Video Transcript: Hazeldene's Chicken, Adam Hazeldene and Michelle Daniel
Adam: Hi my name is Adam Hazeldene and I work at Hazeldene's chicken farm and I'm the Technical Services Manager. I do all the electrical engineering on site, coordinate all the IT, programming the logic controllers, and I'm also heading up the development of our new processing plant.
Michelle: And my name is Michelle Daniel and I work at Hazeldenes as well, I'm working in marketing and communications. So I've just come back after ten years away, I grew up working in the family business on the holidays in the factory. I've been working in marketing and communications in education and the property sector for ten years.
Do you like working in the food industry?
Adam: I love it.
Michelle: I love it
Adam: It's dynamic, very dynamic, it changes every day.
Michelle: And you've got to be on the ball. You know, it's fresh food, you can't get it wrong and you can't wait for tomorrow.
Do you see a bright future for food production in Victoria?
Michelle: The future's very bright for the food industry, particularly for regional businesses as well. There's lots of employment, especially in those regional areas, so there's a lot of opportunity if you are prepared to work hard.
What's life like living in regional Victoria?
Adam: In regional Victoria I find it a lot more free. I lived in Melbourne for five years and I hated the commuting every day. And I have since been told by a few mates that still live down there that it's got even worse in the last five years. I just love the freedom up here, you're an hour from the river if you want to go water skiing or whatever, it's only two hours from the beach, you're only an hour from Melbourne should you have to go down there. Just a good lifestyle, a very free lifestyle!
What advice would you give young people wanting to get in to the food industry?
Michelle: Get some qualifications, do some study and find an area that you are passionate about working in, and be prepared to work hard. There's a lot of opportunity out there if you are committed.
What's the future for you and your company Hazeldene's Chicken?
Adam: I'm pretty passionate about our business, I'd really like to see it grow and prosper as much as possible, we're in the implantation phase at the moment of our primary processing plant, there's further stages to come after that need to be project managed. I think the future is bright for our company in particular.
Michelle: Yeh the business is going through a growth phase at the moment with the expansion of the factory facility and also with a lot of farming expansion as well, so some pretty exciting times and to bring it all together and make it all work is a mammoth task so it's exciting times ahead.