Hor­ti­cul­ture code gets ap­proval

South Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

PEAK hor­ti­cul­ture group Grow­com wel­comed the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment re­sponse to the in­de­pen­dent re­view of the Hor­ti­cul­ture Code of Con­duct from 2015.

Chief ad­vo­cate Rachel Macken­zie said the gov­ern­ment re­sponse pro­posed a range of re­forms to en­hance trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity in trans­ac­tions be­tween grow­ers and whole­salers while at the same time en­abling more flex­i­bil­ity in in­di­vid­ual trans­ac­tions.

“Grow­com was heav­ily in­volved in con­sul­ta­tions and dis­cus­sions re­lat­ing to the new Hor­ti­cul­ture Code of Con­duct,” Ms Macken­zie said.

“As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources Sen­a­tor Anne Rus­ton should be com­mended for her ef­forts in work­ing with a range of stake­hold­ers to de­velop a more work­able code.

“Grow­com was very pleased that gov­ern­ment has sup­ported rec­om­men­da­tions made by the re­view to in­clude civil penal­ties and in­fringe­ment no­tices.”

She said the move would give the ACCC more power to deal with breaches to the code.

She said Grow­com had yet to see the amended code and there were de­tails still to be worked on, but over­all the group be­lieved the re­forms to be sen­si­ble and bal­anced.

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