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Agriculture

Rural Engagement Group

The Bass Coast Rural Engagement Group (REG) was formed in 2013 to create a forum for discussion between Council and the agricultural sector. You can also follow the REG on Facebook.

Members of the group are selected to ensure that the REG represents a cross-section of geographical locations, rural activity type and farm size. The Terms of Reference provide additional information about the Rural Engagement Group.

Other members in the group include representatives from Bass Coast Landcare Network, Victorian Farmers Federation, Food & Fibre Gippsland, Councillors and Council staff.

The Group meets quarterly to discuss matters that impact the rural sector, provide opportunities to network, collaborate with key stakeholders and provide advice to Council on its strategic direction.

For more information, please contact us on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).

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 - 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 - This report is a summary of the information included in the economic analysis.

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 on the Sustainability Gippsland website.