It is with regret that we notify members of Corinna Steeb’s resignation from the ABA Executive Committee following her resignation from Nut Producers Australia. Accordingly, the marketing position held by Corinna on the ABA Executive Committee has been declared vacant as part of the annual election process (see below). Corinna has made valuable contribution to the ABA over the past two years through her input to the Executive Committee, Marketing Subcommittee, Remuneration Committee and the Almond IAC. Our best wishes are extended to Corinna for the future.
Further changes affecting the ABA have taken place within Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL), due to the resignation of John Oakeshott, who has served in the role of Industry Services Manager for the almond industry and has worked closely with the ABA during this time. Sincere thanks to John for the dedication he has shown in working towards the best outcome for our industry. Following John’s resignation, a restructure within HAL has taken place creating an additional position in order to better spread workload across HAL Industry Services. As a result of this restructure, Ross Skinner has been appointed as the new almond Industry Services Manager.
Pictured above: Corinna Steeb
Pictured above: John Oakeshott
Almond Planting Survey - 2006 Update
Last year the ABA commenced collection of Australian almond data by conducting a national planting survey of almond growers. Excellent grower participation in excess of 90%, enabled the ABA to release a report summarising the survey data collected. This “2005 Australian Almond Plantings Report” is available from the ABA website or via our office. To ensure that information remains up-to-date and accurately reflects any new plantings or removals, we plans to conduct annual survey updates. It is important to note that all data collected is strictly confidential, with only consolidated information released.
Your assistance in this process is vital to ensure access to accurate and up-to-date information that is necessary for a range of activities including planning, forecasting and representing industry.
Survey updates for 2006 have been posted to all known Australian almond growers and should be returned to ABA office by Friday, 29th September.
Executive Committee Nominations Closing Date - 6 October 2006
In accordance with the ABA’s Executive rotation, process, nominations are being sought for the following four (4) Executive Committee positions: • Two (2) marketing representatives • One (1) Riverland grower representative • One (1) Sunraysia grower representative Any member involved in the marketing of almonds is eligible to nominate for a marketing
The ABA Executive meets a minimum of four times per year, with an expectation that committee members will take on an additional role in one or more subcommittee. Nomination forms have been posted to ABA members, with additional forms are available from the ABA office. Nominations must be submitted to the ABA office no later than 12 noon on Friday, 6th October 2006 .
For further information contact Julie Haslett—Executive Officer Phone: (08) 8582 2055 Email: email@example.com
position, whilst any member involved I the growing of almonds is eligible to nominate for a grower representative position within their regional boundaries. Those retiring from the above positions are also eligible to nominate.
Budwood Orders 2006/07
Industry Service Providers As a service to members, the ABA maintains a listing of Industry Service Providers for inclusion on our website and Information Kits for new industry members. Please note that this listing is not comprehensive or preferential. Should you wish to be included in this listing, please contact the ABA office or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Almond budwood orders for 2006/07 are due by Friday, 29th September 2006. Order forms are available from the ABA website or by contacting the ABA office. Similar to last year a non-refundable deposit of 10 cents per bud is required to secure orders. This deposit is non- refundable, except in the event of supply not being available. Charges will be invoiced by the ABA at a rate of 40 cents (plus GST) per bud, less applicable credit for deposits.
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