July 2015

“I have recently attended several Conferences and asked the question: Are they worth attending? The answer is definitely yes.

After attending the National Horticulture Convention held by AUSVEG and APAL in June, and the Protected Cropping Australia Conference in July, I can say that they were both outstanding in their content and presentation.

There was a lot of networking and knowledge gained by growers, industry and sponsors from both organisations running programs throughout the conferences.

Congratulations to all concerned, and a special congratulations to all nominees from our industry in each category of the AUSVEG Awards for Excellence.

David Wallace – President, VGA-Victoria

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Adam Schreurs receives AUSVEG Environmental Award
Adam Schreurs, from Schreurs & Sons, has been presented with the AUSVEG Environmental Award at this year’s National Horticulture Convention, Trade Show and Awards for Excellence …

Farwell to National Vegetable Expo
The National Vegetable Expo Organising Committee recently held its final meeting, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those growers, seed companies, sponsors, exhibitors, media and volunteers who have worked to make the Expo the great success it was over the past 50 years …

Victorian Vegetable Industry Snapshot
The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) recently provided a snapshot the Victorian vegetable industry …

PMA Australia and New Zealand Fresh Connections
The VGA, in conjunction with the Produce Marketing Authority, had 10 places for young VGA vegetable growers to attend the PMA Fresh Connections event in May. Several young grower members took up the offer and attended the trade day …

VGA VIC Market Office to Close
The VGA office at the Footscray Market will close on 31 July 2015, after 45 years at the site.

The VGA and the Victorian Potato Growers Council shared offices in the early days, followed by the Orchard and Fruit Cool Store Association. The VGA is the last growers’ group to have any representation at the market.

As you are all aware, the new market at Epping will open for business on MONDAY 31st August 2015. The VGA will not be relocating to the Epping market. …


Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) has outlined its new investment plan and priorities for horticulture from 2014-18 …

WorkSafe have suggested that this spring, they will be out and about auditing vegetable farms for their compliance with work safety …

Several large vegetable farms within Victoria employing large numbers of permanent, contract and casual labour have been approached by the trade union movement to meet with staff during meal times under the Fair Work Regulations 2009, Entry notice regulation 3.27 …

As mentioned last issue, the VGA has engaged a consultant to look at the feasibility of standing alone or amalgamating with other groups representing the vegetable industry within Victoria, such as the VFF or AUSVEG.

The results of this study are to be presented to members at the end of August, with meetings to be held in Lindenow, Cranbourne and Werribee.

In early August, members will be sent information concerning the options and meeting details. These meetings will be important for members to attend and voice their views on the direction the VGA takes in the future.

Should you require more information about vegetable services available to you please contact :

Executive Officer Ken Orr :  Mobile: 0428 502 936   Email: ken.orr@vgavic.org.au

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