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New Appointments to help lead the Avocado Industry
$10,000 cash prize for Horticulturalist of the Year
Tuesday, 30 July 2013


Nominations are now open for one of the most prestigious awards in the horticultural sector - the Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) Graham Gregory award which carries a $10,000 cash prize.

The cross-sector award is open to any professional that has demonstrated excellence in horticulture from any point in the supply chain including R&D, education, training, advertising or promotion and technology transfer.

Last year's winner, Richard Llewellyn, Managing Director of BioResources was nominated by Macadamia Australia for his work in mass rearing and supply of MacTrix wasps for control of nutborer, a major pest in macadamias and lychees. The award money has enabled Richard to undertake a number of work-related trips, including a visit to China where he met with fellow insect breeders who are rearing a similar species of wash on silkworm eggs.

"I was really surprised to win the award, particularly given that I work in a fairly unconventional area of horticulture," Richard said.

The HAL Awards are also designed to support future generations of horticulturists with two award categories designed specifically to encourage innovation, leadership and professional development.

The Young Leader Award, which is open to all professionals aged 35 and under, recognises and encouraged leadership in any horticultural discipline.

The Kendle Wilkinson Award, open to anyone who has completed a Masters or PhD in horticulture or agriculture in the past five years, is designed to bridge the gap between science and best-farm practice.

Winners of both the Young Leader and Kendle Wilkinson Award receive a special plaque and are given the opportunity to travel to Sydney for the award ceremony.

"Horticulture is one of Australia's most important industries with a GVP of $8.6 billion in the past financial year," said HAL CEO John Lloyd.

"Given the significance of the industry to the Australian economy, it's important to give recognition to the hard-working professionals behind the scene and reward the forward-thinking leaders of our industry.

"Their achievements, whether spanning a few years or a lifetime, are contributions that positively impact horticulture for all of us."

Nominations for all three awards close on 20 September 2013. Click here for more information and to download nomination forms, or phone 02 8295 2300.

For media enquiries, please contact Len Joynson at or phone 02 8295 2319 or Sharyn Casey at or phone 02 8295 2379.

Horticulture Australia Limited’s (HAL) Avocado Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) has received a major boost of expertise with the appointment of five new members.
The new Members of the IAC have excellent credentials in avocado production, research and development, supply chain and marketing and were chosen following an extensive national search
The new members are Western Australian grower Wayne Franceschi; supply chain and export specialist Anthony Walsh; DAFFQ extension horticulturist Simon Newett; northern New South Wales grower Jack Archer; and tri-state grower and Director of Avocados Australia Limited (AAL) Barry Avery.  They bring specific expertise in the areas of research, extension, agribusiness, avocado growing, export and supply chain. 
HAL has also appointed Ms Christine Hawkins as the new Independent Officer on the Avocado IAC. Among a broad range of professional skills, Christine also brings extensive governance expertise to the committee, particularly in regard to procurement and risk management.
The new IAC members join existing committee members: Avocado Australia Limited (AAL) Chairman and North Queensland grower Jim Kochi; Southern Queensland grower Darryl Boardman; Central Queensland growers Lachlan Donovan and John Walsh – all of whom are current directors of AAL; and the IAC Chair Bob Granger.
Stepping down to make way for the new members are Russell Delroy, Peter Annand, Tom Silver, Chris Nelson and Nick Hobbs.
The Avocado IAC is tasked with the development and oversight of the delivery the five year Strategic Investment Plan for avocado R&D and marketing levies that are managed by Horticulture Australia.
Media Contact: For more information, please contact Mr Len Joynson. Tel (02) 5023 6333
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