Posted by LNA Master Landscapers Association
on 1 December 2015
The Voice of Horticulture and LNA welcomes the appointment of Senator Anne Ruston as Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water.
As the owner of Ruston's Roses, a commercial cut-flower business and home to Australia's largest rose garden, Anne's knowledge and influential voice will ensure that her role within government will assist regulation and further support Australia's brand as one of the cleanest, greenest and safest producers. Her contribution will also assist in export market access. Senator Ruston stated that she is "absolutely 100 per cent behind making sure this organisation [Voice of Horticulture] works."
When meeting with the directors of the Voice of Horticulture, Anne discussed some of the key policies impacting on horticulture growth as well as issues relating to rural and regional Australia. More specifically, in opening the new APAL office, Senator Ruston discussed the importance of infrastructure development to ensure growers could produce and get their fresh produce to market. She also acknowledged the export opportunity and offered to help to increase exports. "I would be really keen to talk to you about what is it that we need to do to increase exports because if we can send more produce overseas we can also get more competitive tension in the domestic market so we can get better returns in your pocket," Senator Ruston said.
Chair of the Voice of Horticulture, Tania Chapman said that "[t]he horticulture industry, consists of 30,000 businesseswith an annual turnover estimated at $10 billion. As the largest agriculture employer it has a substantial impact on the economic well-being of regional Australia... to realise its potential we need government to listen to and address some of the key issues of concern."
The LNA's purpose is instrumental as its objectives reflect a similar need of developing career paths for young industry professionals. LNA believes that with the appointment of our new Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water, Anne's contribution will further generate awareness and fruitful benefits for our industry members and affiliates.