Congress count down on!

Banana growers from across Australia will descend on the Gold Coast in less than a month for the industry’s premier biennial event.

The 2019 Australian Banana Industry Congress will take place at Royal Pines Resort, from May 22-24.

The line-up includes world-class scientists, trade experts, business gurus and – of course – innovative growers.

“We’re putting banana growers front and centre at this year’s Congress,” said Congress Committee Chair and Far North Queensland grower Paul Inderbitzin.

“Not only have we developed a focussed, dynamic program of exciting speakers and networking opportunities – but we’ll also have some of our peers take the stage to share their valuable on-farm experience.”

The Grower Innovation panel and Farming with TR4 discussion will be highlights of Day Two, but there’s plenty to look forward to across the event, including:

·         Bernard Salt, well-known demographer and social commentator

·         Shane Webcke, footy legend and farm safety ambassador

·         Marc Jackson, Special Projects Manager at global banana business Fyffes

·         Dr Bruce Campbell, instrumental in saving New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry

“I’d encourage anyone involved in the banana industry to jump onto the Congress website to get a true sense of just how diverse and dynamic this year’s line-up is,” Mr Inderbitzin said.   

“We’re also delighted that comedian Dave Hughes will join us for the much-loved Banana Ball – the perfect way to conclude the event and celebrate those recognised with an Award of Honour.”

Program and registration details can be found at

Media wishing to attend the Banana Congress 2019 are kindly asked to contact Amy Spear or Sonia Campbell before May 18 to register interest.