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Mushroom kits in classrooms
AS the Power of Mushrooms in
Classrooms program is rolled out in
schools throughout Australia, more
children will effectively learn more
Australian Mushroom Growers is
coordinating the program.
South Australian growers have
prepared special mushroom kits to
be delivered to schools. This will
allow students to grow mushrooms
and learn about them in a classroom
Australian Mushroom Growers
general manager Greg Seymour
said the intention was to introduce
children to mushroom growing in a
fun, hands-on manner.
Growing mushrooms in the
classroom, and an understanding of
the health benefits of mushrooms,
is a good educational opportunity to
help children develop a positive view
toward including more mushrooms as
part of a regular diet.
The mini-farm in each classroom
will produce a flush of mushrooms
every eight to ten days, allowing
children to cook healthy meals with
Mr Seymour said the program was
linked to a wide variety of subject
areas including science, maths,
literacy, arts and community.
"The great thing is that the feedback
from the teachers and children has
been overwhelmingly positive as
they are excited to get involved and
learn more about the way in which
mushrooms are grown and their role
in a healthy diet," he said.
Details: Communications manager,
Chris Rowley 0415 140 253, or state
coordinator, Pam Tobin, 08 8234 8601
Riverton & District High School students Kaylee Noble, Ambrose Condon,
Emma Talbot, and Rebecca Lockwood with home economics teacher
Diane Allen. They will learn to grow mushrooms -- and cook them.
By NICK HEYDON
review into the structure
of Horticulture Australia
Limited aims to improve the
efficiency of research and develop-
ment, marketing and grower levy
The recent announcement of
the HAL performance review
has received praise from industry
groups including Citrus Australia
The HAL board met on August 1
to discuss the terms of reference of
the review and a delivery timeline.
Citrus Australia chief executive
officer Judith Damiani said while
it was still early days and the terms
of reference of the review were yet
to be finalised, it was a good time
to make sure the important issues
"From my understanding it
is going to be a comprehensive
review and a number of stake-
holders will be involved," she said.
"I think it will be a really good
opportunity to look at the struc-
tures or procedures that may be
more relevant now and may be
better able to fulfil needs."
She said one of the weaknesses
of the current model was that
it did not have a strong export
"This is a really good opportu-
nity to look at HAL from a fun-
damental point of view, and with
open minds, and to see what new
skills are needed for marketing
and research and development,"
AUSVEG acting CEO Andrew
White said the proposed review
of HAL appeared to be broad-
ranging and AUSVEG was sup-
portive of such a review.
"We are keen to look at ways to
improve the levy system," he said.
"We are fully supportive of the
review process, and we are cer-
tainly very keen to work closely
with HAL in the review."
Horticulture Australia chairman
Selwyn Snell said in a statement
that he expected the review to
recommend a service delivery
model with the capacity to address
national horticulture issues in a
more effective manner.
"We invest around $100 million
annually in programs across 43
industries, from levies collected
through more than 100 different
methods," Mr Snell said.
"We want to improve our
structure to one that is more
effective and easier to understand.
It is important we are able to help
Australian growers maintain their
"To do this, we need to examine
how we can make their levies
He said the industry had changed
and developed since HAL was
formed 12 years ago, highlighting
the need for a review.
As an example, the Australian
horticulture industry's value has
tripled to $9 billion in that time.
Included in the performance
review will be an examination of
the HAL membership structure,
funding arrangements, effective
service delivery, and existing levy
An independent organisation,
yet to be announced, will conduct
the review with the involvement
of a HAL steering committee.
The committee is expected to
include HAL members and levy
The review is set to be com-
pleted by May next year.
HAL model under review
We want to
one that is
and easier to
-- SELWYN SNELL
Award nominations open
NOMINATIONS are open for one
of the most prestigious awards
in the horticultural sector -- the
Horticulture Australia Limited
Graham Gregory award, which
carries a $10,000 cash prize.
The cross-sector award is
given to any professional who
has demonstrated excellence
in horticulture from any point in
the supply chain including R&D,
education, training, advertising or
promotion and technology transfer.
BioResources managing director
Richard Llewellyn was last year's
winner. He was nominated by
Macadamia Australia for his work in
mass rearing and supply of MacTrix
wasps to control nutborer -- a major
pest in macadamias and lychees.
The money has enabled Richard to
undertake a number of work-related
trips, including a visit to China
where he met with fellow insect
breeders who are rearing a similar
species of wasp on silkworm eggs.
"I was really surprised to win the
award, particularly given that I work
in a fairly unconventional area of
horticulture," he said.
The HAL Awards are designed
to support future generations of
horticulturists, with two categories
designed specifically to encourage
innovation, leadership, and
The Young Leader award, open
to all professionals aged 35 and
under, recognises and encourages
leadership in any horticultural
discipline. The Kendle Wilkinson
Award, open to anyone who has
completed a Masters or PhD in
horticulture or agriculture in the past
five years, is designed to bridge the
gap between science and best-farm
Nominations for all three awards
close on Friday, September 20.
Details: Download nomination forms
at www.horticulture.com.au or call
02 8295 2300.
BioResources managing director
Richard Llewellyn won the
Graham Gregory award last year.
He used the $10,000 cash prize
for his research in the mass
rearing of MacTrix wasps used
to control nutborer, a major pest
in macadamias and lychees.
A Touch of History
Lot 1 Martin Road, Virginia RLA 255581
Thornborough Estate is no ordinary property. Set on some 673.74 acres
offering 3 titles, the property straddles the Gawler River. Offering the
flexibility of viticulture & horticulture land, the property is fully irrigated and
offers 300mega litres of water, whilst this is just one aspect of the property,
the other is the 1870's built mansion which will take your breathe away.
Cast your memory back and you, like the early settler, William Ridgway
will fall in love. The 2 storey homestead commands your attention with
its size and grandeur, a separate cottage also sits on the site.
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