Growers’ e-bulletin – 18 January, 2023

Growers’ e-bulletin – 18 January, 2023



The Champion Banana 
TR4 board meetings
ABGC seeking Extension Officer
Future Farming Award nominations open
Banana Congress 2023


The Champion Banana

Australian Bananas go Back to School with Jana Pittman

It’s tough to get back into routine after the holiday season – whether it’s for school or work! While many growers will have worked throughout January, research shows 80 per cent of Aussies think they need ‘more energy’ at the start of the year.  

That’s why Australian Bananas has launched The Champion Banana public relations and social media campaign, with a focus on providing healthy fuel for Back-to-School. 

Olympic legend Jana Pitman is leading the charge, taking on her biggest challenge yet: a day (back) in primary school. Jana appeared on Sunrise this morning, which was a breakfast tv exclusive on Australia’s number one breakfast show, to share her experience and the benefits of bananas: check it out here!

Find out how Jana’s day at school went in the video below, which was also shared with media as part of the public relations media outreach to secure coverage of banana key messages:

The campaign has already achieved significant coverage (33 pieces of coverage, resulting in an estimated reach of 22.9m+ as at midday 18/1), including featuring on


TR4 board meetings ahead of industry transition

The transition of the delivery of the TR4 Program from the Queensland Government to the ABGC is gaining significant momentum as we start 2023. The ABGC will have full responsibility for the running of the program from 30 June 2023.

The TR4 Board, made up of government and industry representatives, will meet several times over the next few months to continue to address issues to ensure that a smooth hand over occurs.  The next meeting is Monday 23 January.

The industry representatives on the Board are Leon Collins (ABGC Director and Tully grower), Adrian Crema (Tully grower) and Leanne Erakovic (CEO, ABGC). If you have any questions or issues that you would like raised at this TR4 Board meeting please contact Leon, Adrian or Leanne who can act on your behalf.  The best number to call is the ABGC office on 07 3278 4786.


ABGC seeking Extension Officer


The Australian Banana Growers’ Council currently looking for a Far North Queensland-based Extension Officer.

If you are looking for a job that enables change in the agricultural sector, through working with banana growers to encourage and support voluntary change that improves both farming sustainability and long-term profitability, then this job might be the one for you!

The position is located at South Johnstone. Details and how to apply: click here



Future Farming Award Nominations NOW OPEN!

Do you know a banana grower who has made changes to the way they manage their farm for the benefit of the environment?

The Future Farming Award (presented at Congress) recognises a banana grower who runs a productive operation whilst showing a desire to contribute to the long-term improvement of farm management practices for the benefit of the environment and water quality. The grower demonstrates commitment and innovation, and has a willingness to share information with the industry.

Growers managing farms of all sizes are invited for nomination and the winner can use this accolade to boost the marketing of their product.

You can nominate a grower here via a simple online form.

If you would like to submit a nomination over the phone, contact ABGC’s Best Practice Extension Officer Kathryn Dryden on 0447 000 203.

Nominations close on 17th March 2023 with a winner selected by the ABGC Board based on responses to the questions in the form.



Banana Congress 2023

Congress discount for ABGC members

We’re delighted to offer you a discount on your Congress registration, but you’ll need your unique Grower Member code to access it. If you’ve forgotten or misplaced yours, never fear! You’ll soon receive an email reminding you of your code.

By using your unique code, and taking advantage of the early bird discount, you could save up to $220 on a full priced ticket. If you don’t receive your email, or want more information on the process, please contact

2023 Banana Congress supporters



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