Careers Network

Produce and Production Tour

On Wednesday the 19th of February, Cathryn hosted a ‘Produce and Production tour’ with a number of attendees from the Portland Heywood Careers Network group, along with a couple of students from the PSC Student leadership group.

The ‘Produce and Production tour’ was developed to assist in building the members’ knowledge and understanding of the employment, training and career opportunities within the agriculture and extended farming industry surrounding our local region.

Victoria is Australia’s largest food and fibre exporting state and the Glenelg region plays a very important role. Not only did the tour visit the typical farms within the agriculture industry but also niche and emerging farming industries, such as the buffalo cheese farm.

Throughout the tour the following farms will be visited:

Gorae Organics (Organic Fruit, Vegetables and Cattle)

Shane and Julie Malcolm (Sheep, Cattle and Potatoes)

Geoff and Jess Fleming (Dairy)

Shaw River Buffalo Cheese (Cheese)

Coastal Seafarms Pty Ltd (Abalone)

In regards to the tour, Executive Officer, Anne Murphy said “The GSG LLEN’s role is to broker sustainable strategic partnerships between and among key stakeholders such as schools and industry to improve education and work pathways for young people in the region.  Tours such as the Produce and Production tour allow careers teachers direct contact with local industry and provide the tools and up to date industry knowledge to highlight careers in key local agriculturally based industries.  We thank our partnering industries for hosting the tour”

A fantastic day was had by all in attendance, the range of farms visited and diversity within each farm was a real highlight for the tour.  One attendee stated that “The day was very well organised and I enjoyed the opportunity to have a good look at local businesses and hear from employers first hand.”

A special thank you to all of the local farmers who took the time to demonstrate and discuss careers information with us, to all that attended on the day and also to Taryn Thomas for the photography on the day.

See photos below:

Gorae Organics  Fleming Dairy  Gorae Organics  Fleming Dairy  Gorae Organics  Coastal Seafarms  Coastal Seafarms  Coastal Seafarms

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