Our Projects

We currently have a number of activities in our project pipeline. These range from concepts, feasibility studies, and implementation, through to successful completion. Our current priority projects are summarised here. 

We are always looking for future project concepts that are in line with our purpose and values. If you have an idea that you think might be of interest to us, or wish to explore an opportunity which might be realised, please contact us!

Our News

Investing in East Gippsland's vibrant agrifood sector 

East Gippsland's agrifood sector offers opportunities for all kinds of investors. More information available here.

Feast on East as part of Melbourne Food & Wine Festival - 8th April 2017

Join us for an evening of food, wine and art celebrating East Gippsland our region's unique and diverse mix of produce. Harvest from the mountains to the sea, the menu will be prepared by local chefs who live and breathe East Gippsland produce, matched with local beers and wines. More information and bookings available here.

Feast on East @ "Hooked on Lakes Entrance" - 12th March 2017

Lakes Entrance will celebrate and showcase the wonderful array of Victorian seafood caught by commercial and recreational fishers and the beautiful places it comes from at the “Hooked on Lakes Entrance” event on March 12.

East Gippsland Food Cluster and Fisheries Victoria are  co-hosting the day at the Lakes Entrance Foreshore Reserve overlooking the water from 10am till 5pm. More information available here.

Twiglight cluster picnic for members and prospective members, February 2017

Join us for a relaxing evening @ Nicholson River Winery doing what we like most - enjoying and taling about eastern Gippsland's fantasitic produce. February 7th. More information available here

Gippsland Regional Agrifood Employment Project (GRAEP)

As part of Jobs Victoria's Employment Network, the East Gippsland Food Cluster is rolling out the Gippsland Regional Agrifood Employment Project (GRAEP). This exciting initiative is designed to support win-win outcomes for disadvanted job seekers and employers alike. More information available here and please contact us to register your interest.

East Gippsland Food Cluster's online Farmers Market - Feast on East Direct recognised for 'Innovation', October 2016

Feast on East Direct was recognised for innovation at the East Gippsland Business Awards. Congratulations also to EGFC member Bulmer Farms who won the the Agrribusiness category sponsored by the EGFC, and to all the other cluster members who were also recognised with a number of awards. More information available here.

Business Breakfast - looking back in order to look forward, September 2016

Nearly 70 people got up early for breakfast at the Lindenow Football Club to hear Chris Egan deliver a fascinating uncut address of his history and the story behind the development of Garden / Vegco site during the 1990's. It was an illuminating insight into leadership, risk taking and entrepreneurship. It was also a poignant reminder that it has always been local 'leadership' that has driven the region's important agrifood economy and that leadership will remain a requirement into the future, Read more here. 

More award winning credentials for East Gippsland produce - Gold and Best in Class for Forge Creek Free Range (July 2016)

More information available here

Food cluster exploring investment opportunities in agrifood sector - make sure you have your say!

East Gippsland Food Cluster together with East Gippsland Shire Council is currently exploring potential priority investment areas to support the sustainable growth of East Gippsland’s vibrant agrifood sector. 

We will be engaging with a range of stakeholders in order to identify priority investment opportunities to support more value-adding of regional produce and which further enhance regional value-chains. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the East Gippsland Food Cluster. 

Make sure you have your say here.

Calling for expressions of interest for Independent Director for East Gippsland Food Cluster (July 2016)

Do you share a passion for the Eastern Gippsland Food sector? Do you have skills and experiences that would compliment the vision of the East Gippsland Food Cluster Board as "collaborative industry leaders committed to a vital, innovative, and sustainable food sector that is valued by our community”? If you are interested in an honorary role with a board that meets formally six times per year, please contact us for more information.

New Boots for Horticulture - Shayne Hyman to facilitate capacity building in East Gippsland Vegetable Growing Sector (July 2016)

More information available here and here.

Exploring Opportunities for Value-adding Imperfect and Surplus Fresh Produce - 24th May

Dr Hazel McTavish-West will facilitate a workshop for industry representatives interested in exploring opportunity to value-add imperfect and surplus fresh produce. More details available here

Value Proposition Workshop - 17th May 2016

Looking for opporunities to assist you with business growth through the development of a compelling value proposition? - register for this 'free' workshop being brought to East Gippsland by the Department of Industry. More information available here.

Eastern Gippsland Sustainable Workforce Solutions for the Agrifood Sector (Oct 2015)

We have just finalised a very important piece of work that identfies a range of strategies to support Eastern Gippsland's vibrant agrifood sector. We invite interested stakeholders and service providers to contact us to discuss further. The document is available here.

Feast on East Direct has soft launched (July 2015)

Formally known as our 'Regional Produce Aggregator' project, this innovative, ambitious and potentially transformative initiative has been under development for sometime but is now 'open for business'. Check out www.feastoneastdirect.com.au, and follow FOED on facebook copy.

Listen to Andrew Bulmer and Nicola Watts talking about Feast on East Direct on ABC radio.

We are keen to broaden our collaborative reach so if you are an Eastern Gippsland Food and Wine producer of any size, a logistics solution provider, or a business or community group interested in being a pick-up point, please contact us.

Case Study in Energy Efficiency

Click here for a great insight into energy efficiency strategies implemented by Bonaccord

EG Produce Branding @ Feast on East Direct on the ABC Country Hour (1st May) - Listen to our Executive Officer talk about these important initiatives here - (maybe fast forward about 6 mins).

Eastern Gippsland Sustainable Workforce Solutions Feasibility Study

We have engaged a Consultant to undertake this work for us. The consultant will be interested in the views and ideas of a range of stakeholders. If you would like to have input, please contact us ASAP. The work is scheduled to be complete by September 2015.

East Gippsland Business Awards (October 2015)

East Gippsland Food Cluster is again proud to encourage and recognise excellence in our sector as the Agribusiness category sponsor for the 2015 East Gippsland Business Awards. A big congratulations to Grassvale Farms/Wuk Wuk Beef for being the category winner in 2015! More information available here.

Trainee Programme - Winner of the 2014 Victorian Training Awards - "Industry Collaboration"

WINNER 60yr VTA logo 2014 -02    

Watch our video, and follow our traineeship programme on facebook copy 

Watch this space for the roll out of our 'Regional Produce Aggregator' (RPA) project, which is designed to connect our great regional suppliers with new markets via innovative online and distribution systems

Learn more about the project here.

Watch (f)route's video tribute to the project

Fabulous Leafy Vegetable Demonstration Day held in May 2014

A fabulous industry demonstration day attracted growers from all over.

See more on  onfacebook

Top Melbourne Chefs visit and sample premium East Gippsland produce (Jan 2014)

More info available in media releases below. Follow on twitter #eatprawnlove.

Listen to Frank Camorra from Movida talk about his visit and reflections

Listen to Matt Wilkinson from Pope Joan talk about sourcing regional produce and his reflections on the East Gippsland Food Cluster.

"Food For Thought" - Business Breakfast 30th October 2013

A recent business breakfast  explored key opportunities for building on the region’s strong agrifood sector.

Hosted by East Gippsland Shire Council and East Gippsland Food Cluster, the Food for Thought breakfast forum was an opportunity to listen to a panel of keynote speakers, explore ideas and enjoy a breasfast menu showcasing local produce. Presentations available here.


Associate Memberships now available - JOIN US, and become part of shaping the sustainable development of the Eastern Gippsland agrifood sector. More information available here. 

 

Our Media Releases and Publications

Media Release 01 - March 2011 EO Appointment
Media Release 02 - March 2011 E-Learning Project Launch
Media Release 03 - April 2011 EGFCI Board Appointments
Media Release 04 - April 2011 EG represented at National Sustainable Food Summit v1
Media Release 05 - April 2011 EGIWDSv3
Media Release 06 - July 2011 Melb Uni students support project
Media Release 07 - Aug 2011 Food Bank
Media Release 08 - Oct 2011 EGIWDS
Media Release 09 - Nov 2011 Traineeships on Offer
Media Release 10 - Jan 2012 E-commerce
Media Release 11 - Feb 2012 Expanding E-Learning Project
Media Release 12 - Feb 2012 Melb Uni Students Marketing Project
Media Release 13 - Mar 2012 Traineeship Programme
Media Release 14 - May 2012 Auckland NZ Innovation Centre
Media Release 15 - May 2012 Traineeship Programme
Media Release 16- May 2012 Cluster collaboration

Media Release 17 - July 2012 Melb Uni Students assist with Carbon project

Media Release 18 - August 2012 Collaboration Returns Dividends to Cluster Members

Media Release 19 - September 2012 Food Cluster Trainees Shine, Empowered and Inspired

Media Release 20 - November 2012 Food Cluster Explores New Business Models


Media Release 21 - November 2012 Food Cluster Traineeships on offer again for 2013

Media Release 22 - November 2012  Food Cluster AGM and Open Forum – “Feeding Asia from Down Under?”

Media Release 23 - November 2012 Innovation Key to Success

Media Release 24 - December 2012 Trainees Celebrate

Media Release 25 - EGFCI Looks to the Future

Media Release 26 - Business Breakfast Feb 2013

Media Release 27 - Productivity Gains through Competitive Systems

Media Release 28 - ClusterTrainees: where are they now?

Media Release 29 - Cliuster focus on priority projects

Media Release 30 - Cluster explores export opportunities

Media Release 31 - Cluster trainee program in Wellington SC

Media Release 32 - Export Success Story Shared with Cluster Members (Aug 2013)

Media Release 33 - Organic Waste Innovation and Collaboration (Aug 2013)

Media Release 34 - "Food for Thought" - exploring opportunities in the Dining Boom (October 2013)

Media Release 35 - Simon Talbot keynote at 'Food for Thought' breakfast (October 2013)

Media Release 36 - East Gippsland Business Breakfast features Richard Cornish (October 2013)

Media Release 37 - East Gippsland Eats on the 'Food for Thought' Menu (October 2013)

Media Release 38 - Bulmer Farms on the breakfast menu (October 2013)

Media Release 39 - East Gippsland on the Plate in China (October 2013)

Media Relase 41 - Food Cluster trainees achieve (Dec 2013)

Media Release 42 - It’s #eatprawnlove as top Australian chefs dine out on local produce

Media Release 47 - Cluster RPA Public Forum (May 2014)

Media Release 48 - Traineeship Program Finalist 2014 Victorian Training Awards  (Aug 2014)

Media Release 49 - Winners 2014 Training Awards Industry Collaboration Category (Sep 2014)

Media Release 50 - Tastes of East Gippsland at Royal Melbourne Show (Oct 2014)

Media Release 51 - Food Cluster to explore feasibility of meat processing facility (Oct 2014)

Media Release 52 - AGM celebrates growing membership base and great local produce (Dec 2014)

Media Release 53 - Career opportunities for young people showcased (Feb 2015)

Media Release 54 - Secondary College Students Up Close with Ag Sector (March 2015)

Media Release 55 - Forum to explore Meat Processing Feasibility (April 2015)

Media Release 56 - Energy Efficiency Forum (May 2015)

Media Realease 57 - Sustainable Workforce Solutions (May 2015)

Media Release 58 - Waste to Energy (June 2015)

Media Release 59 - East Gippsland Food Cluster Soft-Launches Feast on Easrt Direct (July 2015)

Media Release 60 - Easr Gippsland Food Cluster forum explores sustainable workforce solutions for agrifood sector (Sep 2015)

Media Release 61 - East Gippsland Food Cluster continues to grow (Jan 2016)

Medua Release 62 - Suply Chain Workshop (March 2016)

Media Release 63 - Value Proposition Workshop (May 2016)

Media Release 64 - Exploring More Opportunities to Value-add Fresh Produce in East Gippsland (May 2016)

Media Release 65 - Marketing Messages for East Gippsland Produce (May 2016)

Media Release 66 - International Chefs Touring East Gippsland (June 2016)

Media Release 67 - Warming up for Winter @ By Jorg (June 2016)

Media Release 68 - Food Cluster set to lead capacity building in East Gippsland Vegetable Growing Sector (July 2016)

Media Release 69 - New boots for Horticulture (July 2016)

Media Release 70 - Food cluster exploring investment opportunities in agrifood sector (July 2016)

Media Release 71 - Food cluster team continues to grow (July 2016)

Media Release 72 - Sewage and food waste for power (joint) (Aug 2016)

Media Release 73 - Cluster looking back in order to look forward (Aug 2016)

Media Release 74 - Compost Insights (Aug 2016)

Media Article - Chris Egan looks back (Sep 2016)

Media Release 75 - Beyond The Cut: Postharvest practices preserve vegetable quality (Sep 2016)

Media Release 76 - Gippsland Growers Meet At The Top Paddock (October 2016)

Media Release 77 - Cluster expands reach (December 2016)

Media Release 78 - Vegetable Innovation Days Committee Established (January 2017)

Media Release 79 - Change of reins at East Gippsland Food Cluster (January 2017)

Media Release 80 - EGFC picnic savours local flavours (February 2017)

Media Release 81 - EGFC facilitating job opportunities (February 2017)

Media Release 82 - Feast on East at Hooked on Lakes Entrance (February 2017)

Media Release 83 - Celebrity chefs and cook-offs at Hooked on Lakes Entrance (February 2017)

Media Release 84 - Vegetable Capacity Building Project Launch (March 2017)

Media Release 85 - East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days 2017 Paddock to Plate session (April 2017) 

 Annual Report 2015/2016 availablehere

 Annual Report 2014/2015 available here

 Annual Report 2013/2014 available here

Annual Report 2012/2013 available here

Annual Report 2011/2012 available here

 

Eastern Gippsland Industry Workforce Development Strategy Stage 1 Aug 2010

Eastern Gippsland etable Innovation Days 2017 Paddock to Plate sessionIndustry Workforce Development Strategy Stage 2 Final Report Sep 2011

Eastern Gippsland Sustainable Workforce Solutions for the Agrifood Sector Oct 2015

 

 

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