For the family owned South Gippsland Dairy, the last three years has been all about finding different ways of doing business in the industry. Neil and Shelley Walker took over the farm from Neil’s parents 25 years ago, and after close to 10,000 early mornings spent milking, they decided to diversify whilst still continuing to provide milk to a multi-national processor.
Craft brewing is a growth industry in Australia, and Gippsland is playing a part in that growth with the region currently home to 13 microbreweries, all producing varieties and ranges with their own unique characteristics, ingredients and flair.
A group of 30 students from the Sale Specialist school travelled to East Gippsland this week to take part in an Industry Immersion Day offered by Food & Fibre Gippsland via the GIPPY Ag project in collaboration with CQ University Australia, thanks to funding from the State Government of Victoria.
Over the last three months, a selection of Gippsland secondary school students have been working on a diverse range of projects – all of them aiming to offer a solution to a challenge, a problem or an issue in the region’s food and fibre sector. The BrainSTEM Rural Innovation Challenge is part of the GIPPYAg project, an initiative of Food & Fibre Gippsland in partnership with CQUniversity Australia with financial support from the Victorian Government.
Our Acting CEO, Dr Nicola Watts spent some time this week with the Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) Team, other Australian food cluster leaders and international cluster specialist Ifor Ffowcs-Williams. They explored transformational leadership principles to support the Australian food and fibre sector, as well as sharing experiences with clustering and smart specialisation.
Over 50 secondary school students from Gippsland and surrounds participated in a two-day Industry Immersion Program in late October which took them to four different food producers across the region. From a large-scale vegetable grower in Middle Tarwin and a big dairy business in Leongatha that milks 1100 cows daily, to an organic enterprise in Ellinbank farmed by the same family for 150 years and a third-generation apple orchard in Drouin, Gippsland’s producers welcomed the students onto their farms and into their businesses with open arms.
The Board of Food & Fibre Gippsland wish to advise that Paul Griffin has resigned from the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Griffin acknowledged the collaborative and supportive culture of the organisation, and said his resignation was for personal reasons.
At Food & Fibre Gippsland we are working in ways that are more connected and collaborative to facilitate innovation, and position Gippsland strongly within local and global food and fibre value chains.