Hon­our for Grow­com ad­vo­cate

Gatton Star - - LIFE INTO RURAL -

GROW­COM chief ad­vo­cate Rachel Macken­zie took out the Na­tional Awards for Ex­cel­lence Women in Hor­ti­cul­ture Award last week at the Hort Con­nec­tions 2018 Gala Din­ner in Brisbane.

The Awards for Ex­cel­lence ac­knowl­edge and recog­nise the out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions within the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try.

Grow­com chief ex­ec­u­tive David Thom­son said Ms Macken­zie has been a strong leader within the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try for more than 12 years.

“Rachel’s diplo­matic ap­proach to chal­leng­ing and in­flu­enc­ing pol­icy – at a state and fed­eral level – is a key con­trib­u­tor to the strong rep­u­ta­tion Grow­com holds within the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try,” Mr Thom­son said.

“She is a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate and her ded­i­ca­tion is un­ri­valled.

“This award is an ac­knowl­edge­ment of all of Rachel’s hard work, ded­i­ca­tion and abil­ity to de­liver out­comes for the sec­tor.”

Ms Macken­zie has been a strong ad­vo­cate for the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try, was a key voice in the fight against the back­packer tax and was in­flu­en­tial in lob­by­ing for the ini­tial Reef Res­cue fund­ing.

She is com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing ev­i­dence-based pol­icy for the Queens­land hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tor, with par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in biose­cu­rity, com­pe­ti­tion and con­sumer is­sues and pro­mot­ing fair em­ploy­ment prac­tices.

Grow­com con­grat­u­lated all nom­i­nees, in­clud­ing Grow­com mem­bers Frank and Dianne Sci­acca from Pa­cific Coast Pro­duce in In­n­is­fail, who were awarded the En­vi­ron­men­tal Award for their com­mit­ment to im­ple­ment­ing sus­tain­able farm­ing prac­tices on-farm.

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