2021 Workshops - attend in person or online

Export 101

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

Attend in person or via webinar.

Wednesday 16 July, 9.30am

Register here for the webinar

⊗ Register here to attend in person at the Tailrace Centre in Launceston, Tasmania

Export workshop

Attendance is mandatory for mainland growers and packers wanting to export to protocol markets

Attend in person or via webinar

Thursday, June 17, 9.30am


  • Welcome & housekeeping - Tom Eastlake, CGA
  • Export season in review
    • Trade stats - Tom Eastlake, CGA
    • USA exports – Mike Omeg, Orchard View Cherries
    • DAWE trade update - DAWE
  • Tea break
  • Season preparation
    • Market strategy and analysis, Catherine Wall and David McKinna, McKinna and Associates
    • Discussion
    • Workforce - Tom Eastlake, CGA
  • Lunch
    • Registrations, legislation updates -  DAWE
    • Pest management programs for multiple export markets – Russell Fox, Insense and Charlotte Brunt, CGA
    • Crop Monitoring App – Michael Crisera, Fruit Growers Victoria
    • Export manual updates - Charlotte Brunt, CGA
  • Afternoon tea
  • Disruption to trade - industry preparedness

Register to attend the webinar   

⊕ Register to attend in person at the Tailrace Centre in Launceston


Workshop speakers

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.

Photo Wall and McKinna

Catherine Wall and David McKinna, McKinna et al.  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.

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 FGV

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, 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, 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, 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.