A new year for Tatura Milk Industries
A happy New Year to everyone in 2015.
Each new year many people make New Year’s resolutions.
Some take the opportunity to revise short and long-term goals.
Many recognise that we are half way through the financial year and reflect on performance to budget and business goals.
Some return refreshed from a Christmas/New Year break and others (particularly dairy farmers) are happy to have got through a busy period when we are relatively under staffed and trying to do everything ourselves (and that often means milking, irrigation and anything else that can go wrong).
At this time I always reflect on the year ahead and while personal and business goals are important I take the time to think about Bega Cheese and Tatura Milk Industries’ important role in the community.
Beyond concerned for dairy farmers, staff and customers I think about the important role the company, staff and suppliers play in ensuring a successful, vibrant and caring community.
I am always delighted to hear about staff and suppliers who have involved themselves in community groups and organisations, people who are working to try and make a difference.
Each time we step forward to help we demonstrate the willingness to give of ourselves which is an important part of building relationships and creating bonds to improve the lives of all.
I amproud of the support Bega Cheese and Tatura milk gives to regional communities.
I am particularly proud of our two large corporate events — the Bega Cheese golf, fishing and bowls day which showcases the Bega Valley to customers and suppliers, and the Tatura200 bike ride which showcases northern Victoria.
Each event takes an enormous amount of organisation and a dedicated staff to ensure they are successful.
The staff in the background of these events are like many who put themselves forward in the service of others; they keep a low profile, reluctantly accept a small thank you and are always focused on the fundraising effort which they know can make such a difference.
The combined Bega and Tatura events have raised more than $1 million and thanks to the efforts of many have helped many people in our communities.
As I look forward to the new year with optimism, I know there will be both good and bad things happen, and there will be success and disappointment.
It is always hard to tell what the highlight (or indeed lowlight) of a particular year might be but the one thing I am certain of is that there will be many people associated with Bega Cheese giving of themselves this year, as they have every year in order to make other people’s lives and their communities a better place.
All my best wishes for 2015.