CEO Update Article

Seize the opportunity to learn with others

   Monday 5th August, 2019

Another week of connecting with new people, learning and engaging - three things that I never grow tired of !

As I settle further into my role, it’s great to be out in the region, meeting with current and future members of Food & Fibre Gippsland. In the last week I’ve been able to get to East Gippsland to connect with a number of our leading horticulture businesses, food manufacturers and wineries – all passionate about their products, and the role that their business plays in the sector and the community.

I've also been able to connect with a number of stakeholders and industry partners in and around the Latrobe Valley. Over the coming weeks, I've got visits plotted out across the Wellington Shire, with businesses in the Baw Baw Shire, South Gippsland and the Bass Coast firmly on my radar as well. Every visit and every meeting continues to unearth new opportunities and reinforces the diversity and complexity of the region, whilst highlighting the importance of this vibrant food & fibre production and processing sector to our regional economy.

I was delighted to be able to attend the Rural Press Club Luncheon in Melbourne last week as a guest of Telstra, where the National Farmers Federation President Fiona Simson was an inspirational guest speaker. She spoke the same language of collaboration that we do, and was passionate about the need to attract the brightest and the best talent into agriculture to help the industry thrive and evolve into the future.

With a big focus on building upon core capabilities from across our region to promote, influence and creative positive outcomes for the whole of the food & fibre sector, I urge all our members, along with those who are not yet members to join the Workforce Planning Training Course that we have coming up in Traralgon this month. It’s two days, but spread across a fortnight, and the knowledge that you will take away can really make a huge difference to your business, including driving real cost savings to your bottom line.

This important training session and masterclass will not only assist your businesses with your own workforce planning – but at the same time, it will be providing us with insights and data to help identify workforce development requirements for Gippsland’s broader food & fibre sector, for both now and into the future.

As always, with education and learning environments like this masterclass, it is a great opportunity to learn from your peers, and / or those with businesses that are completely different to yours, but still share common issues and challenges.

Sometimes problems, no matter how big or small, are tackled far more effectively with a variety of contributions coming from a diverse cross section of minds to devise the ultimate solution or solutions. I really hope to see you there.

And finally a big welcome to our newest members; Australian Paper and Latrobe Valley Enterprises !

It’s an exciting time to be joining the collaborative force that is Food & Fibre Gippsland – and we’re looking forward to working with you, responding to your challenges and ideas.

We are industry led and member driven, and it’s the success of our members that drives us every day.

Until next week.