Growers’ e-bulletin – April 23, 2021

oin us in celebrating National Banana Day on May 1

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April 23, 2021


National Banana Day – May 1
Worker shortage update
Notes from the TR4 Management Board
Bananas a hit at Feast of the Senses
Entrepreneurs’ Programme 
Thanks to our Congress sponsors


National Banana Day – May 1

Let’s Get Moving! It’s National Banana Day on May 1 and to celebrate Australia’s favourite snack, we want you to get moving with us! 

Australian Bananas will be creating a day of national celebration featuring some of our amazing brand ambassadors. 

  • TV nutritionist, Susie Burrell sharing media tips and fantastic recipes to get consumers moving, 
  • Top surfer, Laura Enever will be helping us find Australia’s best banana workout and offering a chance to win a surf clinic with her and;
  • Billy Slater will be hosting a banana themed workout on May 1st to help people get moving on the day

We have the whole supply chain participating with promotions, activities and shopper experiences with a shedload of banana merchandise too.

You could get involved with a local event, dust off those runners or even dance the night away with a friend. To get involved and be featured use the hashtag #nationalbananaday2021 on Facebook or Instagram. So join us and the rest of Australia for a great energy-filled day.

Growers – the ABGC is also keen to once again flood social media with your fantastic banana videos and photos. If you can’t use the hashtag, feel free to text straight to 0439 005 946.


Worker shortage update

By the numbers

The latest total number of workers recruited under both the Seasonal Workers Program and the Pacific Labour Scheme exceeds 1300. A further 1100 are expected to arrive in Queensland before the end of June. The ABGC has requested information as to how many of these workers will enter the banana industry.

Guidelines now approved for regional quarantine facilities

The Queensland Government will now consider proposals for regional quarantine facilities, designed to accommodate larger numbers of workers.

Arrangements for these facilities would be similar to on-farm quarantine arrangements, in that an International Quarantine Plan must be approved by Queensland’s Chief Health Officer. However, workers will remain at the facility and participate in training and organised activities rather than working on a farm.

An approved employer who is interested in operating a regional facility should read the regional quarantine facility guidelines and contact DAF to discuss making an application for arrangements at the facility. Guidelines for regional quarantine facilities are available here

Prospective applicants for regional facilities are encouraged to seek a pre-lodgement meeting with QDAF via

The ABGC continues to advocate for more places to be made available in hotel quarantine.


Panama TR4 Program Management Board  – Latest Update

The Panama TR4 Program Management Board met recently. A summary is available here. 


Bananas a hit at Feast of the Senses

A huge day for Cassowary Coast banana growers, with crowds again flocking to the banana tent at Feast of the Senses.

The Innisfail event attracted thousands of people, with the Australian Bananas stand raising more than $1600 for local charities.

The ‘Guess the Weight of the Bunch’ competition was won by Azalia Butler, who took home a $100 voucher to Roscoes (who kindly donated half).

Organisers gave a massive thank you to the community for their support and to the volunteers who gave up their time to man the tent.


Entrepreneurs’ Programme

AusIndustry personnel will be visiting the Tablelands on May 7 to meet with food producers who participate in some value adding activity, or plan to in the near future.

It’s part of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme, which aims to connect businesses with advice and support to grow.  The Growth Roadmap service helps those who are looking to improve their capability to trade and enter new markets in Australia and internationally. Businesses involved will get a broad review of their strategy and operations, an action plan, and mentorship from a facilitator for up to one year (fully subsidised by the government).  Businesses can also access a matched Business Growth Grant of up to $20,000 to action recommendations from the plan.  

For more information, email


Thank you to our Congress sponsors!



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