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A note from our Co-Deputy Chairs


   Thursday 16th May, 2019

We are delighted to welcome Karen Cain, CEO of Latrobe Valley Authority, Graham Scott from Regional Development Victoria and Councillor Mikaela Power, Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Council to our board.

Karen, Graham and Mikaela bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, and we are looking forward to their contribution.

They are non-voting board members and will also be joined by a representative from Federation University.

Whilst some parts of Gippsland did receive some very welcome rain recently, we are acutely aware of the extremely difficult times that some of our farmers and producers are still experiencing due to low rainfall.

Together with industry partners, key stakeholders and all levels of government, we are continuing to work on a number of initiatives that are focusing on finding solutions to promote growth, attract investment and develop capability.

As the year progresses, we will keep you up to date, and as always, we are listening, and we want to hear, understand and respond to your challenges and ideas - please reach out to either or both of us personally at any time – deputy.chair@foodandfibregippsland.com.au

Our warm congratulations to the three Gippslanders who were presented with awards at the AUSVEG Vic awards, held recently in Melbourne. Well done to Carmel Ingram from Bonaccord Ingram for winning the Women in Horticulture award, Jeremy Haw from Hussey & Co for being presented Grower of the Year, and Michael Evans from Mulgowie Farming Co for being awarded the Environmental and Sustainability Award.

There’s no doubt that Gippsland is home to some of the most innovative and successful food and fibre businesses in Australia, and our Victorian winners are automatically nominated for the AUSVEG National Award of Excellence their category. The national winners will be announced at Hort Connections 2019 in late June, so we wish our Gippsland contingent the very best of luck and we hope to see them step up to the national podium!

With two strong organisations of East Gippsland Food Cluster and Agribusiness Gippsland now firmly amalgamated, we encourage all food and fibre businesses across Gippsland to seriously consider joining the Food & Fibre Gippsland tribe and become a member.

Through networking opportunities, innovation and idea creation, our members, across a broad range of businesses, can learn from each other and perhaps in many situations, see each other as collaborators, not competitors.

Together we are stronger - and we are all in this together!

We are excited about the future, with our focus on creating positive outcomes and driving change as we support the region's vitally important $7 billion dollar sector.

Sincerely

Andrew Bulmer and Stuart Quigley
Co-Deputy Chairs - Food & Fibre Gippsland