Banana Scientific Symposium
The banana industry’s best and brightest working behind the scenes gathered in Cairns recently for the Banana Scientific Symposium.
Almost 30 speakers addressed representatives from government, universities and industry on topics ranging from soil and varieties to Panama TR4.
The event was held in Cairns from November 27-28 and organised by Queensland DAF.
Hort Innovation AGM
Voting members of Hort Innovation elected three new board directors at their recent Annual General Meeting. This increased its board’s female representation to four out of nine directors, including newly elected director, Julie Bird. Susan Finger and Stephen Lynch were re-elected to serve another term. The current chair, Mr Selwyn Snell, was reappointed to serve another term at a subsequent board meeting.
The other notable outcome of the AGM was that a Special Resolution seeking to allow Industry Representative Bodies to become eligible voting members of Hort Innovation was not passed. It narrowly failed to receive the required 75% of votes in favour.
Plant Health Australia meetings
Michelle McKinlay, Industry Strategy Manager, recently represented the banana industry at a number of meetings convened by Plant Health Australia (PHA), of which ABGC is a member.
· A decision to review a number of provisions of the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD). These include the definition of roles and responsibilities that are part of each party’s “normal commitment” to an emergency response and confidentiality arrangements that apply to communications during an emergency response.
· Discussion about the possibility of a national property identification code for plant industries (similar to what currently exists in animal industries). PHA will convene working groups to consider changes to the current provisions and report back to members in May 2019. For more information please contact Michelle McKinlay on 07 32784786.