Queensland peak industry body Growcom has taken over the role of managing minor use permits for Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) and AUSVEG in a move that is hoped will simplify the process for all horticulture.
Approximately 400 minor use permits are now in the process of being transferred to Growcom after a decision by HAL and AUSVEG to consolidate them in one organisation.
The decision comes in order to streamline arrangements, as Pest Management Industry Development Officer Janine Clark explains.
“HAL and AUSVEG agreed that it would make sense to have one body hold all permits, which would consolidate all activity in one spot, improving areas such as communications,” said Ms Clark.
“Since Growcom has been dealing with minor use permits for a decade or more and has itself held more than 100 permits in that time it was agreed it would be appropriate for it to pick up this task for horticulture as a whole.
“Between them, AUSVEG and HAL had been holding approximately 400 permits on behalf of levy payers, all of which are now being transferred to Growcom.
”The change over process has taken some months while appropriate arrangements were being made at HAL but Growcom has officially been the permit holder since April.”
Growers who would like any more information on the minor use permit scheme should contact Growcom on (07) 3620 3844.
For further information contact:
Chris Walker, Growcom
Ph: +61 7 3620 3844
MB: +61 408 014 843
Fax: +617 3620 3880