Levy payers are advised that the levy payers meeting will be held on Thursday 13 March at Dockside Function Centre, Darling Harbour at 9.15 am. The meeting will be preceded by a presentation from the Honourable Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment. The meeting will provide an overview of investment strategy, project updates and recent results from projects such as Industry statistics and PR & Marketing.”
ACIL Allen, the consultancy undertaking the HAL review have listed a series of open meetings. Details as per the following link (HERE).
NGIA will be making a submission from the Nursery Industry perspective. We will be seeking input from members and levy payers to assist with this review.
If you have any questions regarding this review please contact Robert Prince at NGIA.
On 17 November 2013, the two month public consultation on the draft AS2303 Tree Stock for Landscape Use closed. Over 180 comments were received, ranging from ‘I fundamentally disagree with this Standard – The process of its inception, development and proposed implementation has not been inclusive’ through to ‘This document is a positive step for the industry and is a valuable tool’.
Karen Brock, from Winkleigh in Tasmania, has been awarded a prestigious Nuffield Scholarship, supported by Horticulture Australia Limited using voluntary contributions from Nuffield Australia and matched funds from the Australian Government.
Karen hopes to reduce the assessment time of soft berry fruit by developing a technique for datamarking of genetic points in the plant.
With her husband Tim Phillips, Karen owns and operates Brocklands Pty Ltd, a diversified horticultural business, supplying plants and tissue culture material to the soft berry fruit and truffle industries, operating a tissue culture laboratory and running a joint venture raspberry breeding program among other operations.
Their 89 hectare farm consists of 52 hectares of commercial forestry plantation and 10 hectares of wetlands, with the balance in production with greenhouses, hard standing areas for potted plants and open ground production areas for raspberry breeding stock and rose production.
Karen says at present it takes up to three years to get new soft berry fruits to market for assessment, however she believes this time could be halved by using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology to develop a techniques for detecting pathogens. More