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Newsletter: Vic State Report

By Matthew Ipsen, 2013 Scholar and Vice Chair

August 2017

Weather across Victoria has been varied this winter. A very dry and warm June has been followed by a wet July across most of the state. Most industry sectors in the west of the state are experiencing favourable conditions, while the east of the state has been a bit dry. Most Victorian farmers are currently optimistic, after a very difficult 2016.

On 31 March, Victoria held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at FareShare in Melbourne. FareShare is a not for profit community organisation which rescues food and cooks free, nutritious meals for Victorians doing it tough. Volunteers cook surplus, quality foods from supermarkets, farmers and other businesses into 25,000 free nutritious meals a week.

This is thanks to donors such as Emma Germano (2014 Scholar) who is a supporter of charity. After the AGM, we conducted a tour of this organisation looking at the great work they do and met with some of the volunteers who donate their time to help people in need. Afterwards, we toured the Carlton and United Brewery bottling plant.

Emma Germano (left) visiting FareShare in Melbourne.






Four Victorian scholars; Daniel Meade (2017 Scholar), Brendan Hehir (2017 Scholar), David Drage (2009 Scholar) and Annie Box (Associate) attended the successful Triennial Conference in the United Kingdom.

There are a number of Scholars holding positions on the various industry groups of the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF). David Jochinke (2007 Scholar) continues as VFF President, Emma Germano (2014 Scholar) has been appointed President of Horticulture Group and Ashley Fraser (2012 Scholar) has been appointed Vice President of the Grains Group. Adam Jenkins (2011 Scholar) has shown strong leadership through a tough period as President of Dairy Farmers of Victoria.

Roma Britnell (2011 Scholar) continues as Member for South West Coast for the Liberal Party in state politics, while Daniel Meade (2017 Scholar) was elected to Moyne Shire Council in elections at end of 2016.

Chris (2017 Scholar) and Michelle Monnier welcomed Jake Christopher Monnier to their family on 1 June.

Victoria Nuffield would like to thank state sponsor, Rural Finance Corporation for their continued financial support allowing Victoria to offer a stand-alone scholarship. Lastly, thank you to the Executive for their continued support of Nuffield Australia and initial planning for the 2018 National Conference.

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