registrations close November 23.The event is hosted in partnership with the South Gippsland Equine Landcare group and the Community Weeds Taskforce. Numbers are limited. Email name, contact details and dietary requirements to or 0428 317 928

Listen to the latest Vegie R&D

A new edition of InfoVeg Radio, the R&D podcast for the vegetable industry, has been released. More? click here

Illegal hunting can now be reported online

The Game Management Authority (GMA) has introduced a new online form for use in reporting incidents of suspected illegal game hunting activity. The new form makes reporting illegal hunting quick and easy for people to report the time, date, location, nature of the suspected offence and descriptions of any people or vehicles involved. More?

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

Find the key to successful gardening in Loch

Loch Village Garden Festival will be held on Saturday, November 12 at the Loch Public Hall, Smith St and in gardens within Loch Village and i surrounds. Entry $5. More? Howard Booth 0438 027 208 or click here

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

Celebrate 30 years of Landcare behind the scenes

The Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Landcare in Victoria with a special a guided, behind-the-scenes tour of the high-quality remnant bushland at the Holden Proving Ground, Lang Lang on Sunday November 20 from 2-5pm. Numbers limited. Register here
The Bass Coast Landcare Network is holding their AGM at this venue just prior to the celebratory event. More? Port Phillip and Westernport CMA 8781 7900

Sheep dogs go on trial

The Korumburra Sheep Dog Trials at the Korumburra showgrounds, South Gippsland Hwy, Korumburra from November 7-9. The trials attract competitors from across Australia. Handlers must get dogs to put three sheep through a course of four obstacles. Entry by gold coin. More? Louise Rielly 0409 170 964

Tool helps with water and nitrogen management

Researchers are using information about how apple trees use nitrogen and water to develop a decision support tool to help growers manage orchard nitrogen and irrigation to produce a desired outcome. More? Click here

It’s annual report season

To view the 2015-2016 GippsDairy annual report, click here
To view Southern Rural Water’s annual report, click here

Invest some time in this spud survey

As part of the process for producing a new Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) for the potato industry, Hort Innovation has engaged McKINNA et al to meet with growers and industry to accurately reflect the industry’s funding priorities for R&D in the next five years. To take this survey online, please click here

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

Landcare has a new gate

The Victorian Landcare Program (VLP) has announced a new, more user-friendly Landcare Gateway. Everyone in the Landcare community is encouraged to begin by looking for their group or network and start updating their information. More? or Kathleen Brack

Participate in national quad bike survey

An independent quad bike workplace safety survey is being undertaken by the Transport and Road Safety Research Centre at UNSW. The Quad Bike Workplace Safety Survey (QBWSS) aims to better understand quad bike use and related crashes and injuries in Australian and New Zealand workplaces. Victorian farmers are encouraged to participate in the survey at:

Hort Innovation to meet in Sydney

The second Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Members of Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) will be held on November 25 in Sydney. Voting Members of Hort Innovation who are unable to attend the AGM may appoint a proxy to attend and vote on their behalf. An industry representative body (such as AUSVEG) may be appointed as a proxy if the Voting Member directs the body how to vote on each resolution. More? click here

Book in for breakfast

The next Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast will be held on 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

Get friendly with the CliMate!

Australian CliMate is suite of climate analysis tools that is available via the web or as an app for iphone/ipad devices. The tool allows interrogation of data on rainfall, temperature, radiation, and derived variables such as heat sums, soil water, soil nitrate and El Nino Southern Oscillation status.  More?

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

Keep the cash flowing

Avoid running out of cash in your business by learning how to effectively forecast and improve cash flow at a cash flow workshop at the Mornington Peninsula Shire Office, Rosebud on November 29 from 6-8pm. This practical seminar includes a simple three-step process to improve cash collection and managing stock, and tips on how to keep track of cash flow and improve your debt collection from customers. The cost is $20. To book click here. More?  Mornington Peninsula Business 5950 1446

Make a healthy and sustainable home

Learn to make your home a healthy and sustainable home at workshop at the Hewitt Eco-House, Koo Wee Rup Regional Health Service, 215 Rossiter Rd, Koo Wee Rup on Saturday, November 19 from 10am-1pm. This event will focus on sustainable gardening, growing fruit and vegetables, using compost, improving soil health and keeping chickens. The free workshop includes lunch, workshop materials and sustainability giveaways. More? Brian Harlow 5997 9687 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 20 Lardner Park, Warragul 5976 3266 
Loch Market 2nd Sunday (Oct-April) Loch Village Railway Station, Loch 0418 500 520
Longwarry Fire Brigade Market 1st Sunday Bennett St, Longwarry 0419 158 946
Lucknow Market 4th Sunday Howitt Park, Bairnsdale 5152 4662
Maffra Variety and Farmers market 1st Sunday Johnson St, Maffra 0408 057 772
Mallacoota Artisans and Produce Market 1st Saturday Mudbrick Building, Develling Drive, Mallacoota 0422 988 890
Metung Farmers Market 2nd Saturday Village Green, Metung  
Mirboo North Community Market last Saturday of month Baromi Park in Ridgway (Strez Highway) Mirboo North 5668 2465
Mornington Racecourse Market 2nd Sunday Mornington Racecourse  
Paynesville Market 2nd Sunday Gilsenan Reserve, Paynesville  
Prom Country Farmers Market 3rd Saturday Main St. Foster 0407 543 371
Red Hill Community Market  1st Saturday Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill  
Rokeby Market 2nd Saturday Rokeby Reserve, Main Rd, Rokeby 5626 8523
Sale 3rd Saturday Sale Showgrounds  
South Gippsland Farmers Market 1st Saturday Koonwarra Memorial Park 0408 619 182
Stratford Variety and Farmers Market  4th Sunday Apex Park, Stratford 0408 057 772
Surf Club Market 1st Sunday Foreshore Rotunda, Lakes Entrance  
Toora market 2nd Sunday Jetty Rd, Toora 5688 1237
Traralgon Farmers Market 4th Saturday Kay St Gardens – Kay St, Traralgon 0409 232 715
Warragul farmer’s Market 3rd Saturday Civic Park, Warragul 0435 757 047
Yarragon community craft and produce market 4th Saturday Yarragon Public Hal 5634 2209

Traralgon shows its stuff!

The Traralgon Agricultural Show will be held on November 25-26 at the Traralgon Showgrounds, Whittakers Rd, Traralgon. The show features family entertainment including carnival rides, showbags and fireworks(fireworks Friday only). More? Lorraine 5174 1366

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 next seminar will be held on November 16 – TBC More? Sharon Aarons 5624 2339 or

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

Market for growth

A Marketing for Growth workshop, on Wednesday November 23 from 5.30-9pm at Drouin Civic Centre 33 Young St, Drouin, will enable participants to build a deeper understanding of customers and focus marketing strategies to grow business. The cost is $30 per person. For bookings go to the Business Victoria website. More? Stacey Clark 5624 2411 or

Applications open for World of Perishables

Levy-paying growers who are currently exporting are invited to attend and exhibit at the World of Perishables tradeshow in Dubai from November 13-15. Participants will gain an understanding of the Dubai market and establish new business contacts in the Middle East. Travel dates for participants are November 11-16. To download the application form, click here. More? AUSVEG 9882 0277 or

Make Facebook work for you

A free workshop series for community groups and volunteers will provide an introduction to Facebook and Instagram. Sessions will be held from 5-7:30pm on November 29 in Leongatha. Light refreshments available. RSVP essential. More? Sophie Dixon 5662 9202 or

Jump to annual horse event

The Korumburra Agricultural and Pastoral Society are hosting their annual Holden Showjumping Classic on November 19-20, offering two rings on a grass arena of the Korumburra Showgrounds, South Gippsland Hwy, Korumburra. Classes from 75cm to 1.35m are offered. Entries available via Global Entries Online. More? Sandy Carfrae 5655 2157 or

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:
  • Cowes Customer Service Centre, 91-97 Thompson Ave, Cowes on Tuesday November 8
  • Toomah Community Centre, 15 Golden Green St, Pakenham on Tuesday November 29
To book a mentoring session please visit the Small Business Mentoring Service or contact your relevant local council.

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

Brisbane hosts AgFutures conference

The AgFutures – Innovation and Investment Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre on November 22-23. The event offers a line-up of national and international speakers, showcasing important areas driving industry development and expansion: agri-tech opportunities and global investment within the sector. More? click here

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

Grain grants support group travel

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is offering support for groups to travel and learn from grain research projects or new technology for grain growing. Support is available on a competitive basis for domestic and international study tours. Applications should demonstrate a clear learning objective and hypothesis, identify where GRDC-supported research can be accessed, and have an effective communication plan. More?

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 15. More? Ian Johnson 9270 9016 or

Grants protect biodiversity in Latrobe

Funding of up to $1500 per property is available through Latrobe City Council’s Biodiversity on Rural Land Grants for actions to protect and enhance existing native vegetation. The grant is for projects on private rural land. It cannot be used for projects on public land, Crown land or Council owned land, nor for projects in urban areas. Applications can be submitted until November 13 at

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

Gardiner tertiary scholarships open!

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation is offering tertiary scholarships to four individuals residing in Victorian dairy communities, commencing studies in 2017 to pursue a career that will either directly benefit the dairy industry and/or benefit small dairy communities. 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?

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

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

Melbourne Water Grants open

Applications are sought for the 2016/17 Healthy Waterways Community Grants. Visit the Melbourne Water website and download the Community Grants 2016/17 Guidelines and relevant tax and payment forms. The Community Grants close at 5pm Monday November 14. 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

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

Opportunity opens in IPM extension

Hort Innovation is seeking a service provider to lead an integrated pest management (IPM) extension program for the potato and onion industries. The project aims to effectively extend the IPM program across all major growing regions to
  • upskill local pest advisors in providing adaptive expert advice to growers
  • increase adoption of IPM by potato and onion growers
  • increase effective and sustainable pest management of potatoes and onions
  • minimise the impact of a pest incursion for potato and onions.
The Request for Proposal (RFP) document provides information required from interested parties and is available from: (to access this you will need to be a member of The closing date for responses is 5pm Tuesday November 15.

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.
Production Manager sought in Nambrok on a family-owned and operated dairy farm to run the 300 cow, 75 hectare dairy operation. This position requires an applicant with a strong herd health, herd performance focus with a basic understanding of pasture irrigation and pasture-based farming in Australia. There is family accommodation available on farm. A remuneration package will be tailored to relevant experience. Applications close: November 21. To apply, send CV and cover letter to
Animal nursery attendant sought by Barn Buddies Mobile Farm, based in Loch. The work is on a casual basis, mostly on weekends but midweek work can be required. Applicants must be mature minded, physically fit and good communicators. Experience with children is desired and a Working with Children Card is required. Junior positions are also available. Own transport required. More? Farmer Jane 0409 247 150
Irrigation Manager wanted by Dicky Bill Farming (formerly Australian Fresh Salads) for full-time role based in Maffra. Key tasks include: daily irrigation scheduling and monitoring; assistance with implementation and monitoring of effective crop management strategies; planning and scheduling fertilisation and irrigation timetables; supervision of seasonal staff; other farm duties. Applicants require tertiary qualification in a related discipline and/or have at least five years experience, strong operational knowledge of irrigation, fertigation, soil management and cultivation, ability to work in a fast paced environment, good IT skills, ability to work shifts and weekends. Salary will be negotiated circa $55,000 - $70,000 pa + super. Applications close: November 21. To apply, email a current resume to
Farm hands wanted in Clyde/Devon Meadows for casual, part-time positions for on-going work (min. three months). The role includes but is not limited to: planting, harvesting, packing, cleaning, landscape maintenance. Approximately 40 hours per week available. Own transport essential. Applicants must reside in Victoria. More?
Dairy worker sought for immediate start on a business operating two dairies milking 900 cows in Maffra. This is a casual position, paid an hourly rate plus super. The work involves a minimum of 40 hours per week. The position is eligible for a second year visa. The main duties include: milking, calf rearing, working with cattle, work using quad bikes and more, depending on experience. Experience is not essential, but applicants need to be committed, be self motivated and organised. Own transport essential. More? Emily 0420 613 565
Experienced horse people (two) sought in the Drouin area for a three-four month contract position. Applicants should be talented horse people with at least 10 years top level experience working and training young TB/WB performance horses, assisting with sales preparation of stud horses of all ages and education levels. Above award wages offered and accommodation available, if required. Applicants must be clean, tidy, honest and organised. Resumes should state full experience and qualifications. More? Bryonie Foster 0412 260 226 or
Dressage horse stud worker urgently required on a dressage warmblood stud in Coldstream to undertake all aspects of horse care and stud work and, if possible but not essential, riding breakers and re-training off the track thoroughbreds. Ability to feed, care for and recognise illness or injury in horses is essential. The incumbent will be available to start now and live on the farm. Accommodation supplied as part of the salary package. Salary is dependent on age and skill. This is a full time position six days per week and there is opportunity to bring own horse and keep on the farm. Minimum six month contract however students in equine-related fields may be considered holiday work. This is not suitable location for second year visa. Checkable references are essential. More? 0409 337 154
Planting Manager sought by Dicky Bill Farming (formerly Australian Fresh Salads). Key tasks include: planting of crops in accordance with set processes; oversight of seed stock levels; safe operation of tractors and related equipment; daily crop inspections; crop forecasting; supervision of seasonal staff ; guidance to other team members; other duties in line with skills and experience. Applicants require significant experience operating and maintaining farm machinery, knowledge of chemical use in a horticultural setting, ability to work in a fast paced environment, IT skills, ability to work flexible hours including early starts and rostered weekends. Applications close Monday November 21. Email applications. More?
Farm Production Officer sought by Dicky Bill Farming Pty Ltd (formerly Australian Fresh Salads). Working closely with the Operations Manager and others, tasks include: irrigation scheduling and moisture level monitoring of crops; spray programming and monitoring of crops; daily crop inspections; crop lifecycle forecasting; assistance with supervision of seasonal staff; other tasks. Applicants should: be tertiary qualified in agronomy or similar qualification and/or have minimum four years experience in a similar role, have knowledge of spray chemicals and irrigation techniques, be able to work in a fast paced environment, work effectively with people from different backgrounds, be flexible to work early starts and rostered weekends, have good IT skills. Applications close November 21. Email a current resume to
Harvest Manager – Agri Consultant sought by Hussey and Co. This position is heavily based on improving harvest quantity through management, planning and advisory responsibilities and procedures relating to pests, environmental elements and optimum soil quality. Duties include: planning and management of harvesting processes of salad mixes to improve yields, staff supervision, OHS, estimation of crop yields, monitoring of farm parameters, records maintenance, responsibility for quality control of all produce. Applicants required strong leadership qualities and advanced agricultural knowledge and experience. A rewarding salary package will be offered commensurate with experience of $70,000 plus 9.5% Superannuation. More?
Dairy Farm Dry Stock Manager sought by Macalister Milk, a privately owned dairy farm conglomerate based in East Gippsland. Milking a large herd, our operation is run across several 'hubs' with additional acreage allocated to dry farming / support blocks. A stockman to oversee all dry dairy support blocks. This position reports directly to the company Directors but most work is unsupervised. Key aspects of the role include: cattle handling; including, drafting, drenching and management of general animal health; general farm work including: fencing, trough maintenance, feeding out and strip fencing and maintenance; rotational grazing management; management of casual staff and contractors; recording all stock and movements. Applicants require experience in all of the above areas as well as hands on experience managing large dairy herd operations. More?
Veterinarian sought by the RSPCA for a part time position in the Pearcedale/Burwood East clinics. $64k p.a. (pro-rata) including super (9.5%). This role will provide the opportunity to: deliver medical and surgical service to private clients; gain exposure to unique shelter animal work; work with special interest practitioners; support inspectorate casework; help in emergency response situations; assist to facilitate animal welfare programs. More? Dr Iain Mitchell 5978 9000 or
Ranger sought for a designated Aboriginal position based in East Gippsland in a full-time, ongoing role with Parks Victoria. The Ranger will work as part of the Snowy-Croajingolong team responsible for the overall management of parks in East Gippsland, significant reserves, waterways and visitor facilities. Applicants should have a commitment to working with and alongside Traditional Owners, well-developed time management skills, ability to work as part of a team, ability to contribute to project development and delivery, demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Office computer programs, a good level of self-awareness, a manual drivers licence. Applications close Friday November 11. More? Parks Victoria 131 963 or 
Experienced machine operator sought by Austimber Harvesting Gippsland in its harvesting operations. The successful applicant will have experience in driving wheeled harvesters and forwarders, have forestry accreditations and environmental training; be a self starter and team player; have softwood grade and optimisation knowledge; possess leadership qualities and experience in training new operators; hold a Victorian or equivalent driving licence. The successful applicant will be required to undergo a pre employment medical. Attractive salary package will be negotiated for the successful applicant. More?
Full time Farm Supervisor/2IC sought by Inghams in a physical role involving egg collection, vaccinating, load out, cleaning and maintenance. The Farm Supervisor/2IC, reporting to the Farm Manager, will be responsible for: workplace health and safety, supervising up to 20 staff and conducting compliance training for the site, work planning and prioritising, cost control and labour efficiencies within defined areas, ensuring company targets, minimum standards and animal welfare objectives are achieved. Applicants need to live in close to the farm, have a flexible attitude to work hours as the rotating roster requires early mornings and weekend work, good communication and computer skills, be mechanically minded, able to undertake physical work and have demonstrated experience as a team player. Please apply with a covering letter and resume. Closing Date: Monday November 21. More?
Production nursery hand sought by Haars Nursery, on the Mornington Peninsula, for full time, career position. Applicants must be flexible and available to work Monday through to Sunday on a rostered basis. This is an outdoor role, hands on and in all weather conditions. Applicants should have experience in supervising small teams of people, be self-motivated , have strong initiative and an industry background in nursery production work. There are also some casual vacancies available for experienced people. More?
Part time hatchery worker sought by Inghams in a role that is responsible for: sorting day-old chickens; packing fertile eggs; incubation cleaning; and general maintaining of the hatchery, painting, gardening, etc. Applicants require a strong safety focus and high quality standards, attention to detail, be reliable, punctual and hard working, work well in a team, have reliable transport, excellent communication skills - listening, verbal and written, be able to commit to work 6am to 3pm four days per week. The work can be physically demanding at times and will require you to be standing on your feet for the majority of your shift, cleaning, packing fertile eggs and sorting day old chickens. Applicants must not keep avian species at their place of residence. Closing date: November 15. More?
Sampling Officer sought by Hico Herd Improvement Co-operative in Maffra to conduct herd testing on farms using the Electronic Milk Meters and data handlers. The role involves working closely with other departments, including laboratory staff. Applicants require proven knowledge of the dairy industry, good interpersonal skills, experience in customer service, strong computer skills, excellent record keeping, and a manual drivers licence. The successful applicant work Monday to Friday on split morning and afternoon shifts. Written applications should include a resume with full work history, why you think this is the perfect job and three referees. More?
Associate Veterinarian F/T or P/T sought by Bentons Road Veterinary Clinic. The position would suit a vet with experience ready to take on some sole charge responsibility, or one-two part-time vets or parents ready to return to work. Flexible rostering is available for the right applicant. Full or part time can be negotiated with flexibility in the roster; no after hours, Sundays or public holidays. Some sole charge would be involved. A generous salary package would be offered for the right applicant. More? Kelly Halls 5976 4629 or or
Nursery person / delivery driver sought for a full time position with Plant Multi Nursery in Montrose. Duties included picking orders, quality control of incoming stock, assisting customers, watering, maintenance, delivering to customers, collecting stock from suppliers, and general nursery duties. Applicants require: a current drivers licence, plant knowledge or previous nursery experience, self motivation, good people skills and the ability to work flexible hours, the ability to work unsupervised after initial training. A reasonable level of fitness is required. More?
Delivery driver / nursery person sought by Plant Multi Nursery in Montrose. For most of the year the position involves loading and delivering stock to locations across Melbourne and picking up stock from suppliers, with some time spent in the nursery. During quieter summer months the majority of time will be spent in the nursery with only one or two days delivering. Applicants require: a M.R. truck license or higher, a good, safe driving history, comprehensive knowledge of Melbourne metro area, ability to load and unload trolleys/truck by hand, plant knowledge or previous nursery experience, self motivation, good people skills and the ability to work flexible hours, ability to work unsupervised after training. A reasonable level of fitness is required. The position is full time Monday to Friday with 7am starts most days. More?
Nursery sales/ nursery hand wanted by Plant Multi Nursery in Montrose. The position involves indoor and outdoor work. Duties include picking and compiling plant orders, restocking shelves, over the counter sales, watering and stock control. Applicants should have: experience in the horticultural industry with a strong plant knowledge; excellent written and verbal skills; sound computer skills; ability to work flexible hours (seven days a week); great work ethic; pleasant outgoing personality; be self motivated, punctual and have the ability to work in a team environment. This is a full-time position, but suitably qualified applicants looking for a part time position will be considered. More?
Gardeners (one-two people) wanted to assist with gardening around a small farm in return for free accommodation. No experience required, but a love of the outdoors and a little gardening experience would be beneficial. The role will include weeding, mulching, planting, mowing, pruning etc. Accommodation is at owners’ pub in San Remo. There will be approximately 15 hours garden work per week for each week of accommodation. There is probably 30-40 hours work in total, so approximately two-three weeks of work. THIS is NOT a SECOND YEAR VISA position. More? Nick 0419 899 734
Farm hand position is available for mature, reliable, experienced person on a dryland dairy farm near Yarram. The dairy is 28 a side double-up milking 350 cows. Extra cows welcome. Duties include milking, calf rearing, harvest pasture management, irrigation, fencing etc. Applicants require good time management, initiative and ability to work productively with others. Experience essential. A comfortable three bedroom two bathroom house is available close to the dairy. Annual package: $70000 plus house. A 0.5 position negotiable for partner - potentially for additional milking/calf rearing, etc. No back packers. Email three recent referee details and CV to More? Gary 0429 111 059
Labourer(s) wanted to undertake fencing, maintenance, chainsaw operation, stock work, landscaping on a broad acre lot in Launching Place. Work includes cleaning up windfall, repair fences and undertake general maintenance. Applicants must be conscientious, honest, and be able to work unsupervised. Experience in a range of maintenance or machinery operation type jobs is essential. Applicants should live locally and be prepared to work. There is a three month trial period attached to this position. Pay is weekly and starts at the award rate, job could be full or part time subject to applicant. Email resume to
Relief Milker required for eight milkings per week on a 50 unit rotary milking up to 400 cows, split calving. Duties include: milking cows, cleaning the milking plant and equipment, identifying cows that are lame and have mastitis. Applicants must be available to work some weekends, have a drivers licence, reliable transport and be able to work well in a team. Previous experience is not essential. More? Honnie 0439 182 852
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

Are you addressing your topdressing?

Topdressing decisions need to consider soil condition as the season progresses. Read more here

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:

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Smoko read…

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is providing weekly emails with information on local evapotranspiration (ET) rates to help farmers with irrigation decisions. More?

Country racing is off and … well … racing

Meetings in November: 1-Bairnsdale; 4-Cranbourne; 4-Sale; 11-Moe; 15-Sale; 19-Cranbourne; 22-Moe; 25-Cranbourne; 26-Yarra Valley; 26-Woolamai; 27-Traralgon; 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 More? 1300 139 402 or visit

Farm together!

The national Farming Together project is starting to form farming clusters across the country, with several candidates already registered from Gippsland. Read the latest here. More? Sue Webster 1800 005 555

Quote of the week

Jeffrey Bernard: “In most betting shops you will see three windows marked 'Bet Here', but only one window with the legend 'Pay Out...”

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
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Gippy Diary

Nov 7 GSAN Forum Traralgon Sam Shannon 5613 5978
Nov 7-9 Korumburra Sheep Dog Trials Korumburra Louise Rielly 0409 170 964
Nov 7-9 Food and Hotel China Shanghai, China
Nov 8 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Nov 8 Farm Biosecurity 2016 Lilydale Mick Blake 8892 2530
Nov 9 Stepping Up Stepping Back Succession Pilot Program Traralgon GippsDairy 5624 3900
Nov 10 Cover Crops Webinar
Nov 10 Beyond Blue – Importance of Communication for Mental Health Leongatha, V 0400 853 868
Nov 11 Country Race Meet Moe Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Nov 11-12 Leongatha Rose Spectacular Leongatha Sandra 0423 823 240
Nov 12 Loch Village Garden Festival Loch Howard Booth 0438 027 208
Nov 12 Native Grass Identification Field Day Stratford Nicole 5613 5983
Nov 13-15 World of Perishables Tradeshow Dubai AusVeg 9882 0277
Nov 15 Country Race Meet Sale Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Nov 15 Managing and Resolving Conflict in Community Groups Traralgon Latrobe City Council 1300 367 700
Nov 16 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Nov 17 Gippsland Regional Assembly
Nov 17 YDN Once-a-Day Milking – Is It Twice As Good? Yannathan Irene Baker 0428 889 337
Nov 18, 25 Mental Health First Aid Training Course Bairnsdale Brooke Carlesso 5153 0149
Nov 19 Healthy and Sustainable Home Program – garden sustainability Koo Wee Rup Brian Harlow 5997 9687
Nov 19 Love, Sweat and Passion, Producing Fine Food and Wine in South Gippsland – Book launch Fish Creek Jenny O’Sullivan 0419 153 377
Nov 19 Yarram Agricultural Show Yarram Vanessa Bennett 0467 759 877
Nov 19 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Nov 19 Healthy and Sustainable Home Workshop Koo Wee Rup Brian Harlow 5997 9687
Nov 19-20 Holden Showjumping Classic Korumburra Sandy Carfrae 5655 2157
Nov 20 Celebrating 30 Years of Landcare – Holden Proving Ground behind-the-scenes tour Lang Lang Port Phillip and Westernport CMA 8781 7900
Nov 20 Bass Coast Landcare Network AGM Lang Lang Port Phillip and Westernport CMA 8781 7900
Nov 20 Lardner Park Craft Market Warragul 5976 3266
Nov 21 Healthy Soils Sustainable Farms field day Tarwin Lower Jenny O’Sullivan 0419 153 377
Nov 22 Country Race Meet Moe Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Nov 23 Marketing for Growth Drouin Stacey Clark 5624 2411
Nov 23 Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast Cranbourne Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
Nov 23-24 AgFutures Conference Brisbane 07 3404 6999
Nov 24

Agribusiness ‘Meet Up’

Dandenong City of Greater Dandenong Economic Development Unit 8571 1000
Nov 24 Sharefarming and leasing program Warragul GippsDairy 5624 3900
Nov 24 Love, Sweat and Passion, Producing Fine Food and Wine in South Gippsland – Book launch Toorak Jenny O’Sullivan 0419 153 377
Nov 25 Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) AGM Sydney Hort Innovation 02 8295 2300
Nov 25 Focus Farm Open Day Jindivick GippsDairy 5624 3900
Nov 25 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Nov 25-26 Traralgon Agricultural Show Traralgon Lorraine 5174 1366
Nov 26 Grass Identification Course Hoddle SGLN 0428 317 928
Nov 26 Country Race Meet Yarra Valley Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Nov 26 Country Race Meet Woolamai Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Nov 27 Country Race Meet Traralgon Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Nov 29 Business Mentoring Session Pakenham Chrissy Lloyd 5945 4387
Nov 29 Introduction to Social Media for Community Groups Leongatha Sophie Dixon 5662 9202
Nov 29 Southern Gippsland Agricultural Climate Resilience Project video launch and project close Inverloch Jill Vella 0408 208 350
Nov 29 Cash Flow Workshop Rosebud Mornington Peninsula Business 5950 1446
Nov 30 Focus Farm Open Day Fish Creek GippsDairy 5624 3900
Dec 1 Biofumigation Cover Crops in Vegetable Production Webinar
Dec 4 Country Race Meet Sale Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Dec 4-8 7th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference (INI2016) Melbourne
Dec 7 CWA Meeting Pakenham Heather Kleesh 5940 4481
Dec 9 Country Race Meet Moe Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Dec 10 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Dec 13 Country Race Meet Bairnsdale Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Dec 15 Focus Farm Open Day Won Wron GippsDairy 5624 3900
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 3-8 National All Breeds Dairy Youth Camp Tatura Lucy Galt 0488 144 999
Jan 14 Bass Coast Summer Agricultural Show    
Jan 15 Bass Coast Summer Agricultural Equestrian Show    
March 8-10 Economic Development Australia Victorian State Conference Warragul Baw Baw Shire Economic Development 5624 2411
Mar 15 Gippsland Irrigation Expo Sale
Mar 27-29 Australian Nut Conference Melbourne Chaseley 0409 707 806
May 3-4 East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days Lindenow Shayne Hyman 0417 330 081
Sep 26-27 Science Protecting Plant Health 2017 conference (#SciPlant17) Brisbane
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