NY00019 - Development of Retail Garden Centres in VIC

The role of Garden centre Development Officer was initially developed in Victoria as part of HRDC Project NY98001. This current project grew from the work done by the Industry Development Officer – Retail, as the position was then described. It has both witnessed and prompted great change in garden centre retailing in this state. It has also served as a model for the replication of the role of GCDO in all other states of the Commonwealth. In many respects the project has filled a void in industry development that has that had existed since the inception of commercial ornamental horticulture in this country. The provision of assistance to retail garden centres in respect to training, support and Technology Transfer has been viewed as addressing a number of long-standing deficiencies within the industry.