Skip to main content

Murray Goulburn earns first Achiever Award

A reseller in Victoria’s dairy heartland has taken out this month’s Agsafe Achievers Award.

It’s the first time the co-operative has been awarded the gong after the awards began in 2010.

Simpson store Manager Jeff Holmes, who leads 15 employees at the shop just outside of town, said Agsafe’s training and accreditation has helped build a safer business.

“The first year we were accredited there were a few things we got wrong,” he said. “But John Fennell, our local facilitator, gave us a lot of guidance on what we needed to do and why we needed to do it.”

“It was quite valuable. We learnt to bring our store up to spec and make sure it’s safe while educating our clients on things like‘Ute It Don’t Boot It’ and ChemClear.”

Jeff said the store runs a mobile dairy service which travels around to farms repairing and installing dairy machines in addition to the agronomy and rural merchandise services.

Back row: Harold Hanlon, Jeff Holmes, Brodie Parsell, Russell Mahoney, Steve Plozza.
Front row: Paul Parsell, Liz Mc Cormack, Linda Hill and Dylan Green Wood.

A reseller in Victoria’s dairy heartland has taken out this month’s Agsafe Achievers Award.

The Murray Goulburn Trading store in Simpson, in the state’s south west, took out honours for the national award for their improvements in agvet chemical compliance.

He said Agsafe’s advice was especially helpful in limiting the hazards in storing dairy chemicals.

“The advice and training gave us the idea to build a self-bunded shed when we were going to build a purpose shed for dairy chemicals,” he said.

“As we implement new things we try to implement as many safety practices as we can.”

Southern Victoria Agsafe Facilitator John Fennell said Jeff and his team have paid particular attention to improving their traffic management and warehouse organisation.

“At every accreditation visit, I notice that they have been proactive on my suggestions. They’ve made huge strides in the past two years since renovating their store,” he said.

“They’re a very committed team in their chemical compliance and elimination of hazards in the workplace.”

Jeff said that making sure he’s compliant with state WHS laws was one of most important lessons for his staff.

“Agsafe training helps us think about the compliance with legislation and how it applies to us,” he said.“It generates a lot of conversations and a lot of improvements have come from training.”

“My staff come back from training saying ‘I didn’t know this’. That’s why you have the training: so everyone is aware of their legal obligations and our responsibility for the safety of our clients.”