17th July 2015

Re-Cap BFVG at 2015 National Horticulture Convention

Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers recently attended this year's National Horticulture Convention, Trade Show and Awards for Excellence at Jupiter's Casino (Gold Coast). The Carbon Farming Project, also at the Trade Show was represented by BFVG Extension Officer, Bree Grima.

There was a terrific number of visitors to the booth, with a business card drop to win, a Samsung Galaxy tablet or, The Earth Hour Cookbook (2nd Prize),the winners were thrilled to receive of their prizes.

A big thanks to Perfection Fresh Australia for donating Cherry Tomatoes, Kumatoes and Blueberries. We also had fantastic Strawberries on display.

BFVG Executive Officer Peter Hockings attended several meetings and discussions on Industry issues with a range of stakeholders. The discussions incorporated a number of topics including Country of Origin Labelling; the Code of Conduct; Labour Hire issues; Market Access; and developments to aid growers with efficiencies, productivity and pest management.

Not only did BFVG delegates network with many of the 1400+ attendees at the Convention, one of our local producers was a finalist in the 'Innovative Marketing' category at the 2015 National Horticulture Awards for Excellence. Many congratulations to Trent De Paoli from Austchilli on gaining industry recognition for your dedication and efforts.

Peter also represented BFVG members and the Wide Bay Burnett Horticultural Industry at the National Awards Gala Dinner. Peter says the atmosphere amongst the attendees and nominees was filled with anticipation on the outcome of the Awards. Independently reviewed, each nominee is assessed on set criteria for the following categories:

  • Grower of the Year
  • Young Grower of the Year
  • Industry Impact Award
  • Innovative  Marketing Award
  • Women in Horticulture Award
  • Researcher of the Year
  • Community Stewardship Award
  • Productivity Partner Award
  • Environmental Award
  • Rising Star of the Year

Whilst Trent did not receive the ultimate accolade, simply making the Finalists list was a display to the 1400+ delegates from across Australia that the Wide Bay Burnett is a hotspot of innovative and committed growers to sustained Horticulture production and development.

BFVG congratulates AUSVEG, APAL and all the Industry sponsors for delivering this year's successful convention.