New course in Narooma to help oyster farmers

OYSTER farmers from the Shoalhaven and Clyde Rivers and Wapengo, Merimbula and Pambula Lakes began the first ever course in holistic management for the NSW oyster industry at the Narooma Golf Club on Wednesday, February 19.

The course was hosted by South East Local Land Services (LLS) in partnership with TAFE Western and Brian Wehlburg of Inside Outside Management.

South East LLS Senior Land Services Officer Adam Gietzelt said the course will help South Coast oyster farming businesses to become more profitable and sustainable.

“Holistic management uses a practical approach that focuses on healthy farm management and meeting the personal goals of farming families,” Mr Gietzelt said.

“Oyster farmers will learn how to improve their decision-making, develop and use financial business plans, understand environmental factors affecting oyster production, and enhance their marketing and communication skills to better compete in the market place.

“Subsidies provided through the NSW Government’s Catchment Action NSW and TAFE Western make this course very affordable for South Coast farmers.”

Clyde River oyster famer Ewan McAsh said this is an exciting opportunity to explore avenues to assist in improving his business operation.

“It will help us to gain a clear vision on the future direction of our oyster production and farming practices,” Mr McAsh said.

The course runs until the end of May 2014 and farmers will gain a Statement of Attainment in Holistic Management.

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