Horticultural producers on the Granite Belt have come together to establish the industry’s newest association – the Granite Belt Growers Association (GBGA).
Eager to be represented in issues and discussions that affect them, the local industry formed the association to be on the front foot when it comes to publicity and policy change.
The inaugural AGM was held in late November in Stanthorpe, where the group voted to incorporate and accept the model rules for the association.
Stanthorpe grower Angus Ferrier was appointed president of the association and is strongly committed to representing the interests of its members as a unified voice for horticulture growers in the region.
As the peak representative body for Queensland horticulture, Growcom welcomes the formation of the association and anticipates a positive working relationship well into the future.
"We are particularly excited to invite the GBGA to be a member of the Queensland Horticulture Council and look forward to building a mutually beneficial relationship with its representatives and members", Growcom CEO David Thomson said.
"As it stands, the GBGA intends to provide influential leadership on behalf of its members and developing strategic ideas to improve horticulture in the Granite Belt.
"The association’s formation comes after an overwhelming response from the local community to establish an association that represents horticulture in the region, providing a voice for producers with a strong community focus and a social network for support."
The GBGA’s key objectives include educating growers on changes and new technologies in the marketplace, providing them with advice on current issues, undertaking group marketing and promotion, and helping maintain a positive public perception of the horticulture industry.
Representing the GBGA are:
- Angus Ferrier – president
- Nathan Baronio – vice-president
- David Andreatta – treasurer
- Deon Kirstein – secretary
- Chris Wren
- Daniel Nicoletti
- John Patane
- Stephen Tancred
- Trent Vedalago