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Breaking the Long Term Unemployment Cycle, Export Opportunities and More

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

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

This is the smile of a Gippslander who has secured full-time employment.

Rhys Mathieson is one of over 100 success stories of people from all walks of life whose long term cycle of unemployment has been broken via their connection with our Gippsland Regional Agrifood Employment Programme, supported by Jobs Victoria.

Read about his journey to full time employment

International Chef Chris Holen from multinational food social enterprise Chef Outta Water got together with a small group of apprentice chefs last week at TAFE Gippsland's Bairnsdale campus. They designed a grazing lunch feast that showcased the quality and diversity of Gippsland's produce, and some of the producers were amongst the 25 guests at the lunch table to enjoy what the chef group had created in just under four hours!

Read more about our Culinary Collaboration

MEET THE MEMBER - Duart Homestead

A family connection to Gippsland that reaches back three generations, a life that is completely run by women and a love for good Gippsland produce that knows no bounds. We had a delightful chat with Duart Homestead's Nathan Smith about what he thinks is great about Gippsland, and how he and wife Natasha have built a thriving business and family life in the region.

Meet the Member - Nathan & Natasha Smith from Duart Homestead

Iconic Gippsland business Maffra Cheese has joined our SME Export Support Programme!

Project Manager David Grimmond caught up with Maffra Cheese owner Ferial Zekiman on site this week and she's excited to be joining a growing number of other Gippsland businesses ready to grow the export side of their business. Gippsland Connect aims to help improve capabilities, increase exports and support growth, and with a number of different ways available to help Gippsland food and fibre businesses in their export journeys, we encourage Gippsland producers to get in touch with David for a better understanding of how the programme could be a great fit for them.

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Wine award winners, industry partner collaborations, business forum presentations and meeting more new members - all in a busy week's work for CEO Paul Griffin.

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Our membership tribe continues to grow, with another three businesses joining the collaborative force this week. Gippsland Food producers South Gippsland Dairy and Ferndale Certified Organic are now general members, whilst MADEC joins our diverse group of Strategic Industry partners. We're looking forward to working with these businesses and telling you more about them in the coming weeks and months. Welcome to all, it's great to have you with us!

Find out more about becoming a member


Three Monash University researchers, in partnership with Agriculture Victoria, are inviting all Victorian dairy farmers to a workshop on Thursday October 10th about their innovative platform for dealing with dairy effluent, where they will present their research findings of the manure surplus problem on Victorian intensive dairy farms, and discuss next steps for future work and involvement.

Click here for more info about the Manure Connect workshop


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