New board fo­cus on de­vel­op­ment

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LOCAL LIVING -

Lard­ner’s Park’s new board of di­rec­tors is focussed on the strate­gic de­vel­op­ment of the fa­cil­ity over the next five years whilst con­tin­u­ing to maintain its com­mit­ment to agri-busi­ness.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ni­cola Pero said while the Lard­ner Park board was keen to un­der­take di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion and mar­ket­ing of Lard­ner Park, all the ex­tra ac­tiv­i­ties en­abled to board to re-in­vest in its agri-busi­ness base.

A new board of di­rec­tors has been elected for the 2017-18 year with War­ragul Re­gional News­pa­pers man­ager An­drew Schreyer ap­pointed board chair­man.

Other board of di­rec­tors con­tin­u­ing in their roles for the next 12 months in­clude abat­toir pro­pri­etor Rob Rad­ford, beef and pig farmer Ian Bay­ley, dairy farmer Ian Cougle and prop­erty val­uer Corey McMa­hon.

Newly ap­pointed board mem­bers for 201718 in­clude news­pa­per pro­pri­etor Brian Hop­kins and agri­cul­tural con­trac­tor Dun­can McNeil.

For­mer chair An­gela Betheras and board mem­ber Dar­ren Hotchkin both re­signed.

Ms Pero said the board was very focussed on the strate­gic de­vel­op­ment of Lard­ner Park over the next five years.

“We are focussed on ex­pand­ing and con­sol­i­dat­ing our con­nec­tion with agri-busi­ness,” she said

Some of the ini­tia­tives be­ing de­vel­oped for agri-busi­ness in­clude a sum­mer grain trial to com­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing steer trial and plans for a multi-day all-breed cat­tle event.

Ms Pero said an ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment next year was a new event in the Mel­bourne Food and Wine Fes­ti­val at Lard­ner Park.

Graze and Raise, to be held in March, will be an op­por­tu­nity to show­case Gipp­s­land food and wine pro­duc­ers, where vis­i­tors can graze and raise their way around Gipp­s­land at one venue.

Ms Pero said the board also was keen to ex­pand con­fer­ences and of­fer pack­ages to market lo­cal in­dus­try. She said the pack­ages could in­clude up market glamp­ing and optional ex­tras such as learn how to milk a cow, agro­forestry walks, a bush din­ner and learn how to fly a drone.

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