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With 50 trailer loads of material given by our Stanhope site each year which get upcycled into things for the community, the Shed has become a place of creativity, friendship, and support.
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The past 12
months have been exceptionally challenging for people in need. Demand for food
relief has gone up as people face financial pressures from COVID-19, recent
floods as well as the bushfires last year.
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Western district farmer Harry Crabbe has turned his herd’s
milk quality from millstone to milestone and is now recognised as one of the
country's top 100 dairy producers, receiving the prestigious Dairy Australia
Gold Diamond Award.
A generation ago, young people in country Victoria would
have likely stayed on their parents' farms, taking the reins on running the
day-to-day and eventually taking it over completely.
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An opinion piece by René Dedoncker, Fonterra Australia Managing Director
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perseverance and the support of a good farming family have provided the keys to
success for Yannathan dairy farmer Dean Turner on his journey from farm hand to
The 2018 St. Patrick’s Day fires were devastating to the
farmers and communities in western Victoria, including 60 of Fonterra’s
Recognised as a trailblazer for women in dairy, Timboon
dairy farmer Jan Raleigh is finally calling time on her remarkable career.
In an effort to help address the long-term
challenge of attracting, retaining and developing people in the dairy industry,
twelve young dairy farmers from across Victoria and Tasmania took part in the
very first Proud to be a Dairy Farmer program last week
farmland located on the northern edges of Warrnambool sits the new Merri River
School. The special developmental school is not the only new thing the students
get to enjoy – they’ve just received 10 new mountain bikes with funding from
When the primary cheese plant at our Stanhope factory in
northern Victoria was destroyed by a fire in 2014, a major reconstruction
project was required to fix it – meaning a considerable number of materials
were needed, from fresh timber to new machinery and stainless-steel vats.
Last year was a difficult time. Australians were still
recovering from the devastating bushfires when COVID-19 took hold.
inclusion go hand-in-hand and at Fonterra we care about being an inclusive and diverse place to
work, where everyone can be themselves and be their best in everything they do.
When it’s perfectly edible and nutritious but can’t be sold, that’s where Foodbank Australia steps in. Over 11 years, we’ve donated 2.5 million kilos of dairy food to help put food on the table of those who need it most. Watch to find out just what kind of difference it can make.
The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund has supported nearly 400 initiatives since 2011, including the Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club, who received funding for vital emergency equipment
The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund has supported nearly 400 initiatives since 2011, including the Friends of Mount Worth State Park in Gippsland, who work with Park Rangers and hold regular working bees to keep walking tracks clear through the giant forest and fern gullies.
Two and a half years ago, a fire destroyed our Stanhope cheese plant in Northern Victoria. Today, we celebrate its rise from the ashes made possible by our people, 7,500 tonnes of concrete and over 330,000 man hours.
Western Star Butter television commercial.
We welcomed our 500 staff, farmers and local community to celebrate the Stanhope Community Open Day. Many even got the chance to take a sneak peek inside the new cheese plant!
Perfect Italiano television commercial.
Stanhope’s new state-of-the-art cheese plant is a step closer to making cheese after the first milk flowed through the lines.
As our new cheese plant in Stanhope gets closer to coming on line, energy levels are high as the team prepares to make mozzarella there for the first time.
If you have ever wondered what’s involved in building a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art cheese-making facility, we’re really pleased to share the next stage of the Stanhope story with you.
As the countdown begins to its commissioning in mid-2017, Fonterra Australia is celebrating the community that is helping to make it happen.
We’re on the home stretch to commissioning the Stanhope cheese plant, with excitement building ahead of the first product rolling off the line in mid-2017.
Australia’s favourite butter, Western Star has turned 90! We want to say thank you to generations of Australians for making 90 years possible.
At Fonterra, we believe in supporting the culinary leaders of tomorrow. Our Proud to be a Chef program helps create tomorrow’s culinary leaders through the recognition, professional development and ongoing support of today’s apprentices.
We’re proud to be giving a helping hand to organisations that help create connected communities.