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					19963 CAB Autumn 2007   28/3/07   4:39 PM   Page 1

      CAB BOARD MEMBER                          CAB BOARD MEMBERS                 Keeping us updated
                                                Clive Larkman       Chairman      To keep the information flowing
      Secretary – Carolyn Burgi                 Nursery Industry                  we want to keep our database as
      Carolyn came from a Sheep and             Graham Warren Deputy Chair        up to date as possible. Please let
      Cereal farming family in                  Local Government                  us know if our contact details
      Northern Victoria. Her early              Carolyn Burgi        Secretary    for you and/or your organisation
      working life was in the office of                                           are incorrect, if there are others                                                                                           CAB Newsletter – Autumn 2007
                                                Winhort Yarra Ranges
      one of the forerunners of the                                               who would be interested in
      Murray Goulbourn Diary                    Lee Hodges           Treasurer                                                         In this issue                       newspaper.                           increased costs for the livestock
                                                                                  receiving this information, or if
      Company. In 1979 she and her              Grazing                                                                                                                                                         growers and reduced water to
                                                                                  you would like to be removed                         Forum Dinner - ‘Agriculture &       Issues covered will include how
      husband Terry joined the Burgi                                              from the mailing list.                               the Media’                    1     The Weekly Times copes in            many of the production
      family business in the Yarra              Ian Ada - Local Government -                                                                                               times of drought, why it chooses     horticultural farmers. All this
      Valley growing a range of fruit                                             (please tick)                                        Message from the Chairman 1
                                                Economic Development                                                                                                       the issues it covers, the clash      means that our local economy is
      and raising beef cattle.                                                                                                         Development Opportunities for
                                                Suzanne Halliday - Value added    ❑ My details are incorrect                                                               between the traditional and          doing it hard. So it was good to
                                                                                                                                       Extra Budget Accommodation 2                                             see the hard work done by the
      Carolyn is involved in the day to         food production                                                                                                            lifestyle farmer and what is the
                                                                                  ❑ Please add the following name                      CAB’s Water Sub-Committee 2
      day running of the fruit packing                                                                                                                                     future of The Weekly Times in        Shire (especially Ian Ada)
                                                Anne Langworthy - Education &     to the database
      and monitors the finances of the                                                                                                 Climate Change Forum                the electronic age.                  rewarded in the declaration of
      business. She has had positions                                             ❑ Please remove my name and                          2007 Agribusiness Summit -          DPI will also be providing an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Exceptional Circumstances [EC]
      on the boards of two statutory            Murray Lyons - Viticulture                                                                                                                                      by the Federal Government.
                                                                                  contact from the database                            ‘Managing Farm Systems in a         update on the drought situation.
      authorities (The Melbourne                Sam Violi - Berry fruit                                                                changing climate’             3                                          This will allow many of our
      Market Authority and the Port                                                                                                                                        Join CAB at our April dinner at      struggling small businesses to
                                                Steve Champan - Orchard Fruit                                                          How Are We Going To Adapt
      Philip and Western Port                                                     Name: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                          Les Chesselles at Mont De            apply for interim drought relief.
                                                Andrew Port - Local Government                                                         To Climate Change?            3     Lancey, Wandin and enjoy a
      Catchment Management
                                                David Barclay - Agribusiness      Phone: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     CAB Board Member Profile      4     french feast and learn more          The declaration of EC is also
      Authority), she is currently
      Treasurer of the Horticultural            Services                          Business Name: . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                               about how the agriculture is         recognition that our shire does
                                                                                                                                       CAB Board Members             4
      Council of the Victorian Farmers          Peter Rankin - Water                                                                                                       represented and influenced by        have a pure rural component.
                                                                                                                                       Have Your Say                 4                                          CAB has been working hard for
      Federation.                                                                                                                                                          the media. For further details
                                                                                   ...........................                                                                                                  many years to convince both
                                                                                                                                                                           see the enclosed invitation or
      Carolyn is a believer in the                                                                                                                                                                              levels of government that we are
                                                                                  Email: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   FORUM DINNER                        contact Emma on 5962 9423.
      greater roles that women can                                                                                                                                                                              not a straight urban council.
      play in agriculture and was the                                             Postal Address: . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          Thursday 19th April -
                                                                                                                                       Agriculture & the Media                                                  Rural councils have many
      Horticultural representative on           Have YOUR say                      ...........................                                                             MESSAGE FROM THE                     pressures that do not occur in
      the VFF Diversity Policy                                                                                                         Thursday 28th June
                                                Don’t forget to look at CAB’s                                                                                              CHAIRMAN                             city based ones. Governments
      Initiative; she is a founding                                               Postcode: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      Thursday 23rd August
                                                website. Let us know if there                                                                                              Welcome to 2007. I hope the first    understand this and make funds
      member of Women in
                                                are any new areas you would       Send or fax a copy of the above                      Thursday 1st November               quarter has been good too. We        available to assist with these
      Horticulture, Yarra Valley and a
                                                like to see on the site.          to                                                                                       have had some rains. Still           issues. As Yarra Ranges is classed
      founding member of the Yarra
      Valley Regional Food Group.                                                 Centre for Agriculture and                                                               nowhere near enough but it has       as urban we do not receive this
                                                CAB welcomes your ideas,          Business - Yarra Valley Inc.                                                             given the ground a good soaking      assistance.
                                                suggestions and comments on its                                                        APRIL 19TH DINNER
                                                                                  237 Maroondah Hwy                                                                        and even had some in the             CAB has also been working over
                                                newsletter.                                                                            ‘AGRICULTURE & THE
                                                                                  Healesville 3777                                                                         catchments. With predictions         the summer for the
                                                Written contributions should be                                                        MEDIA’
                                                                                  Fax 5962 9423                                                                            that there will be good winter       reclassification of several
                                                forwarded to                                                                           Ed Gannon was appointed editor      rains farming should be easier       postcode areas as eligible for
                                                                                                                                       of The Weekly Times in January,     this year.
                                                                                  Would you like to receive the                                                                                                 tourist visa extensions. This is a
                                                Emma Amos                                                                              after seven years as deputy
                                                                                  CAB newsletter and Forum                                                                 My industry, the nursery             particular clause where young
                                                                                                         editor. He previously held a
                                                                                  dinner information by Email.                                                             industry has had its worst year      tourists can have their visas
                                                                                                                                       number of reporting roles on
                                                                                  If so please email your details to                                                       on record. In ornamental             extended if they work on farms
                                                Or                                                                                     The Weekly Times and Herald
                                                                                                                                             horticulture there have been
                                                                                                                                       Sun. Ed was born and raised on a
                                                                                                                                                                           hundreds of job losses across the                        cont on page 2
                                                Centre for Agriculture and                                                             Gippsland dairy farm, so he
                                                Business - Yarra Valley Inc.                                                           knows the issues that matter to     state. With a large percentage of
                                                Phone: 5962 9423                                                                       rural people. It is those issues    Victoria’s Nurseries in our Shire
                                                www.agribusiness-                                                                      that he will discuss on April 19,   this has also had run on effects
                                                                                                              as well as explaining the           to those companies that supply
                                                237 Maroondah Hwy                                                                      workings of The Weekly Times,       them. There have also been
                                                Healesville 3777                                                                       Australia's largest rural           frosts, rains and bugs in the
                                                                                                                                                                           wine industry, reduced hay and
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      in designated harvest areas.              • New backpacker hostels              related to availability and use of   • 118 berry fruits growers –                                                People can participate in the
      Areas that don’t have this                • Expansion of existing or new        rural water to agribusiness and        pamphlets on dry season              2007 AGRIBUSINESS                    Community Question by
      provision are at a disadvantage              caravan parks/camping              the general community in the           management of rubus and                   SUMMIT                          learning from others and sharing
      when it comes to attracting                  grounds                            Yarra Valley.                          blueberries.                         ‘Managing Farm Systems
                                                                                                                                                                                                       their ideas online at
      casual staff.                                                                                                                                                 in a changing climate’   
                                                • On-farm accommodation               2. Represent the views of            • 147 tree fruits growers -                                                 This offers a great opportunity
      At the same time we have also             • Expansion or conversion of          agribusiness on issues related to       pamphlet on dry season              CLIMATE CHANGE is a term             for the largely urban Shire
      been working to have a Harvest               motels                             availability and use of rural           management of orchard trees.       being used readily throughout         population to hear your views
      Office established in Lilydale. If                                              water to various levels of           • 228 winegrape growers –               the nation but what does it
                                                Some advantages and                                                                                                                                    on what this means for this
      this comes to fruition we will                                                  Government, their agencies and                                              really mean moving forward.
                                                disadvantages of each option are                                              pamphlets on dealing with                                                important sector of the Shire’s
      have a government funded office                                                 peak industry bodies.                                                      Central Highlands Agribusiness
                                                discussed, along with the                                                     water stress, and frosted            Forum is bringing together          economy, as well as hearing their
      to help put casual employees in                                                                                                                                                                  ideas and concerns.
                                                planning approvals that might         3. Encourage sustainable use of         vineyards.                         national industry and research
      touch with farmers needing                                                                                                                                             experts
                                                be required. One of the               water by agribusiness in the         I hope readers found this                                                   The Community Question is an
      staff. A great assistance during                                                                                                                           to discuss the impacts on the
                                                alternatives discussed in the         Yarra Valley.                        information useful in your                                                  initiative that comes from the
      harvest time.                                                                                                                                               agribusiness sector but also
                                                option on new backpacker                                                   decision making.                                                            Shire’s Learning Communities
                                                                                      4. Help ensure continued                                                      the flow on effects on the
      April 19 is our first forum for           hostels is for “growers to                                                                                                                             Strategy that aims to increase
                                                                                      availability, and improved           One of the important actions for             nations economy.
      2007. We have invited the new             establish, fund or subsidise the                                                                                                                       the community’s participation
                                                                                      security, of water for use by        2007 will be to look at the                This is a must attend for
      editor for The Weekly Times, Ed           establishment of an                                                                                                                                    in a wide range of learning
                                                                                      agribusiness in the Yarra Valley.    opportunities for using recycled        anybody interested in learning
      Gannon, to speak on ‘How the              accommodation facility that                                                                                                                            opportunities. It aims to engage
      media can help you?’ So put the           suits their needs as an individual,   Activities of the Committee          water in agriculture from the           about the implications climate      all Yarra Ranges residents,
                                                                                      during 2006 were:                    four waste treatment plants in            change is having and the          workers, businesses, students
      date in your diaries and book             cooperative or industry.”                                                                                              positive initiatives being
      today on 5962 9423. See you                                                                                          the Valley, and advising                                                    and volunteers regardless of age,
                                                A copy of the booklet can be          1. Submission to draft Central                                             identified by industry as a result.
      there!                                                                                                               landholders of these.                                                       in an online shared learning
                                                downloaded from the following         Region Sustainable Water                                                       Sub themes of the forum
                                                                                                                                                                  include - Bio energy, Managing       conversation that focuses on a
                                                web page                              Strategy particularly focussing
                                                                                                                                                                       for reduced water and           topic of current and broad
                                             on use of water for agriculture in        Ian Ada, CAB Board Member
         Clive Larkman, CAB Chairman                                                                                                                                 Research & Development.           community interest. The
                                                au/page/page.asp?Page_Id=2134         the upper Yarra catchment. A
                                                                                                                              Sustainable Agribusiness Officer                                         Community Question is
              Owner, Larkman Nurseries          &h=0 or contact Ian Ada,              copy of the submission can be                                                For further information visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                       supported by the Yarra Ranges
                                                Agribusiness and Tourism              downloaded from CAB’s website                     Shire of Yarra Ranges or contact
                                                                                                                                                                 Laurie Norman CHAF Executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Learning Alliance, a network of
                                                Officer, at the Shire on 9294         at http://www.agribusiness-                                                                                      people and organisations
      DEVELOPMENT                                                                                                                                                     Officer on 5343 2555
                                                6171.                                                                                                        working to enhance lifelong
      EXTRA BUDGET                                                                    resources_links.html                                                                                             learning across the shire.
      ACCOMMODATION.                                                                  2. Discussions on the draft Water                                                                                The first Community Question
                                                                                                                                                                 HOW ARE WE GOING TO
      Following the report                      CAB’S WATER SUB-                      use Efficiency Strategy for Port                                           ADAPT TO CLIMATE                      runs from January to June 2007.
      commissioned by CAB on                    COMMITTEE                             Phillip with Viv Amenta,                                                   CHANGE?
      “Budget Accommodation and                 The Water sub-committee is one        Department of Primary
                                                                                                                                                                 With growing community
      Transport for Seasonal Workers            formed by CAB in 2006 to              Industries, Box Hill                                                                                                  Ian Ada, CAB Board Member
                                                                                                                                                                 concern about the state of the
      in the Yarra Valley”, the Shire of        address important issues relevant     3. Organising a number of mail                                             global environment focussing on          Sustainable Agribusiness Officer
      Yarra Ranges has now prepared a           to all the agricultural industries    outs to landowners on dealing                                              climate change and the state of                    Shire of Yarra Ranges
      booklet on the development                in the Yarra catchment.               with water shortages during the                                            our local dwindling water
      opportunities that arise from the         Members of the Board involved                                                                                    resources with the current
                                                                                      current drought, in conjunction
      conclusions to this report and its        are Ian Ada (convenor), Cr                                                                                       drought, the above is the first
                                                                                      with the Shire of Yarra Ranges:                                            Community Question for Yarra
      recommended actions. The                  Graham Warren, Steve
                                                                                      • 2600 landholders with                                                    Ranges. The agricultural sector
      booklet has been mailed to 80             Chapman, Sam Violi and Peter
                                                                                        pasture                                                                  could be affected at least as
      financial planners and                    Chapman. Other industry                                                                                          much as any other group, with
      accountants in the region, the 18         representatives on the                  - pamphlets on dealing with
                                                                                        drought and calculating how                                              possibly higher temperatures
      existing accommodation                    Committee are David Finger                                                                                       influencing the types of crops
      providers, and a couple of                from Launching Place and Leo            long dam water will last.
                                                                                                                                                                 we can grow here, reduced water
      backpacker businesses in                  Koelewyn of Monbulk.                                                                                             allocations, and higher fuel and
      Melbourne.                                                                                                                                                 other energy prices. However
                                                The Committee’s Terms of
      The options listed in the booklet,                                                                                                                         there could be opportunities as
                                                Reference are to:                                                                                                well, particularly if a carbon
      to meet the accommodation
                                                1. Provide accurate, credible,                                                                                   emissions trading scheme
      deficit of around 670 beds per                                                                                                                             becomes established, in getting
      night in the six peak months of           comprehensive and relevant
                                                information on facts and issues                                                                                  increased returns from farm
      the year, were:                                                                                                                                            forestry.

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