Council united to drive horticulture in Canberra
15th February 2018
The Voice of Horticulture has welcomed the announcement this week, of a cross-sector Horticultural Council to be run out of Canberra by the National Farmers Federation (NFF). The new council will provide a united voice for the horticultural sector in Canberra, where the horticulture industry’s voice must be heard as one voice and drive important agricultural policies that are being made on a day-to-day basis.
Voice of Horticulture Chair, Tania Chapman said “The Council’s aim was to ensure the NFF had a complete grasp of key horticulture issues, as they affect all of Australian agriculture and government decisions relating to these key areas.” Ms Chapman stressed that “…As the new council will be focussed on policy that affects all of Australian agriculture; in no way will it diminish the complete focus that the Voice of Horticulture has on all of horticulture issues across our sector. Including trade market access, biosecurity, immigration and employment and skills education and training”.
The Council will be represented by the Voice of Horticulture (who represents 21 horticultural members), AUSVEG, the Australian Blueberry Growers’ Association, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd, Dried Fruits Australia, Summer Fruits Australia Limited, The Victorian Farmers Federation, NSW Farmers and Growcom.
“This is the first time in the history of our industry that such a council has been formed and it has taken much work to agree on a vehicle that will drive our sector forward and make us an efficient, effective and a strong advocacy force in the agriculture sector.” Ms Chapman said.
“As horticulture is the fastest growing agriculture sector in Australia, it is imperative that there is a clear understanding of our industry at the highest policy level; which is Canberra”. “Obviously the only way that Australian horticulture can achieve its full potential is by bringing together the key bodies to work in a united way, addressing key policies that affect Australian agriculture.”
The Voice of Horticulture is a member based organisation that represents horticultural growers and business across fruit, nuts, mushrooms, onions, turf, nursery plants and cut flowers.