Richelle Zealley

About Richelle Zealley

Communications and Events Officer, Apple and Pear Australia
03 9329 3511

Education served to your taste

APAL’s Richelle Zealley speaks to people of varying ages and backgrounds involved in the horticulture industry about how they have chosen to educate and upskill themselves and why they believe it’s important. Education comes in many forms. Have you recently attended a Future Orchards® walk to listen to knowledge shared by the guest presenters? Maybe [...]

By |June 1st, 2017|Education|

Pest Alert: Dothiorella sarmentorum

This image was taken from the neglected organic orchard where dieback was detected. APAL is calling on growers to be vigilant in checking crops for dieback, caused by pest threat Dothiorella sarmentorum, and recently detected in Victoria.  Victorian State Biosecurity officers have detected a fungal pathogen Dothiorella sarmentorum which has been reported as [...]

By |April 12th, 2017|News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Investing in international employees

In a smart move to mitigate risk and ensure a diversity of labour sources in a tightening labour market, General Manager Craig Boyce and his wife and staff trainer Anne have been successfully recruiting and employing workers, other than backpackers, from overseas to work in the orchards and packing shed. Craig started working [...]

By |January 30th, 2017|Labour / employment, Profile, Queensland|

New hub for jobs in the Apple Isle

In an initiative between the Tasmanian Government and agricultural industry representatives, Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff today launched a new website to attract people to agricultural jobs in the Apple Isle. The Tasmanian Agricultural Jobs website is an online hub for people looking for seasonal, casual, part- or full-time roles in agriculture across Tasmania. There is [...]

By |December 14th, 2016|Labour / employment, Tasmania|

A winning path to exports

Success in business comes in many forms, the success at Hansen Orchards in Tasmania is not just a positive line in the balance sheet but also a motivated and passionate team of people working towards growing good quality fruit that can be enjoyed by people around the globe.  Howard Hansen, Managing Director of Hansen Orchards, [...]

By |December 6th, 2016|Exporter profiles, Tasmania|

Building the food revolution

APAL’s Richelle Zealley explores the world of value-added products and talks to the Food Revolution Group to find out how they are developing high value fruit-based products and working with growers to increase their profitability.  Innovation brings new products, packaging, brands and marketing that creates opportunities to present apples and pears in new and more [...]

By |December 2nd, 2016|Value added products|

Levy investment update

The group that advises Hort Innovation on how to invest the apple and pear levies recently met to discuss the industry’s Strategic Investment Plan, marketing, finance and new R&D concepts. The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel is run by Hort Innovation and includes industry representatives, growers and, now, two new APAL members, Craig Chester and Olivia [...]

By |November 16th, 2016|APAL, Hort Innovation|

Protecting NSW orchards

NSW apple and pear growers can view state specific, up-to-date technical information on all aspects of crop protection, including known pests and suggested monitoring times, with the newest edition of the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Orchard plant protection guide for deciduous fruits in NSW. The guide provides NSW apple, pear, cherry and stonefruit growers with a [...]

By |October 26th, 2016|News, NSW-ACT, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Award winning passion for the industry

Mel Ware is passionate about the apple and pear industry, she is also committed to promoting the valuable work of Australian growers on a regular basis. Mel’s drive and determination hasn’t gone unnoticed, with her receiving the 2016 National Awards for Excellence Rising Star Award. Created with flickr slideshow.   Mel, 29, is the Orchard [...]

By |October 1st, 2016|Profile, South Australia|

It’s show time!

As spring approaches, so do the remaining annual Royal Shows around Australia where apples and pears will be on the menu for show-goers in Adelaide and Perth come September. Apples and pears were available for tasting at EKKA, the annual Brisbane Show. The Royal Adelaide show runs from 2-11 September and is managed by Apple and [...]

By |August 23rd, 2016|News, South Australia, WA|