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Special year for Werribee
By ASHLEY WALMSLEY
WHETHER or not it was
the last national vegetable
expo at Werribee's Dairy
Road site seemed far from the
minds of those who were there last
The event attracted about 1200
visitors across the two days, most
intent on seeking out new veg-
etable varieties for the coming sea-
son. The record attendance includ-
ed visitors from South Africa, India,
Fiji, and New Zealand, and many
The 11 major seed companies
put on their best show under
mostly ideal weather conditions.
There were new lines of leafy veg-
etables, herbs, and Chinese veg-
etables while some showed off
heavier vegetable lines.
National Vegetable Expo coordi-
nator Helena Whitman said that
apart from some run-of-the-mill
hiccups initially, the expo commit-
tee could not have been happier
with the support from sponsors,
exhibitors and seed companies.
"We were also very blessed with
the weather on Thursday which
seemed to bring more visitors than
usual to the site," she said.
Crops were left in the ground for
two weeks after the expo, allowing
seed companies to use the site for
trial and demonstration purposes.
More than 50 exhibitors filled
the trade display area that had
everything from large-scale
machinery and seed coating tech-
nology to information ser vices.
The issue of the event being the
last at the current site emerged in
conversations throughout the two
days but did little to dampen the
mood of those attending.
"Ever yone was aware that this
could be the last expo at the site and
urged committee members to
ensure this unique event wasn't lost
and that it wasn't the last time the
expo was held," Ms Whitman said.
"Can I assure everyone that the
expo committee is doing every-
thing in its power to continue the
event and things are looking
She said a special feature of the
event was the ability of seed com-
panies to plant multiple varieties
and crops on one site, appealing to
all vegetable growers. The set-up
has cemented itself as a truly
"The industry used to have simi-
lar events in other states but over
the years, with the loss of many of
the suitable research stations and
sites such as Gatton, this has
become the only such event for
the vegetable industry," Ms
She said it had been going on for
so many years, at the same time of
year, that growers, exhibitors and
seed companies had time to plan
for it well in advance, increasing its
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Bill Christie returns to Renmark
TORO Australia has appointed William (Bill) Christie
as territory manager-irrigation for Sunraysia, the
Riverland, and the South East of South Australia.
He will be based at Renmark and responsible for
assisting growers and corporates develop tailored
irrigation solutions and service existing dealers with
their agricultural requirements.
Mr Christie has more than 35 years experience in the
Toro Australia managing director Tim Emery said he
was delighted to welcome Mr Christie to the team.
"Bill is a leader in the field of the irrigation industry,
has extensive technical experience and has a sound
knowledge of Toro products," he said.
Mr Christie said he was thrilled to join Toro Australia
and return to his home town of Renmark in the near
"I was born and raised in Renmark, and my career in
irrigation began here," he said.
"I know and understand the pivotal role that
irrigation plays in the Sunraysia, Riverland and South
East agricultural regions.
"Toro's Dripmaxx, Aquatrax Tape and the Waterbird
Sprinkler are stand-out products that I believe can
make a real difference for businesses in the area."
Tight competition at trade display awards
John, Jim and Jane
with their Best
Exhibitor Site Award.
Seedlings goes to great
lengths to inject colour
and pattern within its
Ben Whykes, Terranova Seeds,
Victoria, with the Best Seed
Company Growing Plot award.
Lefroy Valley was a close runner-up
and WHS Seeds got special mention for
The Best Exhibitor Site was awarded
to Berwick/Leppington Speedy
Seedlings which had an outstanding
display. The layout included patterns of
vegetable seedlings featured according
to their colour. It also featured the
business's name spelt out with
vegetable seedlings on a near-vertical
THE National Vegetable Expo is not
'just another trade display' for seed
companies and associated
It has some coveted awards up for
grabs, and those involved take it
Event coordinator Helena Whitman
says this year served up some
tough competition for those
awarding the gongs.
"The judging for Best Seed
Company Growing Plot was so close
this year that judges had to take in
all aspects of the site, including tent
displays," she said.
Terranova Seeds won the Best
Seed Company Growing Plot. Apart
from full beds of leafy green
vegetables on the ground, it had
some heavier vegetable and melon
lines within its tent display.
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