Upcoming industry events for 2023/2024

Events Nov. 6, 2023

Tri-state workforce summit

December 11, Euston Club

In the next few years more than 1000 jobs are expected to be created around Swan Hill, Balranald and Robinvale-Euston, with mineral sands, renewable energy and horticulture projects all planned.

There are already challenges attracting and retaining workers, so employers could find themselves under even more pressure.

A cross-border workforce summit is being held to shine a light on this issue.

The acting Commissioner of Jobs and Skills Australia, along with South Australia’s Skills Commissioner are set to attend.

Further information will be provided in the coming weeks.

For details contact Hodi Beauliv, Economic Development and Coordination manager on 0427 613 892 or hodi.beauliv@regional.nsw.gov.au

2024 Australian Mango Conference is set

21-23 May, 2024

The Australian mango industry aspires to be a sustainable, profitable and growing sector by producing mangoes that meet and exceed consumers’ expectations in regard to quality, flavour, value, convenience, health and nutrition. 

The 2024 Australian Mango Conference has been designed with growers at the centre.

It is billed as three days of presentations, workshops, panels, a tradeshow and field day aimed at offering the latest project updates, expert information and innovation to enhance the sustainability of the mango industry in Australia.

It will also include a scientific symposium the day before the conference.

Registrations and early bird savings details at web.cvent.com/event/01467224-7948-4ca1-8a9c-5f6edcb5e164/regProcessStep1?environment=P2 

Hort Innovation Board candidates announced

24 November, 2023

Four candidates are in the running for three vacant board positions at Hort Innovation, the grower-owned research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.

Hort Innovation Voting Members will vote online, by telephone and in-person in Brisbane at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on November 24, 2023.

Hort Innovation Chair, Julie Bird, said each candidate had been shortlisted by the director nomination committee during a rigorous selection process and have been nominated based on their relevant skills and experience.

The Director Nomination Committee was comprised by the Hort Innovation Chair, together with three independent members – a levy payer, a nominee of the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry, and an ‘independent eminent person’, in keeping with the Hort Innovation Constitution.

“With the value of Australian horticulture projected to increase, equipping growers with the necessary knowledge and tools is of critical importance,” Ms Bird said. “Hort Innovation is attuned to the needs expressed by growers, and we are adapting to address them.”

The 2023 Board candidates are:

·        Michael Nixon (re-nominating Director): First appointed to the Board in 2020. Mr Nixon is passionate about Australian horticulture and innovation. He grew up in agriculture, with his family farming sheep, cattle and wheat. Mr Nixon previously owned and grew a broad range of horticultural crops his Carnarvon-based business, River Lodge.

·        Victoria Taylor (re-nominating Director): First appointed to the Board in 2020. Ms Taylor has more than 20 years’ experience in agricultural policy, governance and communications. Ms Taylor is an experienced Board member, being the current Chair of the Rice Marketing Board for the State of NSW, Chair of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology at the Australian National University, and a Non-Executive Director of WaterNSW.

·        Ian Halliday: Mr Halliday is an experienced Non-Executive Director, Managing Director and CEO, having worked for numerous organisations, primarily in the Australian Food/Agricultural sector. Mr Halliday has also worked in the UK/European Food industry and has lived and worked in the Middle East, supporting Australian agricultural exporters (including horticulture).

·        John Said: Mr Said has established and successfully managed a thriving fresh produce company for the past 30 years developing great strength in strategy and business management. Mr Said is an experienced Board Chair and Director, servicing national and global horticultural associations.

Back to news