CGA LEVY PAPER FOR INDUSTRY DISCUSSION

To the Australian Cherry Industry

The CGA Board over the past 12 months has been working with the State Association members and listening to growers to develop this discussion paper, please see attachment below.

The CGA Board has been delayed in the process due to:

·         the change over of Horticulture Australia Limited to Horticulture Innovation Australia and the ongoing use of levy funds;

·          the outcomes of the Senate Review on Levies that delivered its report at the end of June this year.

The discussion paper is for you to read and think about the future of the industry over the next 3-5 years and beyond.

The CGA office will be holding a National Directions Forum 2020 on 18 September in Melbourne, please  see notice  attached below and  series of workshops around the country leading to a final ballot paper being developed and approved by the CGA Board and then will go to a Formal Ballot in November.

The results from the poll will go into a final report to be sent to the Federal Minister of Agriculture by the end of 2015.

The review process will not affect the levies to be collected this financial year but any voted changes should be in place for the 2016/17 financial year.

Please give Simon Boughey, the CGA CEO a call or email him if you need anything clarified, his details are on page 13 of the Discussion Paper?