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Agchat


25 July 2016

Edition 129

In this issue

-Record crowd for our annual conference
-E Gipps flood toll
-'Bare bones' dairying
-Award for egg biz
-New Gippy brewery
-Biomass 'how-to' day
-SFS compost field day
-Bairnsdale livestock exchange upgrade
-Gals & sustainable ag

-Scholarships, grants, funding & awards
PLUS: LOTS of jobs!
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Elbow-room only at biggest conference ever

Our biggest-ever annual conference will fill the room at Lardner Park, next Thursday. Already 120 people have registered and we’re trying to work out how to squeeze in the late-comers.
If you're a dawdler...please book ASAP
 https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/agribusiness-gippsland-2016-roundtable-technology-change-future-tickets-20887163067
On July 28 at Lardner Park near Warragul you will meet some of the most tech-savvy farmers from west and east Victoria, as well as some of Gippsland's new farming industries, such as land-based aquaculture, value-added construction timber and medicinal poppies.
We’re delighted to welcome the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria as the conference’s major sponsor. Their assistance specifically supports the lunch and post-conference cocktails. These are vital networking events where a lot of contacts are made, deals are done and information shared.
The Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, Jaala Pulford MP, will open the event.
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.
Fonterra's Commercial Director of Finance Abhy Maharaj will discuss where the milk prices have been and what's ahead. 
Another keynoter will be Dr Christine Pitt General Manager, CEO of Meat & Livestock Australia’s Donor Company.
The day also sees six ag students sponsored by Agriculture Victoria. The young people are studying at Latrobe University and the University of Melbourne.
This will be the region’s major annual agri-event.
TICKETS ONLY $150 plus GST includes all the day's refreshments plus free networking cocktails (50% concession for farmers/students)
More? Facebook page....https://www.facebook.com/Agribusiness-Gippsland-round-table-Warragul-July-28-932294403552187/

Dairy: we are on your side

Dairy Australia's Tactics for Tight Times fact sheets aim to assist dairy farmers to assess their situation and plan the way ahead during the current uncertainty around seasonal conditions and milk pricing. The first fact sheet - ‘Taking Stock of your situation’ - can be downloaded here

Stripping 2016/17 budgets to the bone is tonight. This gloves-off, no-nonsense  meeting will involve stripping budgets back to the bone and will offer practical strategies to help survive a low milk price season. The night will have input from farm consultant, John Mulvany and the UDV’s President, Adam Jenkins to help you understand your current position and plan ahead for the 2016-17 season. 
 
 
Date Monday, 25 July
Location Club Hotel, 287 Commercial Road, Yarram
Time 7pm to 9.30pm
  Dinner provided (funded by UDV)
Speakers Adam Jenkins, President, UDV | John Mulvany, OMJ Consulting
RSVP 5624 3900 | executiveassistant@gippsdairy.com.au


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

Tactics for Tight Times:
A number of farm days will be facilitated by Jeff Urie and featuring farmers talking tactics will look at finance management, winter management and setting up for spring. The farm days will be held from 11am-2pm at:
  • 845 Shady Creek Rd, Yarragon on July 27
  • 35 Sunnyside Rd, Loch on August 4.
Please RSVP. More? Karen Romano 5624 3900

A dairy farmer support day
on July 29 from 10am-2pm at Danny’s the Venue, Logan Park, Howitt St, Warragul will provide an opportunity for Baw Baw Shire farmers to get together for a lunch and chat and get information from a range of industry providers. More? Bec Olsson 0417 363 799
 
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 leongatha.rfc@bigpond.com 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 (http://www.absglobal.com/aus)

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.

Floods wash-up ... the losses and the looming problems

At least 150 farms were affected by this month’s flooding in the catchments of the Avon, Mitchell, Tambo, Buchan and Snowy rivers.
Major losses recorded so far include about 100 stock, at least 20 kilometres of boundary fencing, about 40 tonnes of stored fodder, 40ha of crop, two farm sheds and four irrigation pumps.
Landholders who have suffered significant losses or need advice on animal welfare and feeding, pasture management and soil erosion, but have not been contacted directly by Agriculture Victoria, are encouraged to ring the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
Floods can bring a range of problems. In particular, mould growth on water damaged feed reduces the nutritive value and palatability of both standing and stored feed, with some mould toxicity causing death or longer-term health problems such as liver damage.
Dehydration can be a problem with stock often refusing to drink flood water if it is polluted or tastes different from their normal supply. Watch stock carefully to ensure they are drinking adequately.
While rain and floods may fill dams, flood waters carry silt and organic material, so it is important to be on the look-out for algal blooms on polluted dams and waterways.
Foot problems are another concern with all stock susceptible after long periods of immersion in water or standing on wet, muddy ground. Abscesses and other foot problems will be common where an animal's feet are constantly wet.
The very wet season is also likely to produce larger than usual insect populations with flystrike likely to occur in sheep after wetting, especially if they have a thick wool cover. Even when the fleece dries out, problems such as fleece rot and lumpy wool would continue to attract flies while diseases spread by flies, such as pinkeye, could become more widespread.
Pneumonia and diarrhoea are also likely to occur in flood-affected stock due to stress and exposure to prolonged cold.
Mastitis is a problem for cross-bred ewes grazing tall grass as a result of the combined effects of udder engorgement due to lush feed, udder abrasions and flies.
Vaccinating with 5-in-1 after floods is important as the sudden flush of feed make stock susceptible to pulpy kidney. Bloat in cattle or redgut in sheep could occur, especially on lush clover or lucerne. Worm larvae survive much longer on pasture in moist conditions and parasite burdens may increase rapidly. For further advice please contact your local vet or a a Agriculture Victoria veterinary or animal health officer.

Names in the news

Hannah Duncan-Jones, formerly at Bass Coast Shire, is now Manager Forward Policy at Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
... PLUS: Next month sees the opening of Orbost's new Sailors' Grave brewery, set up by ex-Sydneysiders Chris and Gabbie Moore in the disused, 100-year-old Orbost Butter Factory site.
...ALSO: Congratulations to the Gippsland dairy farmers ranked in the national top 100 for milk quality. They are: Algie D and J; Armstrong DW and CG; Caldermeade Pastoral Company; Cremin Helen; Foord DJ and MG with sharefarmer LeBrocq K and S Edelmaier P and HA; Harvey Jim and Heather; Kirk KL and VA; McKenzie LH and LA with sharefarmer McKenzie MT; Murdica R; Parker Janice M; Porter JE and NF Joint A/C with sharefarmers Porter TJ and VC; Stammers PJ and BJ; Wallace L and M; Waltham GV and JL with sharefarmer Waltham AG; Wilms Pty Ltd with sharefarmers Hopkins K and K and Zuidema AM and DJ.
...MORE: Congratulations to Peter and Deb Hahnemann and their wonderful girls. Bairnsdale’s Forge Creek Free Range has been awarded a gold medal for its free-range eggs at the 2016 Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria - Australian Food Awards. The eggs were also awarded ‘Best in Class’, receiving a total 98 points out of a possible 100.
MEANWHILE: Marianne Shearer and Jemma Swan have been appointed to the board of Community College Gippsland, expanding the number of directors from eight to 10.
... AND: Plucky Marlo dairy farmer Michael Morrison who used a jet-ski to rescue a man and his two young daughters from flood waters
…AND: Wayne Sanders has recently started with Rural Financial Counselling Service Victoria – Gippsland in Leongatha.
...PLUS: Hardworking Shona McPherson has moved on from Australian Dairy Farmers and will be replaced as media manager by Bernadette Marr.

Livestock exchange gets a boost

More than 117,000 head of sheep and cattle passed through the East Gippsland Livestock Exchange between July 2015 and June 2016, an increase of 4000 on the previous financial year. The total value of sales was approximately $80 million, an increase of $10 million on 2014-15.
The site is owned and operated by the East Gippsland Shire Council. In the coming year, the undercover transit cattle yard area will be expanded, additional water storage added, and a new effluent management system installed. The shire has also begun work on a master plan for the East Gippsland Livestock Exchange which will help identify needs into the future.

Don't let it go to waste!

Sustainability Victoria's workshop, Creating value from bio-residues, will be held on Tuesday 9 August from 8.30am to 1pm at Federation University, Churchill. It is designed for organisations that produce organic waste or those that would like to create value from biomass waste. The workshop will explore treatment pathways for converting wet or dry organic waste (biomass) into valuable products as part of an on-site or precinct level solution. It will also consider the incentives and assistance available, including the new Australian Biomass for Energy Assessment (ABBA) project. Click here for more details 

Hate red tape? Say something!

The Productivity Commission is examining the effects of regulation on agriculture and you have until August 18 to respond to a draft report from Canberra. Areas it is considering include animal welfare, native vegetation, chemical use, land acquisition, GM .... all the hot-button items. If you’ve ever grizzled about red tape, here’s your chance to really say something about it! Visit http://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/current/agriculture/draft#.V5Bk25e1SFM.linkedin

Drive and walk at field day

A Southern Farming System (SFS) ute drive - paddock walk on Wednesday August 3 from 12:30-8pm will inspect crops, pastures and projects, discuss current issues for farmers and the upcoming months. The paddock discussions will involve farmers, local agronomists and industry representatives.
The event will start at Gippsland Water, 2054 Longford-Loch Sport Rd, Dutson Downs  and visit the compost trail at the property of Trent Anderson, where compost and chicken litter have been used and compared to a regular fertiliser program. The ute drive will finish at this property near Giffard with a BBQ tea. RSVP essential. More? Janice Dowe 0488 600 209

Opportunity opens for women in sustainable ag

The Port Phillip and Westernport CMA is looking for interested women to take part in a women’s sustainable agriculture discussion group. The group will focus on developing confidence, developing broader networks and building capacity in public speaking. This is a free, two-year program facilitated by Jenny O’Sullivan of Linking Environment Agriculture and People. It will start with a two-day workshop held in early September 2016, followed by a series of workshops, farm walks and other activities as determined by the group at the retreat. Women will be selected based on an Expression of Interest process. More? Sarah Halligan  8781 7908 or sarah.halligan@ppwcma.vic.gov.au

Finalists in Business Awards announced

Congratulations to finalists in the Agriculture and Food category of the 2016 Casey Cardinia Business Awards:
  • Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs
  • Bellevue Orchard and Summer Snow
  • Vegie Bunch
Winners in this and all categories will be announced on Friday September 16 at the Cardinia Cultural Centre, Pakenham. Tickets are on sale now. More? Visit the Casey Cardinia website

Timber industry showcase at Yarram

Radial Timber - Heart Plantations and MJM Excavations Harvest and Haulage will be presenters at the Business Networking Yarram event on Monday 8 August from 6 to 8pm at the Yarram Recreation Reserve Pavillion. Entry is $20. Click here to book 
 

Get ready for the Gippsland Small Business Festival

The Gippsland Small Business Festival, part of the Victorian Small Business Festival, gives small businesses the opportunity to learn practical new skills and access new ideas to help boost their productivity and competitiveness. Tickets to the Gippsland Small Business Festival, which runs from August 1-31, are on sale now at the TryBooking website. For more information about the Victorian and Gippsland events in this year’s festival, visit the Business Victoria website.

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
Single insert $60 plus GST
Five inserts $250 plus GST = $50/insert
Full year $500 plus GST = $30/insert

Panel supports land use strategy

Bass Coast Shire Council has received the Planning Panel Report relating to Amendment C140, which seeks to implement the findings of the Rural Land Use Strategy and the Review of the Rhyll Wetland.
The report recommends the majority of the Amendment be adopted to implement the long-term vision for the Shire’s land use as identified in the Rural Land Use Strategy. This includes the application of Rural Activity Zones in Coronet Bay-Corinella and Inverloch-Cape Paterson; and the Rural Conservation Zone and Environmental Significance Overlay to the Rhyll Wetlands study area.
The report also supports proposed new local polices that give clear direction on planning permit applications within the Farming Zone. The policies relate to Rural Subdivision, Rural Dwellings and Non-Agricultural Uses in the Farming Zone.
The Report is available on Council’s website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/c140 and at any of the Bass Coast service centres. More? Council’s Strategic Planning Team 1300 226 278

The French are coming to Maffra Show!

The Maffra Show will be held on Saturday October 22 at the Maffra Recreation Reserve, McLean St, Maffra. This year the theme is “The French Are Coming!” Horse events commence Friday October 21. There is a food and wine court and all traditional stalls and activities. The cost is $30 per family (including children under 18), single $15. More? Jen McDavitt 5147 2444 or mcdavitt@merungle.com.auor visit www.maffrashow.org.au

Here’s something to wine about!

The Frankston and South Eastern Wine Show will be held on Sunday, August 28 from 9:30am-4pm at the Barn at The Briars, 450 Nepean Hwy, Mount Martha. The cost is $10. More? Frankston Amateur Winemakers Guild 0466 066 907 or wineshow@fawg.org.au or http://www.fawg.org.au

Get going to get growing

Yates in partnership with Landcare Australia, is asking schools, preschools or youth groups to get inspired to design and build your ideal garden. Submit a garden design with a description of what it is about, for the opportunity to win a $2000 grant. More? http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=c874938162801405204f0d115&id=4ef047a8a9&e=0f0fe40042

Merry men and women celebrate 30th anniversary

The Merriman Creek Landcare Group, formally known as the Stradbroke-Woodside Farm Trees group, is holding a celebration of 30 years of Landcare in the Stradbroke, Seaspray, Giffard and Woodside areas. Former and present members are invited to commemorate 30 years of Landcare projects and activities across the district at a community celebration on Saturday, September 10 from 7-11pm. More? Melissa Ainsworth 0437 640 634 or mel.ainsworth@me.com.au

Don’t miss the small business bus

The small business bus will come to the Sale Mall, Raymond St, Sale on Monday August 15 from 10am-4pm. Book here. More? Business Victoria 13 22 15

Get on course with learning

The NCDE are running a number of courses in the coming months including: 
  • Farm Chemical Users Course covering safe handling and use of agricultural chemicals. Successful participants gain their farm chemical users certificate (valid for five years) in:
    • Leongatha on August 5, 12
    • Warragul on September 9, 16
    • Yarram on October 7, 14
  • Develop and Review Business Plans – set business goals , identify risks, develop operational and tactical plans as part of a whole of business plan in Warragul (or via webinar anywhere) August 2, 9, 16 and 23.
Enrollment essential. More? Robin Bell 0427 574 229 or Tony Seymour 0429 000 301

Discuss plans for the year ahead

The Denison Dairy Discussion Group offers the opportunity to share thoughts and plans for the year ahead. The next meeting will be held on August 4 from 11am-1pm at Brad Missen’s, 2201 Sale-Heyfield Rd, Denison. Lunch provided. More? Donna 0409 178 624 or donna@gippsdairy.com.au

Where is Jono now?

Jono Craven, Gippsland's latest Churchill Scholar, is travelling the globe studying all things compost and how agriculture can get greater benefit from recycling of organic nature wastes. Jono will produce a weekly video blog while travelling and share this with friends, colleagues and industry via social media and email. Jono can be found at:

Exposing the potential of women in agriculture

VFF Rural Women Uncovered on September 8-9 at the Ramada Resort, Phillip Island will provide the opportunity to hear from inspirational women who are making an impact in agriculture, gain some business knowledge, tackle important health issues and network with rural women. Book here. More? VFF 1300 882 833 or members@vff.org.au or visit www.vff.org.au

Mornington Peninsula Produce seeks survey input

The Mornington Peninsula Produce (MPP) brand was recently launched to assist customers to identify authentically grown/produced Mornington Peninsula produce. For planning and improvement purposes MPP are undertaking a short survey to understand whether the business community is interested in stocking MPP branded products, and consumers in buying local produce. The survey takes less than five minutes and the results will be collated anonymously.

FREE mulch offer for Gippsland landowners

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

Take your business to the next step

The Small Business Victoria Business Planning workshop will help take your business to the next level. During 16 hours of practical workshops, participants will gain a true understanding of key issues and business opportunities, assess how best to improve business processes and learn the art of planning strategically. An additional five hours one-on-one support from an experienced business adviser will guide participants through the implementation of a new business plan. Sessions will run from 8.30am-5pm on Wednesday August 24 and Tuesday August 30 at the Baw Baw Shire Council Offices, Drouin Customer Service Centre, Young St, Drouin. The cost is $200 per business (bring as many people as you like). For bookings go to the Business Victoria website. More? Aaron Campbell 5624 2438 or aaron.campbell@bawbawshire.vic.gov.au

Women making it work

The Women Making it Work AGM from7-9am on Tuesday August 16 at Kilgerron Homestead, Narre Warren will focus on the topic: ‘The Art of Kicking Arse Elegantly in Business, Fitness, Love and Life’. More? admin@wmiw.com.au

Start planting and get pruning

Latrobe City Council is launching its inaugural garden competition to find the best gardens in the municipality. All Latrobe City residents, schools, community groups and businesses can enter except private residents who have had their garden developed and maintained by a professional gardener.
There are 11 categories and it’s free to enter. All entries will be judged by a panel of three judges, including a horticulture professional and one community representative.
Entries open Monday, August 8 and close Friday, October 14. Judging will be held between Monday 17 October and Friday, 4 November and winners will be announced in late November.  More? gardencomp@latrobe.vic.gov.au or www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/gardencomp

Focus farms open their gates

A series of Focus Farm field days will discuss findings over the past two years and how this information can be used to advantage on other farms. The focus farm budgets for production, financials and feeding have been developed to maximise recovery from the difficult position recovering from the dry times and dealing with the new milk price. Focus Farm Open Days will run from 11am-2pm at:
  • Mirboo North Focus Farm on Thursday August 11
  • Leongatha South Focus Farm, Cashin's Rd, Leongatha South on Friday August 19.
More? Tony Platt 0477 440 339 or TPlatt@dairyaustralia.com.au

Thinking of stepping up or back?

GippsDairy, Dairy Australia and Gippsland Young Dairy Network have designed workshops to provide development opportunities for dairy people. Stepping Up Stepping Back aims to help farmers consider the options available to them as they transition into or out of the dairy industry. These interactive workshops will be delivered by John Mulvany, OMJ Consulting from 9.45am-3pm on September 1 in Leongatha Lunch included. Please RSVP. More? GippsDairy 5624 3900 or executiveassistant@gippsdairy.com.au

Show us your daffodils!

The Leongatha Horticultural Society 60th Daffodil and Floral Show 2016 will be opened by Stephen Ryan, TV Presenter and writer at 3.30pm Thursday, August 25 in the Memorial Hall, McCartin St, Leongatha. The Show features daffodils, floral art, cut flowers, Australian plants, camellias, plant stall and refreshments on:
  • Thursday, August 25 from 2-5pm
  • Friday, August 26 from 9am-5pm
  • Saturday, August 27 from 9am-4pm
More? Sue Thompson 5668 6334

Baw Baw’s pet owners have new requirements

Baw Baw Shire Council has made new orders under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, which require: dogs to be on-leash in public places except areas designated as dogs off leash areas, mandatory de-sexing of newly registered cats from six months of age unless exempt under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, and a 24 hour cat curfew which requires cat owners to keep their cats contained to their property at all times. More? Visit www.bawbawshire.vic.gov.au/Latest-News/New-Requirements-for-Pet-Owners

Doveton shows its stuff!

The Doveton Show from 10am-4pm on Sunday September 18 at Myuna Farm, 182 Kidds Rd, Doveton, features interactive craft stalls, a kids area, food stalls, entertainment and lots more. Entry by gold coin donation. More? Doveton Show Committee info@dovetonshow.org.au

Registrations open for Landcare conference

Registrations are now open for the 2016 National Landcare Conference and Awards, to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from September 21-23. The conference program focuses on Collaborative Communities – Landcare in Action, with keynote speeches being delivered by Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery, and Don Bourke, Presenter and Executive Producer of Australia’s beloved Burke’s Backyard. More? http://nationallandcareconference.org.au/delegate-information

Are you a young grower on a mission?

Expressions of interest are sought for the 2016 Young Grower Industry Leadership and Development Mission to Chile, Argentina and Brazil from September 11-25. More? Visit http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b8253b4bd037aa8f75364d0c5&id=18fcd46c86&e=b539e975cf

Hand over your opinions on lupins

Comment is sought on a proposal considering options to regulate food containing lupin as a food allergen. Submissions close July 28. More? Click here

Help save the bees

Landcare has launched a donation campaign to establish specially equipped tracker hives. Visit http://landcareaustralia.gofundraise.com.au/ And if you're an apiarist seeking new bushland for your bees, or you're a landholder will to host hives, visit our hugely popular Wannabee Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wannabee-Linking-Gippsland-farmers-and-beekeepers/679159508860803

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 www.ruralfinance.com.au or 1800 260 425

People work to protect the environment

West Coast Catchment Management Authority (WCCMA) is showcasing farmers who are working to protect waterways including:

Make government work for you

A free ‘Gov4U’ seminar for small business operators will be jointly delivered by the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, a Skills Adviser from the Industry Skills Fund and the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. The seminar will provide information on the advice, support and grants available from the three tiers of government that can help your business grow and become more sustainable. The seminar will be held on August 2 from 6-8pm in the Mornington Shire Offices, 2 Queen St, Mornington. To book, click here.

Plan for business growth

Baw Baw Shire Council is hosting a Business Planning for Growth, two day workshop. Sessions run from 9am-5pm on Wednesday August 24 and Tuesday August 30. The cost is $200 per business (up to two people per business). Bookings are essential. More? Baw Baw Shire Council 5624 2411 or bawbaw@bawbawshire.vic.gov.au

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? enquiries@landcareaustralia.com.au

Book in for breakfast

Dates for the 2016 Business Breakfast Series have been confirmed as:
  • Wednesday September 28 at the Cranbourne Racing Centre, Grant St, Cranbourne with food educator Stephanie Alexander
  • 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 rewilson@casey.vic.gov.au

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

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

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:
  • 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 arons.aarons@ecodev.vic.gov.au

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: July 26; August 9, 23; September 6, 20; October 4, 18.
  • Bass Coast Shire Council Civic Centre, 76 McBride Ave, Wonthaggi on August 9, October 11
  • Cowes Customer Service Centre, 91-97 Thompson Ave, Cowes on September 13, November 8
  • Toomah Community Centre, 15 Golden Green St, Pakenham on July 26
To book a mentoring session please visit the Small Business Mentoring Service or contact your relevant local council.

Plan for a better business

A business planning workshop on Wednesday, August 24 from 6-8pm at the Toomah Community Centre, 18 Golden Green St, Pakenham will help participants to navigate the business planning process, create a clear one page plan for their business, and understand the business frameworks that will help to fast track success. The cost of participation is $20. More? 5941 2389

Victorian Export Awards now open

Applications for the Governor of Victoria Export Awards close on July 31. More? www.business.vic.gov.au/exportawards

Nominations open in Rabobank leadership awards

Nominations have opened for the 2016 Rabobank Leadership Awards, recognising the contribution of senior and emerging leaders in the success of Australia and New Zealand’s food and agribusiness industries. Nominations for both awards can be made on the Rabobank Leadership Awards website at: https://www.rabobankleadershipawards.com/nominations/. Award nominations close on July 31.

Scholarship encourages youth into agribusiness

Agribusiness Australia (formerly the Agribusiness Association of Australia) is supporting a multi-year scholarship encouraging young Australians to undertake tertiary education in agriculture. Applications close at 5pm on August 12. More? www.agribusiness.asn.au/news/encouraging-australias-youth-to-choose-a-career-in-agribusiness

Looking for a grant?

The free government Grant Finder helps find grants and assistance programmes that are relevant to your own business. More? http://www.business.gov.au/grants-and-assistance/grant-finder

Resource Assessment Grants are now available

Sustainability Victoria is offering grants to help Victorian businesses get more out of the materials they purchase and save money. Funding of up to $10,000 is available to eligible small and medium sized businesses to review activities, and identify, and implement resource efficiency improvements. Application due by Friday August 5. More? Rodney Pugh 8626 8791 or rodney.pugh@sustainability.vic.gov.au or visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/resource-assessment-grants

Move your business into the future

The Future Industries Manufacturing Program is a Victorian Government initiative offering grants of up to $500,000. Victorian businesses implementing new manufacturing technologies and processes that generate new jobs and provide a critical foundation for growth are eligible for the funding. There's a 3:1 funding requirement. http://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/future-industries/future-industries-manufacturing-program

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 graham.scott@rdv.vic.gov.au

Do you have a small to medium export business?

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

JOBS: A free feature in GippyAGchat

Times being what they are, we are running free job ads. If you’re seeking work, or workers, please flick an email to susanw@ptarmigan.com.au and we’ll give you a free plug. No large files, no photos, no sales pitches and full contact details, please.
 
WORK AVAILABLE:
 
Regional membership coordinator sought by the Victorian Farmers’ Federation for a position based in Warragul with travel across the region. Applicants will have experience in and a passion for the dairy industry. Tertiary qualifications, while a plus, are not essential. Applicants require the ability to communicate with dairy farmers, knowledge of the dairy industry and dairy farming practices, excellent verbal and written communication skills and outstanding rapport-building skills. Salary: $60,000-$70,000/year plus superannuation and a company car. Deadline: 5pm Monday August 8. More? www.vff.org.au/careers
 
Slaughtermen/Slicers/Boners sought by leading export meat manufacturer situated in Lance Creek and Moe. More? Sunny Wilson 5674 9300 or sunny.wilson@tabro.com.au

Teacher – Animal Studies, Behaviour and Training for Box Hill Institute Group. Full-time ongoing position providing high quality course materials and teaching to short course, domestic, and VETiS students. You will have relevant industry qualifications such as a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Diploma of Animal Technology, Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services, or a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. You must have the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110) or be willing to complete it. Comprehensive animal husbandry including animal breeding experience is desirable. Deadline 9am, Thursday 4 August. More? k.rutherford@boxhill.edu.au
 
Farm Assistants, part time or full time, for Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Phillip Island. You will have demonstrated experience in shearing sheep, crops, livestock, horses and paddock management and maintaining all farm and heritage machinery. You will have excellent communication skills, with experience in giving presentations to visitors, and be prepared to work weekends and participate in holiday programs. You will be fit, understand and adhere to OHS policy and practice, hold a driver’s licence to drive a manual vehicle. Salary $26.36/ hour. Deadline Wednesday 3 August. More? www.penguins.org.au\employment  
 
Workers to plant seedlings at Yarram for about two months. You need lace-up steel-cap boots, long pants, long-sleeve hi-vis shirt, wide-brim hat, gloves, safety glasses, food and water. You must be able to pass a drug saliva test. Transport to and from work site is supplied. Accommodation at own expense. This work counts towards second-year visa. Michael@hibbens.com.au
 
Farm hand for 340-cow, 900 acre farm at Clydebank near Sale. Vacancy for about three months, expect to work about 50hrs/week. Work will involve milking (new 60 unit rapid-release herringbone dairy), calf-rearing, tractor work, spraying weeds, etc. Prefer some relevant experience and you will be reliable, honest, and fit.  Farm cottage available. Good pay rate. Prefer someone to start about 1 August. More? Sandra 0419 200 512

Live-in farmhand at Lillico, near Warragul for milking, feeding, tractor work and general cleaning and maintenance. Salary $41K plus super. Some experience with dairy or horses preferred. Might suit a second year visa applicant. Accommodation, board and a car available, to be deducted from weekly salary. More? Will 0439978322
 
Vets, one experienced and one graduate for Gippsland Veterinary Hospital.
For graduate position you will have recently undertaken your Bachelor of Veterinary Science or equivalent degree recognised in Australia and be registered/able to become registered in Victoria.
For the experienced position: you will be capable of providing mixed animal veterinary services to a very high standard with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science or equivalent degree recognised in Australia and 3+ years' experience in a busy mixed veterinary practice as well as registration or eligible for registration in Victoria. You will also hold a current and valid Australian driver's licence. More?@apiam.com.au
 
Ranger for State Coal Mine at Wonthaggi. Full-time ongoing role. You will have demonstrated experience in a customer service, volunteer coordination and/or business support role in a culturally or environmentally significant tourist venue and able to join a seven-day/week rostered team, including taking directions as necessary. You will be able to work underground in confined spaces and ensure the State Coal Mine operations continue to meet WorkSafe compliance standards. Deadline Friday 5 August. More? www.careers.vic.gov.au    
 
Ranger, for Parks Victoria at Sale. Full time fixed-term role to work as part of a small team and undertake directed weekend work for a total of up to 20 days to educate the public on our parks and environment. You will have a certificate or diploma in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management and/or equivalent experience in a similar field and demonstrated experience and knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Work, Excel and Outlook. Deadline Friday 5 August. More? www.careers.vic.gov.au    

Experienced meat export sales representative sought by leading meat exporter manufacturer for a position in the Bass Coast Shire. This is a full-time position, focusing on the overseas and domestic meat markets. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing strong relationships with customers to grow sales volume and profitability across the entire product range. You will have experience in the export meat industry, an understanding of meat cuts and boning specifications, understanding of the red meat market and demonstrate a proven sales history. More? Sunny Wilson sunny.wilson@tabro.com.au
 
Farm hand sought to assist the manager on a large family-owned property at Merricks North. The role involves the operation of machinery, work with livestock, maintaining fencing and general day to day farm operations. Prior farm experience preferred but not essential. This is a casual position initially, working between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday and occasional weekend work, potentially full-time. More? gabby@pac.com.au
 
Consulting arborists wanted for firm based at Rowville. Applicants will have a minimum diploma in Arboriculture/Horticulture or an international equivalent. People currently studying AHC10 Arboriculture Diploma are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be familiar with Tree Protection Orders, Tree, Environment and Planning Legislation, Native Vegetation Act and Environmental Overlay and have at least three years practical hands-on experience working on tree maintenance crews and experience operating elevated work platforms and/or rope and harness tree climbing. Applicants will have a high level of computer literacy, in particular Excel and Word. Experience with field data collection units is desirable. Applicants must demonstrate that they will further their education to the level of a Senior Arboriculturist (AQF Level 6). Further study is also available to the level of a Scientific Arboriculturist. Interstate contracts will require employees to travel. Applicants must be able to pass a Police Check, Working with Children Check, a full medical assessment and hold a current full Australian drivers licence. More? www.enspec.com
 
Farm manager wanted for commercially operated hydroponic berry facility in west Gippsland for crop management, including fertigation, QA, management of glass house and environmental control system, record keeping and analysis and supervision of farm labour. Applicants will have a berry or hydroponic background. More? hr@mecrus.com.au
 
Senior engagement officer, community based emergency management wanted by the Department of Justice and Regulation, based in Traralgon/Latrobe Valley for a VPS5, full-time, two-year fixed term to develop and implement a community-based project to meet the community engagement priorities identified in the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry - Victorian Implementation Plan (2016). This position requires some travel and flexible working hours to meet community and organisational needs. Applicants will have demonstrated experience and understanding of CBEM processes in Victoria, community-centred design and collaboration, emergency management planning arrangements and systems and processes including Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Deadline: midnight July 31. More? Steve Cameron 0409 160 571
 
Tree hand wanted for Yarra Valley wholesale production nursery managing a team of up to 10 staff and ensuring all areas within your section are weed and pest-free and utilise industry-best practices. Applicants will be horticulture-qualified and have at least five years tree production experience in a wholesale production nursery environment. The incumbent will be a good communicator, able to get the best out of the team and provide effective communication with other departments. Forklift licence, Chemical Users Certificate and other machinery tickets an advantage. More? 9716 1514
 
Propagation Manager sought by Yarra Valley wholesale production nursery to manage a team of up to 10 staff and ensure all areas within your section are weed and pest-free and utilise industry-best practices. Applicants will be horticulture-qualified and have at least five years tree production experience in a wholesale production nursery environment. The incumbent will be a good communicator, able to get the best out of the team and provide effective communication with other departments. Forklift licence, Chemical Users Certificate and other machinery tickets an advantage. More? 9716 1514
 
Casual Production Nursery Workers sought by Haars nursery on the Mornington Peninsula. Applicants must be flexible and willing to work in all weather conditions. This is an outdoor, hands-on role. More? admin@haarsnursery.com.au
 
Writers sought with an experience in homesteading, gardening, raising livestock animals, and self-sufficiency lifestyle to become regular bloggers. Some off-diary articles required, copy length around 2000 words. The role involves working directly in Wordpress. Applicants will already have a strong social media following (mainly Pinterest), and have written for blogs and publications and be able to provide original photos. More? Suggest some article titles and fill out this form: http://bit.ly/29Xs8ji
 
Dairy farm hands sought for large dairy farm at Yanakie in South Gippsland, working 40 to 60 hours/week, five days on, two days off. Pay is from $17.70 to $19.25 per hour depending on experience, with overtime at penalty rates. Housing available for rent at $15/night, deducted from payments. Vehicle and valid drivers licence preferred, but not essential. Applicants must be fit and able to work long hours including early morning and late nights. The position qualifies for the three-month regional work requirement. More? Phil 0417 508 165
 
Dairy milking hand sought at Gormandale for Edgar Farms in a full-time position, working minimum 38 hours/week under the guidance of the dairy supervisor. Applicants will have a current drivers licence and reliable transport. An hourly rate of $18-$22 per hour is offered, negotiable on skills and experience, plus holiday/sick leave plus superannuation plus penalty rates. A house is available for discounted rent near the farm. More? Ross 0427 977 320
 
Dairy farm worker sought for 600-cow farm near Maffra. Applicants will have experience in dairying, be enthusiastic and be able to work well within a team of six people. Own transport is essential as there is no on farm accommodation however there are several options off farm. More? Trudy Aorakipark@gmail.com
 
Orchard assistant sought for Battunga apple orchards near Warragul. Applicants will be competent in all aspects of modern, high-density orchard operation including tractors/machinery operation and maintenance, spraying, irrigation and fertiliser/fertigation as well as weed/pest knowledge. Chemical Certificate and Fork Lift Licence are desirable. During busy periods work outside normal working hours will be required. More? sarah@battungaorchards.com.au
 
Production nursery assistant sought by Yarra Valley production nursery in a fulltime in outdoor wholesale containerised production nursery. Training will be provided on the job, and no specific skills are required. Experience in the industry is preferred, but not essential. The applicant must have a drivers licence, transport, and a MR licence is preferred, but not essential. More? toolangiwholesale@netspace.net.au
 
Area sales and nutrition manager specialising in dairy sales and nutrition wanted for highly specialised animal nutrition products company. The work territory is Leongatha-based and covers South Gippsland. The incumbent will be responsible for all technical and marketing communication. Applicants will have a degree in agricultural science or animal science, experience in a similar role and must be willing to travel. More? Annie Fu 0431 618 886
 
Horticulturalist sought by Baw Baw Shire Council, for full-time, permanent role. Salary: $26.98/hour. Applicants will have a Certificate of Horticulture or equivalent and extensive experience including experience in operating plant and equipment, including attachments, and a current Victorian Drivers Licence. More? www.bawbawshire.vic.gov.au
 
Assistant agronomist/trials administrator sought by leading European plant and nutrition organisation within the Australian agribusiness sector. The position is for one fixed day per week to assist the team collecting samples and performing various trials and produce field reports after analysing the results. The role is ideal for a candidate who is currently studying an agricultural degree, preferably science based, and looking for a role to complement their studies with a global business. Applicants will come from an agricultural background, have strong verbal and written communication skills and have developed diagnostics and decision-making skills. Applicants will also have access to their own vehicle with a current drivers licence. More? Ryan Hoiberg 9645 5200
 
Operations Supervisor sought by Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs at Clyde for a role working Tuesday-Saturday to oversee the daily packing and distribution of microgreens and garnishing products. Applicants will have a firm understanding of farm or commercial production processes, with minimum two-years experience in a supervisory role, be good with numbers, computer literate and aware of food safety practices. Vietnamese-language skills are desirable. More? 9001 1655
 
Animal placements co-ordinator wanted for pet boarding service. Salary: $45k plus bonus. Applicants will have proven experience within the pet care or similar industry, successful history with small business administration and be competent in standard office systems and software (including Google Apps). Animal­ handling experience is preferred. More? employment@woofersworld.com.au
 
Export assistant sought by Momack Produce in Koo Wee Rup to focus on logistics, sales/marketing and business development. The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator and with experience in horticultural exports. The company will consider applications from candidates in related industries with sales and marketing skills and who are considering a career move into horticulture. The incumbent will be able to work flexibly including weekend work in September, October and November and be able to communicate with international customers. Additional language skills would be an advantage. More? momack@momack.com.au
 
WORK SOUGHT:
 
Welding work wanted: A Gippslander is starting a mobile welding business and seeking rural work welding or fabrication More? https://www.facebook.com/danny.laws
 
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 tammieburns1@gmail.com
 
Chemical/Process Engineer - Waste, Water, and Bioenergy: Laurent Pochat-Pochatoux is an experienced chemical/process engineer specialised in water treatment, waste recovery and bioenergy, focussing on the bioremediation of industrial effluents using algae, as well as the subsequent production of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts. More? Laurent Pochat-Pochatoux 0432 159 853 or pochatoux@gmail.com
 
Students are now available for work: Federation University Australia offers direct access to Gippsland’s students for part-time, casual, full-time/graduate, vacation and volunteer opportunities. Motivated and committed staff are available from accounting, nursing, sciences, engineering, marketing, HR and PR/comms/media courses. More? Liana 5122 6245 or liana.brennan@federation.edu.au
 
Employers wanted for agricultural graduates: Employers sought for well-trained, job-ready agricultural and horticultural graduates with nationally recognised post-diploma qualifications, Australian work experience, certifications, permits and licenses. Prospective employers can trial graduates for three to six months. www.ruralskills.com.au/about-us/australian-college-of-agriculture-and-horticulture/employers-wanted-for-agricultural-graduates/
 
Environmental planning and vegetation design: Springbank Ecosystems offers flora and fauna surveys, EMPs for sub-division applications, weed/animal management, revegetation plans for extraction companies, specialised native orchid ID and staff training.
More? Libby Lambert 5657 2387 or lamberte@tpg.com.au
 
Market your business more effectively: Award-winning marketer/business consultant with strong agricultural background can offer strategies to place your business in the public eye.  More? John 0457 065 425
 
Need staff? Try 12 or six months of cost-effective undergraduate recruits from accounting, sciences, marketing, HR and PR/comms/media. Candidates available for paid full-time or half-time placements. More? Annette lssibl@swin.edu.au or 9214 8753 or Karen kpomeranz@swin.edu.au or 9215 7136
 
Fire management planning: Consultant to prepare sustainable fire management plans for your property or small reserve. More? Helen Bull 0400 310 188 or h.bull@bigpond.com
 
Seeking admin/clerical work: For any type of administrative/clerical type work (consulting, part time or job share – even if it is only a few hours per week). I have a current ABN and tertiary qualifications in business studies, taxation and financial planning. More? Greg Lewis on 0439 523 871 or gregorynlewis@southernphone.com.au

Agritourism dossier available

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

Country racing is off and … well … racing

Meetings in July: 25-Yarra Valley, 31 Pakenham; Meetings in August: 3-Sale, 5-Pakenham, 6-Bairnsdale, 8-Yarra Valley, 13-Cranbourne, 16-Pakenham, 18-Sale. More? 1300 139 402 or visit www.countryracing.com.au

Quote of the week

Sara Pascoe “You can’t lose a homing pigeon. If your homing pigeon doesn’t come back, then what you’ve lost is a pigeon.”

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Gippy Diary

DATE EVENT LOCATION CONTACT
Jul 25 Country Race Meet Yarra Valley Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Jul 26 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Jul 26 Small Business Mentoring Service Pakenham Chrissy Lloyd 5945 4387
Jul 27 Tactics for Tight Times Farm Day Yarragon Karen Romano 5624 3900
Jul 27 Funding Avenues and Financial Analysis Drouin Baw Baw Shire Council 5624 2411
Jul 28 Agribusiness Gippsland 2016 roundtable…technology>change>future Warragul agribusinessgippsland@gmail.com
Jul 29 Dairy Farmer Support Day Warragul Bec Olsson 0417 363 799
Jul 30 Export Preparation Workshop Warragul Aaron Campbell 5624 2411
Jul 31 Country Race Meet Pakenham Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Aug 2 Gov4U Seminar Mornington www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=196720
Aug 2, 9, 16, 23 Develop and Review Business Plans Warragul Tony Seymour 0429 000 301
Aug 3 Ute Drive – Paddock Walk Duston Downs Janice Dowe 0488 600 209
Aug 3 Country Race Meet Sale Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Aug 4 Tactics for Tight Times Farm Day Loch Karen Romano 5624 3900
Aug 4 Denison Dairy Discussion Group Denison Donna 0409 178 624
Aug 5 Country Race Meet Pakenham Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Aug 5, 12 Farm Chemical Users Course Leongatha Tony Seymour 0429 000 301
Aug 6 Country Race Meet Pakenham Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Aug 8 Country Race Meet Yarra Valley Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Aug 9 Small Business Mentoring Service Wonthaggi Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Aug 9 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Aug 11 Focus Farm Field Day Mirboo North Tony Platt 0477 440 339
Aug 13 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Aug 15 Small Business Bus Sale Business Victoria 13 22 15
Aug 16 Country Race Meet Pakenham Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Aug 16 Women Making it Work AGM Narre Warren South WMIW 0407 009 656
Aug 17 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Aug 18 Country Race Meet Sale Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Aug 19 Focus Farm Open Day Leongatha South 0477 440 339
Aug 19 Bass Coast Business Awards Presentation Dinner San Remo Emilie Barkley 1300 226 278
Aug 21, 30 Business Planning Workshop Drouin Aaron Campbell 5624 2438
Aug 23 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Aug 24 Business Planning Centre Pakenham Toomah Community Centre 5941 2389
Aug 24, 30 Business Planning for Growth   Baw Baw Shire Council 5624 2411
Aug 25-27 Leongatha Horticultural Society 60th Daffodil and Floral Show Leongatha Sue Thompson 5668 6334
Aug 26 Women’s Business Lunch with Naomi Simson Pakenham
Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
Aug 27 Vintage Wine Degustation Dinner Kardella South Djinta Djinta Winery 5658 1163
Aug 28 Frankston and South Eastern Wine Show Mt Martha Frankston Amateur Winemakers Guild 0466 066 907
Sep 1 Stepping Up, Stepping Back Leongatha, V GippsDairy 5624 3900
Sep 6 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Sep 8-9 Rural Women Uncovered 2016 Phillip Island VFF 1300 882 833
Sep 9, 16 Farm Chemical Users Course Warragul Tony Seymour 0429 000 301
Sep 10 Merriman Creek Landcare Group 30th Anniversary Celebration   Melissa Ainsworth 0437 640 634
Sep 13 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Sep 14 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Sep 16 Casey Cardinia Business Awards Gala Dinner Pakenham Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
Sep 18 Doveton Show Doveton Doveton Show Committee info@dovetonshow.org.au
Sep 20 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Sep 21-23 2016 National Landcare Conference Melbourne  
Sep 22 2016 National Landcare Awards Melbourne  
Sep 28 Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast Cranbourne Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
Oct 4 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Oct 7, 14 Farm Chemical Users Course Yarram Tony Seymour 0429 000 301
Oct 11 Small Business Mentoring Service Wonthaggi Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Oct 18 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Oct 19 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Nov 8 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Nov 16 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Nov 23 Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast Cranbourne Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
 
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