A new year for Tatura Milk In­dus­tries

The Tatura Guardian - - News - — Barry Irvin, chair­man

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.

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