NEW Extension Officer for New South Wales

Greenlife Industry Australia (GIA) has appointed Colin Hunt as the new Extension Officer for New South Wales (NSW).

With a background in retail and production nurseries, consultancy, and landscaping, Colin brings over 30 years of experience in the horticulture industry.

“I like growing quality plants, and I like talking to other growers about this as well,” Colin said.

“The Extension Officer position looked to be a good fit for what I like to do, what I know, and what I want to learn more about. There is always room to learn more!”

“If I can make any positive impacts upon the growing of plants or business performance for those I work with in this role, I will be very happy,” Colin concludes.

As Extension Officer, Colin will take on the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Provide on-site support to industry stakeholders in implementing programs under the Australian Plant Production Standard (APPS) with an emphasis on plant protection, sustainability and biosecurity.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development and implementation of the Hort Innovation funded project National Biosecurity and Sustainable Plant Production Program (NY20001), including delivering a range of extension services to improve grower profitability and sustainability underpinned by the APPS programs of NIASA, EcoHort and BioSecure HACCP.
  • On-site visits with nursery RD&E levy payers, to assist in the adoption and implementation of advanced production techniques and technologies, system design and operation, resource utilisation such as irrigation, plant protection and market access.
  • Educating staff in key production areas to those businesses engaging in best management practice, as well as guidance in accessing production resources and information to improve business sustainability and profitability.

Colin will start with GIA on Monday, 14 November 2022.

If you are a production nursery, greenlife market or growing media manufacturer in NSW or the northern border region of Victoria, and would like to get in touch with Colin, you can contact him at: [email protected]

This position is co-funded via the GIA-owned Australian Plant Production Standard (APPS) and the NY20001 Research Agreement (RA) between Hort Innovation Ltd and GIA.

Welcome to the team Colin!


Imagery description: Colin Hunt, Extension Officer, GIA NSW