AUSVEG, in conjunction with Horticulture Australia (HAL), is once again hosting a series of free annual Vegetable Levy Payers’ Meetings around the country, this year to commence on Monday 4 March in Bowen, Queensland.

“This is an opportunity for vegetable growers and industry members to meet their Peak Industry Body and Horticulture Australia to see how the National Vegetable Levy is being invested,” said AUSVEG Spokesperson, Hugh Gurney.

AUSVEG is the National Peak Industry Body representing Australia’s 7,000 vegetable growers.

The first Levy Payers’ Meeting for 2013 will be held at the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) facility in Bowen from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Refreshments and food will be provided to attendees free of charge.

The meeting will offer the unique opportunity to learn about cutting edge developments in levy-funded vegetable Research and Development (R&D) from leading researchers in the field.

“Peter Leach of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Queensland (DAFFQ) will provide levy payers with an update on recent R&D in horticulture, in what is surely to be an informative and valuable presentation,” said Mr Gurney.

AUSVEG encourages levy payers from all walks of life to register their attendance to the Bowen meeting.

“Vegetable Levy Payers’ Meetings have proven year after year to be a popular forum for the discussion of various issues vital to the vegetable industry and to see how the National Vegetable Levy is being invested.”

“The feedback we receive is always positive – growers truly benefit from the updates AUSVEG and HAL provide them with and the opportunity to meet other growers to discuss the state of the industry,” said Mr Gurney.

To RSVP to the Bowen Levy Payers’ Meeting on Monday 4 March, please contact AUSVEG on (03) 9822 0388, or e-mail with your full name and contact details.

This project has been funded by HAL using the National Vegetable Levy and matched funds from the Australian Government.

MEDIA CONTACT: Hugh Gurney – Spokesperson, AUSVEG Phone: (03) 9822 0388, Mobile: 0410 047 432, Email: