Western Australian Horticulture Update, 2018

The Western Australian Horticulture Update, 2018 will take place on Thursday August 16 and Friday August 17, 2018 at the Crown Convention Centre, Perth.

The focus this year is on the future trends affecting the WA horticulture industry, including the changing retail landscape and how shifts in consumer decision making is impacting growers and agribusinesses.

Western Australian Horticulture Update

See below program for the Western Australian Horticulture Update, this program can also be downloaded from the right hand side of the page.

To register for this event, please go to eventbrite

Day 1, Thursday August 16, 2018

Location: Astral Room 3, Crown Convention Centre
9:15 Registrations open and morning tea on arrival
9:50 Welcome MC Tristan Kitchener, Kitchener Partners
09:55-10:15 Official open of 2018 WA Horticulture Update
10:15-10:45 Collaborative export for horticulture enterprises Dr. David McKinna, McKINNA et al
10:45-11:30 The changing retail landscape MC Tristan Kitchener, Kitchener Partners
11:30-11:55 Panel Discussion
11:55-12:10 Perth Royal Food Awards Paul Carter, Royal Agriculture Society of WA President.
12:10-1:10 Lunch break sponsored by C-wise
1:10-1:25 Market City privatisation and the WA horticulture value chain Stephen Ward, Chief Executive Officer, Perth Markets Limited
1:25-1:50 Benchmarking for success Bryn Edwards, Benchmark Lead, vegetablesWA with Paul Omodei, Farm Management Consultant, Planfarm
1:50-2:10 Overview of the Horticulture Code of Conduct Claire McClelland, Market Development Manager, vegetablesWA
2:10-2:35 Panel Discussion
2:35-2:55 Short Break
2:55-4:00 Gaining value for WA producers

Strawberries - Jamie Michael, Ti Produce Marketing
Cauli-rice - Peter Ryan, Three Ryans
Honey - Ken Dods, Chem Centre

Wine - Larry Jorgenson, Wines of WA

4:00-4:25 Panel Discussion
4:25-5:00 Showcase of WA wines - wine tasting Join Wines of WA CEO Larry Jorgenson, in a tasting of WA wines.
5:00-7:00 Networking opportunity, sponsored by the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia
  Close of Day One

Day 2, Friday August 17, 2018

Location: The Studio, Level 2, Crown Convention Centre
8:30 Arrival tea & coffee
9:00 Welcome Mark Sweetingham, Managing Director, Research, Development and Innovation, DPIRD
9:00-9:20 A look inside the Eat Brighter Live Lighter program Jenny Atkins, Campaign Consultant, Cancer Council WA
9:20-9:40 Making the most of the Crunch&Sip initiative Shannon Wright, Schools Nutrition Coordinator, Cancer Council WA
9:40-10:00 Panel Discussion
10:00-10:30 Crunch&Sip morning tea, sponsored by the Cancer Councl WA.

Why apples keep the doctor away


Dr Michael Considine and Cathy Bondonno, University of Western Australia
11:05-11:30 The value of data for the horticulture industry  Derrick Thompson, Senior Manager - Key Accounts and Business Development, Hitachi Australia
11:30-12:00 Citrus: the WA export experience Shane Kay,
Orchard Manager,
Moora Citrus
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:30 The Coles Nurture Fund Julia Balderstone, Head of Communications and Community Relations, Coles, with two WA grower recipients
1:30-2:50 Knowledge cafe - choose up to five sessions from the following selection depending on your interest. Each session includes a 10-minute presentation and 5-minute Q&A.
Studio 1 The Studio Studio 2

A Systems Approach to Market Access

Kim James, Senior Researcher, DPIRD

Soil Carbon

Andy Gulliver, Owner/Director, C-Wise

Evaluating the financial health of your business.

Chris Wheatcroft, Chief Executive Officer, Rural Financial Counselling Service of WA

TPP research update

Rohan Prince, Acting Director/Horticulture Research, Development and Innocation, DPIRD

The importance of the Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS)

Tristan Kitchener

Quality Assurance and Food Safety

Joel Dinsdale, Quality Assurance Coordinator, vegetablesWA

Myalup-Wellington: Water for growth

Dr Richard George, Principal Research Scientist, Lnd and Water Assessment Sustainability and Biosecurity, DPIRD

Services to small businesses

Andrew Maurice, Small Business Development Corporation

Postharvest losses in horticulture and their mitigation

Zora Singh, Curtin Horticulture Research Laborato

2:50pm Wrap up and close of event Mark Sweetingham, DPIRD
3:00pm Close of event  

You can register for both days or day 1 or 2 seperately.

To register for this event please go to eventbrite

This event is proudly sponsored by:


Supported by:

VegesWA logo
APC Logo
PomeWest Logo
WA Citrus Logo
RASWA logo
Wines of WA Logo

Contact information

Kirrily Palmer
+61 (0)8 9368 3620
Page last updated: Saturday, 7 July 2018 - 10:59am