Phil Watters Memorial Award Nominations Sought for 2011 Award
• Excellence and/or Innovation
At its Board meeting in January this year the Australian Nut Industry Council appointed Chaseley Ross to the position of Executive Officer. Her primary role is to support the ongoing development of the Australian nut industry, managing critical industry issues and leading and managing the affairs of the Australian Nut Industry Council. Her position will also incorporate the Secretariat and administrative management function that the Almond Board of Australia has been providing to the Australian Nut Industry Council. Ms Ross has been involved with the agriculture industry for 15 years and hails from the rich black soils of the Darling Downs, where her family is involved in broadacre irrigation cropping. She possesses an Agricultural Economics degree from the University of Qld, and is a qualified Environmental Systems auditor. Ms Ross has spent the majority of her career working for Cotton Australia, the peak industry body for cotton growers in Australia. After starting out at the coal face delivering Best Management Practices (BMP) to growers, she moved into a policy role, and spent five years as the QLD Policy Advisor, then taking on the BMP Program Management role. BMP is the industry’s commitment to improved production and environmental management. Cotton Australia was responsible for the implementation of BMP to growers, and required strategic alignment from all organisations involved in the industry. It remains the only agricultural program recognised by a Government as an alternative pathway to a statutory planning instrument (Land and Water Management Plans in QLD). Following her roles with Cotton Australia, Ms Ross spent 12 months with a specialist environmental, agricultural and science firm based on the Gold Coast with an aim to take the specialised technical skills of the organisation into the agricultural and natural resource management sector. Ross Skinner (ABA CEO) has also recently been appointed to the ANIC Board of Directors, taking on the role of Treasurer, previously held by Julie Haslett.
• Adoption of best practice, or dedication to the improvement of almond production
• Positive influence on colleagues
• Community involvement in promoting horticulture to the wider community. Eligibility Any work, project, program or extension must have been undertaken or implemented between July 2007 and June 2009. Nominees must have been working in their current position for at least 24 months. Awards The award to the successful individual winner of the Phil Watters Memorial Award will be decided by the Selection Panel and may vary from one ceremony to another. Examples of awards include an all expenses paid trip, domestically or abroad, to the value of $10,000 AUD to:
The Phil Watters memorial award is open to any individual within the almond industry who contributes to almond production through either research and development, adoption of best practice and/or promotion of horticulture to the community. Nominations are invited from people working in either the private sector or public sector. This includes (but is not limited to) owner-operated farms, corporate farms, private consultancy groups and government research institutions. Nominations can be submitted by, or on behalf of, an individual and must focus on the contributions of that specific person. Nominees must be based in Australia, or their contributions originate from an Australian origin.
• A related or relevant conference
• A workshop or short course
• A host almond orchard
• A host researcher and/or research institution
Applying & Donating Please contact the ABA Office or visit : www.australianalmonds.com.au Mail completed nominations, or donations marked Confidential to:
Phil Watters Memorial Award c/- Almond Board of Australia PO Box 2246 BERRI SA 5343
Nominations must be received by Friday, 2 nd September 2011