Gippsland is preparing for an exciting three-day event designed to educate and inspire the next generation
of agricultural leaders.
The Youth Agritech Expo, to be held 15-17 May in Bairnsdale and Sale, will offer a range of free workshops
and activities for students, parents and teachers.
The expo is supported by education providers and programs, including Central Queensland University
(CQU) via its Raising Aspirations in Careers and Education (RACE) - Gippsland project; Next Generation
Farm Safety; EXCITED 4 Careers in Agriculture; Gippsland East Local Learning and Employment Network
(GELLEN); TAFE Gippsland and Gippsland Tech School.
East Gippsland Shire Council is supporting the event, and is joined by the East Gippsland Community
Foundation, Wellington Shire Council, Agriculture Victoria, the Youth Affairs Council Victoria’s Future Proof
program, Victorian Department of Education, Gippsland Agricultural Group Inc and GippsDairy.
“We’re proud to support the Youth Agritech Expo and help young people in our region discover the immense
potential of the agriculture industry,” East Gippsland Mayor Cr Mark Reeves said.
“The partnership between education providers, agribusinesses and local councils at the expo is a testament
to the collaborative efforts in promoting agriculture as a viable career option right across our region.”
The expo will include workshops, field trips and hands-on activities, and aims to showcase the many
opportunities in the agriculture industry to the region's youth. Participants can learn about cutting-edge
agritech solutions, social enterprises and sustainable farming practices.
The Expo kicks off Monday 15 May with the EXCITED for Agriculture Teacher Professional Development
workshop at The Hub Bairnsdale, followed by the EXCITED for Agriculture teacher, parent, and industry
networking event to be held at The Grand Terminus Hotel.
On Tuesday 16 May, CQU’s RACE Gippsland Food and Fibre Industry School Partnerships Program offers
full and part-day excursions for primary and secondary students to agribusinesses. The excursions are free,
including transport, and provide a hands-on learning experience to understand the real-world applications of
On the evening of Tuesday 16 May, the GELLEN Emerging Jobs of the Future Forum will take place at Sale
Racing Club for teachers, career advisors, and industry personnel.
A key event will be held on Wednesday 17 May at The Hub in Bairnsdale and will include a range of
sessions and workshops for primary and secondary students and youth not currently in education.
Sessions will include CQU’s RACE Gippsland Social Enterprise workshops, RACE Gippsland Agritech
Roadshow activities, Next Generation Farm Safety secondary student and family sessions, as well as
GELLEN and GippsDairy immersive agriculture experiences and a presentation by Food Futurist Tony
“We encourage everyone to attend the Youth Agritech Expo and join us in unleashing a farm-tastic future,”
said Cr Reeves.
CQU RACE Gippsland PhD candidate, Molly O’Dea, said the Youth Agritech Expo is a unique opportunity to
showcase the incredible opportunities that the agriculture industry offers to youth in the region.
“The Expo is not only about education but also about inspiration. It's about showing our youth the exciting
possibilities in agriculture, from cutting-edge agritech solutions to social enterprises and sustainable farming
practices,” Ms O’Dea said.
“We want to inspire them to be part of the next generation of agricultural leaders and innovators."
“Teachers, parents, and industry personnel can connect, network and exchange ideas about the latest
developments in agriculture,” Ms O’Dea said.
“It's a great opportunity to engage with industry experts and a must-attend event for anyone interested in the
future of agriculture in Gippsland.”
Bookings for the Youth Agritech Expo can be made at agritech.simplybook.me. For more information about
the Expo, contact Molly O'Dea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Booking for the GELLEN Emerging Jobs of the Future Forum, from 6pm at the Sale Racing Club, can be
made via email@example.com