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Joining the Dots for Employers and Employees in Gippsland

An update on news, events, activities and opportunities across the Food & Fibre sector in Gippsland.

By Portal Admin - 15th December 2019 - Back to News

If you're an employer looking to introduce some trainees into your business in 2020 - we'd like to help you! Or if you're a young person looking for a start and a career in Gippsland's food and fibre sector in 2020 - we'd like to help you too!

Thanks to continued support from the Victorian Government through Jobs Victoria, our Gippsland Regional Agrifood Employment Programme is ready for some traineeship "matchmaking" where we work with employers and potential employees across the region to find each other and build a prosperous future together. We can take the hard work out of making it happen by accessing any eligible support, as well as assisting the employer and the new trainee get their working relationship established.

Want to find out more? We'd love to talk to you - drop us a quick email here.


Food & Fibre Gippsland is an industry partner with the Fight Food Waste CRC and we are collaborating with them on how to engage with industry in Gippsland to capitalise on food waste opportunities.

If you want to save money in your business or place of work, and want to learn and understand where you could be making more profit from food waste by adopting new, innovative ideas to create new income streams from, then the Fight Food Waste CRC wants to hear from you!

They are conducting an important survey to identify what training is needed to deliver real solutions and impact to Australian food businesses. This survey has links to and will support other F&FG initiatives, so we encourage and urge all food businesses in Gippsland to complete it!

It's your chance to be part of shaping a modern, user-friendly, targeted education program where industry will reap the benefits in productivity and profitability.

Click here to get started (go on - it'll only take you a few minutes!)


Gippsland is a vast region that is roughly the size of the Netherlands, and this photo comparison provides a powerful visual of the weather extremes at this time, with two places that are just over 200 km apart showing such diverse landscapes. In the South the cows are up to their shins in lush grass, and in the Central and Eastern corners of the region, the sheep are nibbling through tinder-dry brown grass in a drought that continues to tighten its grip in a number of locations, all of which would just like some rain for Christmas - if only it were that easy!

As a collaborative force, it's important for F&FG to keep in touch with what's happening for individuals, businesses of all sizes and communities in general. Our Acting CEO Dr. Nicola Watts has some insights and reflections on a few days spent in South Gippsland in the last week of November. Click here to read more.


Welcome to MAPA Pearls who this week has joined the Food & Fibre Gippsland member tribe ! MAPA Pearls operate a sustainable Abalone Aquaculture company in Mallacoota, far East Gippsland that focuses on producing Abalone Pearls, and they're also trying to sustainably farm abalone meat. MAPA is the only abalone pearl producer in Australia, and focus on using local Gippsland jewelers to produce a unique stunning product. Check out some of those pieces here (you might even find some easy gift ideas for Christmas..!)

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) has established the Boost Your Business Voucher program to support Victorian businesses to become more productive, employ more people, improve market access and in general, increase their scale, diversity and profitability.

Applications are open until the 22nd of December for the Asia Gateway Vouchers. These are available to small to medium businesses and organisations seeking to increase their export and business activity with an Asian market. For more information head here.

If you are a Food & Fibre Gippsland member and you'd like some help putting your application together, please get in touch here - don't leave it to the last minute, do it today!

This program is strategically aligned with F&FG's SME Export Support Program so if your business is interested in export support, and you haven't been in touch with us yet, we want to hear from you! Reach out to our Project ManagerDavid Grimmond today for a chat about how F&FG might be able to help you and your business explore opportunities in export.


If you're struggling to write a grant application for your business, we may be able to help you.

We offer support for all members of Food & Fibre Gippsland when they want to apply for grants but don't know where to start. So the first trick is not to leave it to the last minute...and to join Food & Fibre Gippsland! If you're not a member yet, and you'd like help with some grant applications between now and Christmas, and into 2020, have a no-obligation chat with us today about joining !- Send us an email now!


It was great to meet up with the team from South Gippsland Dairy and talk with them about the recent launch of their bovine bio colostrum product, for which they've created a unique process that allows them to trace every product back to the farm and individual cow that it came from.

Read more about their journey and this innovative new product here


As we've seen from the huge online response to the #buyfromthebush campaign, and the positive impact that it has had on retailers in regional and rural locations all around Australia, Christmas is an important time to support local businesses. There are lots of ways to give some Gippsland to family and friends this Christmas - like a gift voucher from growing number of award-winning regional restaurants, a selection Gippsland wine, beer and spirits, or a delicious hamper of produce to contribute to a Christmas feast.

Join our Facebook page to keep up to date with all the gift ideas from our members that we'll be sharing until the 24th of December! (PS - that means there are just 17 shopping days left.... !!!! )


  • A Gippsland Produce Provenance Brand / Trust Token Workshop - 29th of January, 2020

    Working towards a future where Gippsland produce is recognised and validated via a provenance brand / trust token that consumers know, appreciate and look for.

    Location TBC and more details to come.

  • Hospitality Forum # 2 - Monday 17th February, 2020

    To continue to support the growing number of restaurants, cafes and food destination businesses to connect with the food & fibre sector, in partnership with TAFE Gippsland we will be holding our 2nd Hospitality Forum on Monday the 17th of February at Duart Homestead from 2pm to 4:30pm.

    We will be presenting a summary of participant needs and ideas from the 1st forum, and giving an update on what we've collectively started working on.

    Registration is free, but it is essential to book - click here to save yourself a seat.


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