Over 50 secondary school students from Gippsland and surrounds participated in a two-day Industry Immersion Program 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 that’s been 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.
This Award is the centrepiece and highest accolade of the Awards program. Our Prize Partner is KPMG and the prize is a scholarship to attend KPMG’S Agri-Food Tech Traction Tour – a 7 day international tour that will offer an opportunity to access unique insight to emerging agribusiness technology from leading agri-food locations around the world. (valued at $15,000).
This Award recognises the success of agribusinesses that have tapped into international market share by significant increase in product export or penetrated new export markets. Our category sponsor for this Award was Dyers Distribution.
Sponsored by Latrobe City Council, the Excellence in Food Manufacturing Award was won by Patties Foods. This Award recognises food and drink companies that have delivered the best manufacturing returns for the business, their customers & potentially the wider industry.
Sponsored by Federation University, the Excellence in Research and Development Award recognises an individual or team that have conducted progressive research and development which benefits the Gippsland region.
This Award, sponsored by Agriculture Victoria, recognises an individual service provider within the Gippsland region that has provided outstanding performance or volunteer work. (i.e. vet, mechanic, agronomist, specialist, consultant).
Sponsored by Southern Rural Water, this Award recognises sustainable farming practices, organic methods and water usage techniques that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for the local region.
The Excellence in Workforce Capability Award recognises companies that are striving to be an employer of choice through proactive retention, improving talent and delivering capability. Photos: Jess Shapiro
This Award recognises an agribusiness leader in the region who is 35 years or younger. In collaboration with the award sponsor, Commonwealth Bank and prize partner, the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF), the prize is the opportunity to complete a Training Rural Australians In Leadership (TRAIL) course run by the ARLF (valued at $10,000).
The historic Cobb & Co Stables has been restored, giving Gippsland an incredible unique new venue space, with a wow factor laneway entrance off the main street of Sale in regional Victoria, about 2.5 hours south east of Melbourne. And the team running the venue go above and beyond to help you deliver your event.