Engagement with industry stakeholders is a fundamental enabler in Gardiner Foundation’s RD&E and People and Community Development programs. In addition, Gardiner strategically invests in a number of short term and on-going projects and activities that support the interactions of people across the dairy value chain.

These activities address emerging issues and needs of the dairy industry and dairy communities. This approach gives Gardiner a high level of agility, enabling us to support immediate issues and to influence our longer term, ongoing investments.

Regional Development Programs

Each year Gardiner Dairy Foundation offers community grants of up to $5000 to organisations in Victorian dairy communities. These grants are funded by Gardiner and distributed by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).

Dairy Leaders Lunch

Gardiner funds Thought Leadership events to stimulate discussion and debate on contemporary industry issues. Each year Gardiner hosts the Dairy Leaders Luncheon, an occasion for a broad cross-section of industry people to gather to share knowledge and ideas.

Australian Dairy Plan

The Australian Dairy Plan is an industry led initiative to create a more profitable, confident and united dairy industry. It aims to drive a significant turnaround in the industry’s outlook via a range of bold initiatives targeting increased profitability, confidence and unity.