They are often the unseen, forgotten faces who play a fundamental role in driving the Australian horticulture industry. Whether hidden behind the scenes or leading their peers in the limelight, today’s women in horticulture are definitely a vital part of the industry. 

The 2013 AUSVEG Women in Horticulture event, to be held as part of the National Convention, Trade Show and Awards for Excellence from 30 May – 1 June, will celebrate with an afternoon of luxury and class on the Gold Coast Broadwater.

“In what will be the event’s highlight, South Australian Senator, Anne Ruston, with her background in horticulture and a passion for rural and regional affairs, will deliver an inspiring keynote address to attendees,” said AUSVEG Public Affairs Manager, William Churchill.

AUSVEG is the National Peak Industry Body representing Australia’s 9,000 vegetable and potato growers.

“Together, the Women in Horticulture event and National Awards for Excellence will bring together some of the brightest female achievers in the vegetable and potato industry from across the country to recognise this,” said Mr Churchill.

Proudly sponsored by AUSVEG Strategic Partner Steritech, attendees will also be treated to an address from leading Victorian vegetable grower and 2012 Women in Horticulture Award winner, Tina Lamattina.

“Tina Lamattina will return in 2013 to deliver a message of encouragement and inspiration to female delegates on the Gold Coast,” said Mr Churchill.

The Women in Horticulture Award, to be presented at the National Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner on Saturday 1 June, is one of the industry’s most prestigious and sought-after awards.

“After the great success of last year’s Women in Horticulture celebrations, which included a visit to Hobart’s progressive Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), 2013 is set to be bigger than ever,” said Mr Churchill.

Last year’s keynote speaker, Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne, delivered a special address at MONA that deeply resonated with all attendees.

“These are the wives, daughters and sisters who not only hold together our industry, but often are involved in running the family’s entire business, from paddock to office,” said Mr Churchll.

To attend the Women in Horticulture event, or any of the other events planned at the 2013 AUSVEG National Convention, Trade Show and Awards for Excellence, please register online at or contact AUSVEG on (03) 9822 0388.


MEDIA CONTACT: William Churchill, Public Affairs and Communications Manager, AUSVEG
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