Ex­plor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties

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A Goul­burn Valley free-range egg pro­ducer says a meet­ing in Shep­par­ton was ben­e­fi­cial to their business as they are look­ing to ex­pand.

Valley Park Farm’s fi­nan­cial con­troller Man­fred Ruff said the event was a good start­ing point for the business.

‘‘We’ve been a do­mes­tic egg sup­plier and are think­ing about ex­pand­ing into the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket,’’ Mr Ruff said.

‘‘In China we’ve seen a grow­ing mid­dle class and we’re look­ing into whether our product would be vi­able and if it’s worth in­vest­ing.’’

Goul­burn Valley busi­nesses of dif­fer­ing in­dus­tries and sizes came to­gether for the Vic­to­rian Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try’s Govern­ment Grants Brief­ings se­ries.

Mr Ruff said af­ter learn­ing more about grant op­por­tu­ni­ties, the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s En­trepreneurs Pro­gram was a stand­out op­tion as they worked on an ex­port business plan.

He said the business would also po­ten­tially be look­ing into grants that al­lowed it to up­grade its grad­ing fa­cil­i­ties to sup­port an in­creased de­mand on its equip­ment. In the know . . . Valley Park Farm’s Fi­nan­cial Con­troller Man­fred Ruff at­tended the Vic­to­rian Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try Govern­ment Grants Brief­ings se­ries 2018 in Shep­par­ton.

‘‘We’ll be look­ing into the fea­si­bil­ity of up­grad­ing,’’ he said.

■ The next Govern­ment Grants Brief­ings se­ries will be at Wan­garatta Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre, Wan­garatta, on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 25 from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm.

To reg­is­ter to at­tend the event, visit the web­site at: www.vic­to­ri­an­cham­ber.com.au/ events

Shoot­ers, Fish­ers and Farm­ers MP Robert Bor­sak has con­demned RSPCA Aus­tralia for hi­jack­ing a le­git­i­mate CSIRO sur­vey on the Aus­tralian egg in­dus­try for its own po­lit­i­cal pur­poses.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Bor­sak, RSPCA Aus­tralia sent out an email on Au­gust 28 invit­ing re­cip­i­ents to com­plete a sur­vey on the egg in­dus­try.

‘‘RSPCA dis­guised the fact that they had sim­ply hi­jacked the CSIRO sur­vey,’’ Mr Bor­sak said.

‘‘They added com­ments de­signed to sway pub­lic opin­ion, against pro­duc­ers, im­me­di­ately be­fore com­plet­ing the sur­vey.

‘‘It also in­cluded a ques­tion that was not at all rel­e­vant to eggs or egg pro­duc­tion.

‘‘This is a scur­rilous and bi­ased at­tack on Aus­tralian egg pro­duc­ers, clearly de­signed to in­flu­ence re­spon­dents’ opin­ions.

‘‘The CSIRO sur­vey could po­ten­tially be cor­rupted and in­val­i­dated by the RSPCA’s dirty trick and at­tempt to sway pub­lic opin­ion.’’

The CSIRO sur­vey is part of a three-year re­search pro­gram, funded by Aus­tralian Eggs, which will ex­am­ine the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the egg in­dus­try and the Aus­tralian com­mu­nity.

The sur­vey aims to un­der­stand com­mu­nity views on the im­pacts and con­tri­bu­tions of the egg in­dus­try across ar­eas such as the en­vi­ron­ment, an­i­mal wel­fare, food se­cu­rity and liveli­hoods.

The Na­tional RSPCA was con­tacted for com­ment but de­clined to do so.

The CSIRO de­clined to be­come in­volved in po­lit­i­cal matters.

■ CSIRO en­cour­ages all Aus­tralians to take part in the pub­lic sur­vey, which closes on Septem­ber 7 and can be found at: https://aus­tralianeg­gscom­mu­nity re­search2018w.ques­tion­pro.com/

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