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
With 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
With 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
With 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.