VoH seeks levy payer interest in being a member of Hort Innovation's Director Nomination Committee

20th April 2018

The Voice of Horticulture’s (VoH) Chair, Tania Chapman will travel regional Australia from April 30, seeking levy payers who may be interested in being part of Hort Innovation’s 2018 Director Nomination Committee.

At the request of The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Ms Chapman is following through on a constitution amendment, pushed through by levy payers at last November’s Hort Innovation’s Annual General Meeting, where a levy payer must be part of Hort Innovation’s Director Nomination Committee.

The consultation process, led by Ms Chapman, on behalf of VoH, involves presenting a list of potential levy payer candidates to the Secretary for the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Ms Chapman will visit all states to compile the shortlist. The Secretary will then select, following advice from VoH, a suitable levy payer candidate. The final meeting with the Department will be on Monday 28th May.

The important role would see the levy payer participate in the Director Nomination process for Hort Innovation. The 2018 Committee will conduct the Director recruitment process and nominate candidates for three (3) Director positions on the Hort Innovation Board.

Ms Chapman explained that: “Voting on those Director candidates put forward by the committee will then occur at the 2018 Hort Innovation Annual General Meeting, scheduled to be held in late November.”

The VoH is a member-based organisation that represents horticultural growers and business across fruit,  nuts, mushrooms, turf, nursery plants, onions and processing tomatoes.

“I am very honoured to be representing VoH in this important selection process,” Ms Chapman said.

“It makes clear sense for Hort Innovation to have a levy payer appointed to the Director of Nomination Committee.

To be eligible the candidate must pay a levy that funds the Research & Development (R&D) or Marketing investments of Hort Innovation and not be a Director of Hort Innovation.

For clarity, levies are collected by the Australian Government and provided to Hort Innovation for investment in R&D activities for the following industries:

“Please note, that you are not an eligible levy payer if you collect levies from horticultural producer/s and remit them to the Government on behalf of the producer/s,” Ms Chapman explained.

“VoH and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will be conducting information sessions around Australia in the week beginning Monday 30th April 2018 (see table below).”

Interested candidates may also email questions until 5pm AEST on 18 May 2018 to VoH at admin@voiceofhorticulture.org.au.

VoH may also post frequently asked questions, with answers, on its website. General questions may also be directed to the department at horticulture.workforce@agriculture.gov.au

If you wish to attend one of the information sessions being conducted, please register your interest with the VoH at admin@voiceofhorticulture.org.au

 

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.

Media contacts

Tania Chapman
Chair, Voice of Horticulture
0428 291 717
chair@voiceofhorticulture.org.au

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