Conference round-up, major regional appointment and farewell to our EO ... lots of big news in this edition



15 August 2016

Edition 130

In this issue

- Catch the chat from our conference
- Our first scholarship
- Chair on regional partnership panel
- Our EO to leave
- Major wins for Gippy cheesemakers
- Dairy: we're with you
- Patties buyout
- East Gipps beef conference opens
- Casey food fest

-Scholarships, grants, funding & awards
PLUS: LOTS of jobs!
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Standing-room only conference delivers big-time

The biggest-ever Agribusiness Gippsland annual conference saw more last-minute chairs, and standing room only as more than 130 people people gathered at Lardner Park late last month.
Harold Mitchell AM was a keynote speaker and you can share some of his insights in these reports and
CBRE's Danny Thomas delivered insights into ag real estate investment. and Fonterra's Fabrizio Jorge detailed the world milk glut Dr Christine Pitt identified growth opportunities in red meat and
See full presentations from the conference at
Some of the attendees at our annual conference were agribusiness students from University of Melbourne and Latrobe University sponsored by Agriculture Victoria and Brialan Pastoral Company. We thank them for supporting these farm leaders of the future. We also thank our other sponsors RASV and Baw Baw Shire Council. We thank Djinta Djinta wines for their kind donation and Gippsland Farmer for helping with publicity. We also thank Jeanette Severs who donated her skills as conference photographer And, as ever, we thank the jolly crew at Lardner Park.

Our inaugural agribusiness scholarship awarded

Agriculture minister Jaala Pulford opened our annual conference and presented the inaugural Margaret Norwood agribusiness ambassador scholarship to Breanna Downes-Smith.
A former student of Kurnai College at Churchill, she has chosen a career in agriculture after completing a Bachelor of Medical Bioscience.
Addressing the Agribusiness Gippsland conference she explained how work experience with the Agriculture Victoria's Best Wool Best Lamb team altered her career aim from being a haematologist to that of becoming a production animal vet. She has done placement at Sichuan University, China, she is a volunteer VCE science teacher at Kurnai College, a project fire fighter and a member of the Gippsland Obedience Dog Club. The $500 scholarship is to honour Margaret Norwood, the late wife of one of our long-serving directors. Margaret was always a valued member of the Agribusiness Gippsland team at our annual conferences - ensuring first-class check-ins at the registration desk.

From the chair's desk ...

Paul Ford, chair of Agribusiness Gippsland writes: "Later this month our executive officer Sue Webster will leave Agribusiness Gippsland to take up an exciting new role as Communications Team Leader with the Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program. This is a two-year, $13.7m initiative detailed in the Agricultural White Paper and delivered by Southern Cross University in partnership with the Federal Government.
"Sue has been our executive officer for eight years. She brought to our organisation a broad network of contacts, passion for the Gippsland region, drive to increase productivity in the region’s 6500 farms and mentoring to develop young talent in the sector. Sue’s best known for the monthly GippyAgChat newsletter that is eagerly sought by more than 10,000 recipients. Readers are located around the world and GippyAgChat showcases the very best of agribusiness in the region.
"All the members of the board thank Sue for her significant contribution to building Agribusiness Gippsland. Her work has made a significant contribution to raising the importance of the sector to the Gippsland region. We wish her well in the exciting new role on which she is embarking."

Members of regional partnership announced

We are delighted that our chair Paul Ford has been appointed deputy chair of the new Gippsland Regional Partnership. The Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford congratulated the eight inaugural community members of the Andrews Labor Government’s new Gippsland Regional Partnership. Other members are
  • Ms Maree McPherson, Chair of the Gippsland Regional Partnership
  • Ms Mary Aldred, CEO, Committee for Gippsland
  • Ms Jane Anderson, Regional Director, Anglicare Victoria
  • Mr Roland Davies, Executive Manager, Development and Projects, AGL Loy Yang
  • Ms Jane Ponting, Executive Officer, East Gippsland Local Learning and Employment Network
  • Ms Valerie Prokopiv, President, Gippsland Trades and Labour Council
  • Mr Terry Robinson, CEO, Destination Gippsland

Dairy: we are on your side

A Tactics for Tight Times on-farm day will be held at 180 Browne and Johnstone’s Rd, Middle Tarwin on August 25 from 11am-2pm. The day, facilitated by Matt Harms, will look at finance management, winter management and setting up for spring. Farmers Jonathon and Esther Hoffman; and Leo and Karen Argento will discuss the tactics used on their farms. Please RSVP. More? GippsDairy 5624 3900

A Tactics for Tight Times on farm day on September 15 from 11am-2pm at a location to be confirmed in the Macalister Irrigation District will look at finance management, spring feed management and discuss tactics to manage through the challenging year. Come along to hear farmers talking tactics. Please RSVP for more information. More? GippsDairy 5624 3900

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.

Berrys Creek is the top cheese!

Congratulations to Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese, home of the world's best soft blue vein cheese. They scored the highest points in that class at the annual international cheese awards held at Nantwich in the UK. The Gippsland cheesemaker also scored a very high commendation in the class for soft cheese made with unpasteurised raw milk class. And more cheers for Maffra Cheese company which won top honours in the best extra-mature/vintage cheddar and soft/semi-soft awards in the Australian-only category.

Names in the news

Jo Kingwill, formerly the Executive Assistant & Marketing Coordinator for CCG is to become the EO of Committee for Gippsland.
...AND: Yannathan dairy farmer Noel Campbell has been appointed as eastern Victoria’s levy payer representative on the dairy industry’s recently established Levy Poll Advisory Committee. The committee will determine if a change to the level or structure of the dairy R&D levy should be recommended – and a poll held as a result
...PLUS: Four Gippsland MG suppliers are contesting the regional vacancy on the co-ops board. They are Timothy Dwyer of Newry, Raelene Hanratty of Maffra West Upper, Kelvin Jackson of Toora and Bernhard Lubitz of Leongatha.
...ALSO: The new Wandin-based Strawberry Industry Development Officer is Slobodan Vujovic who will work with growers, industry and other stakeholders to facilitate the development of industry. His contact details are M: 0422 583 784 and E:

Casey food and wine producers wanted

Casey Council is seeking expressions of interest for stallholders to showcase their wares at the first ever Casey Food and Wine Festival. The event will be held at the Old Cheese Factory in Berwick on Saturday November 5 and organisers are expecting between 3000-5000 people. The event will receive substantial marketing and reach all homes in the municipality. EOI are expected before September 9. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Find out more and submit an EOI

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

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

Do you have an idea for a Landcare project?

Expressions of Interest for individuals, landholders and groups in the West Gippsland region are now open. Projects can revegetate land, fence off waterways, conduct land trials, protect remnant vegetation and more. Submit EOIs at: More? Kathleen Brack 03 5613 5966 or

Climate change adaption project is winding up

The Climate Resilience Project will end on November 7. Agribusiness Gippsland supported the original application for the project, so we are pleased to see the project is highly productive with a number of events approaching (mentioned elsewhere in this newsletter). Federation University has been engaged to evaluate the project and are seeking respondents to a survey. Take the survey at:
The project will close with an event on October 25 with a dinner and short videos showcasing case studies run through the project. More? Jill Vella 5662 9200 or

West Gippy Landcarers up for awards

West Gippsland has three finalists in the National Landcare Awards that take place in Melbourne next month:
  • Kate Williams: ManpowerGroup Young Landcare Leader Award
  • Yarram Yarram Landcare Network: Coastcare Award
  • David McAninly: Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award
Also, Drouin South locals Trevor and Ann-Marie Mills are finalists Australian Government Innovation in Sustainable Farm Practices Award. Read more at: and vote in the People’s Choice Award.

Think beef, mean business

This year’s East Gippsland Beef Conference ‘Think beef, mean business’ in Bairnsdale on Tuesday August 16, combines a traditional conference and field trips to three progressive family farm businesses:
  • Bonaccord Ingram – Vegetable grower and beef producer, a large-scale family business employing 200 workers
  • Treasure’s Wuk Wuk Beef – Award-winning small beef and meat supply business, employing niche marketing
  • Beasley’s Emu Park – evidence-based agriculture.
Click here for full conference details and registration. More? Craig Bush 0427 943 155 or

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

Do you manage pests or weeds?

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) is conducting a survey on pest animal and weed management. Owners / managers of agricultural properties are asked to complete a short survey before September 30 at

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 or 9am-4:30pm at the newly established 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

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.

Mt Lyall Landcare celebrates 25 years

The Mt Lyall Landcare lunch and AGM will celebrate the group’s 25th anniversary on Sunday August 28 from 11.30am at 148 Ogilvys Ln, Poowong. RSVP by August 25 for catering purposes. More? Frank Bugeja 0411 293 983 or email

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? Email
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Get on the CART

The Catchment Action Round Table (CART), hosted by the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority will be held on Tuesday August 23 from 9:30am-3:30pm at the Cardinia Shire Civic Centre, 20 Siding Ave, Officer. Participants will:
  • Develop projects for landscape change within the catchment
  • Prepare for funding opportunities for projects
  • Learn about philanthropic organisations - eligibility and funding for projects
  • Network opportunities to find partners and collaborators for projects
  • Understand and integrate aspirations from indigenous organisations

Film focuses on collecting to land and community

The Climate Resilience Project will host a screening of Polyface on Friday August 26 at 7pm at the Fish Creek Hall with speakers Amelia Bright from Amber Creek farm and Tom Nicholas from Healthy Soils Australia discussing regenerative agriculture in Australia. Please RSVP. More? Bec Matthews 5682 1101

I drive a ute!

The next Southern Farming Systems (SFS) Gippsland ute drive will be held on Wednesday September 28 in the Toongabbie, Winnindoo/Rosedale area and concludes with a BBQ. More? Janice Dowe 0488 600 209

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 visit

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 or

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

Hop on to making to most of the new rabbit virus

A rabbit workshop will help participants make the most of the RHDV1 K5 rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus release. The workshop will discuss rabbit control and more on Tuesday August 30 from 1.30-4.30pm at 85 T Boags Rd, Tarwin Lower. RSVP essential. More? South Gippsland Landcare Network 5662 5759 or

GRDC opens tender for facilitator/coordinator

The GRDC wishes to engage a contractor or contractors that can facilitate and coordinate its three Regional Cropping Solution Networks across the Southern Region. The successful applicant will be required to identify, report and work with the GRDC to address local RD&E issues and opportunities that drive major profitability improvement for grain growers. The contract will be for a five year period commencing in early October. Applications close at 2pm on Wednesday August 31. More? GRDC website

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.
  • the carpark at the Cranbourne Homemaker Centre (Opposite Officeworks), Cnr Thompsons Rd and South Gippsland Hwy on August 16 from 10am-4pm. Book here 
  • outside the DELWP Office, 71-79 Hotham St, Traralgon on August 16 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:
    • Warragul on September 9, 16
    • Yarram on October 7, 14
Enrollment essential. More? Robin Bell 0427 574 229 or Tony Seymour 0429 000 301

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:

Spend time with your workplace relations

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) has organised a workplace relations workshop in Warragul on August 25 for all farmers who employ staff or any service providers working in human resources (HR) area. The workshop will provide information on the latest workplace relations laws, employment laws, human resources and superannuation developments. The session is open to members and non-members, and is free to all. A light lunch is provided. It will be held at Warragul Country Club and starts at 12 noon. RSVP is essential. More? VFF 1300 442 481 or email

Start the discussion at agribusiness summit

The Australia China Entrepreneurs Dialogue is hosting the Australia Agri-Food Innovation Summit 2016 from September 13-15 at the Pullman and Mercure Melbourne, Albert Park. The summit aims to share Australian cutting edge technology and creative business ideas with Chinese and Australians, creating partnership and bridging gaps between the groups. Keynote speakers include:
  • Paul Ford, Chair of Agribusiness Gippsland
  • Dr Mathew Cook, CSIRO Agriculture and Food
  • Dr Dave Henry, CSIRO Agriculture and Food
  • German Spangenberg, Executive Director of AgriBio
  • Timothy Burrow, CEO of Agribusiness Australia,…and more
Registration for the Summit and gala dinner is $400 for members of Agribusiness Gippsland (promotion code AFFIS37582); $590 for general admission. The gala dinner only is $290 for general admission. Click here for a program. Click here for a sponsorship proposal. More? 9631 8100 or

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 or visit

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.

What’s that on your back?

Cow manure is being used in the manufacture of clothes in a novel venture to prevent damage to the environment due to over-production of manure…

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

Put your pests on the map

The FeralScan community pest animal mapping program has been updated so that photos of pest animals, pest impacts or pest control activities can be uploaded to the FeralScan Map. More?

Tickets sales to small business festival close soon

Baw Baw Shire Council is reminding small business owners to get their tickets to Baw Baw's Gippsland Small Business Festival main event before ticket sales close on August 16. More? Visit

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?

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 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? or

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 Leongatha South Focus Farm, Cashin's Rd, Leongatha South on Friday August 19. More? Tony Platt 0477 440 339 or

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

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

Thinking of growing and milling gums?

Growing and Milling Timber from Plantation Eucalypts is an Otway Agroforestry Network event, promoted via the Gippsland Agroforestry Network, on Friday August 26 from 10.30am-3.30pm at 80 Pennyroyal Station Rd, Deans Marsh. Cost: $10 for members, $15 non-members. RSVP by August 23. More? Andrew Stewart 0488 363 277 or

First beef, now goat...

The red meat drought is getting serious…/8a10d3876145be92416335df…

New law for open-air burning in Baw Baw

The Baw Baw Shire Council Community Local Law 2016 has been adopted and, as a result, new regulations apply to where open air burning is allowed, when a permit is needed and where it is prohibited. The zoning of land is the determining factor in whether or not open air burning is allowed. Land zones are classified as either residential, low density residential, rural and other land. This differs to the previous local law where land size was the determining factor. More? Visit

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

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?

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

Is your horse getting a balanced meal?

South Gippsland Equine Landcare group is discussing balanced equine nutrition with Carol Layton on Saturday October 22 from 9am-5pm at15 Lowrys Rd, Fish Creek. The cost is $40 for members. RSVP by September 2 via To download a membership form for the South Gippsland Equine Landcare group visit More?

Take a swing at SGLN’s AGM

South Gippsland Landcare Network’s annual dinner and AGM, on Saturday October 8 from 6.30-9.30pm at Woorayl Golf Club, Leongatha Recreation Reserve, features special guest Brian Nankervis Booking details will be provided next month. The cost is $35 per head and includes dinner and dessert by Muma Van. More? Kate McKenzie 5662 5759 or

Conference presentation makes the news

Another presentation from our conference made the Weekly Times news…/e4a505a013745ac2511afdd2…

East Gippsland joins national flying-fox study

East Gippsland Shire Council will be part of a three-year project aimed at finding national solutions to resolve conflict between humans and flying-foxes in populated areas. The University of Melbourne an Australian Research Council grant for a project that brings researchers and practitioners together to find practical outcomes for communities affected by large flying-fox camps. More? Click here

Learn to prune

Dennis Malcolm Gedye will lead a session on pruning fruit trees on Sunday August 21 from 11am-2pm at 85 Stephenson St, Sale. Tea, coffee and soup available. Entry by gold coin donation. More? Raquel 0411 051 295 or

Biomass producers asked to take survey

Sustainability Victoria is inviting all biomass producers to respond to the ABBA survey by completing a 10 minute questionnaire. The survey seeks data from operations that produce:
  • Agricultural and forestry residues
  • Animal slurries and waste
  • Food manufacturing waste
  • Food retail waste (post-consumer)
  • Forestry and sawmill residues
  • Paper and cardboard waste
  • Waste-water biosolids
  • Other organic manufacturing waste.
Any data provided by respondents which is noted as being confidential or commercially sensitive will be aggregated in such a way that individual respondent’s results are not disclosed. More? Luke Wilkinson 0427 850 478 or 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

China... we're losing it...

Straight-talking words from Dr Christine Pitt at our conference last Thursday…/1f7a74d921f75ae6d1336406…

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

Improve you financial literacy for agribusiness

The Climate Resilience Project will host a financial literacy workshop on Friday September 2 from 10am-3pm at Manna Gum@Broadbeach, 15 Lindsey Cl, Inverloch. This workshop, presented by Meridian Agriculture, will give participants the information needed to diversify, maximise the adaptability of enterprises and obtain an overview of the financial skills needed to run an agribusiness. This is a free event including morning tea and lunch but bookings are necessary. More? Jill 0408 208 350 or

Think you’ve got a Landcare tale to tell?

Landcare is seeking submissions of stories on successes and learnings for the quarterly publication Landcare in Focus.
  • The 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?

AGM offers a bit of conservation history

The Tarwin Landcare Group is holding their AGM with guest speaker Dr Stephen Legg discussing 'A History of Political Agitation for the Conservation of Victoria's Forests: 1860 to 1970’ on Wednesday August 24 from 7:30pm at the Tarwin Lower Bowling Club. The speaker will be followed by supper. Please bring a plate for supper. RSVP. More? Ray or Debbie 5663 5531 or

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

Outlook grows for gardening group

A gardening group meets at the Outlook Community Centre, 24 Toomuc Valley Rd, Pakenham on the first Friday of the month. The next meeting is Friday, September 2 from 10:30am-12pm. The meetings include guest speakers, information sharing, problem solving and swapping cuttings. The cost is $3 per session. More? Alison Ryan 5940 4728 or

Landcarers to head to the Fish Creek Hotel

The Fish Creek Landcare group AGM will be held on Wednesday September 7 from 7.30pm at the Fish Creek Hotel. More? Merran Wilde

Do you need help with your training budget?

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

Product swaps on one well-viewed map

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

Forthcoming markets 

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

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

Make your home healthy and sustainable

The Kooweerup Regional Health Service is running a program to help people make their homes healthy and sustainable places to live. The program will run at Hewitt Eco House, 235 Rossiter Rd, Koo Wee Rup with main presenter David Rasmus “Building Biologist” at Black Diamond Sustainability on:
  • Saturday August 20 on energy saving in the home with guest speaker Brett Munckton, Environment Officer, Cardinia Shire Council
  • Saturday September 17 on solar electricity and battery storage with guest speakers Ian Southall, EcoHub Gippsland and John Ballis, Gridedge
  • Saturday October 22 on water and waste with guest speaker Tammy Logan, Unwrapped and a representative from Cardinia Shire Council
  • Saturday November 19 on garden sustainability with guest speaker Ella Boyen, Chooktopia
Bookings are essential. Donations accepted for the Koo Wee Rup Men’s Shed Bandicoot Habitat Protection Program. More? Brian Harlow 5997 9687

Country women gather in Pakenham

Country Women's Association Pakenham Branch comes together in friendship and fellowship on the first Wednesday of every month for interesting speakers, fundraising events to raise money to improve conditions for women and children. The next meeting is Wednesday, September 7 from 9:30am- 2:30pm at Guide Hall, 31 Henry St, Pakenham. More? Heather Kleesh 5940 4481 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:
  • Mornington Shire Offices 2 Queen St, Mornington on: August 23; September 6, 20; October 4, 18.
  • Bass Coast Shire Council Civic Centre, 76 McBride Ave, Wonthaggi on October 11
  • Cowes Customer Service Centre, 91-97 Thompson Ave, Cowes on September 13, November 8
  • Casey Cardinia Business Hub, Lvl 1, 64 Victor Cres, Narre Warren on August 23.
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

Patties takeover becomes likely

Private ownership, public ownership, private ownership...…/bairnsdale-patties-50-year…/7699420…

Are you a food or beverage producer?

The Food and Beverage Industry Awards celebrate products and their manufacturers for continuing to innovate and respond to consumer demands, despite the challenges industry members face. Nominations are open in 14 categories, with all finalists automatically entered into the Best of the Best Award! Nominations close on August 19. Nominate at:

Nominations open for the Rural Women's Award

The Rural Women's Award identifies and supports emerging women leaders who have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and rural communities. A $10,000 bursary is awarded to each state and territory winner and provides the resources to bring to life a project or initiative that will benefit rural industries and communities. Applications close on October 30. More? Visit the RIRDC web site

Heywire competition launched

ABC Heywire is calling on people aged 16-22 to share a story about life in regional Australia. Heywire winners have their voice heard on the ABC and win a trip to the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra. Entries close September 16. More? Visit

John Ralph Essay Competition open for 2016

The Australian Farm Institute established the John Ralph Essay Competition to stimulate discussion and debate on topics relevant to the agriculture sector, and to encourage students and the wider community to engage in issues strategically important to the future of the sector. The topic for 2016 is ‘Farm environmental stewardship programs are just subsidies in disguise and should not be adopted in Australia’. Entrants are asked to clearly explain whether they support or oppose the above statement. Entries are open to students in the novice category for persons under 25 years of age. Entries close September 5. 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?

Move your business into the future

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

Government releases new funding opportunities

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

Do you have a small to medium export business?

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

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.
Field ecologist sought for a position based in Bairnsdale to manage and implement VicForests biodiversity programs in East Gippsland. Applicants will have a tertiary qualification and preferably post graduate qualification in ecology, botany or zoology. Deadline: Monday August 22. More?
Development manager - food and fibre sought by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria
(RASV) to manage a small team delivering agriculture and epicure events and activities. The incumbent will build, lead and develop a team of up to six staff. Ideally, applicants will have tertiary qualifications in a related field and significant relevant experience ideally including an understanding of event and competition development and delivery. More?
Technical services specialist - agronomist wanted by BASF for a position working from your home office to provide technical support, including coordination of demonstration programs, preparation of training materials and supporting trial work in the field. The incumbent will provide the technical link between R&D and the market place. Applicants will have experience in a field-based agronomy position, knowledge of agricultural chemical applications and a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Agronomy or a related tertiary qualification. Although not essential, knowledge of horticultural crop protection would be highly regarded. A competitive base salary, plus super, an annual bonus and a fully maintained company vehicle are supplied. More? Matthew 8855 6404
Drover sought for day shift operations at Gathercoles at Carrum. Working dogs an advantage. Training provided More? 9772 7011 or
Vet sought for RSPCA (Pearcedale) working 24 hours/ fortnight across a seven day rotating roster including weekends and public holidays as required. Salary $64k p.a. (pro-rata) inc super. Applicants will have the ability to work with a large and varied caseload, and have a strong interest in animal welfare, shelter medicine and small animal medicine and surgery. The incumbent will be a registered veterinary surgeon in Victoria and hold a Victorian drivers' licence, radiation use licence and micro-chipping implantation certificate. More? Iain Mitchell 5978 9000
Fresh produce exporter with a focus on business development wanted to engage with international customers. Applicants will have previous experience within an agribusiness, ideally within sales and marketing, however training will be offered to right candidate with horticulture/agri experience. The incumbent will be capable of working independently, be able to work flexible hours including weekends over the high season - September through to November and travel when required. More?
Livestock/pavilion attendants, labourers and forklift drivers wanted for Royal Melbourne Show from September 17-27 at Melbourne Showgrounds. The shifts vary and some early starts and late finishes may be required. Please indicate any licences or cards you have that are current ie Forklift, Working With Children Check. More?
Dog attendant and assistant trainer wanted by Sit Happens at Mornington. No experience required however comfortable and confidence in handling dogs is a must along with effective time management, initiative, reliability and a strong work ethic. The role could be added into existing work life. Applicants must be willing to work outdoors and share with cleaning duties. More?
Administration officer - grains wanted for Melbourne-based role. This harvest-support position involves grower services contact, supporting traders with additional administration duties, grower payments, liaising with an Australia-wide staff base. Applicants will ideally come from a background in agriculture, preferably grains. The incumbent will be an exceptionally strong communicator, with an eye for detail and have strong administration skills. More? Lisa 9645 5200
Assistant inspector sought by commercial salad leaf company in Gippsland for a full-time position assisting in daily plant inspection, managing and reviewing all application and seeding dates, quality control, supervision and training of harvest teams. More?
Dairy farm hands wanted in Yanakie to milk, clean dairy and surrounds, feed calves, move and feed herd, operate farm equipment including tractors and motor bikes and other general farm duties, work between 40 to 60 hours/week, five days on, two days off. The daily roster is split into a morning or afternoon shift. Award rates, ranging from $17.70 to $19.25 with overtime paid at penalty rates. Housing is available for rent on farm for $15/night, deducted from fortnightly wage payments. Vehicle and valid drivers licence is preferred, but not essential. Applicants must be fit and prepared to work early morning and late nights. Overseas applicants must have a valid working holiday visa. Position qualifies for the three month regional work requirement. More? Phil 0417 508 165
Horticulturalist wanted for three-month full-time opportunity with Baw Baw Shire Council. The incumbent will have Certificate III in Horticulture (Gardens) or substantial relevant experience plus experience in grass cutting and gardening maintenance plant and equipment and a current Victorian drivers licence. A current MR Victorian Truck Licence would be highly regarded. More? 5174 2665 or 5623 1883
Picking leading hand wanted for Flavorite in Warragul, to undertake picking and de-leafing tasks. Applicants will have previous team management experience. This is full time position with some variation in hours through the peak growing season. Deadline: COB August 25. View Position Description here. More? Visit website
Milker for 1300 cow herd with a 60 bale rotary at Nambrok. Prefer experienced but willing to train right person comes along.  House could be available and possibility that job will become full-time. $22/hour. More? Bernie 0409002508
Gardeners wanted for temporary position in a council in south-east suburbs. Salary: $25 +/hour . Applicants require certificate 3 or above in horticulture, a current chemical ticket and MR or above drivers licence. Chainsaw certificate is desirable but not essential. More? Hayley 9554 4200
Technical support specialist wanted for Landpower based either in Victoria or Christchurch, NZ to focus on CLAAS Tractors. To be responsible for adjudicating warranty claims and for reporting out on all technical issues concerning this product range and for filing technical service reports back to suppliers. Extensive knowledge in the areas of electrics and hydraulics, schematics and diagnostics is critical. Prior experience at training development and delivery is an advantage. Proven experience servicing tractors is vital. Deadline: August 21. More?
Arborist (two positions) sought by Yarra Ranges Council. Salary from $76,702/year plus superannuation for full-time positions with fortnightly rostered day off (RDO). Applicants will have a current Victorian driving licence and Certificate IV Arboriculture or higher and hold, or be willing to obtain, the International Society of Arboriculture's Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ). Deadline: Monday August 22. More? Paul 9294 6157
Fruit packers and/or forklift drivers for cherry season in Wandin. The role is suitable for working holiday visa holders seeking second-year visa. Own-transport needed. Accommodation available (10 minutes from work site, $30/night). Applicants will be fit with strong OH&S knowledge, food-handling hygiene experience and own steel-capped boots. Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an interview in Melbourne CBD. More?
Nursery apprentice wanted for Diggers Club Mornington in a permanent full time role plus payment and time to complete Certificate III in Horticulture. Applicants will have a demonstrable passion and enthusiasm for horticulture and the nursery trade, either be enrolled into a formal apprenticeship program or have some on the job experience or show a commitment to a career in the horticultural/nursery trade. More? Elizabeth 5984 7933
Vets sought for RSPCA Burwood East one full-time band two (approx. $64k p.a. including super) and one full-time band three (approx. $76k p.a. inc super). The incumbent will have the ability to work with a large and varied caseload, and have a strong interest in animal welfare, shelter medicine and small animal medicine and surgery. Applicants will be registered veterinary surgeons in Victoria and hold a Victorian drivers licence, radiation use license and micro-chipping implantation certificate. The incumbent will be able to conduct semi-complex clinical consultations and routine surgical procedures independently with support when required (band two role) or capability to conduct complex clinical consultations and non-routine surgical procedures independently and coach/mentor band one and two veterinarians (band three role).The role involves working 38 hours/week across a seven day rotating roster including weekends and public holidays as required. Part-time job share arrangements will be considered. More? Gabrielle Carter 0455 310 135
Horticultural technician wanted for the City of Casey’s Wilson Botanic Park at Berwick. With proven horticultural experience, the incumbent will be responsible for curating the plant collections, including maintaining accurate updated plant records, horticultural data base management and plant labelling. Applicants will have a Certificate III in Horticulture. Salary starts at $60,283/year plus super. More? 9705 5200
Territory sales manager sought by Crop Care for a Victorian-based crop protection role looking after the region between Lake Bolac to Gippsland as well as Tasmania. Applicants will have sales experience in an agricultural industry. Tertiary qualifications in agriculture preferred. More? click here
Nursery staff wanted for Eucacia Nursery, near Yarragon. Applicants must be fit and capable of bending and lifting on a regular basis, working outside in all weatherand have their own reliable transport. Previous propagation nursery and seedling experience is preferred but not essential. More?
Farm assistant wanted on 600-cow dairy farm with 50-bale rotary near Traralgon. A large, newly relocated three-bedroom home with many new fixtures and fittings and school bus nearby is available. This is a full time position milking, feeding-out, silage for experienced worker. No back-packers. Salary: $52K plus super. More
Senior vegetation management officer wanted by Kingston City Council’s Planning Appeals and Compliance Team to be the Senior Vegetation Management Officer within a growing team to provide arboricultural advice and assessment and undertake site inspections. Applicants will have experience as an arborist or similar role, with specific knowledge of principles of vegetation assessment, including the identification of risk, plant identification, and landscape design. Flexible working arrangements offered including access to a planned day off every four weeks. More? Jaclyn Murdoch 9581 4533
Drip Irrigator wanted by Mulgowie Farms at Boisdale, to assist in the planting and scheduling of irrigation and fertigation timetables. Applicants will have experience in a similar role and at least three years experience in a farming role, be able to operate tractors and implements and be able to work flexible hours. A chemical users licence would be an advantage. More?
Agronomist wanted for hop farm located between Myrtleford and Bright. Ideally, applicants will qualifications in agriculture, applied science, horticulture or a related field and two to three years experience working as an agronomist with an understanding of Occupational Health and Safety, environment, HACCP and quality control systems. Deadline: August 31. More? Allan Monshing 0427 521 629
Traineeship available on a 320 cow farm at Dumbalk. Applicatns will preferably have basic experience milking in a herringbone shed and show some skill with stock handling and movement. There is no accommodation available so driving licence is essential. More? Mark 0410 153 645
Spray operator sought by Mulgowie Farms at Boisdale in a position responsible for spray rigs, tray rigs, etc. Applicants will have experience and relevant Chemcert qualifications. More?
Labourers sought in Latrobe Valley and Bairnsdale region. Applicants will be fit, able to work outdoors and be able to or be willing to learn how to operate machinery. This is temporary and part-time work Monday to Friday and involves some weekend work. Applicants require own transport and drivers licence. More?
Nursery salesperson wanted in wholesale office in Dingley in a full-time position involving phone sales and quotations. Applicants must have good typing, communication skills and plant knowledge. More?
Teacher – Animal Studies, behaviour and training sought by Box Hill Institute for a full-time, on-going role to provide high-quality course materials and teaching to short course, domestic, and Vocational Education in Secondary School (VETiS) students. Applicants will be experienced with 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. The Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110) or willingness to complete it, or a qualification at diploma level or higher in adult education is mandatory. Comprehensive animal husbandry experience, including animal breeding, is desirable. A current National Police Records Check and a Working with Children Check (Employment Category Card) must be submitted, along with evidence of your entitlement to work in Australia and certified copies of your qualifications. Deadline: 9am, Friday August 26. More? Katie Rutherford 8892 2079 or
Farm hand wanted for Leongatha vegetable farm to assist with crop harvest and general farm duties for seasonal work for 8-9 month harvest from October to May/June. Applicants will have a full drivers licence. A forklift or truck licence is desirable and applicants must be able to speak Italian and English in order to communicate with fellow workers. More? Joe 0419 155 360
Welding work wanted: A Gippslander is starting a mobile welding business and seeking rural work welding or fabrication More?
Work sought in the cattle or dairy industry. Tammie Burns writes: “I have a current ACUP permit, AI certificate and first aid certificate. I can pregnancy test and look after animal health. I am studying Certificate 4 Agriculture through TAFE. I am looking for relief, part time and casual work until I finish my course.” More? Tammie Burns 0499 776 022 or at
Chemical/Process Engineer - Waste, Water, and Bioenergy: Laurent Pochat-Pochatoux is an experienced chemical/process engineer specialised in water treatment, waste recovery and bioenergy, focussing on the bioremediation of industrial effluents using algae, as well as the subsequent production of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts. More? Laurent Pochat-Pochatoux 0432 159 853 or
Students are now available for work: Federation University Australia offers direct access to Gippsland’s students for part-time, casual, full-time/graduate, vacation and volunteer opportunities. Motivated and committed staff are available from accounting, nursing, sciences, engineering, marketing, HR and PR/comms/media courses. More? Liana 5122 6245 or
Employers wanted for agricultural graduates: Employers sought for well-trained, job-ready agricultural and horticultural graduates with nationally recognised post-diploma qualifications, Australian work experience, certifications, permits and licenses. Prospective employers can trial graduates for three to six months.
Environmental planning and vegetation design: Springbank Ecosystems offers flora and fauna surveys, EMPs for sub-division applications, weed/animal management, revegetation plans for extraction companies, specialised native orchid ID and staff training.
More? Libby Lambert 5657 2387 or
Market your business more effectively: Award-winning marketer/business consultant with strong agricultural background can offer strategies to place your business in the public eye.  More? John 0457 065 425
Need staff? Try 12 or six months of cost-effective undergraduate recruits from accounting, sciences, marketing, HR and PR/comms/media. Candidates available for paid full-time or half-time placements. More? Annette or 9214 8753 or Karen or 9215 7136
Fire management planning: Consultant to prepare sustainable fire management plans for your property or small reserve. More? Helen Bull 0400 310 188 or
Seeking admin/clerical work: For any type of administrative/clerical type work (consulting, part time or job share – even if it is only a few hours per week). I have a current ABN and tertiary qualifications in business studies, taxation and financial planning. More? Greg Lewis on 0439 523 871 or

Agritourism dossier available

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

Country racing is off and … well … racing

Meetings in August: 16-Pakenham, 18-Sale. More? 1300 139 402 or visit

Quote of the week

Bridger Winegar:To this day I regret letting my Olympic dreams be destroyed by nothing more than my total lack of athletic ability.

And a final sign-off from us ...

For eight years Gippy Agchat has been sworn at and sweated over by Sue Webster and Madeline Toner for Agribusiness Gippsland Inc and circulated to subscribers and supporters.
We thank our readers and wish them well for the future. Bye.

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Gippy Diary

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 East Gippsland Beef Conference ‘Think beef, mean business’ Bairnsdale Craig Bush 0427 943 155
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 16 Small Business Bus Cranbourne Business Victoria 13 22 15
Aug 16 Small Business Bus Traralgon Business Victoria 13 22 15
Aug 17 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Aug 17 Workplace relations Workshop Traralgon Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry 8662 5333
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 20 Healthy and Sustainable Home Program – energy saving Koo Wee Rup Brian Harlow 5997 9687
Aug 21 Fruit Tree Pruning Session Sale Raquel 0411 051 295
Aug 21, 30 Business Planning Workshop Drouin Aaron Campbell 5624 2438
Aug 23 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Aug 23 Small Business Mentoring Service Narre Warren Lydia Ropiha 9705 5125
Aug 23 Catchment Action Round Table Officer Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority 8781 7900
Aug 24 Business Planning Essentials Pakenham Toomah Community Centre 5941 2389
Aug 24 Tarwin Landcare Group AGM and speaker Tarwin Lower Ray or Debbie 5663 5531
Aug 24, 30 Business Planning for Growth   Baw Baw Shire Council 5624 2411
Aug 25 Workplace Relations Workshop Warragul VFF 1300 442 481
Aug 25 Tactics for Tight Times on-farm day Middle Tarwin GippsDairy 5624 3900
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 26 Growing and Milling Timber from Plantation Eucalypts Deans Marsh
Andrew Stewart 0488 363 277
Aug 26 Climate Resilience Project screening of Polyface Fish Creek
Bec Matthews 5682 1101
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
Aug 28 Mt Lyall Landcare lunch and AGM Poowong Frank Bugeja 0411 293 983
Aug 30 Rabbit Workshop Tarwin Lower Gippsland Landcare Network 5662 5759
Sep 1 Stepping Up, Stepping Back Leongatha, V GippsDairy 5624 3900
Sep 2 Financial Literacy for Agribusiness Workshop Inverloch Jill 0408 208 350
Sep 2 Gardening Group Pakenham Alison Ryan 5940 4728
Sep 6 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Sep 7 CWA Meeting Pakenham Heather Kleesh 5940 4481
Sep 7 Fish Creek Landcare AGM Fish Creek Merran Wilde
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 13-15 Australia Agri-Food Innovation Summit 2016 Albert Park 9631 8100
Sep 14 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Sep 15 Tactics for Tight Times on farm day MID GippsDairy 5624 3900
Sep 16 Casey Cardinia Business Awards Gala Dinner Pakenham Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
Sep 17 Healthy and Sustainable Home Program – solar electricity and battery storage Koo Wee Rup Brian Harlow 5997 9687
Sep 18 Doveton Show Doveton Doveton Show Committee
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 25 Mt Eccles Wild Dog Valley Landcare group working-bee and BBQ Leongatha North Sonia Holt
Sep 28 Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast Cranbourne Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
Sep 28 SFS Ute Drive Toongabbie, Winnindoo/Rosedale Janice Dowe 0488 600 209
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 8 South Gippsland Landcare Network Annual Dinner and AGM Leongatha Kate McKenzie 5662 5759
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
Oct 22 Healthy and Sustainable Home Program – water and waste Koo Wee Rup Brian Harlow 5997 9687
Oct 22 Balanced Equine Nutrition Session Fish Creek
Oct 22 Maffra Show Maffra Jen McDavitt 5147 2444
Oct 25 Climate Resilience Project Wind-up Event   Jill Vella 5662 9200
Nov 8 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Nov 8 Farm Biosecurity 2016 Lilydale Mick Blake 8892 2530
Nov 16 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Nov 19 Healthy and Sustainable Home Program – garden sustainability Koo Wee Rup Brian Harlow 5997 9687
Nov 23 Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast Cranbourne Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
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