NGIA CEO update – 22 December 2016

Hi Everyone

Thank you for your continued support, contribution and involvement in the Nursery and Garden Industry organisations throughout 2016.  I hope it has been a successful year for you.  It has been an interesting year for NGIA with a number of important events and activities as summarised below:

NGIA Conference
The conference was conducted in February and set the scene for the year.  The NGI Structure Review was announced and a preview of the NGIA strategy to 2020 was presented with the vision of:

We will create a climate for our membersand industry to grow and prosper.

NGI Structure Review
The review of the NGI network structure was conducted in 2016 by Gary Eyles (Chair), Glenn Fenton (Deputy Chair), Carl Heyne and Gena Campbell.  The report was handed down in a joint session of the NGIA Board and State NGI Presidents, CEOs and other Directors and there was an acknowledgement of the need for change for the future of the industry.  A steering committee will be formed in early 2017 to progress the next stage of the review process.  The review committee were widely acknowledged for their efforts in conducting the review and delivering the report.

Nursery Production Farm Management System (Nursery Production FMS)
During 2016 we managed the transition of the administration and management of the Nursery Production FMS Programs – NIASA, EocHort and BioSecure HACCP – to NGIA which will take full effect from 1 January 2017.  We will be undertaking a number of initiatives, including marketing, communications, auditing and technical, to ensure the consistent delivery and improvement of programs.  I encourage all current participants to remain in the program, and if you are interested in becoming a participant, to contact NGIA.

Research and Development Projects
NGIA was successful in securing three levy funded projects in 2016 working with Horticulture Innovation Australia.  The projects being (i) Biosecurity, (ii) Communications and (iii) Industry Data and Statistics. We will keep you advised of key activities and outputs from the programs in 2017.

202020 Vision (20V Program) Program
The 20V Program continued to make excellent progress in 2016.  It was acknowledged for it creativity, innovative approach and success with a Banksia Award (refer attached media release).  The 20V Program continued to generate wide spread media coverage which is a testament to the importance of green space in urban areas. One such publication was the Australian Business News Source (refer below) with the 20V article on page 6. The publication also includes a feature article on Domus Nursery which is managed by the NGIA Director Colin Groom on page 22.

In my November update, I was remiss in not acknowledging the contribution of Hamish Mitchell during his term on the NGIA Board.  At the November Board meeting, Hamish stepped down from the Board, and Mike Mehigan paid tribute to Hamish for his outstanding efforts and commitment to the Board.  Hamish will continue on the nursery industry Strategic Investment Advisory Panel so will have an active role in determining the investment of the nursery levy in R&D and marketing programs on behalf of industry.

On behalf of the NGIA Board and Staff, I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and enjoyable festive and holiday season.  I hope you have the opportunity to recharge your batteries for 2017 which will be another year of key industry activities and hopefully prosperity for your business.

The NGIA office will be closed from Friday 23 December to Tuesday 3 January.

Please contact me at ceo@ngia.com.au if you have any comments or would like to raise any issues with me on any of the activities being progressed by NGIA.  I look forward to hearing from working with you in 2017.

Regards

Peter Vaughan
NGIA CEO