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.
The food scene in Gippsland got another national boost of exposure last night with the announcement of two of the region's restaurants being awarded One Hats in the 2020 Good Food Guide Awards - and the reviews of another two establishments being just one point away from claiming one of those One Hats...
Gippsland teachers will be enabled to incorporate ‘food and fibre’ concepts in class, via a series of free professional development events across the region. In term four 2019, teachers will have the chance to take part in a practical, hands on workshop, thanks to a new Gippsland project.
A family connection to Gippsland that reaches back three generations, a life that is completely run by females 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 great business and family life in the region.