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A personal invitation   to attend the Mornington Peninsula Shire


Saturday 24   August from 8:30am until 3:30pm, in Hastings.

THE   EXPO features a range of Rural and Agricultural presenters and   exhibitor displays with a focus on soil, water quality, land management and   productive land use. GUEST SPEAKER:
  •   Soil, Soil Class and local Soil types
  •   Land Class & Rural Land Management
  •   Native Vegetation and Weeds
  •   Farm Water Quality and Waterway Health
  •   Rural Business, Regional Food & FarmGate
  •   State Food Industry & emerging Agribusiness
INFORMATION   AND DISPLAYS   include Fire Ready, Farm Waste, Landcare on the Peninsula, The Briars Eco House   services and tours, Western Port BioSphere, Dolphin Research Institute, the   Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, Agricultural Industry groups such as   the Victorian Farmers Federation, and helpful information on local social   media for the Rural Landholder and Agriculture and much more.The Mornington Peninsula Shire’s ‘Water Sensitive Rural Land’ program is pleased to personally invite you to attend the Sustainable Rural Land Expo, which will be held indoors, so that you can come along and enjoy a warm day out.

To celebrate the EXPO, there are 24 FARM Education grants* available to the rural landholders in the Main Creek or Watson creek catchments, that complete an Expression of Interest at the time of EXPO registration. The grants vary depending on the FARM educational courses that you are interested in, provided by either DEPI or TAFE. If you are a Rural Landholder in the Main Creek or Watson creek catchments you are eligible to submit an Expression of Interest to receive a grant for onsite works or training to manage your rural property and water quality management, funded by the Water Sensitive Rural Land program. See Lisa on the day, or e-mail to ask further questions.


EXPO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED* as numbers are strictly limited. Entry is $10.00 per person for catering and printed handouts. To register, please contact me before Tues 20 Aug 2013 on 0418 394 285, email or visit

Yours sincerely


*Lisa Brassington | Officer, Water Sensitive Rural Land |Mornington Peninsula Shire | E: | T: 1300 850 600 | M: 0418394285

List of Speakers

Soil,   Soil class and local Soil types
Lindsay Hyde
DEPI Frankston
Farm Services Victoria
Lindsay has many years with DPI Victoria (now DEPI) and   has worked with communities in both the Northern & Southern parts of   Victoria in various NRM project delivery, and a extensive soil knowledge and   understanding. Lindsay facilitates many DEPI courses, such as Farm Planning,   iFarm and the basics of developing a farm plans.
Land   class and Rural Land Management
David Stewart
Small Farm Services Victoria
A graduate of Marcus Oldham Farm Management College   Geelong and a trainer of farm apprentices in the TAFE system, David was a DPI   Regional Chemical Standards Officer for 9 years before taking over the role   of managing the DPI Small Landholder Information Services. David now runs a   Small Farms Services Victoria consultancy
Native   Vegetation and Weeds
Jacqui Salter
Landcare Facilitator
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Jacqui Salter is the Landcare Facilitator for the   Mornington Peninsula. She assists the nine Landcare groups on the Mornington   Peninsula. Current projects include renewal of a Landcare group in the   Western Port area of the Mornington Peninsula, fauna monitoring on private   property, and assisting groups with the development of biolinks (habitat   corridors) across Mornington Peninsula.
Farm   Water Quality and Waterway Health
Lisa Brassington
Water Sensitive Rural Land
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Lisa is the officer co-ordinating the Water Sensitive   Rural Land program. Lisa is working with local rural landholders to improve   land management for on-farm water quality and efficiency. Projects include   undertaking works to improve farm erosion, such as planting, fences or track   maintenance. See Lisa, she may have a grant for you.
Paul Hodgson
River Health Officer
Mornington Peninsula
Melbourne Water
Paul is responsible for advocating for river health and   supporting people who wish to improve the habitat values of their creeks and   wetlands. If interested in undertaking work to improve your creek, such as   planting, fencing, or weed control, come and have a chat.
Local   Rural Business, Regional Food Strategy and Farm Gate
Gillian Stewart
Rural Business Officer
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Gillian works with diverse rural communities to design   and implement practical farmer learning activities, which build technical   capacity and incorporate innovative thinking into farm management decision   making processes. Gillian currently facilitates a Small Rural Landholder   Network across the shire which is encouraging local rural landholders to   actively share their agricultural experiences and provide technical knowledge   and skill building to enhance agricultural production and on-ground action.
State   Food Industry & emerging Agribusiness
Ben White is the General Manager, Agriculture   Development, for RASV. Ben’s most recent role was that of CEO of New Rural   Industries Australia (NRIA). Previously Market development South East Asia   with DPI and Manager, Food group, Regional Development Victoria. Tom Whitty is the public affairs advisor with   the Victorian Farmers Federation.  Tom is fuelled by his passion for   story telling, raising the profile of agriculture in the community and in   enriching the urban-rural divide. Tom co-founded social media initiatives   #AgChatOZ & #RuralMH.

EXPO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED* as numbers are strictly limited.
Entry is $10.00 per person for catering and printed handouts.
To register, please contact me before Tuesday 20 August on 0418 394 285,
email or visit


Kind regards



Gillian Stewart

Rural Business Officer

Economic Development Unit

Mornington Peninsula Shire


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