Public Hearings

The Committee may invite people to a Public Hearing, workshop, briefing or other consultation, to make representations (give evidence) directly to the members of the Committee and to answer questions from the Committee. This allows the Committee to follow up points of interest and concern and often lets people who have made a submission amplify points and give additional information.

Members of the public with an interest in the Inquiry are welcome to attend the hearings as observers. During regional hearings the Committee may invite members of the public to make comments from the floor, should they so wish, at the end of the hearing.

For more information, please refer to the Parliament Victoria guide for giving evidence

Following each public hearing, approved transcripts will be published here.

For more information about the schedule, please contact the Committee Secretariat

2011 Program*

Bendigo: 23 June 2011

Mildura: 20 July 2011

Swan Hill: 21 July 2011

Beechworth: 4 August 2011

Mansfield: 5 August 2011

Horsham: 23 August 2011

Ballarat: 24 August 2011

Melbourne: 12 September 2011

Nambrok: 20 September 2011

Leongatha: 21 September 2011

Melbourne: 10 October 2011

Dunkeld: 17 October 2011

Timboon: 18 October 2011

Melbourne: 24 October 2011

Shepparton: 3 November 2011

Melbourne: 5 December 2011

Lakes Entrance: 13 December 2011



    23 June 2011- 11.30am to 5pm

   Conference Room 2, Victorian Government Office Complex
   Corner Midland Highway and Taylor Street, EPSOM

View the  pdf Bendigo Program

View the pdf Bendigo Media Release

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    20 July 2011 - 9am to 2pm

   NCS Room, TG35, Sunraysia Institute of TAFE
   453 Benetook Ave, Mildura

View the pdf Mildura Program

View the pdf Mildura Media Release

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    21 July 2011 - 9am to 2pm

   Meeting Room 2, Swan Hill Town Hall
   49 Splatt St, Swan Hill

View the pdf Swan Hill Program

View the pdf Swan Hill Media Release

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    4 August 2011 - 9:30am to 2pm

   Council Offices, Memorial Hall
   Ford Street, Beechworth

View the pdf Beechworth Program

View the pdf Beechworth Media Release

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  5 August 2011 - 9am to 2pm

Council Chambers, Mansfield Shire Council Offices
33 Highett St, Mansfield

View the pdf Mansfield Program

View the pdf Mansfield Media Release

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    23 August 2011- 10.00am to 2.30pm

   Conference Centre
   Longerenong College
   229 Longerenong Road, Longerenong

  • Robyn Gulline, Farmer, Gulline Farms & Former Teacher, Longerenong College
  • Amity Dunstan, Canola Farmer, Telangatuk East

View the pdf Horsham Program

View the pdf Horsham Media Release

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    24 August 2011- 9am to 1pm

   Council Chambers
   Level 1, Town Hall Building
   Sturt St Ballarat

View the pdf Ballarat Program

View the pdf Ballarat Media Release

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    12 September 2011- 12-30pm to 2.30pm

   Level 1, 55 St Andrews Place
   East Melbourne

View the pdf Melbourne Program
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    20 September 2011- 10am to 3pm

Nambrok Denison Primary School
West Room, 947 Sale/Cowwarr Road

View the pdf Nambrok Program
View the pdf Nambrok Media Release

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    21 September 2011- 10am to 3pm

   Leongatha Memorial Hall
   Corner McCartin Street and Michael Place, Leongatha

  • Ms Liz Clay, Chair Victorian Organic Industry Committee
  • Dr Danielle Auldist, Executive Officer, GippsDairy
  • Mr James Clark, Coordinator, South Gippsland Agribusiness Professionals
  • Mr John Mulvany, ONFARM Consulting
  • Mr Tim Cashin, Dairy Farmer, Leongatha
  • Ms Leith Cummins, Teacher, Leongatha Secondary College
  • Mr Daniel Campbell, Student, Leongatha Secondary College
  • Ms Rhett Boscombe-Hill, Student, Leongatha Secondary College
  • Ms Belinda Dyke, Student, Leongatha Secondary College
  • Ms Evelyn Lay, Student, Leongatha Secondary College
  • Ms Annika Ross, Student, Leongatha Secondary College

View the pdf Leongatha Program
View the pdf Leongatha Media Release

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10 October 2011- 12-30pm to 2.30pm

Level 1, 55 St Andrews Place
East Melbourne

View the pdf Melbourne Program 

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10 October 2011- 9.30am to 2.30pm


Royal Mail Hotel
98 Parker St
(Glenelg Hwy)


View the pdf Dunkeld Program

View the pdf Dunkeld Media Release       

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18 October 2011- 9.00am to 3.00pm


Timboon District Hall
Bailey St

      • Mr Wayne Robertson, Apprenticeships & Traineeships Operations Manager, WestVic Staffing Solutions
      • Ms Georgina Gubbins, Managing Director, Maneroo Partnerships
      • Mr Ian Gibb, Director Sustainable Development, Corangamite Shire
      • Ms Jo & Mr Andrew Theodore, Sharefarmers, Princeton
      • Mr Phil Brown, Executive Officer, Country Education Project
      • Mr Alexander Keir and Ms Emma Inglis, Student Ambassadors, Timboon High School
      • Ms Rachel Mariner, Student Ambassador, Lavers Hill Secondary College
      • Ms Sophie Hester, Dairy Farmer, Young Dairy Development Program, South West
      • Mr Johna Botha-Odendaal, Manager of Timboon Fertiliser Production Facility, LawrieCo
      • Mr Mark Nevill, Dairy Farmer, Mepunga
      • Doug Maguire, Farm Manager - Poorinda, Warakirri Dairy Industry Trust

View the pdf Timboon Program  

View the pdf Timboon Media Release       


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24 October 2011- 12.30pm to 4pm



55 St Andrews Place
East Melbourne

View the pdf Melbourne Program



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3 November 2011- 10am to 3pm

The Connection
Peter Ross-Edwards Causeway between Mooroopna and Shepparton
(7287 Midland Highway Shepparton)

  • Ms Sarah Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Murray Dairy
  • Ms Patricia Moran, National Advisor/Secretary, National Council of Women of Victoria, Goulburn Valley Branch
  • Ms Norma Sutherland, National Council of Women of Victoria, Goulburn Valley Branch 
  • Mr John Wilson, General Manager/Secretary, Fruitgrowers Victoria Limited
  • Mr Andrew Plunkett, Chairman, Fruitgrowers Victoria Limited
  • Mr Gary Godwell, Education Portfolio Director, Fruitgrowers Victoria Liimited
  • Mr Peter Schwarz, Panel Member, Grains Research & Development Corporation
  • Ms Jennifer Savage, Aquaculturalist, Savage Fishing Pty Ltd
  • Ms Marjorie Brewer, Dairy Farmer
  • Ms Ellen Grinter, Secretary, Victorian Young Farmers Association
  • Ms Erin Hendy, Treasurer, Victorian Young Farmers Association
  • Ms Jennifer Grinter, Member, Victorian Young Farmers Association
  • Mr Adrian Weston, Spokesperson, Campaspe Concerned Citizens
  • Mr Kevin Sutton, Campaspe Concerned Citizens
  • Mr Robert Danielli, Campaspe Concerned Citizens
  • Ms Alison Couscon, Campaspe Concerned Citizens
  • Ms Ros Gall, Head of Campus, University of Melbourne Dookie Campus
  • Dr Andrew Hamilton, Senior Research Fellow & Science Director, University of Melbourne Dookie Campus
  • Mr Bill O'Conner, Campus Manager, University of Melbourne Dookie Campus
  • Ms Lucy Collins, Ms Amelia Welsh, Mr Brendan Torpy, Mr Lachlan Vagg & Mr Cody Stewart, Third Year Students, University of Melbourne Dookie Campus
View the pdf Shepparton Media Release
View the pdf Shepparton Program

The Education and Training Committee are also conducting a Public Hearing in Shepparton for their Inquiry into Agricultural Education and Training

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5 December 2011- 1-30pm to 2.15pm

Level 1, 55 St Andrews Place

East Melbourne

  • The Hon Peter Walsh MLA, Minister for Agriculture & Food Security, Minister for Water, Victorian Goverment
  • Dr Deborah Peterson, Deputy Secretary, Policy & Strategy
  • Mr Peter Parbery, Senior Policy Analyst, Rural & Regional Policy, Policy & Strategy Group

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13 December 2011- 9am to 1.30pm

Forestech Campus
Princes Highway, Kalimna West VIC 3909

View the pdf Lakes Entrance Program

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* Details of the ongoing public hearing program for this Inquiry will be published here as they are finalised.