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Strategic Investment Planning process for the vegetable industry is almost complete

Comments have now closed for the vegetable Strategic Investment Plan. Hort Innovation is reviewing comments that have been submitted and will soon be in a position to publish the final SIP.

If you have any questions, you can call one of Hort Innovation’s vegetable Relationship Managers: Christian Patterson on 0433 896 753; Sam Turner on 0 418 164 717; or Brad Wells on 0 412 528 398.

Thank you to all the people who have contributed their time and ideas so far.

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.

The completed consultation events on the vegetable SIP are listed below.

Completed consultation workshops

Industry Location Timing
Vegetable Sydney, NSW February 25 and 26, 2016
Vegetable Ayr, QLD February 27, 2017
Vegetable Bowen, QLD February 28, 2017
Vegetable Bundaberg, QLD March 2, 2017
Vegetable Melbourne, VIC March 3, 2016
Vegetable Richmond, NSW March 6, 2017
Vegetable Werribee, VIC March 8, 2017
Vegetable Lindenow, VIC March 9, 2017
Vegetable Lockyer, QLD March 15, 2017
Vegetable Melbourne, VIC March 17, 2016
Vegetable Royal Pines, QLD June 24, 2016
Vegetable Royal Pines, QLD June 25, 2016
Vegetable Cranbourne, VIC October 17, 2016
Vegetable Swan Hill, VIC October 18, 2016
Vegetable North Adelaide, SA October 24, 2016
Vegetable Devonport, VIC October 27, 2016
Vegetable Hobart, TAS October 28, 2016
Vegetable Bathurst, NSW November 2, 2016
Vegetable Cowra, NSW November 4, 2016
Vegetable Katherine, NT November 7, 2016
Vegetable Coolalinga, NT November 8, 2016
Vegetable Carnarvon, WA November 11, 2016
Vegetable Wanneroo, WA November 14, 2016
Vegetable Manjimup, WA November 15, 2016
Vegetable Nyalup, WA November 16, 2016
Vegetable Sydney, NSW November 23, 2016
Vegetable Ipswich, QLD March 15 and 16, 2017
Vegetable Melbourne, VIC August 24, 2017
Vegetable Adelaide, SA May 17, 2017
Vegetable Perth, WA October 23, 2017


Strategic Investment Advisory Panel


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

Panel members: Vegetable – Market and Value Chain

Michael Coote AUSVEG VIC
Maureen Dobra Loose Leaf Lettuce Company WA
Kelvin Free Duralgai Horticultural VIC
Emma Germano Germano Produce VIC
Nick Macleod Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries QLD
Michael Nixon Riverlodge Assets WA
Jim Trandos Trandos Farms WA
Kees Versteeg RQualipac QLD
Michael Vorrasi DSA Produce SA

Independent Chair: Bob Granger

Panel members: Vegetable – Farm Productivity, Resource Use and Management

Bill Bulmer Bulmer Farms VIC
Andrew Craigie Craigie Brothers TAS
Ed Fagan Mulyan Farms NSW
Rob Hinrichsen Kalfresh QLD
Mike Keller University of Adelaide SA
Rachael Lancaster Environmental and Agricultural Testing Services WA
Jessica Lye AUSVEG VIC
Jeff McSpedden JW & FJ McSpedden NSW
Michael Radcliff Rhebanvale TAS
Sharron Windolf Windolf Farms QLD
Calum Wilson Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture TAS

Independent Chair: Bob Granger

Panel members: Vegetable – Consumer Alignment

Belinda Adams Coastal Hydroponics QLD
Leisa Carniel Mulgowie Farming QLD
Trent De Paoli AustChilli QLD
Russell McCrystal McCrystal Consultancy QLD
Jason McNeill Premium Fresh TAS
Greg Owens NT Farmers NT
Steven Roberts Rijk Zwaan VIC
Chris Schreurs Schreurs & Sons VIC
Scott Samwell Samwell and Sons SA
Jarrod Strauch AUSVEG VIC
Brock Sutton Sutton Farms QLD
Matt Zagami Avagrow Farms VIC

Independent Chair: Bob Granger

SIAP meetings and summaries

Meeting Number Date Location Summary

Financial statements and summaries of project expenditure


A wide range of resources for the vegetable industry are available at Hort Innovation’s resource centre. > Go to the resource centre


Contacts at Hort Innovation

Brad Wells
Relationship Manager

T T 02 8295 2327
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Christian Patterson
Relationship Manager

T T 0433 896 753
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Sam Turner
Relationship Manager

T T 03 9691 3526
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