VCA e-newsletter


Please see attached the media release sent out today from HAL indicating a key change to occur to the organisation from being Member based to grower based.

This will take about 12 – 15 months to transition too.  Further information will be forthcoming on what this will mean for Peak Industry Bodies like CGA .

A range of other recommendations from the ACIL ALLEN  review will be worked on by the members of HAL over the next 6 months and a full transition plan will be put in place.


Cherry Growers Australia, Horticulture Australia Limited and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture are working together using levy funded project to run some workshops on Little Cherry Virus 2 in Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria and New south Wales. A world expert on LCV2:

Dr Kenneth C. Eastwell, Plant Pathologist / Director, Clean Plant Center Northwest College of Agricultural Human and Natural Resource Sciences Washington State University IAREC, Prosser, is travelling from the USA from 20 May to 2 June 2014 to present at the Fruit Growers Tasmania conference from 22 to 25 May and take part in workshops in other States A workshop will be held in the Yarra Valley at Landmark George St, Wandin Nrth on 29 May 2014 from 10 am - 2.00 pm

See below to download the Workshop Flyer.

See below to download the Media Release from Agricultural Minister, The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, re the 2014-15 Budget.


Please look at the HAL Review, not necessarily all 315 pages but the Recommendation and the Executive Summary.
The Federal Minister is very supportive of the Review and its recs and  HAL board and its 43 members have 3 months to comment and look to a way forward.
Any feedback would be good,  as the CGA board will be discussing this on its meeting on 2 June as it could have implications for CGA  operations and also other commodity bodies in the temperate fruit industry into the future.


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