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Heffernan accuses Feds
FARMERS and consumers are
the potential losers under a
"clandestine and non-transpar-
ent" re-writing of the Biosecurity
Act by the Federal Government,
according to New South Wales
Senator and farmer Bill Heffernan.
As deputy chairman of the Senate
Standing Committee on Rural and
Regional Affairs and Transport, he
visited Murray Bridge recently and
toured Adelaide Mushrooms'
Monarto complex with candidate
for Barker Tony Pasin and members
of the Liberal Party's Rural and
He says the Coalition will be call-
ing for a briefing of the changes to
the act in the next Senate sitting
because of fears "that the changes
being made are designed to make
free trade agreements more free ...
moving away from precautionary
measures and risk management
"I suspect the government may
bow to pressure from other coun-
tries to relax our biosecurity laws,
but the more you apply precaution-
ary practices, the safer you are as a
country," Sen Heffernan said.
"We only need look at the recent
Doug Schirripa in his $50-million Adelaide Mushrooms facility at
Monarto with Sen Heffernan (third from left), candidate for Barker
Tony Pasin (middle), shadow agriculture minister Adrian Pederick
(right), and members of the Liberal Party's Rural and Regional
THE potential for the spread of pests and diseases that could devastate
South Australia's horticulture sector were hammered home by Senator Bill
Heffernan on a visit to Murray Bridge last month. LIZ COTTON reports.
Changes designed to make
free trade 'more free'
Govt may bow to pressure
from other countries
Coalition wants Biosecurity
Name: Geoff Turley
Main business: GT Produce is a South Australian
wholesale fruit and vegetable business, located in the
Adelaide Produce Markets in Pooraka, run and
managed by Adam Gallarello.
Product range: Pineapples, mangoes, mangosteens,
lychees, longans, passion fruit, rambutans, custard
apples, limes and paw paw. These tropical lines are
supported with some stable lines which are sourced
from within Australia all year round including sweet
potatoes, garlic (January-July), ginger, chinese
cabbage and shallots (March-August).
History: With more 30 years' experience in the fruit
and vegetable industry and the desire and opportunity
to run his own business, Geoff Turley took over the
lease of store 23 in the Adelaide Produce Markets and
started GT Produce in December 2001. During the past
4.5 years, the business has continually grown and in
August 2011, was bought by Geoff's long-time
business partner Adam Gallarello.
Mr Gallarello says he is working hard to ensure
customer loyalty in an increasingly tough industry. He
is also focused on increasing produce sales in the
Asian market varieties and has also recently
introduced pineapples to his wholesale lines. Mr
Gallarello has worked in the Adelaide Produce Markets
for a number of suppliers for more than 30 years. GT
Produce has a number of forced air cool rooms which
allows ripening and holding of specialised fruit,
including mangoes and avocadoes, at the required
temperature. There is ample storage area, including a
warehouse with two cool rooms which are within the
market complex and close to the temperature-
controlled sales floor.
Markets: GT Produce sources a variety of tropical
fruits and vegetables from growers within Australia
and overseas. It also supplies produce to greengrocers,
retailers, supermarkets and national merchants across
Details: 08 8349 6911, email@example.com or
Store 23, Adelaide Produce Markets, Diagonal Road,
Geoff Turley founded GT Produce in 2001 and
the company has taken big growth strides
since, sourcing a variety of tropical fruits and
vegetables from within Australia and overseas.
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