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Dear <<First Name>>,

It must be obvious now that we won’t be going back to the old normal. As we chug into August we are on the other side of June, we are heading towards spring, and nothing is for certain. Forget yesterday!

From my perspective, there will be no return to the past. THE OTHER SIDE is a Project to identify what the “new” or “next” normal will be, and as a knowledge bank of resources and tools to help us re-educate and prepare for tomorrow.

I had been very comfortable with the “old” normal; knowing that yesterday was a precursor for the next day. Not anymore. It has become a whole new landscape and we all must be health-cautious, accept uncertainty, and plan. Build resilience amid the uncertainty.

I’ve digested a lot of information, I’ve collated and read a lot of papers that are proposing solutions, I’ve participated in government and industry coordination groups, and openly sought to provide others with the same opportunity and access to knowledge.

Now it is time to for the TF&VEFG Group to start some trial projects to build opportunities for the future. Tasmania will always be a horticultural producer, processor, supplier and exporter; leveraging its brand through commodity, niche and boutique food markets. It will continue to do this post COVID-19.

But we must look forward, not back. We must look to the future.

Yesterday ends every midnight.

Tomorrow may be nebulous but that’s OK because we will soon move to well-defined days as we re-enter export markets.

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Our webinar on August 10th

  • Changing and emerging consumer and shopper trends post-COVID & the next normal
  • Japan’s Retail Market for Australian Fresh Produce: Past, Present, Future
For our meeting scheduled on the 10th of August, I have two presenters confirmed and ready to go:
  1. Presentation by Mr Craig Deamer, Principal, Catience Consulting
  2. Presentation by Mr Joe Gayton, Agribusiness and retailing in Japan
If you are not a TOS subscriber, please contact Ian here to attend.

Victoria to Enter State of Disaster

For the latest developments, please refer to the follows:

Stage 3 and 4 Lockdowns Business closures The following link outlines examples of workplaces that are closed for on-site work, open for on-site work with a COVID Safe Plan, and where there are restricted operations or industry-specific obligations. Thanks to FTA/APSA for providing the link: Other developments will be addressed as they occur.

VegNET Tasmania - UPDATES

New Regional Development Officer

Ossie Lang has recently joined the National Vegetable Extension Network Tasmania team. As a Regional Development Officer, Ossie is responsible for working with industry and growers to coordinate and extend research results, resources, available courses and relevant events. Ossie is keen to hear from growers, and to discuss their priorities for VegNet.

DAWE Notice 2020-48 Removal of paper export certificates to Indonesia

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment will no longer issue paper phytosanitary certificates from the Export Documentation System (EXDOC) system for grain and horticulture consignments being exported to Indonesia, effective 11 August 2020.

HEINZ Launches Direct-To-Consumer Business

Kraft Heinz Australia has launched a direct-to-consumer (DTC) channel, Heinz to Home. The e-store offers two pre-packed bundles of products including Heinz soups, Heinz sauces and condiments, Heinz Baked Beanz & Pasta, which are then home delivered.

Initial enquires show delivery to be included in the price.

Farmers fear worker shortage due to COVID-19 restrictions despite rising unemployment

With increasing cases in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, further border closures, and restrictions moving into Spring, a heighted concern as to seasonal labour availability is becoming very evident. Industry and government are working towards an outcome.

NFF: Farm worker shortage bites as picking begins, farmers urged to consider Plan B

On this page, the NFF summarises the agricultural employment services available to help assist job seekers. Farmers are encouraged to list their jobs on the appropriate platforms.

COVID-19 small business sustainability and recovery grant program

Here's link to the COVID-19 Small Business Sustainability and Recovery Grant Program guideline:

Regional investment corporation

The Federal Government also confirmed that AgriStarter loan applications will open on the 1st of January 2021 which is good news for those who have been waiting for this loan. The AgriStarter loan will be for amounts up to $2 million to help farmers with establishing or purchasing a farm business, as well as succession planning. 
Note the Drought Loan and the Agbiz loan will continue after the 30th September with the terms of five years interest only and five years Principal and Interest. 
Please take the time to have a look on the website for more information or alternatively or speak with Susie Lohrey on mobile 0477-664-838.

Helping small businesses recover, re-open and grow

Sarah Courtney, Minister for Small Business, Hospitality and Events advised as follows:
The Tasmanian Liberal Government will provide an additional $20 million to help small businesses through the challenges of COVID-19.
This brings our support for small business to $80 million, forming a significant component of our nation-leading COVID-support package. Small business is one of our biggest employers and also one of the sectors hardest hit during the pandemic restrictions and ongoing downturn in trade.
During the past few weeks I’ve met with numerous small business operators, including through a series of regional roundtables, to hear first-hand their experiences and needs to support recovery.
This feedback, along with the recommendations made by the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council (PESRAC) in its first report, has informed the development of the new $20 million COVID-19 Small Business Sustainability and Recovery Assistance Package.
For further information go to or call 1800 440 026.

ACBC Newsletter

Tasmania’s international trade is dominated by China. That’s where 47% of our exports are sold.

Australia China Business Council – Tasmania Division is exceptionally active in this space and their latest newsletter issued last week has a great collection of resources and opportunities for China Traders and China Watchers.

Membership is open to all Tasmanians and entry levels are not expensive. As a member of the Tasmanian Board I urge you all to consider joining.

The newsletter can be found here.

Watch: Labour webinar for WA Hort growers

In this webinar, hosted by vegetablesWA Labour Scheme Facilitator Melissa Denning, growers and industry representatives report on the current situation, highlight the current issues and look for workable solutions.

Thanks to vegetablesWA

Reducing Esport Risks: Protecting your IP, payment and operating risks

Wednesday 5 August 11:00am

Australia’s Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) open up new opportunities and market access but FTAs are only part of the export puzzle.

Join this digital seminar as our panel of legal, trade and finance experts take you through the key risks facing exporters and the factors to consider when expanding internationally. Also hear first-hand from an Australian exporter on how they've successfully tackled the challenges.

Click here to register

ACCC - Updated guidance for businesses and consumers impacted by COVID-19

The new content answers common questions businesses have about their rights and responsibilities under the Australian Consumer Law, including:
  • product returns and exchanges
  • delivery delays
  • gift card expiry dates

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