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Regional oyster grower group meetings

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Growers are invited to a short oyster grower group meeting in your area during April & early May – see below for locations & times. All meetings are at high tide or end of the work day.

These regional grower meetings will cover three things:

Proposal to replace the state R&D levy

regional oyster grower group meetingsWith Ewan Colquhoun of Ridge Partners

Growers in each state will be consulted about the proposal to replace their compulsory state based R&D levy with a new national levy. (See below “Proposed levy change” for more detail)

Benchmarking & the realities of the most recent results

regrional oyster grower groups meetingsWith Carlyn Sherriff, Rural Directions

Growers will hear a summary of profitability figures from 10/11 and 11/12 financial years before tackling ‘what’s working’ and ‘what’s not working’ . Data will have added value due to new production management information such as batch time, number of handlings, and restock decision.  We’ll shed new light on why some businesses are going forwards and some going out backwards.

Each grower who has participated in the benchmarking program will have the chance to receive a one on one session with Carlyn to discuss their individual business results.

Regional Discussion Groups

regional oyster grower group meetingsWith Tom Lewis, RDS Partners

Open to all growers, discussion will take place about the role and purpose of Regional Grower Groups and possible agenda items for future meetings includes:

  • Oyster Industry Benchmarking – How Benchmarking can improve your profitability;
  • CRC research results – what they mean for your business;
  • Cool chain & Vibrio index findings;
  • Genetics (including grower understanding of ASI results and demand for ASI products);
  • Comparison of graders; and
  • Reducing labour costs.

These regional grower group meetings are part of the Seafood CRC funded project “Trialing Regional Grower Groups to Extend and Build on CRC Outputs” which aims to assist growers to learn about CRC research results as well as to establish on-going regional groups.

Meeting Dates

Below is a summary of the meeting times and locations, you can also 0447 561 539

Wed 17 April Port Stephens, NSW Lemon Tree Passage Bowling Club 12:30pm – 3:45pm Benchmarking appointments from 4pm Incl lunch & drinks
Fri 19 April Pambula, NSW Idlewilde Motor Inn, Prices Hwy 12:30pm – 3:45pm Benchmarking appointments from 4pm Incl lunch & drinks
Mon 22 April Smoky Bay, SA Smoky Bay Community Club 3pm – 5:30pm Benchmarking appointments from 1pm Incl snacks & drinks
Tues 23 April Coffin Bay, SA Coffin Bay Yacht Club 3pm -5:30pm Benchmarking appointments from 1pm Incl snacks & drinks
Tues 30 April Smithton, Tas Tall Timbers Resort 12:30pm – 3:45pm Benchmarking appointments from 4pm Incl lunch & drinks
Wed 1 May Hobart, Tas RDS Partners, Hobart 12:30pm – 3:45pm Benchmarking appointments from 4pm Incl lunch & drinks

To book your place at a meeting please contact Don Defenderfer on

Email: DonD@rdspartners.com.au  or Phone: 0447 561 539

If you can’t get to a grower group meeting, a meeting on the proposed change to state R&D levies will also run at:

Tues 16 April Port Macquarie, NSW Shed 7, Sandfly Alley 12.30pm – 2pm Incl lunch
Thurs 18 April Batemans Bay, NSW Sid Paschilidis shed 12.30pm – 2pm Incl lunch
Wed 24 April Cowell, SA BST Oyster Supplies Board room 3:30pm – 5:00pm Incl drinks

To book your place at a meeting please contact Rachel on oysteraustralia@gmail.com or phone 0425 237 566

Other meetings are to be announced for Qld/Far north rivers and for Victor Harbour/Stansbury/KI – dates to be confirmed.

 
 
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