Platform: DRIVE INVESTMENT & BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION

To attract the capital and expertise required to enable business transition, adapt business models and support new entrants to the sector

“Our Great South Region will continue to attract the capital and expertise required to enable business growth, transition and development. This investment will allow existing businesses to grow and to adapt their business model to take advantage of growth opportunities. The Great South Coast will  attract and support new food and fibre investors and entrants to the sector up and down the supply chain.”

Capital is a constraint to growth at every level of the food & fibre supply chain. It is needed to build scale, drive business transition, invest in technology, further value-add commodities and to develop infrastructure. There is considerable interest by investors, but the challenge is in connecting them to appropriate opportunities.

The region will continue to showcase the Great South Coast Food and Fibre Industry through proactive communication including e-prospectus, agri tourism and promotions.

Many agribusinesses are reluctant to borrow capital or take on equity partners, or they are not investment-ready. A reliance on bank finance alone limits their borrowing capacity. Another issue is the financial barriers faced by young, talented operators keen to start food & fibre businesses – the start-up capital requirements often feel insurmountable.

Across the region there exists the need to drive long term business transition. Many landholders have already reached retirement age without a transition plan and want to stay on the property.

Family business challenges exist in all parts of the supply chain with a need to develop and promote new land occupancy and agribusiness models, which will support long term transition (over decades) and allow transition to progressive and ambitious operators to run food & fibre businesses in the region, often independent of land ownership.

Latest updates

POWERCOP PROPOSES UPGRADES TO NETWORK TO SUPPORT GREAT SOUTH COAST DAIRY FARMERS

Electricity distributor Powercor is proposing to invest $8.7 million to upgrade power infrastructure in the Great Soputh Coast’s dairy farm-intensive communities to support future economic growth. Under the proposal, Powercor would upgrade the current single phase electricity network to three phase power in Tyrendarra, Strathdownie, Cape Bridgewater and Gorae West. With the value of the […]

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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 […]

YUMBAH NYAMAT PROPOSAL A WIN FOR SOUTH WEST VICTORIA

The Great South Coast Food & Fibre Council congratulates Yumbah Aquaculture on gaining Council approval for their $73 million Nyamat abalone production proposal, which will not only grow the local economy but also continue to build global recognition of the Great South Coast as a centre of premium, sustainable food production. “Yumbah provides a great […]