Introducing Lisa Brassington, AWiA board member

  Lisa BrassingtonAWIA would like to introduce Lisa Brassington whom has been seconded to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Rien Silverstein.

We welcomed Lisa to the board during our May board meeting.

Lisa brings a wide range of experiences, particularly in the horticulture and peri-urban agriculture fields to the board.

She has also kindly agreed to take on the position of Company Secretary. Welcome Lisa!

 

Hello everyone,

I am currently living in the south east peri-urban food region of Melbourne, with my husband Nathan, and dogs, Hugo, and Cydney.

My career and tertiary training have been in agriculture, health care, telecommunications, town planning, and horticulture, combining that experience to work part time for local government in the land use, agribusiness, and health sectors of regional food systems.

I grew up experiencing floods, droughts and fires of North East Victoria, with family in Livestock and Animal Health, Dairy farming cousin’s in Gippsland, Crops and Wool producers in Southern Riverina; with in-law’s as Grain farmers in the Wimmera; hence I am a medley of agricultural sectors, and embrace any opportunities to be surrounded by primary produce, hence meet me at any local Farmers Market. My visits back home, are a food and beverage smorgasbord, full of many social events and wonderful landscapes.

I was inspired to welcome rural women, to share, learn and connect in my home region, as part of the organising committee for the 2018 Women on Farms Gathering (VIC), by the warm leadership of the women who hosted the 2015 International Rural Women’s Conference in Adelaide (SA) and that’s where and when I became aware of the Australian Women in Agriculture (AWiA) national organisation.

As part of the 2016 National Rural Women’s Coalition e-Leaders Grow, Innovate and Sustain program, I designed a communication, pest surveillance and biosecurity model that became my 2017 Victoria state-finalist entry for the prestigious AgriiFutures (RRIDC) Rural Women’s Award, and was recognised as the National recipient of the Women in Horticulture Award for Excellence.

I furthered my studies with a scholarship in the Masterclass in Horticultural Business (UTAS) inaugural intake, as part of the Hort Frontiers Leadership program, and am a graduate in the world class course, developed by University of Tasmania (AUS), Lincoln University (NZ), and Wageningen University & Research Academy (NL).

I currently work in health and wellbeing at local government, am a member of the VicHealth Food Systems and Food Security COVID19 working group, as well as my business Agperiurban Agribusiness, of land and water management consulting, freelance advocacy, training and event services.

My industry experience varies from local to national roles, across business, science and government, memberships, and community volunteer service, and I am currently an elected committee member of the Victorian Farmers Federation (Mornington) Peninsula branch. Known as an enthusiastic industry advocate for the retention of peri-urban agriculture, local agri-food chains, and Australians’ to buy local first (CoOL), all whilst ensuring local farmers can access the domestic and offshore market of best fit.

My passions include innovative and entrepreneurial thinking, real-time analysis of consumer and market trends in the agri-food space; and social media commentating, peer to peer learning and convivial conversations, as the moniker @agperiurban; and trying to grow a small kitchen garden, to balance the expenses and enjoyment of seasonal fresh produce and local food purchases from a region of primary produce abundance.

Since 2012, I volunteer as a steering group member of the Mornington Peninsula Best Bites food business program. We are a group of local professionals whom, along with Council, oversee and support the annual food safety audits, industry training, and prestige food awards to promote the provision of safe and healthy food choices (including menu nutrition, tobacco & alcohol controls, waste & recycling, energy & water efficiency, and importantly, access for all). My specialist judging categories include Farmgates and Innovation.

Best regards, Lisa Brassington.

DipAppSc (HortAgriBus) BAppSc (Pla