One week to go until Greenlife Industry National Conference

In just one week, the greenlife industry will descend on Perth for the Greenlife Industry Australia (GIA) national conference.

It’s an action-packed program and delegates are encouraged to plan ahead to make sure they get a chance to tailor a schedule that suits their needs.

2020 is the International Year of Plant Health and the program has been designed along the theme of “Healthy Plants Healthy People”. The event aims to educate and inform the nursery industry on the importance of plant health as well as the positive impact that healthy plants have on the physical and mental health of Australians.

Delegates will be encouraged to become leaders in addressing plant health at their businesses, championing responsible production practices and research adoption and becoming drivers of economic opportunity for greenlife industries.

There’s truly something for everyone on the comprehensive program which includes everything from technical pest and weed management workshops, presentations on the positive impact of greenlife and updates on levy-funded projects.

Production nurseries are particularly encouraged to attend the “18/19 Data collection and 3rd edition benchmarking tool for growers” session on Wednesday 4 March. Growers who attend this session will be the first in the country to receive the findings from the ‘Nursery Industry Statistics 2017-20’ (NY17008) project, before they are released to the rest of the public and industry.  Growers are invited to visit the project team in the exhibition hall for a one on one tutorial of the benchmarking tool.

On the second day Matt Brand, CEO of Hort Innovation takes the stage to provide levy-payers with an update on their levy and Hort Innovation’s strategic plan. Ben Peacock will also provide an update on Greener Spaces Better Places and Peter Vaughan, CEO, GIA will present the peak industry body’s strategic plant 2020-2023.

Also on the second day, Kerry Battersby from Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland will be providing an update on Nursery industry natural disaster risk mitigation and recovery plan (NY18008).

Kerry will be presenting a series of resources that have been developed to assist nurseries to implement strategies for better preparedness, speedier recovery and stronger resilience against natural disasters. Any growers who are concerned about their own management plans against fires, floods or storms are encouraged to attend.

The event has a major focus on practicality and each of the sessions will leave participants with the knowledge and tools required to be agile, flexible and responsive to a changing operating environment.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you next week.

If you haven’t already, make sure you check out the full conference program via the GIA website: https://www.greenlifeindustry.com.au/Category?Action=View&Category_id=735

The Greenlife Industry Australia National Conference is supported by Hort Innovation as a strategic investment under the Nursery Fund (NY19005),