Levy-payers are being sought to participate in the process of electing new Hort Innovation directors following a constitution amendment driven by growers requiring their involvement in the process.
Voice of Horticulture (VoH) chair Tania Chapman will travel regional Australia during May seeking levy payers interested in joining the Hort Innovation’s 2018 Director Nomination Committee, and holding information sessions to explain the process and the commitment required.
Ms Chapman has been asked by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) to compile a list of potential levy payer candidates for the committee following a constitution amendment, pushed through by levy payers at last November’s Hort Innovation’s Annual General Meeting, requiring that a levy payer must be part of Hort Innovation’s Director Nomination Committee.
Ms Chapman will visit all states to gather a list of possible candidates from which the Secretary for the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will then select, following advice from VoH, a suitable levy payer candidate. The final meeting with the Department will be on Monday 28 May.
The important role would see the levy payer participate in the Director Nomination process for Hort Innovation. The 2018 Committee will conduct the Director recruitment process and nominate candidates for three (3) Director positions on the Hort Innovation Board.
Ms Chapman explained that: “Voting on those Director candidates put forward by the committee will then occur at the 2018 Hort Innovation Annual General Meeting, scheduled to be held in late November.”
The VoH is a member-based organisation that represents horticultural growers and business across fruit, nuts, mushrooms, turf, nursery plants, onions and processing tomatoes.
“I am very honoured to be representing VoH in this important selection process,” Ms Chapman said.
“It makes clear sense for Hort Innovation to have a levy payer appointed to the Director of Nomination Committee.
To be eligible the candidate must pay a levy that funds the Research & Development (R&D) or Marketing investments of Hort Innovation and not be a Director of Hort Innovation.
For clarity, levies are collected by the Australian Government and provided to Hort Innovation for investment in R&D activities for the following industries:
“Please note, that you are not an eligible levy payer if you collect levies from horticultural producer/s and remit them to the Government on behalf of the producer/s,” Ms Chapman explained.
“VoH and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will be conducting information sessions around Australia in the week beginning Monday 30 April 2018 (see table below).”
Interested candidates may also email questions until 5pm AEST on 18 May 2018 to VoH at email@example.com.
VoH may also post frequently asked questions, with answers, on its website. General questions may also be directed to the department at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to attend one of the information sessions being conducted, please register your interest with the VoH at email@example.com