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think afresh to survive
industry become more
collaborative in its efforts.
He aims to spearhead the
formation of a new State
"The only one who's going to
instigate it is myself," he said.
"I had a discussion with the
Flower Association of
Queensland to find out about
"There is a collaboration with
Qld, New South Wales and
Victoria, who have state
organisations, but SA and WA do
"They suggested I get SA up
and running. I thought I guess I
could, but it is going to require
"I'm sure I could get support,
but it is very early days yet."
One person Mr Amorico is
going to have to win over is
Frank Maiolo, owner of M&B
Flowers at Two Wells.
He started out in 1988
growing a range of different
flowers, but has since then scaled
In winter he focuses mostly on
bulb varieties such as lilies and
irises while in summer he
concentrates on lisianthus flowers
Even after reducing the scope
of his operations, Mr Maiolo
oversees the planting of 1.2
million flowers that originate
from countries as far flung as
Holland, Chile, and New
His wife Anna r uns
the shed where the
flowers come in
while Mr Maiolo
takes care of the
sales at the
Like Mr Amorico,
he works a seven-day
week, and says growers
simply do not have time
for a State representative body.
"Life's too busy these days --
people can't afford to sit around
a table and talk," he said.
Mr Maiolo said that even in
the days of the old South
Australian Flower Growers
Association -- which merged into
the South Australian Farmer's
Federation in 1999 -- not a lot
would get done.
"And back then there were a
lot more growers, much higher
sales in flowers," he said.
"Because it's getting harder
and harder, there's only a handful
of us big growers left."
Mr Maiolo is more concerned
about rising costs in fertiliser and
bore water, and about predicting
which flower will be the next big
"That's the challenge -- trying
to nail the flower of choice for
the year. Some years people
might want gerberas, some years
they might want lilies," he said.
"At the end of the day what
you put in is what you get out of
it. It's very long hours, but
there's nothing like the joy of
watching a crop of flowers grow
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Frank Maiolo, M&B Flowers, says it is getting harder for those in the
industry -- there are only a handful of big growers left.
Flower retailers are not having a great day at the moment.
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