Exciting News ………….
With the success of this year’s VCA conference, the Victorian Cherry Associations committee has decided to use the funds raised towards a formalised presentation of the health benefits of cherries.
The committee enlisted the help of Vikki Leng Enterprises along with Glenn Cardwell, an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietician, to produce the Victorian Cherry Health Report. What a great marketing tool for cherries especially with the season launch just around the corner!!!
You can download a copy of the report below and flyer below.......
MEDIA RELEASE - ACCC
ACCC report identifies competition and fair trading issues in horticulture and viticulture
27 October 2016
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report into the competition and fair trading issues facing the horticulture and viticulture industries has identified a number of areas of concern, particularly about the Horticulture Code of Conduct.
“The report, which follows a series of workshops held around regional Australia, reflects the views of growers and the broader industries. Despite the diversity of markets in horticulture and viticulture, there were a number of common concerns,” ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh said.
Key issues raised by stakeholders included:
- The ineffectiveness of the current Horticulture Code of Conduct.
- Concerns about late and non-payment of growers by wholesalers.
- A fear of raising complaints due to concerns about retribution.
- Uncertainty in contracting practices across both industries.
At the recent VCA AGM, discussions were held about the restructure of CGA and the current levy and as a result the following proposal was unanimously agreed upon and forwarded to CGA:
VICTORIAN CHERRY ASSOCIATION – CGA Restructure & Levy Proposal
MOTION: “The VCA proposes the following Option 3 for the restructure of CGA:
• CGA ceases
• Form a Company Limited by Guarantee
• Independent Chair person
• Board members selected on skill set
• All paying levy members are members of the new Company
• Board members positions become vacant after 1 year but can be re-nominated
• Voting entitlements of members is based on levy paid eg.
• <100 tonne = 1 vote
• 100-200 tonnes = 2 votes
• Capped at maximum of 10 votes per member
The VCA reject Option 1 and 2 previously offered.”
MOVED: T. Jones
Unanimous Vote of agreement by members.
MOTION: “The VCA proposes the following changes to the levy contribution:
Research and Development 3.8c
That the above is collected by Government and matched dollar for dollar.
That the voluntary collection value of 3c per kilo be a voluntary contribution to fund the new structure proposed by the VCA.
MOVED: T. Jones
SECONDED: A. Smith
Unanimous vote of agreement by members.
The. Hon. Scott Morrison MP
Better working holiday maker tax arrangements
The Turnbull Government recognises that working holiday makers are an important part of Australia’s $43.4 billion tourism industry and a key source of labour, particularly in the agriculture, horticulture, tourism and hospitality sectors. We also recognise, as do stakeholders, that working holiday makers should pay fair tax on their earnings.
At the 2016 election the government committed to review the tax arrangements for working holiday makers by the end of the year.
Today Cabinet has approved the following changes:
From 1 January 2017 the Government will set the tax rate applying to working holiday makers at 19 per cent on earnings up to $37,000, rather than the 32.5 per cent announced in the 2015-2016 Budget, with ordinary marginal tax rates applying after that. The Government will also reduce the application charge for working holiday maker visas by $50 to $390. These changes will lower the cost of coming to Australia for working holiday makers and leave them with more money in their pockets to spend while here.
Anyone with an interest in the Cherry or Horticulture Industry is welcome to attend and don’t forget to bring your families, staff, agents and suppliers or anyone who may also be interested in the topics to be discussed. Please view the attached Agenda to see the excellent line up of speakers we have. Friday night will be our Annual Gala Dinner which is always a fun evening with excellent opportunities for networking!
Where: The Hotel Canobolas, Orange NSW
When: Friday 21st October 2016 (Conference and Gala Dinner)
Saturday the 22nd October 2016 (Brunch and Orchard and Shed Tours at Caernarvon Cherry Co)
Registrations close: Friday 7th October 2016
Please see attached Agenda and Registration Forms for further information.
The NSW Cherry Growers Association looks forward to seeing you there!