What's news...
  • Retailer's Night Re-cap - Trends & Styling
  • NEW NGIWA MEMBER: Healthy Homes And Gardens
  • Grower's Workshop - Crop Monitoring And Advanced IPM (22nd April)
  • Why Purchase From A NIASA Supplier?
  • Independent Committee To Undertake Industry Structure Review
  • SMARTtrain Level 3&4 At Challenger Institute
  • Advertise in NGIWA eNews!
  • Positions Vacant - Tropical Forestry Services
  • How To Get The Most Out Of Your New Employee
  • Fairbridge Conservation & Horticulture Courses 
  • Perth Garden Festival - Seminar Program
Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy and safe Easter
from Jane and Katrina and NGIWA Board
Retailer's Night - Trends & Styling

We had a brilliant turn-out last week for our Retailer's Night on "Trends and Styling For Your Business" with around 30 attending. 

Thank you to Simon from Baileys Fertiliser for showcasing your new products (and for the bonus bags of the Vege & Herb Mix) and to Jo Taylor of Eclectic Events for helping us all with smart and innovative ideas for creating WOW displays in our nurseries - just goes to show that with a few simple tricks, wonderful entrances and inspiring displays do not need to break the bank! Guests were also treated to an amazing showcase of images from IPM Essen (Germany) courtesy of Carole Fudge.

Massive thanks to Jackie and Ross Hooper of Zanthorrea for allowing us to hold our event at your stunning nursery - all agreed it was the perfect venue.

We could not have put on such an event without the kind sponsorship from both Baileys Fertiliser and Garden Centres Association of Australia.

Jo Taylor from Eclectic Events gave a wonderful presentation on how to use some basic, simple 'tricks' to style garden centres in order to attract the customer's attention and enticing them to purchase (and return!).
To view Jo's slideshow, please click here

If you would like Jo to help your business with some simple but effective styling techniques contact her on
0409 984822.

Some feedback from the night...
"The evening was very good and the staff enjoyed themselves. Was good to meet everyone and have a look around Zanthorrea which is a beautiful nursery."  David Underwood, Waldeck Nurseries

"What an incredibly informative event for us lecturers. These events will be well received by Challenger and the networking is invaluable."  Lisa Hage, Challenger Institute of Technology (Murdoch)

"Really enjoyed last Wednesday night. I will be attending as many as I can."  John Robertson, Fairbridge WA Inc
New NGIWA Member: Healthy Homes And Gardens
We welcome Healthy Homes And Gardens as our latest NGIWA member. They were established in 2014 to provide the community with the ability to monitor their homes and gardens for potential hazardous contaminants that can be harmful to a persons health especially children.
Grower's Workshop: Crop Monitoring and Advanced IPM
SAVE THE DATE: Friday 22nd April 2016     Full details to follow

In collaboration with NGIQ, DAF will deliver a workshop aimed at providing information on monitoring for pests and diseases and advanced integrated pest management practices
  • How to monitor for pests and diseases including practical monitoring exercises on farm.
  • How to develop a basic integrated pest management plan.
  • Farm-walk describing how host Nursery manages their farm in relation to pest and disease management.
  • What to do following the detection of a pest or disease.
The workshop will be delivered by DAF entomologists and pathologists as part of the co-funded DAF, HIA and levy-funded project “Building the resilience and on-farm biosecurity capacity of the Australian production nursery industry.” Major emphasis will be placed on improving skills in integrated pest and disease management. 

Full details of this workshop will be forwarded out via email shortly.
For a list of all NIASA accredited businesses in WA, please click here

 For more information about NIASA please click on the following links:- For further information about NIASA, please contact Katrina Hill on 0401 257759 
Independent Committee To Undertake Industry Structure Review
Nursery and Garden Industry Australia Limited (NGIA) President, Mike Mehigan, announced at the recent National Conference in Adelaide the formation of an independent committee to conduct a broad ranging, whole of industry review of the current structure of the nursery and garden industry in Australia and make recommendations for the future.  The aim of the review is to determine the most effective and cost efficient structure for the industry.  A final report will likely be available in November 2016.
The structure review committee is made up of industry members Gary Eyles, Chairman from New South Wales’ AT Eyles and Sons; Glenn Fenton, Deputy Chairman from Victoria’s Nationwide Trees; Gena Campbell of Queensland’s Redcliffe Garden Centre; and Carl Heyne of South Australia’s Heyne's Wholesale Nursery.
A number of information and data gathering approaches will be undertaken to capture input from members and other industry stakeholders.  The committee will:
  1. Facilitate industry-wide input via a professionally managed survey of all industry stakeholders.
  2. Consult with the industry association bodies including National and State NGI Boards.
  3. Conduct a series of “town hall” meetings during May and June 2016 where they will seek member input.
  4. Receive and review written submissions from key stakeholders.
  5. Use a consultant to conduct research and benchmarking of other industry structures.
  6. Undertake their own investigations and research activities of other industry structures.
Terms of reference for the review have been developed by the review committee and the scope of the review includes the following:
  • Consult broadly with NGIA, State Associations and members.
  • Consider the structure of similar national and international not for profit organisations and what can be learnt from their experience.
  • Consider the financial implications of the current structure and make recommendations on financial efficiencies of any future structure.
  • Make recommendations on the future structure of the industry and what constitutional changes will be required.
  • Consider the heritage issues associated with the current structure and how those matters can be preserved.
  • Not to consider any issues arising from the Nursery Industry Levy.
  • Whilst being aware of the potential of a wider “green” industry, this is not to be considered for the purposes of a future structure.

A meeting of the NGIA Board, State/Territory NGI Presidents and State/Territory CEO’s was conducted at the National Conference in February 2016.  The review committee attended for part of this meeting to discuss their approach to the review.  The National and State/Territory Association representatives supported the structure review and the approach being taken by the review committee.
The cost of the review is to be met by NGIA with in-kind support to be provided by the State/Territory NGI Associations for organising meetings and providing communications support.
For more information please contact Kobie Keenan at Nursery & Garden Industry Australia on (02) 8861 5100 or email your questions to
SMARTtrain Level 3 & 4 At Challenger Institute
For full details on up-coming Chemical Training courses, please click here
Advertise in NGIWA eNews!
NGIWA eNews is one of our key communications that hits all of our member's in-boxes each month.  At present our eNews database is around 250 and is growing rapidly.

Do you have an event you wish to promote, a training course you wish to 
advertise, a position you wish to fill, or a product you wish to sell?  All NGIWA members can use our eNews to do just that for FREE (up to five times per year).  Non-members will be charged a small fee.

For further details or to send in your advertisement, please contact Jane Cleary at
Positions Vacant - Tropical Forestry Services

Responsible for the day to day nursery operations including supervision of up to twenty casual staff, ensuring seedlings meet required specifications and assisting with the continual improvement of the nursery’s safety, quality and operational efficiencies.

Responsible for assisting in the production of Indian Sandalwood and associated host species for the annual establishment program.

Contact TFS Main Office in Kununurra (08) 9168 1008 for further details and email with an up to date resume

Applications close the 16th of April 2016.
For full details and job description please click here

How To Get The Most Out Of Your New Employee
If you are looking at appointing a new employee to your business these articles may assist you:-
Fairbridge Conservation And Horticulture Courses 2016

This is fully accredited training with a statement of attainment issued for all units. Courses have no minimum numbers so they will run on the dates specified on the attached flyer.

All courses can be run on site and charged at a daily rate of $500 plus travel. Please contact John Robertson at email: or by ringing Fairbridge reception on 9531 1177 to discuss your Horticulture or Conservation training needs. Courses can be tailored to individual business needs.

Click here to download flyer

Perth Garden Festival - Seminar Program
When you head out to the Perth Garden Festival next month - on from Thursday 28th April to Sunday 1st May - there will be a number of informative seminars you can attend as part of the entrance fee.

Click here for the full list of seminars on offer!
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Upcoming NGIWA Workshops and Events
April 9-10 
Garden Releaf 2016

April 12
NGIWA Board Meeting
April 22
Pest & Disease Workshop

April 28 to May 1
2016 Perth Garden Festival
Contact us for full details and bookings
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