NGIA CEO update – 31 July 2017

Hi Everyone

July has been another busy month with Mike Mehigan and I meeting with the NGISA, NGIV, NGINA and NGIQ Boards.  The aim of these meetings has been to work through a range of issues including the structure review, our engagement with Hort Innovation, the Farm Management System and a number of governance matters.

I also represented NGIA members in multiple committees including Voice of Horticulture (VoH) and the National Management Group (NMG).  NGIA staff were also active attending at Hort Innovation levy funded project Steering Committees; Plant Biosecurity representation including CCEPP and SDQMA; as well as industry representation on the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) and much more.  I will be updating NGI Members on this activities over the next week.

The NGIA Board met last week, which coincided with NGIQ’s Green Expo on the Gold Coast.  It provided the Directors with the opportunity to attend the Expo and interact and discuss key industry issues with members and other stakeholders.  The NGIA Board and representatives of the NGIQ Board held a joint session to discuss common areas of interest and activity, in particular progress with the NGI Network structure review.

The key areas of business covered during the Board meeting included

1.    NGI Structure Review – Structural Change Advisory Committee (SCAC):

The SCAC has now conducted two meetings to work through and address the concerns that have been raised about the proposed National Unity Model.  The SCAC are basically addressing two areas of the Model around member services to be delivered and the mechanisms, resources and structure to deliver the services.

Russell Cummings has joined the SCAC as an independent Chair to help the committee work through the Terms of Reference.  Russell worked with the Structure Review Committee last year to support them through providing advice and guidance in the development of their final report.  Russell will be supported by other experts in legal, governance, constitution, risk management and financial areas.

The SCAC will be conducting a two day workshop in August to ensure they address the concerns and issues that have been raised with respect to the National Unity Model.  They will then engage with each of the State NGI Association Boards to clearly define and refine the member services.  A preliminary report will be developed by November this year to be presented at a joint meeting of the NGIA Board, State NGI Presidents and CEOs and the SCAC, with the final report to be presented at the NGIA National Conference in Hobart in February 2018.

2.    Plant Life Balance (PLB):

The consumer promotional campaign within the 202020 Vision Program being manage by Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) using nursery levy marketing funds is “proposed” to be a redesign of “Plant Life Balance”.  After careful consideration by the marketing team within Hort Innovation and the Republic of Everyone, it was considered that PLB was the best name and brand to engage with consumers.

However, the genesis of PLB as a promotional campaign was conceptualised and developed by NGIA.  NGIA has been promoting and running the PLB campaign since its inception around 2010.  NGIA owns, pays for and manages the Improve Your Plant Life Balance trade marks and associated intellectual property and has acquired significant goodwill and reputation for the program.

At the NGIA Board meeting last week, the Board proposed to work collaboratively with Hort Innovation to progress the delivery of the PLB campaign for mutual gain for the industry and to maximise the program where NGIA member funds and nursery levy has already been invested.

The PLB campaign is due to launch officially on 1 September 2017.

3.    NGIA Conference – February 2019:

Planning is progressing well for the NGIA Conference to be held in Hobart from 19 – 22 February 2018.  Please mark the dates in your diary.  More details will be provided as soon as they are available.

Vale – Max Warner

NGIA has been advised of the passing of Max Warner. Max took an active part and interest in the Nurserymen and Seedsmen’s Association of Victoria (known to us today as NGIV), acting as President from 1969-1977.  He was also Federal President in 1970 and became the inaugural President of the Australian Nurserymen’s Association (now known as NGIA) from 1976-1978.

In recognition of his dedicated service to both the Victorian and National nursery and garden industry, Max was bestowed the honour of Life Membership with both associations.

On behalf of the NGIA directors, staff and members, condolences are extended to Michael, John and Suzanne, Max’s wife Anne-Marie, and all the extended Warner family.

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