Greenhouse Technical Management for the Future

2012 is set to be a landmark year for GOTAFE, in its commitment to provide relevant and meaningful training to the industry. The Greenhouse Technical Management Course, which for the last 2 years was presented in Shepparton, Victoria, is coming to regional areas.

Growers and industry representatives located near centres such as Coffs Harbour, Perth, Devonport, Bundaberg, Virginia and Brisbane will have the opportunity to participate in this program – which is customised to meet the needs of the local industry.


Week beginning Monday:


January 30th Coffs Harbour
February 20th Perth
March 12th Bundaberg
March 26th Virginia
April 16th Devonport
April 30th Brisbane


The course, developed by Graeme Smith and Rick Donnan was presented for the first time in Shepparton in late 2011 and was the first time a Greenhouse Technical Management Course was delivered by local presenters.

Graeme Smith is well known in the industry as a consultant; Chair of Protected Cropping Australia; as well as, an experienced industry presenter. Rick Donnan is also well known within the industry for his presentations; popular column in Practical Hydroponics and Greenhouses; Managing Director of Growool Horticultural Systems; and, a pioneer in Australian protected cropping.

Each course covers core topics such as growing media, plant physiology and structure, nutrition, water quality, environmental management and irrigation. Participants also have the opportunity to select from a range of additional topics. “Graeme and Rick wanted the course to meet the specific needs of growers, so they identified core topics and a range of electives.” explained Leigh Taig, GOTAFE course coordinator. “Participants select their choices from a list of 16 and the most popular topics are included.”

The course is also FarmReady approved (Course no FRTC 1060, visit, so eligible participants can be reimbursed up to 65% of the course fees, as well as up to $500 for expenses. If you are interested in participating or would like further information contact: Leigh Taig, 1300 186 288 or email:  Ω