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Media Release

12 January 2018

New training providers chosen for local dairy sector

 WestVic Dairy has announced the appointment of two south west Victorian training providers to take over the delivery of education and training programs for local dairy farmers.

 South West TAFE and Rural Industries Skill Training (RIST) will this year replace GOTAFE as the new preferred providers of a range of programs to boost the capability of local dairy farmers and their employees. 

GOTAFE recently announced it would close its Terang campus to focus on the delivery of programs in the state’s north east, where it is based.

WestVic Dairy regional manager Lindsay Ferguson said anyone presently undertaking courses with GOTAFE would be able to complete those studies using the new provider network.

South West TAFE will run courses out of the Glenormiston Campus, while RIST dairy programs will be offered from a new Terang campus.

 The changes follow Dairy Australia last year announcing a new industry training framework to create local provider networks in each of the country’s eight dairy regions.

“We are very fortunate to have two good industry training providers in South West TAFE and RIST to deliver these vital programs so we’re very pleased to welcome them on board,” Mr Ferguson said. 

“We are working with Dairy Australia and the two providers to strengthen existing programs and develop new training initiatives to really build the capability of those people working in the local dairy industry.” 

Dairy Australia program manager Shane Hellwege said industry training was an important component of the organisation’s work to help people in the industry reach their full potential. 

“These programs carry enormous benefits for a region like the south west, where dairy is such an important part of the local economy.” 

“The involvement of WestVic Dairy in customising the local delivery of education and training ensures that these activities meet specific local needs and that’s good news for regional farmers.” 

RIST chief executive officer Bill Hamill said the organisation was thrilled to expand its contribution to the dairy industry.

“We have been active in the dairy training space for many years and this development is a great opportunity for us to grow that and link more closely with the significant industry research and resources that Dairy Australia brings to the table,” Mr Hamill said.

South West TAFE chief executive officer Mark Fidge said the organisation had the support and infrastructure in place to ensure a seamless transition for students presently enrolled in GOTAFE courses.

“With our dairy industry connections and collaboration, we can offer a programs that will allow our students to deliver real value and best practice to their employers.”

“All of our agricultural programs, including dairy, are co-designed with our Industry Reference Group to ensure that we are really hitting the needs of those industries.”  

Media enquiries:

Alexandra Lenehan Marketing and Communications Officer - WestVic Dairy

03 5557 1002 I 0428 367 483I media@westvicdairy.com.au

 WestVic Dairy is a not for profit regional development program (RDP) led by western Victorian dairy farmers. WestVic Dairy is funded by Dairy Australia and the Dairy Service levy and supported by regional stakeholders.

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Media Release

02 January 2018

For Immediate Release

 

Dairy Awards gains new category

 

A new category will be added to the 2018 Great South West Dairy Awards, acknowledging the service providers in the dairy industry, with nominations opening on Monday, January 8.

 

The new award is called the Service Provider Award and recognises those who: show excellence in providing services to farmers; develop the capabilities of people within the industry; exhibit passion and commitment to enhance the reputation of the dairy industry; and show active involvement in the local community, as well as the wider industry.

 

WestVic Dairy’s Regional Manager Lindsay Ferguson said the new award was designed to acknowledge those who service the industry at the highest level.

 

“The dairy industry is a vital part of the regional economy and service providers play an integral part in making sure it remains profitable and sustainable,” he said.

 

The other award categories for 2018 are

·         Dairy Farm Business Management Award sponsored by the Gardiner Foundation

·         Dairy Employer Award

·         Dairy Employee Award

·         Share-Farmer Award

·         Young Dairy Leader Award

·         Natural Resource Management Award

·         Farm Photo Award

·         Dairy Industry Honour Board Induction

 

The Great South West Dairy Awards have been running for 12 years and celebrate the achievements of the dairy industry in Western Victoria.

 

The winners of each category will be announced at a gala evening held in May, which offers a chance to network and socialise.

Mr Ferguson said the Great South West Dairy Awards had become an important part of the dairy calendar.

 

 “It is important to recognise those that are driving the industry and are striving to improve their own business, as well as the industry as whole,” he said.  

 

“I encourage everyone to consider a nomination, for themselves or others.”

 

Nominations will be open from January 8 until February 23 and nomination forms are available on the WestVic Dairy website, or via email from awards@westvicdairy.com.au. To find out more about the categories, please call the WestVic Dairy office on 5557 1000.

 

Media enquiries:

Alexandra Lenehan Marketing and Communications Officer - WestVic Dairy

03 5557 1002 I 0428 367 483I media@westvicdairy.com.au

 

WestVic Dairy is a not for profit regional development program (RDP) led by western Victorian dairy farmers. WestVic Dairy is funded by Dairy Australia and the Dairy Service levy and supported by regional stakeholders.

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Media Release

10 November 2017

For Immediate Release

 

Men’s night out receives support from Rotary Club

 

WestVic Dairy has received a $1000 donation from the Rotary Club of Cobden to support the Blokes’ BBQ event on November 30 in Cobden.

Thanks to the money received, the event, which features AFL legend Wayne Schwass, will be free. WestVic Dairy’s Regional Manager Lindsay Ferguson said the organisers were very grateful for the support from the local Rotary Club.

“We want to thank the Rotary Club of Cobden for its generous contribution and its continuous support,” Mr Ferguson said. 

“The support of community groups such as the Rotary Clubs is very important to the industry and helps us achieve the best outcomes for our farmers.  

“We pride ourselves in having a good relationship with the Rotary Club of Cobden and we are sure that our collaborations will continue into the future.”  

Mr Towner, representing the Rotary Club of Cobden, said the group wanted to support the Blokes’ BBQ and the messages behind it.

 “We wanted to support the local farmers and providing a night off is a good way to do just that,” Mr Towner said.

 “It was important to us to make this a free event, so we decided to become a sponsor to help out.”

The Blokes’ BBQ is a community event that provides farmers with a night of entertainment and socialising.

The key speaker on the night will be AFL legend Wayne Schwass and he will be joined by Corangamite

Shire 2017 Citizen of the Year, James Green. The night celebrates the end of Movember and the efforts made by locals to raise money for the Movember Foundation.  A local barber will be on hand to shave off Mos during the night and members of local Rotary Clubs will assist with catering.  

“It promises to be a great event and we look forward to seeing plenty of farmers on the night,” Mr Towner said.  

For more information about Movember, please visit the Movember team https://au.movember.com/mospace/team/. To find out more about the Blokes’ BBQ, please contact WestVic Dairy on 5557 1000.  

Media enquiries:

Alexandra Lenehan Community Engagement Officer - WestVic Dairy

03 5557 1002 I 0422678107 I media@westvicdairy.com.au

 WestVic Dairy is a not for profit regional development program (RDP) led by western Victorian dairy farmers. WestVic Dairy is funded by Dairy Australia and the Dairy Service levy and supported by regional stakeholders

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Media Release

31st October 2017

For Immediate Release

WestVic Dairy announces new Strategic Direction

WestVic Dairy will outline its new Strategic Plan on Friday November 3 during morning and lunch time presentations held in Warrnambool and Cobden.

While the presentations will be focused on the annual results of the Dairy Farm Monitor Project, they will also provide an opportunity to hear about WestVic Dairy’s new strategic direction and the newly launched investment guide for the regional dairy industry.

WestVic Dairy’s Regional Manager Lindsay Ferguson said the presentations were split into a breakfast session for service providers in Warrnambool and a lunch session time for farmers in Cobden.

“We wanted to give farmers and service providers an equal chance to attend these presentations, so we will do both in one day at times that suit the respective audiences,” he said.

“We are very excited to present the three documents, The Dairy Farm Monitor Report, The WestVic Dairy Strategic Plan and the Regional Guide for Investors, which are each important  for advancing the regional dairy industry.”

In light of the developments within the dairy industry over the last years, the WestVic Dairy Board decided to review the Strategic Plan and develop clearer strategic priorities, which will be presented on the day.

The presentation of the Dairy Farm Monitor Project by Agriculture Victoria will focus on the regional results for 2016/2017 and how to interpret these.

There will also be a presentation of a regional investment guide, which was produced to fill a gap in current industry publications and provides an outline of the information needed when considering investing in this region.

“The region has a lot of potential for further investment and we have a number of competitive advantages” Mr Ferguson said.

“It is a busy time for farmers, but we really hope people will take the opportunity to come along and hear what is happening in the industry.”

All documents presented on the day are available online: The Dairy Farm Monitor Report can be accessed through the Dairy Australia website, the WestVic Dairy Strategic Plan and Investment Guide can be found on the WestVic Dairy website.  Alternatively, the WestVic Dairy documents are available at the WestVic Dairy office by calling 5557 1000.

Media enquiries:

Alexandra Lenehan Marketing and Communications Officer - WestVic Dairy

03 5557 1002 I 0428 367 483 I media@westvicdairy.com.au

WestVic Dairy is a not for profit regional development program (RDP) led by western Victorian dairy farmers. WestVic Dairy is funded by Dairy Australia and the Dairy Service levy and supported by regional stakeholders.

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Media Release

16th October 2017

For immediate release

TV Celebrity to inspire women in the dairy industry

WestVic Dairy will host “Australia’s most travelled woman” Cartiona Rowntree at the 2017 WestVic Dairy Ladies’ Luncheon on October 20.

The annual event will be held at the City Memorial Bowls Club and provides women in the dairy industry with a chance to relax, reflect and rejuvenate.

Ms Rowntree, who is a TV presenter for the popular travel show Getaway, will entertain the audience with anecdotes of her experiences in media and her life on the farm.

The WestVic Dairy Ladies’ Luncheon has been running successfully for over seven years and aims to inspire women in the dairy industry.

A committee of local dairy farming women is directing the organisation of the day and it has received support from a number of organisations and businesses.

WestVic Dairy’s Chair, Simone Renyard, who is also involved in the organising committee, said she expected close to 300 women to come to the event.

“It is important to acknowledge and support the women in the industry,” she said.

“Women are the backbone of many farms and we want to make sure they have a change to spend a day away from the farm for some self-care.”

Ms Rowntree will be joined on the day by local dairy farmer and AFLW star Shelley Scott, as well as local martial arts instructor Tania Rowan.

“We also want showcase the inspiring women in Western Victoria,” Mrs Renyard said.

On the day, there will be trade stalls which will showcase local products, such as Dairylicious Farm Fudge, Joella Hill Designer Travel Accessories, Glenafton Goat Milk Soap, Simply Teatime, Willaura Candle Company, Chef’s Toolbox, Berjique Jewellery, Pure Escents, and Mitch's Preserves.

The cost of the tickets is $25, which includes a complimentary drink and a two course lunch. Tickets can be purchased by calling WestVic Dairy on 5557 1000 prior to the event. There will be no ticket sales at the door.

This year’s event is sponsored by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation, Legendairy, Corangamite UDV, Worksafe, ACM and Nation Wide AB.

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Media enquiries:

Alexandra Lenehan Marketing and Communications Officer WestVic Dairy

03 5557 1002 I 0428 367 483 I media@westvicdairy.com.au

WestVic Dairy is a not for profit regional development program (RDP) led by western Victorian dairy farmers. WestVic Dairy is funded by Dairy Australia and the Dairy Service levy and supported by regional stakeholders

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