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Vegetable Leafminer (Liriomyza sativae) is a new arrival to Australia

27 September 2017

Since 2008, it has been island hopping in a southerly direction down the Torres Strait Island group. The Northern Australian Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) and Biosecurity Queensland has been tracking the movement of this pest since its detection in the Strait. In 2015, Vegetable Leafminer was detected on the Cape York Peninsula and the Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests recommended that it was not technically feasible to eradicate from the region.

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Case Study - The new blueprint for green space

26 September 2017

The nursery industry is another step closer to benefitting from a national framework for measuring urban green space (UGS), after the completion of the research project, ‘Measuring Australia’s green space asset’.

A national system of metrics and measurement to quantify both the demand side of UGS (land cover, extent of the area) and the supply side (benefits to health, local economy, visual improvement) would provide valuable information for nursery growers, media producers and landscape architects looking to supply planting material for cities.Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) concluded that a nationally consistent framework or ‘blueprint’ to measure a range of factors for urban green space was highly likely to be adopted and could realistically be implemented.




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VALE - Max Warner 13-09-1934 - 28-07-2017

31 July 2017

It is with deep sadness that we advise members of the passing of Max Warner. Max passed away peacefully on Friday 28 July at Bellbird Hospital in the company of his family, he was age 82. He devoted a large part of his life to Warner’s Nurseries, and also to the National and Victorian nursery scene.



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Lifelong Learning - Open source education

31 July 2017

Learning as a practice has changed over the last few decades and transitioned from something which was done in isolation with clearly defined times and places for knowledge acquisition (school) and application (the work environment). Instead learning has transitioned to a practice which is ongoing, with fewer boundaries and can be formal or informal or self-directed learning.

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NGIA CEO Update - July 2017

31 July 2017

July has been another busy month with Mike Mehigan and I meeting with the NGISA, NGIV, NGINA and NGIQ Boards. The aim of these meetings has been to work through a range of issues including the structure review, our engagement with Hort Innovation, the Farm Management System and a number of governance matters.

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Planning underway for the 2018 National Conference & Exhibition

31 July 2017

The Nursery & Garden Industry National Conference & Exhibition in 2018 heads to the beautiful dockside city of Hobart from February 19-21. Held only every two years, the Nursery & Garden Industry National Conference is the pinnacle event for Industry which will be hosted by the heritage listed Wrest Point Casino,



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Increase to base rates of pay

22 June 2017

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 3.3% increase to minimum wages following its 2017 Annual Wage Review. The increase applies from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2017.

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Crowdfunding

21 June 2017

In keeping with the theme of innovation this month, the recent Kickstarter campaign for the Tertill weeding robot highlights two great example of innovation, not only for the product itself, but also the method in how the development of the project was funded.

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Remembering Frank Charles Hart

21 June 2017

Born on the 7thJune 1933, Frank Hart passed away peacefully on the 10thJune 2017 after a tough 18 month battle with cancer. Frank is survived by his loving wife Margaret, three sons, Steven, Kerrie and Russell, ten Grandchildren and seventeen Great Grandchildren. Frank will be remembered not only as a hard worker and a solid family man, but for his quick wit and cheeky love of fun, and also someone quick to share his wisdom and knowledge with family, friends and colleagues.

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New roadmap for a profitable and resilient nursery industry

20 June 2017

A roadmap for the future of the nursery industry has been released, outlining the priorities for research and development (R&D) and marketing over the next five years, to support its growth and sustainability.
The industry plays a vital role in the physical, economic and environmental well-being of all Australians, with nurseries involved in the ornamental market, forestry, revegetation for mining, landscaping and starter plants for Australia’s fruit and vegetable production.

The Nursery Strategic Investment Plan 2017–2021 (SIP) will help to guide decisions on projects to be funded by the nursery levy, which is managed by Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation).
For every dollar invested, it is anticipated the industry will receive $8.50 – a net benefit over five years of $140 million.

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Case Study - Roof boosts production 25 per cent

07 June 2017

Investing in a 20,000 square metre retractable roof greenhouse has enabled one of Australia’s longest running wholesale nurseries to increase production by around 25 per cent in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne.
Humphris Nursery built the Cravo Retractable Roof Production System™ on a sloping block with a 5 per cent gradient on their existing 16 hectare nursery site at Mooroolbark, with the aim of protecting crops of retail and landscape plants from excessive cold, heat, rain, hail and wind.

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NGIA CEO update – May 2017

01 June 2017

I was involved in significant activity in May with an NGIA Board meeting and attendance at Hort Connections, the Plant Breeder’s Right Consultative Group, a number of levy funded project steering committees, National Management Group meetings for biosecurity issues, Voice of Horticulture meetings and this week Plant Health Australia meetings. I would like to provide details on some of the key activities from those meetings that I hope is of interest to you.

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Case Study: Biosecurity a ‘no brainer’ for growing media manufacturers

30 May 2017

The increasing threat of exotic pests, weeds and disease that comes with globalisation has put biosecurity preparedness top of mind for Queensland based group, Green Fingers Potting Mix and Rocky Point Mulching.
Now in their sixth year at a 70 acre site at Woongoolba, located north of the City of Gold Coast, the group has continued to grow its market share, while at the same time adopting best practice programs and standards to remain ahead of the curve.

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Case Study: Producing More, With Less at Cameron's

23 May 2017

When specialist perennial wholesale business Cameron’s Nursery ran out of water for a second time during the 1990s due to prolonged drought and no access to potable water, owners Sonja and Andy Cameron began researching new ways to capture and recycle water, to ensure it didn’t happen again.




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FINAL CALL: FUNDING GRANTS FOR WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

18 May 2017

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s retail sector.

The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $8,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.

The leadership development programs are part-time and delivered nationally via WLA’s blended learning model. Scholarship funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of this financial year (June 30).

Expressions of Interest
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to June 16, 2017: http://www.wla.edu.au/assoc-june17.html

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Green roof opportunities for nurseries

12 May 2017

The increasing prevalence of green roofs and green walls in urban building design in Australia opens up a tremendous opportunity for the nursery industry to increase its role in providing expert advice, as well as suitable plants.

When Darren Mason, now sales director for Andreasens Green wholesale nurseries, started his nursery career in 1983, his first major project was to grow and deliver plant material for the podium rooftop garden on top of Parliament House in Sydney.

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Growing media tailor-made for production nurseries

12 May 2017

Understanding the needs of different plants and the impact of local conditions, and investing in quality growing media to suit, is a key focus of modern, successful nurseries.Van Schaik’s Bio Gro has been part of the journey with growers, celebrating 40 years in business and now one of Australia’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of growing media and landscape products with over 100 employees across five operational sites.




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Case Study - Data the key to national industry voice

02 May 2017 The collection and use of data is critical to Hamish Mitchell’s business of growing and selling premium-quality landscape trees in Narre Warren East, Victoria, and he believes it’s also the key to the nursery industry being recognised as a major player in the national economy.


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Case Study - Incremental changes add up to a better bottom line for Domus

02 May 2017 Colin Groom firmly believes the little things add up, and he’s constantly looking for new ways to do things better at Domus Nursery, on the outskirts of Perth.
A strong advocate of the need for the industry to strive for constant improvement, Mr Groom says there’s a good financial incentive behind many of the changes encouraged through best management practice schemes.


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HMA moves to unify the association

26 April 2017

HMA is currently looking at the potential to streamline and unify the association and bring it up with modern times. Tabled by the National Executive, the initiative proposes that in future, members would be part of the one national Association rather than being members of independent state HMA Associations

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Payroll Tax Grouping Across Different States

26 April 2017

Payroll tax is levied on an employer by the relevant state revenue authority, in cases where an employer pays “taxable wages” over a certain threshold. As payroll tax is levied on a state by state basis, the rates and thresholds vary

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NGIA and the EPPRD

24 April 2017

The Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) is a formal, legally binding agreement between Plant Health Australia (PHA), the Australian Government, all state and territory governments and plant industry signatories, covering the management and funding of responses to Emergency Plant Pest (EPP) Incidents.

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Nursery industry leads the way in streamlining interstate trade

28 March 2017

The nursery industry has taken a significant step towards streamlining the trade of plants between states, following years of dedicated engagement and support with state governments for changes to existing legislation.

The Queensland government has passed amendments to its Biosecurity Act 2014, and it’s hoped BioSecure HACCP will soon be recognised as an approved third party accreditation scheme for certifying growers trading plants within and across state borders.

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202020 Vision in action - Case Study

28 March 2017

Five years ago, Perth’s City of Stirling planted around 1,000 street trees a year. These days it’s more like 6,000 – and the change is attributed in part to the nursery industry’s 202020 Vision initiative.

Carole Fudge from WA-based Benara Nurseries says the business has increased its production of medium and large trees by tens of thousands in recent years, as other urban councils also take on board the benefits of increasing green space.




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Going Cordless

27 March 2017

Battery powered outdoor power equipment has improved significantly during the past few years. Central to this evolution has been new lithium-ion cell technologies which have allowed for both longer run-times and shorter charging times.

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Development scholarships for the retail sector

27 March 2017

WLA in partnership with the Australian School of Applied Management (ASAM) is spearheading a national initiative to support the development of executive leaders across the Australian retail sector.

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BioSecure HACCP Information Forum - Victoria

03 March 2017

An information forum on BioSecure HACCP will be held for growers interested in participating in the industry on farm biosecurity management program.

The forum will be held at Boomaroo Nursery in Lara, Victoria on the 16th of March. Positions at the forum are limited and interested growers should complete the attached RSVP to secure their place asap.

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EcoHort a natural fit for Jamberoo Native Nursery

03 March 2017

When Jamberoo Native Nursery (JNN) was approached by the local council about chemical spray drift, responding was easy.

As part of maintaining its EcoHort™ accreditation, the company had fully documented the control measures in place to ensure there was no impact on surrounding properties, and that was the end of the matter.

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FMS Renewals

27 February 2017

FMS renewals for 2017 are due and NGIA encourages all businesses intending to renew their NIASA, EcoHort or BioSecure HACCP certification to do so as soon as possible as this will greatly assist in planning the year ahead and keeping costs to a minimum for all involved.

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Nursery industry urged to outline pest priorities

20 February 2017

The nursery industry is inviting growers to provide their feedback on plant pest priorities through an online survey to help fast-track safe and effective chemical registration for Australian nursery production.

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Case Study - Data to bolster nursery standard for assessing quality tree stock

14 February 2017

Healthy trees improve the liveability of urban landscapes and improve community wellbeing, and research is helping to ensure the quality of newly planted trees so they have a long and productive life.
The project Evaluation of nursery tree stock balance parameters (NY15001) involves collecting measurements from nurseries around the country to provide data backing for an industry standard known as AS2303: 2015 Tree Stock for Landscape Use.

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Biosecurity pays off for Pohlmans Nursery

27 January 2017

When Pohlmans Nursery first started looking at ways to improve pest, disease and weed management, they never expected the results would include a saving of around $350,000 per year on day to day operations.

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Industry Structure Review

11 May 2016
The aim of the review is to determine the most effective and cost efficient structure for the industry and for the committee to make recommendations for the future.
The Industry Structure Review Committee is an independent committee. Terms of reference for the review have been developed by the review committee and are available here for download.
A number of information and data gathering approaches will be undertaken to capture input from members and other industry stakeholders.
The National and State/Territory Association representatives supported the structure review and the approach being taken by the review committee. The Review Committee continues to engage with the State Boards as they travel for industry consultation meetings.
A series of “town hall” consultation meetings will be held between May and July 2016 where they will seek industry input. All industry stakeholders are invited to attend. Please RSVP your attendance to kobie.keenan@ngia.com.au.



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Between the Rows – HIA is coming to you

30 June 2015

Between the Rows – HIA is coming to you

HIA has been invited to conduct a growers' meeting that is co-ordinated with the 2015 NSW Farmers AGM and dinner. Come and meet HIA and hear about the company, its investment pools and gain an insight on the latest strategic areas of investment in the Sydney basin region.

Have your say on what's important for horticulture in your area and how you want your levy money spent.

To attend the HIA growers' meeting, please register by Sunday 12 July 2015.
You can find out more and register for the NSW Farmers AMG and dinner at
www.nswfarmers.org.au/hort-2015

DATE: Monday,13 July 2015
TIME: 3.00pm to 5.00pm
LOCATION: North Sydney Harbourview Hotel

Click hereto view the agenda and register your interest by Sunday,12 July 2015.



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Nursery Industry Preliminary Proposals

05 June 2014

Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) is the peak industry body for the Australian nursery and garden industry and is responsible for overseeing the national development and coordination of Research and Development (R&D) programs in consultation with HAL and regional associations.
HAL and the NGIA are inviting preliminary R&D proposals for new research concepts, ideas and technologies that meet the priorities listed in the Nursery & Garden Industry Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) 2012-2016.

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NT nursery to grow export success

07 May 2014

The Department of Agriculture’s Authorised Officer (AO) programme is saving Australian exporters time and money by empowering them to undertake specific export inspections. 

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Updated release of NGIA Plant Labelling Guidelines

01 February 2013

Nursery and Garden Industry Australia have just released Version 2 of their Plant Labelling Guidelines. The updated Guidelines were developed in close consultation with growers, label manufacturers, retailers and industry representatives including a legal team with a specialist interest in intellectual property within the nursery industry. Originally released in 2007, the guidelines were designed to provide industry with an easy to follow guide in the preparation of accurate and unambiguous labels and marketing materials for plants.

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World recognition for Australian nursery

13 September 2012

Australia’s Mansfield’s Propagation Nursery has received the Silver Rose in the prestigious International Grower of the Year Award by the prestigious International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH). It is the first time an Australian nursery has competed in the Awards.

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Notice to Australia’s Plant Importers

04 June 2012

Revised Import Conditions for Nursery Stock (including tissue cultures) 

As part of the medium risk nursery stock import pathway review, Plant Quarantine Operations is introducing a notice of importation form for nursery stock imports (including high risk species). In addition, the DAFF Biosecurity approved sources of tissue cultures free of media has been reviewed and amended.

Further details are provided in Public Quarantine Alert PQA0818 on ICON.

 

 

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Potting Mix Analysis

27 October 2011

Phosyn Analytical is recognised Australia wide as always being reliable and quick in returning nutrient results for soil, plant tissue and water analysis.

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Health and wellbeing in horticulture

19 May 2010

Consumers are more interested than ever in their health and wellbeing, including living in a healthy environment. Indoor plants and outdoor gardens have distinct and proven health benefits and through the across industry funded HAL project, Health and wellbeing in horticulture, the nursery industry will have access to a wealth of information, about the benefit of green-life, to use in marketing and communication activities.

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Growers encouraged to pick up tools to navigate urban encroachment

19 May 2010

As the great Aussie ‘quarter-acre block dream’ and inner city housing affordability put even greater pressure on the city fringes, understanding the issues around peri-urban land use planning and its impacts on horticulture is increasingly important. The concept of agricultural land ‘awaiting urban development’ via an ad hoc process of conversion is often regarded as an inevitable outcome of population and economic growth.

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Aussie Passion for Plants Continues to Bloom

12 August 2009

While the landscape of the Australian backyard is changing, our passion for spending time outdoors isn't. In Newspoll results released today, an astounding 86% of Australians believe that the health, wellbeing and relaxation benefit their garden provides is the top reason they spend time in their backyards.

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Nursery & garden industry fights invasion

08 April 2009

The nursery and garden industry is proud to announce the release of its Grow Me Instead booklets, launched in Melbourne on April 1 in conjunction with the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIGFS).

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