Pledge to work harder

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News - PAT HAN­NAN Grow­com CEO

❝We

are call­ing on the new gov­ern­ment to de­velop a sci­en­tif­i­cally sup­ported ap­proach to veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment... — Pat Han­nan

AT THE time of writ­ing, it seems all but certain the ALP will be re-elected on a wafer thin ma­jor­ity.

If this is the case, we would like to con­grat­u­late Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk and her team.

We look for­ward to work­ing with them over the next parliamentary term.

A key is­sue for our sec­tor is the ap­point­ment of a new Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter who will be a strong voice for agri­cul­ture in Cabi­net.

Un­for­tu­nately, en­gage­ment with the Min­is­ter’s of­fice in the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries proved dif­fi­cult in the last term for a range of rea­sons and we are keen to re­build a stronger relationship with the new min­is­ter.

Hor­ti­cul­ture is an im­por­tant eco­nomic gen­er­a­tor within our state and we would like greater recog­ni­tion of the sig­nif­i­cance of our sec­tor and a will­ing­ness to work to­gether to en­able it to reach its full po­ten­tial.

Grow­com strives to de­velop ev­i­dence-based policy po­si­tions that will as­sist our in­dus­try to be sus­tain­able and prof­itable.

We pride our­selves on our link with our grow­ers through joint-ini­tia­tives such as the Queens­land Hor­ti­cul­ture Coun­cil and we urge the new gov­ern­ment to work closely with this group.

The best man­age­ment prac­tice (BMP) frame­work de­vel­oped by in­dus­try is a use­ful mech­a­nism to de­liver prac­tice change across the board, and we ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port pro­vided by suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments of all po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sions.

Grow­com is keen to work with the new gov­ern­ment to fos­ter this vol­un­tary ap­proach rather than head­ing to­wards costly, in­flex­i­ble reg­u­la­tory regimes.

In par­tic­u­lar, we are call­ing on the new gov­ern­ment to de­velop a sci­en­tif­i­cally sup­ported ap­proach to veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment based on risk and clearly de­fined policy ob­jec­tives.

As has been raised in pre­vi­ous col­umns, we call for ur­gent in­vest­ment in plant based biose­cu­rity, par­tic­u­larly in the high level sci­en­tific ex­per­tise re­quired to re­spond to im­port risk as­sess­ments and risk man­age­ment.

We look for­ward to con­tin­ued en­gage­ment with the gov­ern­ment in re­la­tion to the reg­u­la­tions un­der­pin­ning the new labour hire li­cens­ing scheme to en­sure they are fit for pur­pose and ap­pro­pri­ately tar­geted.

ELEC­TION: Grow­com is hop­ing en­gage­ment be­tween the Queens­land agri­cul­tural min­is­ter and grower groups will in­crease.

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