Bendigo lunch with Barnaby Joyce


Nationals Leader Senator Barnaby Joyce addressed the Rural Press Club on Thursday, 19 April in Bendigo. You can read his speech here and coverage here and here.

RPCV food security breakfast


The man responsible for the world's largest seed collections will discuss the value of old crop varieties in achieving global food security at a Rural Press Club breakfast on Monday, 19 March.

Dr Shakell Bhatti oversees the global genepool set up by the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO) back in 2007. Called the International Treat on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, the genepool already contains more than 1.2 million samples of plant genetic material and receives about 600 new samples daily.

The genepool includes the world's 64 most important food crops - potato, rice, wheat and maize - which together form the basis of 80 per cent of our food from plants.

Seats are limited for this event, so book now to avoid disappointment.

Date: Monday, 19 March 2012
Time: 7.30am
Venue: CQ Functions, 113 Queen St, Melbourne

For more details please see our events page

Star Awards launched


Photo: Steve Hynes' winning entry in last year's Star Prize awards.

Entries are now open for Australia’s most prestigious national awards program for journalists and photographers covering rural issues

Victorian entries are sought for Australian Star Prizes for Rural Writing, Photography and Broadcasting.

Entries will be judged at a state level before going onto a national level and the chance to represent Australia in a major international awards program

Prizes valued at $11,000 are on offer in the Australian Star Prize program, organised by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ) in association with five state-based rural media clubs, including the Rural Press Club of Victoria.

To find out more click here

*No longer open for entries.


New Cattle Council president addressed Rural Press Club


Recently returned from the Middle East, Cattle Council of Australia's new president Andrew Ogilvie addressed the Rural Press Club breakfast on the 9 March.

Mr Ogilvie was part of a delegation of industry representatives and exporters who joined Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig when he briefed importers and governments in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar on the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) in late January.

A South Australia beef producer, Mr Ogilvie shared his experiences and his general outlook for Australia's cattle industry with breakfast attendees.

Location: CQ Functions, 113 Queen St, (between Bourke and Little Collins Streets), Melbourne

When: Friday, 9 March from 7.30am to 9am

Parking: On-site parking (off Little Collins St.) and overflow parking within 3 minutes' walk.

Queries: Please contact Fiona Davis at or 03 9696 5899.

Tickets: $40 for members and $45 for non-members.

Parking: On-site parking (off Little Collins St.) and overflow parking within 3 minutes' walk.

Queries: Please contact Fiona Davis at or 03 9696 5899.

To book go to:

Public to be consulted on food plan


The Federal Government will produce a green paper for public consultation, followed by a final white paper as part of its development of a National Food Plan, Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig announced when he address the Rural Press Club of Victoria in October. 

The National Food Plan is intended to underpin the integrity of Australia's food supply chains. 

Minister Ludwig said that as well as providing a significant source of food for Australia, the nation’s food industry fed an additional 40 million people worldwide. 

Coverage of the event can be found here, here and here.

Bushfire plans needed


Nearly three years after the Black Saturday fires that claimed 173 lives and left thousands homeless, 75 per cent of Victorians in high-risk bushfire areas don’t have a comprehensive bushfire survival plan.

The Minster for Police and Emergency Services, Peter Ryan and Fire Services Commissioner, Craig Lapsley, called for this to change as they addressed the Rural Press Club of Victoria Summer Fire Season Breakfast in November attended by around 80 people.

The Commissioner outlined key changes that have been made since Black Saturday. “Primacy of life”  is now the acknowledged number one priority for all emergency services involved in fighting fires. Issuing of timely and accurate information by the emergency services is also critical, particularly to support people to take responsibility for their own safely in bushfire situation.

The Minister also announced a secondment program whereby six career firefighters from CFA and six from MFB will swap jobs in an effort to share knowledge and increase understanding between the two agencies.

Coverage of the event can be found here and here.

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan addressed the RPCV