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Eight major Gippsland businesses get research and advice through the 'Driving Gippsland's Food and Fibre Agenda' program
Gippsland's vital food and fibre sector is set to benefit with seven local businesses selected to participate in a new innovative initiative, backed by the Andrews Labor Government.
Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced the successful businesses that will be supported with research and advice through the Gippsland Regional Partnership's Driving Gippsland's Food and Fibre Agenda program.
The What's Your Food or Fibre Challenge, Gippsland is supported by Regional Development Victoria, Federation University, Food and Fibre Gippsland, Food Agility CRC, Food Innovation Australia Limited, Latrobe Valley Authority, TAFE Gippsland and the Committee for Gippsland
Innovative approach to challenges
The What's Your Food or Fibre Challenge, Gippsland will help businesses take an innovative approach to challenges faced within the vital food and fibre industry, with approximately 2,500 local businesses relying on the $7 billion sector.
The successful businesses are Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, Bulmer Farms, Kiel Industries, Ingram Wild Caught Fisheries, Gurney Cider, South Gippsland Dairy and Gippsland Jersey. Their ideas include bush food business opportunities, making fish sauce from carp, as well as the feasibility of a central Gippsland Jersey manufacturing plant.
After engaging with the local community, the Gippsland Regional Partnership successfully advocated to the Victorian Government for greater investment in the sector, securing $700,000 to deliver a local action plan.
Supporting the program
'What's Your Food or Fibre Challenge, Gippsland?' is supported by:
- Regional Development Victoria
- Federation University
- Food and Fibre Gippsland
- Food Agility CRC
- Food Innovation Australia Limited
- Latrobe Valley Authority
- TAFE Gippsland and the Committee for Gippsland
It forms part of the Labor Government's almost $30 billion investment in rural and regional Victoria since 2015.
Convert challenges to opportunities
Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said, "Congratulations to the successful businesses on their innovative plans to grow Gippsland's food and fibre sector and to the Gippsland Regional Partnership and this project's many supporters."
Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett said, "I'm delighted we have been able to assist in nurturing these businesses and I can't wait to see how these transformative projects take shape."
Gippsland Regional Partnership Chair, Therese Tierney said, "We extend our congratulations to the successful businesses and we wish them well in solving their challenges, and hopefully, converting them to opportunities."
Pictures from Food & Fibre Gippsland Facebook page.
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