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Gippsland food and fibre challenge accepted

29/07/2021

Gippsland’s vital food and fibre sector is set to benefit with seven local businesses selected to participate in the What’s Your Food or Fibre Challenge, Gippsland? innovation initiative.

The selected businesses will be supported with research and advice through the Gippsland Regional Partnership’s Driving Gippsland’s Food and Fibre Agenda program.

It will help them take an innovative approach to food and fibre challenges and grow the vital regional industry.

The successful businesses are:

  • Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation
  • Bulmer Farms
  • Kiel Industries
  • Ingram Wild Caught Fisheries
  • Gurney Cider
  • South Gippsland Dairy
  • Gippsland Jersey.

Their ideas include bush food business opportunities, making fish sauce from carp, the feasibility of a central Gippsland Jersey manufacturing plant and more.

Approximately 2,500 local businesses rely on Gippsland’s $7 billion food and fibre industry.

After engaging with the local community, the Gippsland Regional Partnership successfully advocated to the Victorian Government for greater investment in the sector, securing $700,000 to deliver a local action plan.

‘What’s Your Food or Fibre Challenge, Gippsland?’ is supported by Regional Development Victoria, Federation University, Food and Fibre Gippsland, Food Agility CRC, Food Innovation Australia Limited, Latrobe Valley Authority, TAFE Gippsland and the Committee for Gippsland.

It forms part of the Victorian Government’s investment of almost $30 billion in rural and regional Victoria since 2015.



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