Our Projects

We always 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

Towards a regional food brand (February 2019)

More than 30 people representing agrifood businesses, researchers/educators, government and community shared their thoughts in a 1/2 day workshop on the benefits (and challenges) of working towards a regional food brand. The outcomes of the workshop are available here, and we would welcome further thoughts.

Growing Local Food Economies - insights from the US (February 2019)

Forum at Baw Baw Food Hub: 8th February. Co-hosted by a regional collaboration, this interatice forum features Devita Davison, Executive Director of FoodLab Detroit, telling the inspiring story of the good food movement in Detroit, and the push to build a vibrant food economy in the wake of the decline autombile and manufacturing sectors. Register here.

Workforce Planning Training for Gippsland Agrifood Sector (January 2019)

Early bird registrations now available. More information available here.

Gippsland Produce Brand - kick starting a conversation (January 2019)

Be part of this important conversation. More information available here.

First Gippsland Food & Fibre Networking and Information Forum for 2019 (January 2019)

More information available here, or click here to register.

High Tech Processing Hub for Gippsland (December 2018)

Read a summary of the the findings of CSIRO's pre-feasibility study. Available here..

New Project Announced - GIPPYAg (Gippsland Industry Projects and Pathways for Youth in the Agrifood Sector) (September 2018)

The Victorian government is backing an East Gippsland Food Cluster project to support young people in the Agri-food sector through the Regional Skills Fund. Read more here.

Eat the problem? (August 2018)

East Gippsland Food Cluster has recently prepared a 'discussion paper' to explore commercial opportunities associated with wild deer in eastern Gippsland. It is looking for 'win-win' across the agrifood sector, chefs, natural resource managers, local communities, landowners and hunters...Once the full set of proposed regulatory and legislative changes are through in Victoria, we would like to see a collaborative project to pilot elements of harvesting wild deer for human consumption. If you would like a copy of this paper and/or would like to comment on the paper, and/or have in interest in commercial opportunities associated with wild deer, we would love to hear from you. Please eMail info@eastgippslandfoodcluster.com.au.

Feedback sought into the merits of a single food and fibre entity for Gippsland (July 2018)

Have your say into this survey commissioned by Agribusiness Gippsland and East Gippsland Food Cluster. Click here.

East Gippsland Food Cluster recognised for cluster excellence (June 2018)

The East Gippsland Food Cluster (EGFC) is one of four Australian food clusters to be announced as winners in Food Innovation Australia Limited’s (FIAL) new Cluster Programme, and will receive $890,000 in funding from FIAL over three years.  Read more here.

Improving training delivery for Gippsland's agrifood sector (June 2018)

The cluster is working up a project to improve skills development and learning outcomes produced through innovative workplace delivery models and learning modules which are based on stronger and more genuine engagement and partnerships between industry and training providers. More information available here. Workshops to test ideas and gain more input will be held in Leongatha (18th July) and Bairnsdale (26th July). For more information please contact us.

Call for Requests for Proposals from suitably credentialed consultant's (May 2018)

The EGFC is seeking to engage a suitably credentialed consultant to undertake work that will lead to an innovative training service delivery project for Gippsland's agrifood sector. More information available here.

Food for Thought - Food Forum & Sumptuous Regional Produce Dinner (April 2018)

You are invited to attend a facilitated panel discussion led by leading food journalist and commentator, Richard Cornish; followed by a regionally inspired dinner with matched beer / wine, prepared by some of the best of Eastern Gippsland’s Chefs. More details here.

Agrifood updates - featuring "Road map to collaboration and value-adding" (March 2018)

Join us for workshops in Lindenow and Maffra on 22nd March. More information available here.

Are you interested in playing a leadership role in Gippsland's vibrant agrifood industry? (January 2018)

The cluster currently has vacancies for 'independent board members. Read more here.

Passion for local food to feature in regional cookbook (November 2017)

Christiane Philip from Culinaire is working on a new cookbook that celebrates the provenance of eastern Gippsland. Read more here.

Gippsland Women in Horticulture - Water, Waste & Wellness (Novermber 2017)

First ever conference for Gippsland Women in Horticulture (November 23rd at Ellinbank). Speaker presentations available here - Part A and Part B.

Bring New Product Ideas to Life (September 2017)

The East Gippsland Food Cluster is pleased to bring the Monash Food Innovation Centre to Gippsland for an invaluable one day workshop. More information available here

Gippsland Food Producers - your chance to present your products to the CEO and buyers from Ritchies IGA (September 2017)

If you are retail ready - don't miss this opportunity. More details available here.

Fighting Food Waste (August 2017)

The East Gippsland Food Cluster is supporting and facilitating a number of projects that support the war on food waste. See a recent presentation delivered at a recent Ministerial Roundtable. The cluster is also pleased to be supporting the current "Fight Food Waste & Fraud CRC" bid. 

Congratulations to Andrew Bulmer for being recognised as Australian Farmer of the Year (August 2017)

Andrew is a founding member, long term board member, and former chairman of the East Gippsland Food Cluster. This is well deserved recognition for Andrew, the Bulmer family, the entire team at Bulmer Farms and our recognition. See more here.

Let's Innovate and Collaborate - Workshop and Networking Event (Tue 29th Aug 2017, 3pm to 6pm)

Gain the latest insights into value-adding vegetable products from CSIRO, participate in a fast and furious innovation session to generate new product ideas, and network with other food producers. More information available here.

Gippsland Growers Forum @ Korumburra (July 2017)

Don't miss this informative session and networking event for vegetable growers. More information available here.

Feast on East @ Metung (June 2017)

We are pleased to be hosting another great event celebrating local produce on Sunday 11th June (Queen's Birthday long weekend). Stallholders, please contact us ASAP here. Participants avoid the queues and purchase your tickets here.

Strengthen your profile online

You are invited to a brand and marketing workshop series.....24th May and 22nd June. This two-part workshop series is designed to support regional food businesses (paddock to plate) in marketing and branding endeavours, especially around social media. More information is available here.

Register for the workshops here.

Take the short pre-workshop survey here.

Get into the spirit of East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days - 3rd and 4th May 2017.

Great prizes to be won if you purchase a lapel pin. Be quick! Available here

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.

Twilight 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) 

Media Release 86 - Opportunity for students to get hands on with East Gippsland's horticulture sector (April 2017)

Media Release 87 - Strengthen your profile online (May 2017)

Media Release 88 - Workshop encourages businesses to reflect on brand (May 2017)

Media Release 89 - Feast on East @ Metung (May 2017)

Media Release 90 - Feast on East @ Metung 2 (June 2017)

Media Release 91 - New businesses recognised for social marketing (June 2017)

Media Release 92 - New programme connects job seekers with opporunities in agrifood sector (July 2017)

Media Release 93 - Field Trip Showcases Employment Opportunities in Agrifood Sector (Aug 2017)

Media Release 94 - Vegetable Capacity Building Project Launched in Southern Gippsland (August 2017)Vegetable Capacity Building Project Launched in Southern Gippsland (August 2017)

Media Release 95 - Gippland Producers Meet the Buyer (Aug 2017)

Media Release 96 - Agrifood Employment Programme Supporting Win-Win Outcomes (Aug 2017)

Media Release 97 - Exploring Innovative Opportunities to Value-add Regional Produce (Sep 2017)

Media Release 98 - CSRIO Scientists Take Time Out to Meet with Students (Sep 2017)

Media Release 99 - Food Cluster Brings Food Innovation Centre to Gippsland (Sep 2017)

Media Release 100 - Meet the buyer session will see more local produce on Gippsland supermarket shelves (Sep 2017)

Media Release 101 - Increasing the odds of successful product launches with the Food Innovation Centre (Sep 2017)

Media Release 102 - Passion for local food to feature in regional cookbook (October 2017)

Media Release 103 - More opportunities to enjoy local produce (November 2017)

Media Release 104 - Gippsland Women in Horticulture (November 2017)

Media Release 105 - Bulmer heads up Cluster again (December 2017)

Media Release 106 - Gippsland food and fibre groups align (December 2017)

Media Release 107 - Big agenda for cluster in 2018 (January 2018)

Media Release 108 - 2018 – The Year of Training for Gippsland’s Vegetable Growers (January 2018)

Media Release 109 - Agrifood employment programme delivering win-wins (March 2018)

Media Release 110 - Agrifood Update - featuring road map to collaboration and value-adding (March 2018)

Media Release 111 - Collaborating across value-chains (March 2018)

Media Release 112 - Food Cluster investigates opportunities to extract more value from regional vegetables (March 2018)

Media Release 113 - Food for Thought Forum (April 2018)

Media Release 114  - Collaboration on the Menu (April 2018)

Media Release 115 - Agrifood trainees - where are they now? (May 2018)

Media Release 116 - Feast on East at Metung on again over the June long weekend (May 2018)

Media Release 117 - Sun set to shinre on Feast on East @ Metung again (June (2018)

Media Release 118 - EG Food Cluster recognised for cluster excellence (June 2018)

Media Release 119 - Food & fibre groups seeking feedback (July 2018)

Media Release 120 - Improving Vegetable Production Through Process Mapping (July 2018)

Media Release 121 - Virtual reality to enhance employment and training opportunities in horticulture (August 2018)

Media Release 122 - Gippsland cluster initiatives align (August 2018)

Media Release 123 - Brand Workshop (September 2018)

Media Release 124 - FIAL finalises contracts (October 2018)

Media Release 125 - GRAEP participant features in documentary (November 2018)

Media Release 126 - Eat the problem (November 2018)

Media Release 127 - Gippsland Women in Horticulture ‘Pay It Forward’ (November 2018)

Media Release 128 - GIPPYAg - shout out for preliminary expressions of interest (December 2018)

Media Release 129 - High-tech vegetable processing hub in the works for Gippsland (December 2018)

Media Release 130 - East Gippsland Food Cluster and Agribusiness Gippsland set to amalgamate (December 2018)

Media Release 131 - First Gippsland Food & Fibre Networking and Information Forum for 2019 (January 2019)

Media Release 132 - A Gippsland Produce Brand for Gippsland - kick-starting a conversation (January 2019)

Media Release 133 - Growing Local Food Economies - insights from the US (February 2019)

Media Release 134 - Harnessing the Power of Local Food Ecoomieis (February 2019)

Media Release 135 - Forum - Food and fibre to be Gippsland's economic engine (February 2019)

Media Release 136 - East Gippsand Food Cluster and Agribusiness Gippsland formally amalgamated as Food & Fibre Gippsland (March 2019)

Annual Report 2017/2018 (draft) available here

Annual Report 2016/2017 availablehere

Annual Report 2015/2016 availablehere

 Annual Report 2014/2015 available here

 Annual Report 201 3/2014 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 Industry Workforce Development Strategy Stage 2 Final Report Sep 2011

Eastern Gippsland Sustainable Workforce Solutions for the Agrifood Sector Oct 2015

EGFC Strategic Framework 2017

Biosecurity Capacity Building In Regional Communities - outcome of forum (May 2018)

A regional produce brand for Gippsland - summary of outcomes of workshop (Feb 2019)



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