The Great South Coast Food & Fibre Action Plan is a collaborative strategy designed to grow the value and capacity of the Great South Coast Food & Fibre Industry, which currently accounts for 60 per cent of the region’s GDP.  Over 20 per cent of local employment is directly associated with food & fibre production.

Platforms

The Great South Coast Food & Fibre Action Plan encompasses 8 platforms which range from driving economic value creation and changing the community’s attitude to the food & fibre industry, through to removing capacity impediments to growth and investment in the sector.

Repositioning the image of food & fibre by promoting, developing and showcasing best practice and innovation and recognising excellence and professionalism is a key goal.

LIFT ENTREPRENEUR-ISM & INNOVATION
DRIVE INVESTMENT & BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION
INCREASE REGIONAL VALUE-ADD
GROW AGRI-TOURISM CHANNEL
BUILD OUR REGIONAL IDENTITIES
CHAMPION FOOD & FIBRE ADVOCACY
REALISE THE WATER OPPORTUNITY
NURTURE FOOD & FIBRE CAREERS

Food & Fibre - the heart of the Great South Coast Region

This plan is managed by the Great South Coast Food & Fibre Council for the entire Great South Coast Region with reach across 5 shires from the SA border to Colac and from the Grampians to the coast.

The plan is propelled by the economic imperative of needing to continue to grow food & fibre output from the region’s businesses. The region today is a food and fibre powerhouse for the State of Victoria and Australia, with over $2.4 billion of farmgate value produced annually. Growing this engine has a dramatic impact on the economy of the region, as well as exports from Victoria. Building and continuing year on year growth will deliver prosperity, jobs and better communities. The region has vibrant food producing sectors in red meat, grains and cropping, forestry, wool and dairying with integrated downstream industries in milk, meat and aquaculture.

While the plan targets increases in the value across and up the region’s supply chains, just as importantly, the plan also targets the removal of capacity constraints that are impediments to growth and investment. Allied with this, the plan sets out to provide capacity into the future through targeted affirmative action in such areas as: providing a skilled workforce, career pathways in food & fibre for our young people, the right policy settings that support growth of our sectors, public investment in the region, and regulations that are fit for purpose for the region. These settings and capacity building will enable the Great South Coast to attract investors and enhance investment possibilities.

Our areas

According to ABS statitics, agriculture, forestry and fishing (including first stage processing) is the largest sector (21.6% of regional employment) of the Great South Coast economy and occupies 72% of the land area.

• The largest commodity sectors (by value) are dairy, cattle and calves, sheep meat and wool.

• Food processing is also a major industry in the Great South Coast – particularly meat and dairy processing.

• The region boasts a key bulk handling port (Portland) which transports agricultural produce of bulk grain, live animals and forestry products from surrounding regions and employs 400 people.

Click on a region to see it on the map

Southern Grampians

Population: 16,125
Area: 665,196ha
Pop’n employed in agriculture, forestry & fishing: 20.3%
Gross Regional Product: $0.91bn
Predominantly Meat and Wool – produces 15% of Australia’s wool clip

Moyne

Population: 16,794
Area: 547,803ha
Pop’n employed in agriculture, forestry & fishing: 26.2%
Gross Regional Product: Predominantly Dairy, Red Meat and Fisheries

Warrnambool

Population: 34,571
Area: 12,076ha
Predominantly processing of dairy and meat products as well as providing services to the surrounding agricultural area

Corangamite

Population: 16,212
Area: 440,731ha
Pop’n employed in agriculture, forestry & fishing: 30.8%
Gross Regional Product: $1.08bn
Predominantly Dairy, Dairy Processing, Red Meat

Glenelg

Population: 19,695
Area: 621,471ha
Pop’n employed in agriculture, forestry & fishing: 13.9%
Gross Regional Product: $0.99bn – has experienced 9.1% growth over the past year
Predominantly Fisheries, Forestry and Red Meat

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The push for CO2 neutral production is being pushed in horticulture space across the globe. Leading Dutch glasshouse provider Van der Hoeven remains at forefront.  In this newsletter they have been contracted by Costa’s to expand the Guyra tomato facility to some 40 hectares. Closed loop horticultural production under a covered and controlled environment is […]

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Have you considered a career in food & fibre? There are so many opportunities, not just on farm but also in agri-business and right along the supply chain. Here in the Great South Coast we need more young people to move into the sector to realise the full potential of our highly productive, competitive region.  […]

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DIGITAL INNOVATION AND SMART AGRICULTURE TO BE CELEBRATED

From 20-24th May the Southern Grampians Shire Council will host the inaugural Greater Hamilton Digital Innovation and Smart Agriculture (DISA) 2019 Festival leveraging off their experience as a regional area undergoing a digital transformation program for the community. The primary focus of the Festival is to showcase how rural communities are embracing new technology and […]

DRIVE INVESTMENT & BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION LIFT ENTREPRENEUR-ISM & INNOVATION

PUSH FOR CO2 NEUTRAL PRODUCTION PUSHED IN HORTICULTURE ACROSS THE GLOBE

The push for CO2 neutral production is being pushed in horticulture space across the globe. Leading Dutch glasshouse provider Van der Hoeven remains at forefront.  In this newsletter they have been contracted by Costa’s to expand the Guyra tomato facility to some 40 hectares. Closed loop horticultural production under a covered and controlled environment is […]

NURTURE FOOD & FIBRE CAREERS

HAVE YOU CONSIDERED A CAREER IN FOOD & FIBRE?

Have you considered a career in food & fibre? There are so many opportunities, not just on farm but also in agri-business and right along the supply chain. Here in the Great South Coast we need more young people to move into the sector to realise the full potential of our highly productive, competitive region.  […]

LIFT ENTREPRENEUR-ISM & INNOVATION

DIGITAL INNOVATION AND SMART AGRICULTURE TO BE CELEBRATED

From 20-24th May the Southern Grampians Shire Council will host the inaugural Greater Hamilton Digital Innovation and Smart Agriculture (DISA) 2019 Festival leveraging off their experience as a regional area undergoing a digital transformation program for the community. The primary focus of the Festival is to showcase how rural communities are embracing new technology and […]

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At Sheepvention in Hamilton the initiative of an innovation stage with presenters on innovation in Food and Fibre production space. One such was a record keeping ap for stock farmers. Simple intuitive and worth having a look at.https://t.co/Zs5MlfmlXe

Check out the video below about the opportunity in food and fibre sector in our Great South Coast Region from the Border to Colac, from the Grampians to the sea. On the website on link below.
https://t.co/0FxE7jZpw2

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