An engaging online presence allowed the East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days to deliver significant benefit to the horticulture industry last week, whilst adhering to strict rules to comply with COVID-19 regulations.
Our Excellence in Agribusiness Awards joins the long list of events and activities all around the world that have needed to make changes driven by COVID-19. The deadline for entries has now been extended to Thursday June 25, and Friday November 20 is the new date for the Gala presentation, scheduled to be held in the historic Cobb & Co building in Sale.
The East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days will go ahead in the first week of May with plans firmly in place to maximise all online engagement opportunities. An agreement has also been reached with Victoria Police that will allow a very small number of growers to visit the site from Tuesday 5th to Thursday 7th of May. Half day sessions are available, from 8am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm. Physical attendance will be strictly by invitation and pre-registration only.
Employment has been impacted in a variety of ways in the current COVID-19 environment, but an award-winning Gippsland training provider, has seized the opportunity to lead the way with an innovative new online portal to ready job seekers for roles and opportunities post pandemic. Gippsland-based training provider FGM Consultants anticipated the disruption COVID-19 would cause, and quickly swung into action to migrate their EST, part of the Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills and Employment Youth Jobs PaTH program, into a digital platform.
Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way the East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days (EGVID) will be attended in 2020, the data, the insights and the learnings will certainly not be lost. The organizing committee, in collaboration with a supportive group of sponsors and industry bodies is busy building a digital engagement plan that will bring people from all over the country into a virtual experience on site, through the creation of videos, webinars and live streaming. Like many events in these unprecedented disruptive times, EGVID is maximising the opportunity to reach and connect with people and industry online.
Australian exporters struggling under pressure from COVID-19 will be able to access business-saving loans through a new $500 million fund. The Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator Simon Birmingham has announced that Australian exporters impacted by the COVID-19 crisis are able to apply for business-saving loans of between $250,000 and $50 million.
Due to the current events occurring in the mitigation of COVID-19, the Gippsland Connect Export Program is taking a different form over the next four to six months, and in partnership with our national cluster program supporter, FIAL, Food & Fibre Gippsland is moving all activity online.
We've compiled 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.