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    NEWCOMER: Agriculture Victoria animal health officer Brittany Price is one of more than 30 new starters at Horsham’s Grains Innovation Park.

AgLife: Numbers on the rise at grains park

Employee numbers at Horsham’s Grains Innovation Park are on the rise with an official welcome for more than 30 new starters at a lunch tomorrow.

New staff members based at the Horsham site have started roles with Agriculture Victoria, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Victorian Fisheries Authority.

Grains Innovation Park has also welcomed two new business tenants – Grains Research and Development Corporation and the RSPCA.

Site leader and Agriculture Victoria research director Traci Griffin said the last 12 months had seen employee numbers at Grains Innovation Park increase from 150 to more than 170, acknowledging a few people had left.



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“This 170 plus does not include the influx of casual staff and seasonal workers we employ throughout the year, including the very busy harvest and summer fire seasons,” she said. 

“The growth in employees is a fantastic scenario for the site and the region as the new starters are either locals taking up employment opportunities, or new residents moving to Horsham from across Victoria, Australia and internationally.

“They bring great social, cultural and economic benefits to the region.” 

Ms Griffin said most of the new staff members had filled newly created roles, particularly within Agriculture Victoria. 

“This is great news for our senior research leaders who have the opportunity to grow and expand the agricultural research and innovation projects they are involved in,” she said.

 Ms Griffin said the welcome lunch would officially introduce newcomers to their new colleagues.

“Partners and families have also been invited to attend, and if there is interest, they will have the opportunity to tour the site on the day,” she said.

“It has been an exciting and busy 12 months at Grains Innovation Park, however before it gets really hectic with the harvest and the fire season, we wanted to take the time to meet and welcome our new colleagues and friends.”

The entire September 25, 2019 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!

The entire September 25, 2019 edition of AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!