AU: Growers have their say at National Issues Forum

Industry delivered a clear list of priorities for Citrus Australia at this week’s Citrus Australia National Issues Forum in Melbourne. During the course of two days, growers, exporters and packers had their voices heard on issues as diverse as market access, quality standards and biosecurity.

Citrus Australia Chair Tania Chapman says the Forum was a very different format to the typical citrus conference, but that it had paid off. “Forum participants have given us a clear list of priorities to go away with.”

Moree citrus grower Dick Estens, who was appointed a Director at the Citrus Australia annual general meeting on Monday, says growers have a role to play in building a strong, healthy, internationally competitive citrus industry. “You’ve got to have strong regional representation and you have to have plenty of ideas coming from individual members.”

He says an open mind and an ability to adapt to change are crucial, as is speaking positively about the industry, which is now performing strongly. “A big thing going forward for the citrus industry has to be promoting itself as a success.”

West Australian citrus grower – and now Citrus Australia Director – Shane Kay is looking forward to doing his part for the industry. “I’ve been involved in the citrus industry for more than 20 years and my family has been involved for three generations. It’s good to be part of a group that’s involved in making a difference to the future of Australia’s citrus industry.”

Tania welcomed Dick and Shane, and paid tribute to outgoing Directors Kevin Cock and Greg McMahon. “Kevin and Greg have contributed to the success of our industry and its national peak body. We wish them the very best for the future. We are delighted to have Dick and Shane join us. Dick will bring an extra focus on juice, while Shane brings with him a West Australian perspective. Both are well-placed to help take our industry forward.”

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