Business

Agriculture in Bass Coast

Southern Gippsland Foodmap

Are you a local producer looking to:

  • profile your fantastic produce and increase your business profile
  • extend your market reach and show your retail outlets
  • promote local produce to the local community

If your business fits into one of the listed categories then you can register your business for free on the Southern Gippsland Foodmap.
Categories include: Grower / producer, Green grocery, Butchery, Bakery, Fish monger, Deli, Winery / brewery, Market, Food store and Distributor. This online map provides information to local consumers, retailers and visitors about food producers in South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shires.

Please contact Roslyn Jenzen, 03 5951 3317 or r.jenzen@basscoast.vic.gov.au for further information.

Land Capability and Capacity Project 

This project was managed by Bass Coast Landcare Network, in partnership with West Gippsland CMA, Council and East Gippsland Food Cluster.This project undertook a combination of site assessments and desktop assessments of an operating agricultural property within the Bass Coast Landcare Network area to determine its capacity to produce alternative agricultural products (food and fibre) as well as other opportunities supporting these new products (ie food tourism and accommodation). 

The assessment included soil testing, analysis of properties agricultural history, rainfall analysis, slope analysis, aspect analysis and analysis of modeled climate change impacts.  An assessment on local planning guidelines and how they interact with any proposed recommendations will also be included as a part of this analysis.  Economic/market analysis and its relevance to Bass Coast will also be reviewed. 

Video summary of the project - Climate Change Resilience in Bass Coast

Full report - Land Capability and Capacity Report, Edden Road, Woodleigh (PDF 600KB)

 

Southern Gippsland Food Futures 

Bass Coast Shire Council and South Gippsland Shire Council jointly engaged Essential Economics to provide an economic assessment of the Southern Gippsland region’s food sector, which includes agriculture, manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing, tourism and food services as well as their respective supply chains. The assessment highlights the economic value of the region’s food sector, opportunities for future growth and enabling projects to support expansion of the sector. 

Two reports are available for review:

  1. Southern Gippsland Food Futures Economic Analysis PDF 1.9MB  This report provides a context analysis, economic value assessment, an issues and opportunities assessments, supporting projects and key findings and recommendations.
  2. Southern Gippsland Food Futures Highlights PDF 1.9MB This report is a summary of the information included in the economic analysis.

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Agricultural Climate Resilience Project

The Agricultural Climate Resilience Project (ACAP) has been developed from work that South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shire Councils have been doing with local producers with the assistance of the State Government over the last four years.

The major focus of the project is ‘mentoring’; helping farmers to gain skills to deal with the threats (and opportunities) that climate change might throw up utilising peers experiences. A number of mentoring models will be used, including forums, discussion groups, farm walks and demonstrations.

The project is funded by the Victorian Government through their Victorian Sustainability Adaptation Partnerships program with support from the South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shire Councils. It will provide support to local food producers until November 2016 to find the best ways in which to adapt to climate changes in Southern Gippsland.

More information and event details are available here.

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