NGIA CEO update – 27 March 2017

Hi Everyone

Welcome to the second edition of the NNN Network e-newsletter. The most important business for NGIA is the upcoming Board meeting on Thursday 30 March this week.  The meeting is being conducted to coincide with the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS) so the NGIA Board and can attend key industry functions and have a presence at the show.

The key items of business for the Board to review and provide direction over for the next couple of months include:

NGI Network Structure Review– The Structural Change Advisory Committee (SCAC) Terms of Reference (ToR) and members will be finalised and the committee with commence its role to:

Investigate and report on the finances, systems, technology, governance, functions and roles of the proposed National Unity structure; independently and unbiasedly inform the Members of all relevant information; and seek the endorsement of the NGI Network to facilitate a vote of the Members on a proposed new structure of the Network.

Following a vote and dependent on the outcome, the SCAC shall facilitate the successful transition to the agreed new structure or provide recommendations to the Network on how to proceed.  A definitive time line and dates need to be finalised once the committee is in place.

NGI Member Benefits– The Board will consider the member benefits for NGIA to focus on delivering in the context of the NGIA strategy and the structure review.  Within the structure review process the following areas have been identified as vital to continue to deliver:

National- biosecurity, marketing, communications, advocacy/lobbying, industrial relations, business development and training, extension, career development, accreditation programs and networking.

State, Regional, Local- industrial relations, compliance for businesses, training, advocacy, green industry group, technical and retail support, networking opportunities, trade days, communications local commercial benefits and local programs

Nursery Production Farm Management System (FMS)–– NGIA will aim to finalise all continuing participants in the Nursery Production FMS Programs – NIASA, EcoHort, BioSecure HACCP – by the end of March.  Once finalised NGIA will work with the FMS participants to determine the auditing schedule for 2017.  We are also in the process of finalising the auditors and technical advisors within the program.

For more information on the Nursery Production FMS program as a continuing business or a business looking to become involved please refer to the website:

NGIA Relationship with Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA)– NGIA has the opportunity to influence and provide advice to HIA on the investment of the nursery industry R&D and marketing levies.  Mike Mehigan and I are the NGIA representatives on the Nursery Industry Strategic Investment Advisory Panel (SIAP).  The next meeting of the SIAP is scheduled for 3 and 4 April 2017. The proposed items of business for the meeting are:

·      The Nursery Industry Strategic Investment Plan (SIP)
·      Review of the R&D portfolio and proposed projects
·      Update on the 202020 Vision Program

NGIA Conference 2018– Planning for the NGIA Conference to be held in Tasmania in 2018 has commenced.  The date is to be confirmed but it will be held in late February or early March.  We will keep you advised of details.

As usual please contact me you have any questions, comments or concerns on the operation of NGIA and any feedback on this edition of the NNN email.

Kind regards

Peter Vaughan