South Australian vegetable and potato growers now have better representation and a stronger voice in their home state, following the launch of AUSVEG SA. With a staffed office and full-time State Manager, AUSVEG SA has been established as a means of ensuring effective agri-political representation and links to national industry programs.
AUSVEG SA’s goals are to ramp up the advocacy effort on behalf of South Australian growers with state and local governments, to ensure they have proper representation on key issues, as well as effective dialogue into the R&D process.
South Australian-raised, Mr Jordan Brooke-Barnett, has been appointed as AUSVEG State Manager – South Australia and will be consulting widely with SA growers in coming weeks and months. He will be based at the AUSVEG SA office in Suite 205, 22 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000, but will also spend plenty of time in the field, listening to growers about the issues that matter to them.
Mr Brooke-Barnett will act as a key point of contact for growers within the state. A major part of the role will be to assess key priorities for representation and potential on-farm services to assist the industry.
Mr Brooke-Barnett will extend the strong model for advocacy on industry issues that AUSVEG has established at the national level to South Australian growers. AUSVEG has the goal of using its experience in effectively representing grower interests with government and the community to further the development of horticulture in the state.
The State Manager – South Australia role will involve delivery of the following services to AUSVEG SA Members:
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- Take up issues with local councils and South Australian government on behalf of AUSVEG SA Members.
- Access to all services and information provided by AUSVEG.
- Monthly AUSVEG South Australia newsletter.
- Advice available on export development including assistance with export readiness checklist.
- Work with potato growers to enhance communication with pack houses.
- Opportunities for young growers to participate in local networking events.
- Access to discounted AUSVEG Member rates to subscription events.
- Assistance in developing minor use permits.
- Access to economic data including economic and trade statistics specific to vegetables and potatoes.
- Assistance with nomination for recognition of business excellence through the AUSVEG National Awards for Excellence.
- Access to all of AUSVEG’s R&D data.
- Direct representation at Plant Health Australia forums regarding biosecurity issues.
Forms can be emailed or faxed to the AUSVEG SA State Manager – South Australia via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or faxed to (03) 9882 6722.
Industry issues and consultation
AUSVEG is keen to hear about the issues affecting South Australian growers as a means of determining the priorities for representation and service delivery in the state. Growers are encouraged to contact the AUSVEG South Australian representative at any time should they have any concerns, or if they would like to discuss some of the issues facing their operations.
Background on the South Australian representative
AUSVEG staff member Jordan Brooke-Barnett grew up in South East South Australia on a family merino farm and has a strong passion for agricultural issues in the state. Jordan has spent considerable time working with vegetable producers throughout Australia in his previous role managing the highly-successful EnviroVeg Program. Jordan has considerable experience working in the field of communications and marketing, and has qualifications in communications and a Master of Marketing. Passionate about issues facing regional Australia and with a strong track record of working with growers, Jordan is excited about opportunities to work with South Australian growers to meet industry challenges.
Keeping South Australian growers up to date with the latest R&D
Hannah McArdle, Industry Development Officer
Since beginning employment with AUSVEG SA in July 2016 Hannah has been busy keeping SA growers up to date with the latest R&D with workshops, farm visits, newsletter articles and fact sheets. Hannah completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Adelaide in 2015 with extra units in Horticultural Science completed at the University of New England.To hear more about Hannah’s position within the VegNET project at AUSVEG SA contact Hannah:
Ph: (08) 8221 5220
Mob: 0408 475 995
VegNET (National Vegetable Extension Network) is delivered locally in South Australia by AUSVEG SA through VG15045, funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the vegetable industry levy and funds from the Australian Government.
Office contact details
State Manager – South Australia
Mr Jordan Brooke-Barnett
22 Grenfell Street
Adelaide SA 5000
08 8221 5220
0404 772 308