Video transcript: Chris Mullins
Chris: My name is Chris Mullins and I am Operations Manager at Goulburn River Trout and we are located seven kilometres from Alexandra.
Question: What do you like most about living in regional Victoria?
Chris: I do a lot of motor bike riding and shooting so five minutes from here and I'm in my element. Mount Buller is an hour and fifteen minutes up the road, everything is on my doorstop, and it's quite peaceful. I don't have to sit in the traffic like city people, that's fantastic. Out my door and I'm at work.
Question: Where did you grow up and how did you get in to this job?
Chris: I grew up in Alexandra, I started straight out of high school here, I work here for two years probably then I went and did some overseas travel. I travelled around Europe, Mexico and the US, and then worked in the agricultural sector for a while on a large cropping farm, also there were 20,000 sheep, big property and I did that for a year, and then came back here. Ed offered me another job and I took on an assistant manager position. I then got offered an operations manager position and here I am today.
Question: What did you learn from working on a different type of farm and food production system?
Chris: It was good. Sheep farming is pretty hands on. It's quite similar to fish really, the sheep are there twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. I enjoy it, the hands on work. With the drought and the way the climate's changing, we have to get a lot smarter about the way we do things and it's challenging, it's good.
Question: Do you see a bright future for food production in Victoria?
Chris: I do. Have to get smarter about the way we do things and (that means) things don't get boring. You don't know it all and you just got to keep learning and it's good.
Question: What advice would you give people wanting to get in to the food industry?
Chris: Have a go really, there's lots of opportunities out there.