19963 CAB Autumn 2007 28/3/07 4:39 PM Page 1 CAB BOARD MEMBER CAB BOARD MEMBERS Keeping us updated PROFILE 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 training 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 yarravalley.com 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 19963 CAB Autumn 2007 28/3/07 4:39 PM Page 2 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’ www.yarrarangeslearning.net.au • 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 http://www.yarraranges.vic.gov. 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 www.chaf.org.au 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. yarravalley.com/resources_links/ working to enhance lifelong OPPORTUNITIES FOR 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.