Climate Action on Show at Great South Coast Sustainable Energy Forum

05 July 2023




Climate Action on Show at Great South Coast Sustainable Energy Forum

After the great success of last year’s inaugural forum, South West Victoria regional representative body, Food and Fibre Great South Coast (FFGSC) will again present a Great South Coast Sustainable Energy Forum. Thanks to the generous support of Platinum Partner, Powercor, this year’s event is free to attend and will be held on Wednesday 19 July from 9:30am – 2:45pm, at Brother Fox, Deakin University, Warrnambool.

Around 100 food and fibre, government, industry and community members will come together to hear the latest on real climate action such as on-farm sustainability, hydrogen-powered transport, and recycling of agricultural waste streams.

The Forum will showcase regional leadership to drive climate action through sustainable, innovative and industry-led endeavours. FFGSC will provide an update on their advocacy for regional energy equity and three-phase power upgrades throughout the South West community. They will also be launching their Sustainability Snapshot, which spotlights the rigorous sustainability targets across the food and fibre sector, such as forestry, sheep, dairy, and horticulture. The powerful addition of local case studies will clearly show how these frameworks are being put into practice locally.

Andrew Bailey, General Manager (Strategy & Customer Group) at Powercor, said, “Powercor are committed to sustainably powering our state. Proudly partnering with Food & Fibre Great South Coast is a meaningful way we can work to promote sustainable energy solutions that power homes and businesses in our communities”.

Along with Powercor, presenters include Max Coulthard from event partner, REDEI Renewable Energy Solutions alongside Hycel’s Adam Fletcher, Ian Bail from  Wannon Water and Kelly Wickham representing Agriculture Victoria.

Elisha Nettleton will present on a new, Hamilton-based company, Sustainable Plastic Solutions, that is using the latest technology to recycle agricultural plastic waste. Elisha attended last year’s Energy Forum where she established valuable business connections to strengthen SPS’ offering.

While the event presents an opportunity to share emerging developments that are spearheading climate action across the food and fibre industry Australia-wide, Food and Fibre Great South Coast CEO, Natalie Collard, says it will pay particular attention to initiatives that are making a positive environmental impact across the South West community.

“It’s vital that we continue to apply emerging energy solutions to our local environment. We can’t wait to showcase the initiatives and investments farmers, the supply chain and our community are taking to be part of the climate solution, whether that be from hydrogen innovation, decarbonisation, or particular crop and feed selections.”

Food and Fibre Great South Coast Chair, Georgina Gubbins, said the program calibre and industry-wide support the forum has received is reflective of the important discussions to be had.

“As representatives of the top agricultural production region in Australia, Food and Fibre Great South Coast is serious about promoting long-term, meaningful and coordinated climate action. That means creating opportunities to come together and build consensus around the important issues we face right now, like a fair transition to sustainable energy consumption and production as well as ensuring no member of our community is left behind.”

Food and Fibre Great South Coast is an advocate for diversity and inclusion and extends an invitation to all interested community members to register to attend. Indigenous Australians, people of all ages and women across organisational levels are encouraged to attend.

Please register your free attendance here.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Media contact:

Natalie Collard

Chief Executive Officer

0413 009 373


About Food and Fibre Great South Coast:

Food and Fibre Great South Coast (FFGSC) is the representative body for South West Victoria’s $4bn agriculture sector, and $12bn food and fibre value chain, which is responsible for 60% of our gross regional product and 21.6% of all regional jobs. South West Victoria is Australia’s largest agricultural production region by value, dominated by dairy, beef and sheep industries and supplying 14% of Victoria’s fresh seafood. FFGSC is an incorporated organisation administered by a volunteer Board and one FTE Chief Executive Officer.


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