AUSVEG VIC Awards for Excellence

When: 7 May 2021, 7pm-11pm.
Where: CitiPower Centre – Junction Oval (Cricket Victoria), Lakeside Drive, St Kilda VIC 3182
Dress
Code: Business casual
Tickets: Sold out

Since 2016, AUSVEG VIC has hosted the annual AUSVEG VIC Awards for Excellence dinner. The event shines the spotlight on some of the highest achieving Victorian vegetable growers in the industry. It offers a chance for the Victorian vegetable and potato value chain to come together every year to develop new and strengthen existing connections. The growers and industry members who are nominated provide a snapshot of the amazing achievements of Victoria’s vegetable industry.

David Boon (“Boonie”) will emcee and speak at the event.
Australian cricket legend and sports speaker David Boon, affectionately known as ‘Boonie’ is a cricketing champion of the late eighties and early nineties.

2019 EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

The 2019 AUSVEG VIC Awards for Excellence Dinner was held at the Kooyong Tennis Club, and saw almost 200 attendees celebrate Victoria’s vegetable industry.

E.E. MUIR & SONS GROWER OF THE YEAR AWARD

2019 Grower of the Year Award winner – Jeremy Haw (Hussey & Co)

Criteria

  • A vegetable or potato grower/business who is outstanding across all aspects of production, including; growing, environmental management, staff management and product quality.
  • A grower/business who is innovative, challenges convention and implements efficient practices (such as integrated pest management, minimising wastage, water conservation, precision agriculture, technology advances, and value-adding to product).
  • A grower/business who actively contributes to the broader industry (such as participating in international R&D tours, industry committees, forums, conferences or field days).

VISY YOUNG GROWER OF THE YEAR AWARD

2019 Young Grower of the Year Award winner – Carl Young (Redgold)

Criteria

  • A vegetable or potato grower who champions the success of the industry and shows a commitment to innovation, helping to define the next generations of growers.
  • A future leader who demonstrates a high level of commitment to the industry and helps to enrich the community in which they operate as well as working with external stakeholders to introduce new perspectives.
  • A grower who understands and practices sustainable practices and is committed to enhancing agriculture and the land.

BOOMAROO NURSERIES WOMEN IN HORTICULTURE AWARD

2019 Women in Horticulture Award winner – Carmel Ingram (Bonaccord Ingram) 

Criteria

A female industry member who has demonstrated outstanding ability and success in their chosen field, whether it is growing, research and development, farm management, or otherwise.
An individual who is pro-active and has shown commitment to achieving success in the industry.
An individual who has a reputation for mentoring women in horticulture.

BUTLER MARKET GARDENS ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

2019 Environmental & Sustainability Award winner – Michael Evans (Mulgowie Farm)

Criteria

An individual or business who has demonstrated a commitment to implement sustainable farming practices on-farm or across the supply-chain.
An individual or business who has shown leadership in promoting sustainable practices within the industry.
An individual or business who has developed an innovative solution to meet an environmental challenge on-farm.
An individual or business who has shown leadership in promoting environmental issues in the local and wider community.

VegNET Victoria R&D ADOPTION AND INDUSTRY IMPACT AWARD

2019 R&D Adoption & Industry Impact Award winner – Mark and Darren Schreurs (Peter Schreurs & Sons)

Criteria

A vegetable grower who has demonstrated a commitment to industry funded research and development (R&D) projects.
A grower who has hosted field trials, demonstration sites or events or contributed to a Project Reference Group for the benefit of the broader vegetable industry. A grower who has changed practice or adopted new technology on- farm because of being involved in a levy funded R&D project.
An individual or business that has invested in creating or has implemented a system of technology or business practice outside of the industry norm.
The technology or practice has resulted in a significant contribution to best farm practice or in cost savings through the value chain.
A grower who is perceived by the industry and their peers as a leader and influencer to improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the vegetable industry beyond their individual business.

ELDERS COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP AWARD

2019 Community Stewardship Award winner – Karl Riedel (KR Consulting) 

Criteria

An individual or business that is proactive in developing and/or implementing a system or program of safe storage and use of on-farm materials above and beyond industry standards.
An individual or business that engages in local or national community events/initiatives with the objective of developing wider industry.
An individual or business that demonstrates the responsible planning and management of resources, leading to beneficial environmental impacts.