Victorian growers have new representation providing a strong voice in their home state, following the launch of AUSVEG VIC. AUSVEG VIC has been established to ensure effective agri-political representation and links to national industry programs.
AUSVEG VIC is the new name for the Vegetable Growers Association of Victoria (VGA), and will build upon the work done by the VGA on behalf of Victorian vegetable growers since it was established in 1923.
Mr Kurt Hermann is the AUSVEG VIC Executive Officer and acts as a key point of contact for growers within the state.
The State Manager will work closely with the AUSVEG VIC Executive Committee - formerly known as the VGA Executive Committee with the same members - to assess key priorities for representation and potential on-farm services to assist the industry.
AUSVEG VIC will extend the strong model for advocacy on industry issues that AUSVEG has established at the national level to Victorian 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.
AUSVEG VIC will deliver the following services to AUSVEG VIC Members:
Click here to download an AUSVEG VIC application form
- Advocacy on behalf of AUSVEG VIC members with local councils and Victorian Parliamentary representatives.
- Access to all services and information provided by AUSVEG.
- Monthly AUSVEG VIC newsletter.
- Advice available on export development including assistance with export readiness checklist.
- Opportunities for young growers to participate in local networking events.
- Access to discounted AUSVEG Member rates to subscription events.
- Assistance in obtaining minor use permits which will develop maximum residue limits.
- Access to economic data including economic and trade statistics specific to growers.
- Assistance with nominations 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 AUSVEG VIC via firstname.lastname@example.org
or (03) 9882 6722.
Industry issues and consultation
AUSVEG VIC is keen to hear about the issues affecting Victorian growers as a means of determining the priorities for representation and service delivery in the state. Growers are encouraged to contact the State Manager 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 Victorian representative
Mr Kurt Hermann grew up in regional Victoria before moving to Melbourne to study Public Relations at RMIT.
Following his graduation, Mr Hermann worked for a number of award-winning Melbourne Public Relations agencies with a broad mix of clients including Sonos, hockingstuart, Citywide, Peninsula Health and Noodlebox.
Since joining AUSVEG as Design Team Coordinator in 2013, and his subsequent role as Assistant Manager – Industry Development, Mr Hermann has gained an in-depth understanding of the Australian vegetable and potato industries and the research and development advisory mechanisms instituted by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited.
Office contact details
State Manager – Victoria
Mr Kurt Hermann
PO Box 138
Level 2, 273 Camberwell Road
Camberwell, VIC, 3124
03 9882 0277
0437 037 613