Meet Bonnie ….

VegNET Victoria Gippsland welcomes Bonnie Dawson to the newly-created position of Extension Support Officer.  Bonnie completed her double degree in Health Sciences and International Development at La Trobe Uni in 2011 and has worked across a diverse spectrum of industries in Australia and overseas.

Bonnie will assist Industry Development Officer, Shayne Hyman to deliver services to Gippsland’s vegetable industry on behalf of Food & Fibre Gippsland as part of Hort Innovation’s national vegetable extension program, VegNET.

Shayne is introducing Bonnie to growers across Gippsland one day each week until Christmas.  Feel free to contact Bonnie by email at

East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days 2020

They’re back and this time incorporating the Tenth International Spinach Conference, the first time this conference has been held in the Southern Hemisphere. A fabulous opportunity to get on down to Bulmer Farms at Lindenow and the seaside port of Lakes Entrance.  Sponsorship opportunities have just been released and are available from Daniel Hammond, the event’s Lead Grower on 0429 932 759, Noel Jansz, Agronomist on 0427 838 020, Andrew Bulmer on 0409 518 425, or Stuart Grigg on 0400 860 763

#EGVID2020   @EGVID2020   or google ‘Spinach Portal’


Habitat for Beneficials 

Be quick to RSVP for this informative forum on insectaries and other Hort Innovation funded projects to be held at CSIRO in Werribee on Wednesday 23 October from 1:00pm. For more details call CJ on 0416 544 362


Handling Fresh Produce Safely

An online course designed specifically for the vegetable industry, it has four modules that use short videos followed by a few questions requiring correct answers before a learner can move on to the next module.  Might be just the thing for your business!  Try them out HERE



Educate the Industry 

This is your opportunity to present at the BIGGEST horticulture event in Australia – Hort Connections 2020. Applications are now open HERE

To get an idea of what of what was presented in 2019 look HERE

For all enquiries call 03 9882 0277

 Be a Safety Champion

That’s this month’s National Safe Work Month motto. Employers and workers can ‘champion’ a culture which promotes and protects a safe and healthy workplace.

Safe Work Australia has produced a campaign kit full of ideas, tools and techniques to assist everyone to make a contribution to safe work practices, behaviours and culture.  More information and all the tools are available HERE


Will we see you at Gippsland’s Outlook Conference?

Don’t let it all be about dairy and beef – come along and let them know we’re proud to be part of the thriving vegetable industry.  Register HERE



 Labour Hire in Victoria

At the end of October, the transition period for Victoria’s labour licensing scheme is over meaning that labour hire businesses and host organisations just like your vegetable farm must obey the law.  To stay on top of your new obligations subscribe to the Labour Hire Authority eNews HERE


Closing with John Hine’s broccoli field at Woodglen