National Dairy Conference Converges on Shepparton

GOTAFE’s National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE) are set to welcome industry delegates from across the country at this week’s Australian Dairy Conference.
Held at Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre, the two day conference will see 300 dairy farmers, scientists and industry leaders discuss the future of the industry during a range of seminars.
GOTAFE NCDE Northern Commercial Manager, Neil Aird said the annual event travels across the country touring prominent dairy regions and has this year chosen Shepparton as its hub.
“We are honored to sponsor this year’s conference right here in Shepparton. There are over 500 dairy businesses within a few hours of us, many of which undertake our training programs, so we are looking forward to giving them the opportunity to hear from the experts in our field to explore where the future of this vital industry is headed,” explained Mr Aird.
“We are excited to be showcasing our region to the industry.”
The Conference program includes seminars about new techniques and business models from innovative farmers, new technologies from leading university researchers and scientists, and the world’s biggest dairy exporter.
“The Australian Dairy Conference is vital to our industry. We need to learn from each other and work together to build a solid future for us all. I am particularly interested to hear from the likes of Sam and Mark Billings who we have worked with in Western Victoria and Janet Moxey who kindly spoke at one of our graduations a number of years back.”
Conference highlights also include Alexandra Iljadica from the Youth Food Movement, aimed at getting young people interested in food, the launch of the Good Bulls app and Sir Henry van der Heyden, the winner of the prestigious 2015 Rabobank Leadership Award for his contribution to food, beverage and agribusiness sections who will discuss the importance of creating change.
The Australian Dairy Conference official welcome function will be held on Tuesday 16 February 2016 at the Queens Gardens, Shepparton and conclude on Thursday 18 February 2016.
GOTAFE and the industry body Dairy Australia partner to deliver specific dairy training for the dairy industry via the National Centre for Dairy Education. Providing both short and full nationally recognised training courses at GOTAFE campuses in Shepparton, Gippsland and the Western District.
For those interested in further information about GOTAFE NCDE programs, please visit or call 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).

Australia’s Best Bakers to Compete in Shepparton

The Baking Association of Australia’s (BAA) annual Baking Show will once again be held in Shepparton next weekend.
The Baking Show is celebrating a landmark tenth year in Shepparton and has now outgrown its previous location, the GOTAFE Fryers Street Campus Baking Facility. This year, the McIntosh Centre at the Shepparton Showgrounds will be transformed into a hub of flour and yeast for the very first time.
The event has been hosted by GOTAFE Baking Department for many years and have been witness to a number of ‘bake offs’, including Mooroopna Bakery reclaiming their title of Australia’s Best Hot Cross Bun in 2015, explained GOTAFE Baking Teacher, Kim Banfield.
“Over the years the competition has recognised many of our talented local bakers and apprentices who have successfully taken out a number of categories most notably Tatura Hot Bread and Mooroopna Bakery both winning the major prize of Australia’s Best Hot Cross Bun,” said Mr Banfield.
“Many employers and bakers look forward to the event not only to compete but also to learn from other bakers as well as participate in live demonstrations throughout the day. I would strongly encourage any apprentice, qualified baker, restaurant or employer to register in any of the 34 categories. Entries can be registered enter via the BAA website or on the day.
“We love having this event in Shepparton because it brings together bakers from all over the nation in one location and gives them the ability to compete against the best our industry has to offer.
“Our apprentices also get invaluable experience by attending our event, mingling with other bakers and attending demonstrations by industries experts and suppliers.”
Along with the search for Australia’s Best Hot Cross Bun, the remaining competition categories include pies and pastries, cakes, artisan breads and pizza.
The event kicks off on Saturday 20 February 2016, with doors open to the public at 2pm followed by the judging. The Awards Dinner will take place at the GV Hotel Shepparton on Saturday evening where Australia’s Best Hot Cross Bun winner will be announced. The event concludes on Sunday 21 February 2016.
To attend the Victorian Baking Show as a member of the public, or enter the competition, visit and click on the Victorian site or call Tony Smith on 0410 511 414.

Unique Dance Program Launches in Wangaratta

GOTAFE’s Regional Academy of Dramatic Arts (GRADA) will open the doors to a new dance studio in Wangaratta later this month.

GRADA is the premier program for Performing Arts and Theatre Production training in regional Victoria.

GOTAFE Design, Art, Sport and Recreation Commercial Manager, Ian Poole, said the program is relocating its operations from its original base in Benalla, to offer dance training in the Wangaratta community.

“We are excited to be offering dance and movement training in Wangaratta for the first time.”

The new studio will offer Certificate III to Diploma level dance courses focusing on physical skills, technical based training and teaching and management in emerging performance fields.

“This program is ideal for young people who already have some experience in dance to gain a qualification and pick up some teaching skills of their own,” said Mr Poole.

Leading the team will be award winning trainer Kerrie Sinclair. Ms Sinclair has spent her career travelling the world following her passion working as a choreographer, fight director and performer in both live theatre and film in Australia, Brazil, Europe and Hong Kong.

“Kerrie’s twenty five years in the industry has included performances for The Australian Shakespeare Company, JUTE Theatre, Passion Pictures (UK), Scottish Reel Dance Film Festival, Melbourne Spring Fashion Festival, and numerous other festival and film projects.

“She has lectured extensively in dance and stage combat training methods in Brazil, Australia and the UK and has been working with us at GOTAFE since 2011, producing innovative dance theatre performances and exploring various movement training methods for dancers and actors.

“Kerrie’s experience coupled with a reorientation of our courses sees a new chapter for GRADA, providing high quality training right here in Wangaratta.”

An enrolment session for those interested in further information in dance training will be held at 10am on Monday 15 February 2016 at the new studio, located on the GOTAFE Wangaratta Campus in Docker Street.

Specialist Contemporary Dance including Aerial Tissu programs will commence on 22 February 2016.

For more information please visit or call 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).