Ad­vo­cate awarded

Strong in­dus­try voice hon­oured with award

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

MORE than a decade’s ded­i­ca­tion to ad­vo­cacy for the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try has been recog­nised with the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Na­tional Awards for Ex­cel­lence Women in Hor­ti­cul­ture Award.

Peak in­dus­try body for hor­ti­cul­ture, Grow­com, con­grat­u­lated Grow­com chief ad­vo­cate, Rachel Macken­zie who was awarded the top in­dus­try award at Hort Con­nec­tions 2018.

The Awards for Ex­cel­lence ac­knowl­edge the out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions of in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies within the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try.

Grow­com CEO David Thom­son said Ms Macken­zie had been a strong in­dus­try leader 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 Rachel’s hard work, ded­i­ca­tion and abil­ity to de­liver out­comes for the sec­tor.”

Rachel said she was thrilled to re­ceive the award, and that it was a priv­i­lege to work in such an im­por­tant sec­tor.

“Grow­ers do the hard work in our sec­tor,” she said.

“I have enor­mous re­spect for what they do, and it is a priv­i­lege that they are happy for me to be their voice.”

Rachel Macken­zie has been a strong ad­vo­cate for the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try and was a key voice in the fight against the back­packer tax. She has also been a driver of the Fair Farms Ini­tia­tive 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 fair em­ploy­ment prac­tices.

Rachel said she felt her role con­tin­ued to of­fer an im­por­tant ser­vice to the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try.

“My role as Grow­com’s chief ad­vo­cate comes with ex­pec­ta­tions from grow­ers that I will make their po­si­tion bet­ter,” she said.

“Suc­cess­ful projects like Reef Res­cue and the Fair Farms ini­tia­tive demon­strate that some­one in this role can make a dif­fer­ence on the ground.”

❝ Itisa priv­i­lege that they are happy for me to be their voice. — Rachel Macken­zie

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

IN­DUS­TRY ACCOLADE: Grow­com chief ad­vo­cate Rachel Macken­zie.

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