Plant protection workshops coming to Northern Australia

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Nursery & Garden Industry Australia has teamed up with the Northern Territory Government and the Australian Department of Agriculture to deliver a series of free and practical plant protection workshops for growers in Northern Australia.

Held across the NT, QLD and WA, the workshops will assist growers on how to implement an effective plant protection program. Attendees will learn how to create a program that assists in the prevention, mitigation and assessment of pests in production nurseries.

Each workshop will also cover best practice resources for the nursery industry, such as BioSecure HACCP, as well as the following topics:

  • Introduction to key elements of plant protection programmes in nursery production
  • How plant protection in nursery productions aligns with components of Best Management Practice and biosecurity programmes
  • How to access information on developing plant protection programmes
  • How to apply plant protection principles in developing detailed Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plans
  • Practical crop monitoring procedures.

NGIA has engaged Technical Advisor at NGIQ, Lex McMullin, to deliver the workshop series. A representative from Biological Services, a national IPM service company, will also provide implementation and monitoring tips on the day.

Details for the workshop events are:

Queensland

Mackay

Date: Tuesday, 3 September 2019 from 1:00 – 4:00pm

Location: Mackay Natural Environment Centre – 6 Swayne St, North Mackay QLD 4740

Register via email to info@ngia.com.au by Tuesday, 27 August.

Townsville

Date: Wednesday, 4 September 2019 from 1:00 – 4:00pm

Location: Townsville Plant Wholesalers – 80 Toolakea Beach Road, Bluewater QLD 4818

Register via email to info@ngia.com.au by Tuesday, 27 August.

Cairns

Date: Thursday, 5 September 2019 from 1:00 – 4:00pm

Location: Pregno Edmonton Palm Nursery – 223 Bruce Hwy, Bentley Park QLD 4869

Register via email to info@ngia.com.au by Tuesday, 27 August.

Northern Territory

Alice Springs

Date: Tuesday, 17 September 2019 from 1:00 – 4:00pm

Location: Alice Springs Desert Park – Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs NT 0871

Register via email to info@ngia.com.au by Tuesday, 10 September.

Darwin

Date: Thursday, 19 September 2019 from 1:00 – 4:00PM

Location: The Plantsmith – 70 Mahaffey Road, Howard Springs, NT 0839

Register via email to info@ngia.com.au by Tuesday, 10 September.

Western Australia

Broome

Date: Tuesday, 15 October 2019 from 1:00 – 4:00pm

Location: North Regional TAFE – 68 Cable Beach Rd E, Djugun WA 6725

Register via email to info@ngia.com.au by Friday, 4 October.

Kununurra

Date: Thursday, 17 October 2019 from 1:00 – 4:00pm

Location: Oria Orchards – 752 Packsaddle Road, Kununurra WA 6743

Register via email to info@ngia.com.au by Friday, 4 October.

Important Information

A light lunch will be provided at each workshop, and participants will receive a free copy of the Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme Australia (NIASA) and BioSecure HACCP manuals.

Attendees are asked to bring along an internet-enabled device, such as a smartphone or tablet, to access key information sources online.

A follow-up workshop series will be made available to attendees, where Biological Services staff will assist in the monitoring and implementation of plant protection programmes within their production businesses.

For more information on the upcoming workshops, please contact Lex McMullin on 0409 263 573 or via email at ldmcmullin@hotkey.net.au or National Biosecurity Manager John McDonald at john.mcdonald@ngia.com.au.