We are compiling links to a number of information sources and updates relating to COVID-19. We will continue to add and update as the situation continues to evolve.
The Board of Food & Fibre Gippsland would like to announce changes to the organisation at both a board and operational level. The changes will support growth in strategic development and expansion whilst continuing mutually successful collaborations and sector projects that are engaging industry, government, academia and community.
The fast-moving developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has forced the postponement of the Tenth International Spinach Conference until a more suitable date can be found. The Conference was scheduled to be held in Lakes Entrance, East Gippsland in the first week of May as part of the East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days (EGVID) 2020 program.
Interested in social innovation and social entrepreneurship within the Gippsland food system? Have a read of this recently published report by our Acting CEO, Dr. Nicola Watts.
The Select Committee on Temporary Migration has established an inquiry to report on the impact of temporary migration on the Australian economy, wages and jobs, social cohesion and workplace rights and conditions. As temporary migration has been noted by many RDA Committees as a key contributor to regional economic development, interested parties in Gippsland are invited to make a submission.
It has been a 'Black Summer' and our partner - Food Innovation Australia Limited is offering support for impacted businesses. The Black Summer Innovation Program (BSIP) is a fund provided by FIAL designed to help small and medium businesses, who have been affected by events of national natural catastrophe or global diseases outbreaks (in 2019 or 2020).
Now more than ever, it's vital for Gippslanders to support each other, their local economies and communities by buying local and enjoying local produce. And if you can make it a permanent habit to continue to support local, for the few extra dollars it might be, you're part of a huge collaborative contribution that keeps family businesses alive and helps the regional economy continue to grow. Here is one of many examples of why supporting local producers is so important - read about the current challenge from one of our members, Forge Creek Free Range, a family business that produces quality free-range eggs from happy hens who roam their paddocks along Forge Creek Road in East Gippsland - and right now, due to the impact of the bushfires, their supply is outweighing demand..