Honour for Growcom advocate
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.