2021 Workshops

This year, CGA will be running two workshops—one for new growers and another with all the updates you need for the season. New growers should attend both. There is no cost to attend these workshops (online or in person), but there will be a fee when you register your premises for export. Workshops are for growers and packers. If you are in an allied industry and want to attend, please contact prior to registration.

Export workshops are funded by Hort Innovation.

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Export 101 (in person or via webinar)

This workshop is for growers and packers who are new to exporting. Learn about the basics at a relaxed pace.

Date and time: 9.30am on Wednesday 16 June 2021

Location: Attend via webinar or in person at the Tailrace Centre in Launceston, Tasmania

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9.30 Welcome – Tom Eastlake, CGA
9.35am Trade pathways (unregulated, regulated, protocol)
9.45am Registrations – Tash Voysey, DAWE, Tom Eastlake, CGA
10.00am Growers – Tash Voysey, DAWE
10.15am Crop monitors – Tash Voysey, DAWE, Charlotte Brunt, CGA
10.30am Morning Tea
10.45am Cool chain – Glenn Hale, Agriculture Victoria
11.05am Audit – Tash Voysey, CGA
11.20am Quality – Tom Eastlake, CGA
11.25am Resources – Charlotte Brunt, CGA
11.30am Packers – Tash Voysey, DAWE, Charlotte Brunt, CGA, Lisa Haywood, Cherryhill
12.30pm Finish

Export workshop (in person or via webinar)

Attendance is mandatory for mainland growers, packers and crop monitors wanting to export to protocol markets.

Date and time: 9.30am on Thursday 17 June 2021

Location: Attend via webinar or in person at the Tailrace Centre in Launceston, Tasmania

Dinner: The workshop will be followed by a cherry growers dinner at the fabulous Brisbane Street Bistro in Launceston (see sample menu)

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If you are attending the dinner, please ensure you additionally register for the dinner:

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9.30am Welcome & housekeeping – Tom Eastlake, CGA
9.35am Trade stats – Tom Eastlake, CGA
9.55am Market strategy and analysis – Catherine Wall and David McKinna, McKinna and Associates
10.55am Discussion
11.15am Tea break
11.30am The effect of different end point treatments on fruit quality – John Golding & Madeline Kavanagh, NSW DPI
11.50am DAWE trade update – Tash Voysey & James Allan, DAWE
12.10pm Registrations & legislation updates – Tash Voysey & James Allan, DAWE
12.30pm Crop Monitoring App – Michael Crisera FGV
12.45pm Lunch
1.45pm Irradiation update – Ben Reilly, Steritech
2.00pm Pest management programs for multiple export markets – Russel Fox, Insense; Charlotte Brunt CGA
2.30pm Export manual updates – Charlotte Brunt, CGA
2.40pm Workforce – Tom Eastlake, CGA
3.00pm Risk Mitigation and preparedness in case of market changes or closures – presentation and discussion
4.00pm Drinks and networking

Field day

Don’t forget the field day on 18 June 2021! Read more details about the field day.

Workshop speakers

Mike Omeg

Mike Omeg, Orchard View Cherries

Mike Omeg is a fifth generation cherry grower and owner of Omeg Orchards, which formed a partnership with Orchard View Cherries in 2018. Mike has a Masters in entomology; is an award winning agriculturalist; organic pest management conservationist and lifelong farming innovator.

Catherine Wall and David McKinna

Photo Wall and McKinna

Dr David McKinna is principal of boutique strategy consultancy McKINNA et al. In over 30 years of consultancy, David has worked on export development in virtually every market for Australian agrifood exports across multiple categories including seafood, meat, dairy, horticulture and packaged foods.

As managing partner of agrifood strategy consultancy McKINNAet al, Catherine Wall has advised some of Australia’s largest agrifood businesses, academic institutions and government departments on food strategy and policy. This experience includes numerous in-market trade research, cross-cultural consumer research and market scoping studies across Asia, North America and Europe.

John Golding

John Golding

John Golding is a Senior Research Scientist in the NSW Department of Primary Industries based at the Centre of Excellence of Horticultural Market Access. John has worked with industry for over 20 years in developing innovative and practical postharvest and market access solutions. He has worked with the Australian cherry industry through a number of Horticulture Innovation projects since 2004. John has published over 100 research papers and several books in postharvest horticulture and is regularly asked to speak at International postharvest conferences.

Madeline Kavanagh

Photo Madeline Kavanagh

Madeline Kavanagh is an honours student in the School of Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Newcastle at Ourimbah, and also works at NSW Department of Primary Industries. Maddy is working on the research project; ‘Supporting informed horticultural market access treatment decisions’ which is funded by the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment through the Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) Program and NSW Department of Primary Industries. Maddy’s family comes from the Young district and is keen to help the Australian cherry growers with the results of this research trial.

Russell Fox

Russell Fox

Russell Fox is an agronomist with inSense Pty Ltd and IK Caldwell. Russell is based in central Victoria and has over 25 years’ experience in fruit production. Russell is heavily engaged with cherry export growers and has first hand knowledge of industry practices and players. Russell specialises in pest and disease management in fruit crops, using Integrated Pest & Diseases Management (IPDM) as the cornerstone of orchard management. He enjoys the challenge and intensity of the cherry, stone and pome fruit industries and is well respected and trusted by growers.

Michael Crisera

Michael Crisera

Michael Crisera is currently working as a Grower Services Manager employed by Fruit Growers Victoria. Michael has extensive experience in pome fruit production techniques, IPDM and industry extension as well as horticultural consulting. He has worked as an IPDM consultant both commercially for a private horticultural consulting company as well as for industry. Michael has been the link between growers and research in pomefruit and stone fruit production in Victoria. Michael helped create the current degree day modelling app is used by Fruit Growers Victoria state association members.

Tom Eastlake

Tom Eastlake, President, Cherry Growers Australia

Tom Eastlake is a cherry grower and President of CGA. Tom has a professional background with in finance working in Agribusiness and International Trade divisions of one of Australia’s four major banks. Tom was also elected to the Cherry Growers Australia Board in 2015, becoming the President the same year. Tom is currently also a member of HIAL’s SIAP for the cherry industry and a member of the National Fruit Fly Council.

Hugh Molloy

Hugh Molloy, Antico International

Hugh Molloy is Executive Director and General Manager of Antico International. Hugh understands the market access issues and challenges in both maintaining and gaining access for Australia’s wide range of horticultural products. Hugh is a current member of the CGA Board, AHEA (Executive Director), Ellerslee Orchard and The Fresh Venture Group. Previously, he was a member of the AQIS Horticultural Export Consultative Committee (HIECC) and the Ministerial Taskforce Committee, which culminated in the Horticultural Export Program.

Charlotte Brunt

Charlotte Brunt, Cherry Growers Australia

Charlotte Brunt has worked for CGA since 2014 to develop the export program, export manual, systems approach, technical market access and coordinate registrations and workshops. She has a Science degree with Honours in ecology and has worked in IPDM, quality assurance, as a researcher, with co-ops and in the commercialisation of new varieties.