Events and Workshops

Events and Workshops

Upcoming Events and Workshops

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 tim.cotter@orbostregion.com.au 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