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A New Chairperson Appointed and Lots More!

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

By Portal Admin - 30th August 2019 - Back to News

There's a diverse range of food & fibre businesses in the mix who are finalists across nine categories of the 2019 Excellence in Agribusiness Awards - click here for the who's who and details about the gala dinner this Friday night in Sale. Tickets are available online until Wednesday.

Yes please - I want tickets to the Gala Dinner!

The Board of Food & Fibre Gippsland is pleased to announce the appointment of Joanne Butterworth-Gray to the role of Independent Chairperson. Ms Butterworth-Gray replaces Independent Chair, Peter Schultz from Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) who had been acting in an advisory capacity throughout the amalgamation of the East Gippsland Food Cluster (EGFC) and Agribusiness Gippsland to form Food & Fibre Gippsland. Click here to read more


Our GippyAG Project is linking Gippsland schools with our local food & fibre industries, with some fantastic free Professional Development Days that cover a range of topics that help teachers incorporate food and fibre concepts into the teaching practices and classrooms. We're doing them in four locations across Gippsland, and Bairnsdale is the first one at the end of this month. It's free to participate, but registrations are essential !

I want to know more about the Free Teacher PD Days- take me there!

As promised in last week's enews, we are kick starting a new initiative to tell you more about food & fibre businesses in Gippsland. Every week we will bring you a new chapter of a virtual book that we're calling Meet the Member. It's all about telling your stories, so here goes with Chapter 1 - Noweyung - Turning Disabilities into Differentabilities


It's a full day program from 10am to 5pm this Wednesday at Albert Park in Melbourne and is a great opportunity for those wanting to launch and grow a food business. Read more about the day here. First in gets the ticket - email now.

There's finite budget for what you have to spend on your people resources, so if you'd like to know how to plan more strategically and how to spend it more efficiently, this is a course you don't want to miss! Cost is $150 for Food & Fibre Gippsland members and your participation will help not only your business, but also the entire region to better understand its workforce needs. For more info and to register your spot, click here.

CEO Paul Griffin has almost clocked up his first month in CEO role - time flies when you're having fun ! Catch up on where he's been and what he's been doing for the last week here.


Following on from the success of our first Hospitality forum held at the Tinamba Hotel, we are collaborating with TAFE Gippsland to bring chefs, cafe owners, caterers, restaurateurs, front of house staff and anyone associated with the food services industry together again. We'll have some key focus areas and a discussion framework posted in an event invite on our website and Facebook really soon, but for now, this is a save the date for Monday 16 September! Venue details coming soon. If you'd like to join the group (they are an awesome bunch!), there's always room for more bright, positive minds to join the conversation - email us here.

Who doesn''t love a good wine lunch - and one of our members Ensay Winery has got a fabulous Duck and Dessert lunch on August 25. Take a drive up the Great Alpine Road to their beautiful family owned and run vineyard in the hills of the Tambo River Valley and settle in for an afternoon of quality Gippsland food and wine. Bookings are essential!

The EU Centre at RMIT is inviting Gippslanders to a round table discussion on 'The EU Experience on Geographical Indications: What benefits for local development in Gippsland? The purpose of the roundtable is to examine the increasing importance of place (region) in signifying quality in international trade. The European Union is a strong advocate of GIs being used to promote specific places and their products. The discussion will examine how the use of geographical indications for a range of products might enhance Gippsland’s competitiveness and promote local development. Click here to download the event flyer.

It's run by the region for the region, and has a dedicated focus on regional innovation, technology and start ups - The Binary Shift is a two day conference that was founded in Gippsland back in 2017. And as a member and /or friend of Food& Fibre Gippsland - you can get a discount on your ticket to attend - happy days! Click here to find out more.


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