The Goulburn Strathbogie Olive Growers Association Inc (GSOGA) was established on 9th May 1999 by a group of olive growers from the shires located on the northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range in Central Victoria.
GSOGA operates as a not for profit incorporated association as required under the Associations Incorporations Reform Act 2012. Its purposes are:
- To share information relating to olive growing, harvesting, processing, and marketing to the mutual benefit of the members of the Association.
- To promote and support the production of high quality olives and olive oil by Association members.
- To promote the image of the region as a producer of high quality olives and oil.
- To represent the interest of Association members in communications with external organisations including potential consumers, suppliers, and the Australian Olive Association.
Full membership of GSOGA is available to olive growers whose groves are located in the southern part of the Goulburn Broken Catchment region up to the Broken River as its northern boundary plus that part of the Shepparton irrigation region between Nagambie and Shepparton.
GSOGA currently has about 50 members involved in growing, processing and marketing table olives, olive oil and olive products. Most GSOGA members are small part-time grove owners, typically owning between 200 and 1000 trees although there are also some larger groves up to 14,000 trees.
Olive producers whose groves are located outside of the GSOGA boundaries are also welcome to join GSOGA and participate in GSOGA educational and social activities as Associate Members. Others with an interest in olive production and olive oil but who are not olive growers are also invited to become Associate Members.
The GSOGA Committee is made up from Association members who are elected each year at the AGM. The GSOGA Committee meets regularly to organise educational seminars, grove visits, and practical sessions on grove management for members.
Recent GSOGA Activities
Recent seminars have focused on pest management, making a profit from a small grove and sustainable grove management. Members have visited groves to look at table and oil olive processing facilities and to watch pruning demonstrations and been involved in learning how to taste and then describe the characteristics of olive oil and how to graft olive trees.
Formed in 1995, the AOA is the national peak industry body representing Australian Olive Growers. The AOA has an experienced Board of Directors consisting of small, medium and large growers along with other Directors coopted for their relevant experience and expertise. The AOA is funded by membership and occasional Government Grants.
The AOA is responsible for setting and maintaining quality standards for Australian products, which is achieved by growers joining the Australian Code of Practice (COP), which complies with the Australian Standards for Olive Oil and Olive Pomace Oils (AS5264-2011).
Olives Victoria is the state branch of AOA in Victoria. Its committee is currently a combination of members from Olive Producers North East Victoria (OPNEV) and the Goulbourn Strathbogie Olive Growers Association (GSOGA). Any and all other Victorian producers are welcome to become part of Olives Victoria. Mr Andrew Laing is the state director and represents Victorian producers on the AOA Board.