Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources confirms her attendance

The Hon. Anne Ruston, has been a Senator since September 2012 and was appointed Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources in September 2015 with specific responsibility for Horticulture in Australia.

In July 2014, Anne was elected Senior Deputy Government Whip in the Senate and chair of the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee. She was also an active participant in the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee, initiating inquiries into the Australian citrus and wine industries.

Prior to becoming a Senator, Anne held several senior positions in government and the private sector, including senior policy adviser to the South Australian Minister for Industrial Affairs and Tourism, Recreation, Sport and Racing, and inaugural chief executive of the National Wine Centre.

Born and raised in Renmark—which is situated on the River Murray in South Australia's Riverland region—Anne is a proud member of the community where she still lives and works to this day. She is the only Senator for South Australia based in a regional area.

Anne isa primary producer and an irrigator, producing commercial cut flowers and implementing irrigation efficiencies on her property that reduced water use by more than 60%. She is a passionate advocate for rural and regional communities and for a balanced approach to water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin. Her vision for the Murray-Darling is for it to become the world's best example of an environmentally healthy, sustainable river system supporting efficient irrigation industries and vibrant river communities.

The nursery industry faces significant change over the next four years and is presented with a range of opportunities to represent and advocate for the sector.

The greatest catalyst for recent change has been the transitioning of horticulture levy funded research and development corporation (RDC) Horticulture Australia (HAL) to Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited (HIA). The transition was prompted following a review of HAL with the establishment of HIA with a new constitution and statutory funding agreement with the Commonwealth Government.

Senator Ruston will be speaking to delegates on Tuesday morning and has been invited to join the conference Morning Tea. This is a great opportunity to share your views and hear first-hand the Governments position for our sector.

Early bird registration closes on 15 January 2016. You can register today online or download our program and registration brochure. More information is available at or you can contact us on (02) 8861 5100.