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Recently completed R&D projects

Read about some of the recently completed projects for the nursery industry.
If you would like to order a Final Report, please note the project code and make you order using the Final Report order form.

202020 Vision: Goods Line monitoring and evaluation research

Project Code: NY13024

Status: Completed project

Read more at Hortlink Spring

The Goods Line is an old Sydney railway line that has been redeveloped as a social and interactive area with strong green-space components. This project sought to showcase the benefits of ‘urban greening’ by exploring the social and environmental benefits emerging from the redevelopment – and the extent to which they were related specifically to the increase in green space.

Full details can be found in the project’s final report, which is available to order at Hort Innovation’s Final Report order form  (final reports are free to Australian horticulture levy payers, registered Hort Innovation members and industry representative bodies).

New and ongoing R&D projects

Read about some of the new and ongoing projects for the nursery industry. The latest updates for these can be found at Hortlink Spring.

Evaluation of nursery tree stock balance parameters

Project Code: NY15001

Status: Ongoing project

Read more at Hortlink Spring


Ensuring out-planted nursery trees have a high potential survival rate requires a balanced root and shoot system prior to dispatch. This project is investigating how species differences and climatic conditions in different production regions can affect this balance in tree stock.

By bringing together existing knowledge on root to shoot balance and quantifying this balance in tree stock across the country, the project aims to develop metrics for the industry to use in assessing the quality of tree stock for landscape planting. It is anticipated that the tree stock balance data will also be used to inform a revision of the current Australian Standard for tree stock for landscape use.

Building the resilience and on-farm biosecurity capacity of the Australian production nursery industry
National nursery industry biosecurity program
Communication program for the Australian nursery industry 2015-18
Other R&D projects of note

Current marketing activity

Information on current marketing activity can be found on the nursery page at Hortlink Spring.

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Strategic Investment Planning process for the nursery industry is almost complete



If you would like to submit comments, please view the draft and then use the comment form. You have until Friday, March 10, 2017 to get in any final feedback.

If you'd rather speak to a real person, you can ring Hort Innovation's nursery Relationship Manager, John Vatikiotis on 0429 022 637.

Thank you to all the growers who have contributed their time and their ideas so far. If you haven't had a chance to get involved yet, then now's the time!

Your industry Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) lays the foundation for decision making in levy investments and represents a balanced view of stakeholders in your industry. If you’d like to read more about the SIP process, visit the SIP Portal.

See below for the completed consultation events and agendas on the nursery SIP.

Completed consultation workshops

Industry Location Timing
Nursery Sydney, NSW May 5, 2016
Nursery Sydney, NSW May 6, 2016
Nursery Sydney, NSW June 21, 2016

Strategic Investment Advisory Panel


The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the nursery industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the media release and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Panel members

Name Organisation Location

SIAP meetings and summaries

Meeting Number Date Location Summary

Find details on the Strategic Investment Plan at the bottom of this page.

Financial statements and summaries of project expenditure

Resources and downloads


Contacts at Hort Innovation

John Vatikiotis
Relationship Manager Lead

T 02 8295 2384
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Craig Perring
Marketing Manager

T 02 8295 2342
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Industry representative body: Nursery and Garden Industry Australia Limited

PO Box 7129
Baulkham Hills BC, NSW 2153
T 02 8861 5100
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