CEO Update September 2019

Last week I provided an overview of key activities for both Greenlife Industry Australia and Nursery & Garden Industry Australia. As a reminder we have the following key activities coming up:

  • 2 October – NGIA Board meeting to review the Annual Report for 2018/19 and prepare for the AGM on 30 October.
  • 2 October – Director Nomination Committee meets to review Greenlife Industry Australia director applications.
  • 8 October – Greenlife Industry Australia Board Meeting and will be joined newly appointed directors.
  • 29 & 30 October – Greenlife Industry Australia Strategic Plan Workshop – invitations will be followed up this week and Expressions of Interest to participate have now closed. Successful applicants will be contacted shortly.
  • 30 October – Annual General Meeting for Nursery & Garden Industry Australia. The meeting details will be circulated shortly.

Recognition of Greenlife Industry Australia
Plant Health Australia has approved Greenlife Industry Australia as the replacement Member, for NGIA. The process for the amendment as signatory to the EPPRD will be conducted at to the meeting of Signatories on 11 November. We will provide an update on the outcome in November.

Earlier this month, the General Meeting of AIPH members held in China approved Greenlife Industry Australia to be the replacement member for NGIA, as the Australian member of AIPH.

Healthy Plants Healthy People National Conference
Greenlife Industry Australia's inaugural national conference is being held 3-5 March 2020 in Perth, Western Australia.

As part of conference activities, the UN International Year of Plant Health will feature heavily in the program theme and it will also feature industry tours, opportunities for networking and of course, celebration.
Early bird registration opens online in October. Sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are available and if you are interested in finding our more about the available packages, please contact Neville Sloss on or download the Opportunities at a Glace here.

Farewell to Chris O’Connor
After 8 years with the Association, tomorrow we farewell Chris O’Connor as he embarks on his new role with Macquarie University. We appreciate the contribution Chris has made to our industry and wish him all the best. The recruitment process for Chris’ replacement will commence shortly.

NGINA Trade Day & Plant Life Balance event
This month Karen Brock, President and I attended the NSW Trade Day event and Plant Life Balance (PLB) dinner. While the weather as the trade day was inclement, the torrential was very welcome and did not dampen trading. There was a great atmosphere and it was fantastic to catch up with NSW Members and several NGINA Directors.

Around 80 people attended the Plant Life Balance dinner where Ben Peacock of Republic of Everyone outlined the plan for the marketing program post 2020, focusing on Greener Spaces Better Places.

This month Karen will be visiting Western Australia and I have plans to be in Canberra for the middle of October. Please make contact if you would like to arrange a meeting.
Lastly, all the Greenlife Industry Australia and NGIA directors will be in Melbourne for the Strategic Plan workshop at the end of October.

As usual, if you have any questions comments or concerns with our activities, please contact me at