The latest dirt

The Sprout team have been busy with a few advocacy & awareness projects over the last few months. Read below for more info on:

  • Keeping Tassie GMO Free; petition to Premier Will Hodgman MP
  • Backpacker Tax; producers having their say
  • TasTAFE - Drysdale; connecting with the young chefs of today
  • Farming land for lease in Runnymede


Tassie's GMO free status & Productivity Commission draft report

Sprout Tasmania collected almost 400 signatures on a petition asking the Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman to call on the Productivity Commission to hold public hearings in Tasmania as part of its review process, and to continue to keep GMO free status high on the political agenda.

Here is an excerpt of the email we sent to the Premier:

"We call on you (Premier) to publicly highlight the importance of Tasmania’s GMO free status at every opportunity. We note that the Productivity Commission is calling for comment on its draft report by 18 August and will conduct public hearings from 16 to 25 August. However no hearings are scheduled for Tasmania. Given the importance of this issue to food producers, marketers and consumers in this State we ask you to approach the Productivity Commission seeking a public hearing in Tasmania."

Click here to see our petition on


Federal Government Backpacker Tax Review

The Federal Government's latest backpacker tax review is now underway, with the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu agency brought in to handle public consultations.

We have heard from quite a few of our producers, saying that they are seeing the effects of this potential tax even now, as they attempt to get seasonal staff signed up and 'on their books' ready for the picking seasons later in the year.

"A producer down the road from me normally has many local and backpacker staff on their books already in the lead up to the season, but they have had zero interest from overseas travelers" said one producer.

Hopefully those who wanted to have their say submitted their comments by last Friday.  We will keep you posted about the ongoing discussions on this topic. 


Connecting with our young Tassie chefs in training

Jennifer Robinson had the pleasure of meeting with some students from TasTAFE Drysdale last month, to talk about all things 'Sprout'.  It was a fantastic experience, and some great conversations were had about local produce, how Sprout supports local Tasmanian producers and things they can think about in their own roles in the food industry.  Many of them are already showing a keenness for and knowledge of all things local and we were so pleased to see two students attend our Cross Pollinate event in August.

We look forward to hearing their thoughts about our event and we will stay in touch with Drysdale to continue to foster this relationship. Thanks Kimbra!


Runnymede land for lease - 1ha

Asta Audzi has one hectare of fenced land for lease and would be keen to hear from anyone interested in finding out more.  They were going to use the land themselves, and will do one day, but at the moment is unable to use this fenced plot.  They don't want to see it stand idol, they would rather lease it to someone interested in putting it to good use.

The block has a permanent water dam and it had green manure crops and potatoes last year. There could be potential for the leasee to access a small tractor for lease as well. If you are interested, please contact Asta on the details below.

Asta Audzi
mob. 0450782631
[email protected]


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