Events and Workshops

Events and Workshops: Completed and Up-coming

1. Quarterly Connection Online Event: 20 October 2021
2. EDP Workshop - National Seeds Institute: Tuesday 16th November 2021

Orbost district businesses demonstrate globally significant expertise in the breeding and production of seeds for maize, sweet corn and popcorn. In addition, other organisations have extensive expertise in forest seeds and other plants. This expertise could underpin a national seeds institute with global standing in seed breeding and production.

3. Networking Night: Wednesday 17th November 2021

Marlo Hotel - invitations have been extended to project particpants. Contact for more information.

4. EDP Workshop - Agricultural Opportunities: Thursday 18th November 2021

There are several examples of high value-add or specialist agricultural opportunities, including protected cropping, new products (samphire, insects, black garlic, edible botanicals, native grasses, seaweed), and a cooperative malting facility, that could prompt innovation. The third of these is already the subject of a Food and Fibre Gippsland (FFG) GS3 Innovation Group. Other relevant FFG activities might include vegetable waste processing, insect farming for protein, and seaweed harvesting. Some Orbost district stakeholders are involved in those activities already.

5. EDP Workshop - Forest Management and Coastal Park Access: Tuesday 23rd November 2021

Native forests are an important environmental asset that will require careful management following the end of native timber logging. Promoting biodiversity, particularly supporting threatened species, has been a key part of the decision-making underpinning the Forestry Plan. Access into the forests will have to be constructed and maintained whether for ongoing care, use, visitor economy, or for disaster management. Work in Europe on a similar agenda could be very useful in prompting innovation opportunities in forest management, research and protection activities, and use of forest resources.

The coastal parks along Orbost’s nearby coastline are a stunning natural resource, accompanied by off-shore fishing, hunting, and diving resources that attract international visitors. Current regulations and management arrangements limit access to these assets, in order to protect their environmental conditions. They offer an opportunity for innovative thinking about how greater access to these places can be managed and supported creatively while protecting their environmental status.

6. EDP Workshop - P13+ Education: Thursday 25th November 2021

The development of a ‘13+’ learning facility which provides for articulated education and training opportunities spanning Certificate 2-Bachelor programs relevant to emerging local enterprises. The facility would be supported by DET, TAFE Gippsland and Federation University, offering personal learning support for a mix of programs

6. EDP Workshop - Visitor Economy: February 2022

Basic Proposition:

Destination Gippsland (DG) have extensive work underway on tracks and trails with Innovation Groups focused on technologies that could enhance the visitor experience, and

on setting up a social enterprise that could employ unemployed forest contractors and workers and disengaged young people in trail construction and forest management.

Key Assets:

The forests and coastal parks both offer remarkable opportunities for trail development. Already, the East Gippsland Rail Trail has become an important part of cycling holidays between Sydney and Melbourne, and this will be enhanced with the restoration of the Snowy River Rail Bridge. The Sea to Summit Trail is one major investment which already is being investigated as an option to add to the opportunities in the Orbost district.

Strategic Competitive Advantage:

The Orbost district will offer the Visitor Economy part of the GS3 project additional opportunities for developing a social enterprise that can build the expertise for trail design and construction, as well as the ongoing need for trail maintenance. The new mountain bike (MTB) facility at Omeo will attract other MTB riders to East Gippsland, and the scale of the forests offers extensive capacity for new MTB and walking trails to be developed.

8. Community Update 2021 Year in Review: Wednesday 15th December 2021

Join us at the Orbost Club in person or online to wrap up a big year of innovation discovery in the Orbost district. Professor Bruce Wilson from RMIT and local project manager Tim Cotter will provide an update on the five innovation proposals for the region.

The focus areas for innovation are seeds, agriculture, forest management, tourism and education.

For those in the room on the night you will get the chance to trial a range of local products with our boutique showcase featuring a range of local products.

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Contact Tim Cotter on 0419 040 469 or email for more information.