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Awards, rewards at onion forum
NATIONAL and international
onion growers and a host
of industry representatives
converged in Melbourne for the
Onions Australia annual conference
Highlights of this year’s two-day
event included the presentation of
the Reg Miller Award for outstand-
ing contribution to the industry to
Tasmanian Dean Metcalf, a breakfast
tour of the new Epping wholesale
market and a mini tradeshow.
Assistant Agriculture Minister
Anne Ruston, keynote speaker for
the awards dinner, presented Dr
Metcalf with his award.
Growers and industry representa-
tives from throughout Australia and
New Zealand attended the confer-
ence which also featured the Onions
Australia AGM, a series of industry
updates and a networking session.
The Onions Australia executive
committee also held a meeting dur-
ing the conference.
Three new members were elected
into the committee – Dobmac
Machinery’s Mark Dobson, Just
Onions’ Alan Thierry and Enza
Zaden’s Lewis Lydon. Long-serving
members Richard Birtill and Lucy
Onions Australia chairperson Kees
Versteeg said there was a host of
information presented at the event
which opened with a networking
session at the Grand Hotel.
“Onions Australia has had
tremendous feedback from those
attending, who enjoyed the high
calibre of the speakers and the
broad range of information cov-
ered,” he said.
“We also extend an invitation
to all Australian onion growers
and associated industries who are
involved in the onion industry
and not yet involved with Onions
Australia to call the office to dis-
cuss involvement opportunities or
receive an invite to be present in
Mr Versteeg thanked conference
sponsors and key industry partners
AgNova, Terranova Seeds, Dobmac,
J-Tech Systems, Bejo Seeds, Entello,
Melbourne Market Authority, The
Grand Hotel, Enza Zaden and
• Need to know more?
Onions Australia 08 8725 8862 or CEO
Lechelle Earl 0458 111 126.
Reg Miller award
Greg Bragg and
Steve Bitter, Seimins NZ, Daniel Mead, Ciampa Produce, and James Ryan, Magnus Kahl, Vic.
Past Reg Miller Award recipients Peter
Ivankovich and Steve Rathjen.
Onions Australia CEO Lechelle Earl and Just
Onions’ Cory Kent.
Maureen Rathjen, Mannum, and Radmila
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