Mansfield Producers Incorporated Membership Policy

Mansfield Producers Incorporated (MPI) aims to support and develop the growth and success of producers within and around the Mansfield Shire as well as promoting and developing a thriving agri-tourism sector.

By joining MPI you will become a member of a community based organisation that is made up of producers and associated businesses that support the idea of providing the many visitors to the region with an authentic food, wine, local produce, stay and play experience.

Individuals also join MPI to be part of its projects, events and advocacy for fresh food, farming, health and well-being and for creating opportunities for our youth in the agri-tourism sector.

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1. Membership Fees

There are five levels of membership available:

Level Fee per Annum
Full Member
– Current financial member of Mansfield Winemakers
$250
$150
Associate Member
– Current financial member of Mansfield Winemakers
$150
$100
Friend $50

Membership fees are payable for each calendar year, and are due and payable in January of each year. Any businesses/organisations joining after the month of March will pay a pro rata amount according to the number of remaining months in the year.

Membership fees, criteria and benefits will be reviewed annually at the AGM.

2. Full Membership Criteria

Businesses interested in becoming a full member must:

  1. Be engaged in production and or processing in Mansfield and surrounds and/or
    1. The preparation of goods using Mansfield and surrounds grown or made products
    2. The distribution and selling of Mansfield and surrounds products
    3. Venue operators must be able to show a commitment to use and promote local produce.
  2. Be able to demonstrate full compliance to the legal and regulatory frameworks in which they operate.
  3. Demonstrate a high level of commitment to quality and excellence in their operation.
  4. Appreciate and respect the Model Rules plans, policies and values of Mansfield Producers Inc Association.
  5. Pay the annual membership fee that applies to their business.
  6. Full voting rights for 1 person per organisation.
  7. Mansfield Producers Inc committee reserves the right to review/suspend membership if any membership criteria are not met.

3. Full Membership Benefits:

  • Access to discounted rates on any bulk purchases (ie packaging, fertilisers) and or transport of goods.
  • Opportunity to participate in collective marketing activities at a member’s discounted rate.
  • Opportunity to participate in networking, social and educational events and all other MPI activities.
  • Opportunity to place product on ‘Mansfield Product’ stands at local supermarkets and provedores.
  • Access to www.mansfieldproducers.org.au online shopping cart to promote sales Shopping cart to be launched at a later date.
  • Editorial profile of your product on www.mansfieldproducers.org.au comprising an ‘at a glance’ summary, additional editorial of up to 250 words and up to six images.
  • Links to own website on www.mansfieldproducers.org.au
  • Exposure of your awards, accolades and media coverage on www.mansfieldproducers.org.au
  • Opportunity to have events featured across Mansfield Producers online at a member’s discounted rate and across Mansfield social media platforms.
  • Opportunity to purchase additional online advertising at a member’s discounted rate.
  • Access to Mansfield Producers logo artwork (when developed) to be used for your own marketing purposes (on premises display, website, PR correspondence etc) and on packaging.
  • Regular email communications.

4. Associate Membership Criteria:

Associate members are operators within the marketing region of Mansfield and surrounds who support/ promote local production through their activities but whose businesses may not fall under the full membership criteria.

Businesses interested in becoming an associate member:

  1. A business that is not directly engaged in production or processing, or the preparation, distribution and selling of Mansfield products, but may have a stake in the agri-food, agri-tourism sector through supply chain relationships and/or the services it offers.
  2. Associate membership will also be made available to those who are looking to pursue or establish a production business within Mansfield and surrounds.
  3. Incorporated ‘Not for Profit’ organisations involved in activities that contribute to a vibrant and sustainable production sector in Mansfield.
  4. Be able to demonstrate full compliance to the legal and regulatory frameworks in which they operate.
  5. Demonstrate a high level of commitment to quality and excellence in their operation.
  6. Appreciate and respect the Model Rules plans policies and values of Mansfield Producers Inc Association.
  7. Pay the annual membership fee that applies to their business.
  8. Mansfield Producers Inc committee reserves the right to review/suspend membership if any membership criteria are not met.

5. Associate Membership Benefits:

  • Opportunity to participate in networking, social and educational events and all other MPI activities.
  • An inclusion on the Mansfield Producers website (one image and one paragraph – maximum 150 words plus website link) is included.
  • Opportunity to have events featured across Mansfield Producers online at a member’s discounted rate and across social media platforms.
  • Opportunity to purchase additional online advertising at a member’s discounted rate.
  • Regular email communications.

6. Friend of Mansfield Producers Benefits:

A friend of Mansfield Producers Inc. may be anyone who supports the growth and success of producers within and around the Mansfield Shire.

Benefits include:

    1. The opportunity to participate in networking, social and educational events and all other MPI activities.
    2. Regular email communications.

7. How to become a member

Membership applications will be via an application form and will be received by the MPI committee, and be considered by the Committee prior to acceptance. The Committee has the right to reject any application for membership, and without any obligation to provide a reason.

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