2009 National Industry Conference of the Australian Hydroponic and Greenhouse Association

Saskia Blanch

When:
July 19, 2009 – July 22, 2009 all-day
2009-07-19T00:00:00+10:00
2009-07-23T00:00:00+10:00
Where:
The Sydney Showground
Showground Rd
Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
Australia
Cost:
Free

Event Overview

The 2009 National Conference of the Australian Hydroponics & Greenhouse Industry to be held at the Sydney Showgrounds from 19–22 July 2009 will undoubtedly be the largest industry conference and trade exhibition of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region for 2009. The Conference and Exhibition is expected to attract 400–450 commercial growers and allied industry delegates from around Australia, New Zealand, throughout Asia, and elsewhere in the world. The large, fully integrated trade exhibition will provide a unique opportunity for businesses associated with commercial hydroponic and greenhouse crop production to showcase their products. The Conference and Exhibition will provide sponsors the chance to forge closer links with commercial growers and industry specialists.

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Event Organiser

Conference Design Pty Ltd
228 Liverpool Street
Hobart 7000 TAS
03 6231 2999
03 6231 1522
email Conference Design Pty Ltd

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Event Schedule

Sunday 19th July 2009

  • Registration open. Trade Exhibition set-up & public viewing
  • Welcome Reception, AHGA AGM

Monday 20th July 2009

  • Opening Plenary Session
  • Concurrent Sessions for Lectures
  • Industry Workshops
  • Trade Exhibition

Tuesday 21st July 2009

  • Concurrent Sessions for Lectures
  • Industry Workshops
  • Trade Exhibition
  • Conference Banquet Dinner

Wednesday 22nd July 2009

Tours of high-tech greenhouses, floriculture & vegetable, soilless farms and R & D facilities.

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Detailed Program

Sunday 19th July 2009

1.00 – 5.00 pm Trade exhibition open to public & delegates
1.00 – 6.00 pm Registration
1.30 – 1.45 pm Official opening trade exhibition – Exhibition Area, Badgery Pavilion
5.15 – 7.00 pm AHGA AGM, discussion on future directions of the industry – Southee North
7.00 – 8.00 pm Welcome cocktails – Exhibition Area, Badgery Pavilion

Monday 20th July 2009

5.00 – 8.30 am Bus visit to Flemington Market and market breakfast
8.00 – 9.00 am Registration & trade exhibition open
9.00 – 10.00 am Welcome, official opening, presentation of awards & scholarships – Southee North
10.00 – 10.40 am Keynote address Future vision
expected impacts of climate change on intensive horticulture Gerard McEvilly, E3international
Southee North
10.40 – 11.30 am Morning tea – Exhibition Area
11.30 am – 12.10 pm Concurrent Session 1

Choose one of the following sessions:

  • ‘Improving yields and quality by managing plant vegetative/generative balance’
    Ben van Onna, PTC+, The Netherlands (also on Tuesday) – Sponsored by Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE
    Southee North
  • ‘Biochar as an hydroponic growing medium’
    Mike Nichols, Massey University, New Zealand – Sponsored by Casetech
    Southee South
  • ‘Greenhouse technology and management – getting started’.
    Geoff Connellan, University of Melbourne, Burnley (also on Tuesday)
    Southee 3
  • ‘Bacterial canker management’
    Leanne Forsyth, NSW Department of Primary Industries (also on Tuesday)
    Southee 5
12.15 – 1.05 pm Concurrent Session 2

Choose one of the following sessions:

  • ‘Alternative greenhouse crops’
    Mike Nichols, Massey University, New Zealand  – Sponsored by Casetech
    Southee 3
  • ‘The challenge for protected cropping in semiurban areas- new opportunities’
    Stephen Goodwin, Biocontrol Solutions (also on Tuesday)
    Southee North
  • ‘Spots, wilts and rots – disease threats from overseas’
    Len Tesoriero, NSW Department of Primary Industries (also on Tuesday)
    Southee South
  • ‘Innovations in greenhouse construction’
    Henk van Tuyl, Kubo Greenhouse Projects, The Netherlands (also on Tuesday)
    Southee 5
1.05 – 2.30 pm Lunch – Exhibition Area
2.30 – 3.10 pm Concurrent Session 3

Choose one of the following sessions:

  • ‘Good hygiene cuts costs’
    Jeremy Badgery-Parker, NSW Department of Primary Industries (also on Tuesday)
    Southee 3
  • ‘Up close and personal with common pests and how to manage them’
    Leigh Pilkington, NSW Department of Primary Industries (also on Tuesday)  – Sponsored by Biological Services
    Southee North
  • ‘Developments in greenhouse cooling’
    Geoff Connellan, University of Melbourne, Burnley & Graeme Smith, Graeme Smith Consulting (also on Tuesday)
    Southee South
  • ‘Future availability and price of hydroponic fertilisers’
    Trevor Dennis, Haifa Australia
    Southee 5
3.15 – 3.55 pm Concurrent Session 4

Choose one of the following sessions:

  • ‘World economic trends – what should growers know?’
    Frank Drum, National Australia Bank
    Southee South
  • ‘The importance of measuring and managing actual plant temperature’
    Ben van Onna, PTC+, The Netherlands (also on Tuesday)  – Sponsored by Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE
    Southee North
  • ‘Waste not, want now – delivering biocontrol agents on target’
    Marilyn Steiner, Biocontrol Solutions (also on Tuesday)  – Sponsored by Biological Services
    Southee 3
  • ‘Improving nutrient management through (a) using on-farm meters & (b) interpreting nutrient analysis’ (also on Tuesday)
    Sophie Parks, NSW Dept of Primary Industries & Rick Donnan,  Growool Horticultural Systems
    Southee 5
3.55 – 4.30 pm Afternoon tea – Exhibition Area
4.30 – 5.10 pm Concurrent Session 5

Choose one of the following sessions:

  • ‘Biological control – past and present’.
    Donald Lester, JH Biotech, United States of America – Sponsored by Zadco
    Southee North
  • ‘5 ways to grow your business’.
    Marcus Kroek, Action Coach
    Southee 5
  • ‘Managing leaf diseases in your crop’
    Kaye Ferguson, South Australian Research & Development Institute (also on Tuesday)
    Southee 3
  • ‘All that jazz – fundamentals of managing hydroponic systems’
    Rick Donnan, Growool Horticultural Systems (also on Tuesday)
    Southee South
5.10 pm Monday program finishes. Evening free.

Tuesday 21st July 2009

8.00 – 9.00 am Registration & trade exhibition open
9.00 – 9.40 am Choice of one of two concurrent workshops

  • Practical business opportunities and support, including:
    Succession planning – Chris Fry, NAB. Export opportunities – Rod Commerford, Austrade.
    Southee South
  • Getting the best out of your technology, including
    Practical energy saving – Marcus Brandsema, Tasmanian tomato grower
    Southee North
  • Herb and spice workshop on industry matters – Sponsored by Barden
    Southee 5

 

9.40 – 10.20 am Morning tea – Exhibition Area
10.20 – 11.00 am Choice of one of four concurrent workshops

  • Flowers – what’s new ? including:
    Post harvest accountability underpins vase life guarantees Brian Freeman, Chrysal International. What’s new in IPM options? Gary Leeson, Organic Crop Protectants
    Southee North
  • Lettuce and Asian greens – Sponsored by Lefroy Valley, including:
    Effect of EC on nitrates in Asian veg, Sophie Parks, DPI. Grower perspective on Asian veg in NFT, Damian Lin
    Southee 3
  • Vine vegetables – Sponsored by Lefroy Valley, including:
    The consultation process for the fresh tomato industry, Jonathan Eccles, consultant.
    Southee South
  • Herb and spice workshop on industry matters (continued) – Sponsored by Barden
    Southee 5

 

11.05 am – 12.05 pm Major workshop – Pesticide and food safety issues – Sponsored by Australian Pesticides &
Veterinary Medicines Authority
Southee North
12.05 – 1.30 pm Lunch Exhibition Area
1.30 – 2.10 pm Concurrent Session 6

Choose one of the following sessions:

  • All that jazz – fundamentals of managing hydroponic systems
    Rick Donnan, Growool Horticultural Systems
    Southee South
  • Crunch time – how greenhouse technology and climate affects cucumbers
    Sophie Parks & Jenny Ekman, NSW Department of Primary Industries
    Southee 5
  • Bacterial canker management
    Leanne Forsyth, NSW Department of Primary Industries
    Southee 3
  • Taking the plunge – two growers’ experience of making a major hydroponic investment
    Robert Hayes, Freshzest & Ann Wilson, Bellarine Hydroponics
    Southee 4
2.15 – 2.55 pm Concurrent Session 7

Choose one of the following sessions:

  • The challenge for protected cropping in semiurban areas – new opportunities
    Stephen Goodwin, Biocontrol Solutions. Sponsored by Freshzest Pty Ltd
    Southee 4
  • Good hygiene cuts costs
    Jeremy Badgery-Parker, NSW Department of Primary Industries. Sponsored by Freshzest Pty Ltd
    Southee 3
  • Improving nutrient management through (a) using on-farm meters & (b) interpreting nutrient analysis
    Sophie Parks, NSW DPI & Rick Donnan, Growool Horticultural Systems. Sponsored by Freshzest Pty Ltd
    Southee 5
  • Greenhouse technology and management – getting started
    Geoff Connellan, University of Melbourne, Burnley. Sponsored by Freshzest Pty Ltd
    Southee South
2.55 – 3.40 pm Afternoon tea (Trade exhibition concludes)
3.40 – 4.20 pm Concurrent Session 8

Choose one of the following sessions:

  • Innovations in greenhouse construction
    Henk van Tuyl, Kubo Greenhouse Projects, The Netherlands
    Southee 5
  • Managing leaf diseases in your crop
    Kaye Ferguson, South Australian Research & Development Institute
    Southee 3
  • The importance of managing actual plant temperature
    Ben van Onna, PTC+, The Netherlands
    Southee South
  • Up close and personal with common pests and how to manage them
    Leigh Pilkington, NSW Department of Primary Industries  – Sponsored by Biological Services
    Southee 4
4.20 – 5.00 pm Concurrent Session 9

Choose one of the following sessions:

  • Spots, wilts and rots – disease threats from overseas
    Len Tesoriero, NSW Department of Primary Industries
    Southee 3
  • Developments in greenhouse cooling’
    Geoff Connellan, University of Melbourne, Burnley & Graeme Smith, Graeme Smith Consulting
    Southee 5
  • Improving yields and quality by managing plant vegetative/generative balance 
    Ben van Onna, PTC+, The Netherlands – Sponsored by Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE 
    Southee South
  • Waste not, want now – delivering biocontrol agents on target 
    Marilyn Steiner, Biocontrol Solutions – Sponsored by Biological Services
    Southee 4
5.10 pm Tuesday program finishes

Wednesday 21st December 2011

7.00 – 7.30 pm Pre-dinner drinks
7.30 pm Conference banquet dinner – Southee North

Thursday 22nd December 2011

8.15 am Buses depart Novotel Hotel, Homebush
9.45 – 11.15 am Morning tea and inspect Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute
Highlights:

  • Research comparing biological control agents on diseases in a leafy hydroponic crop
  • EC management of Asian vegetables and demonstration of on-farm nutrient meter
  • Tour of Plant Health Diagnostic Laboratory and talk
1.00 pm Visit cut flower farm
Highlights:

  • View greenhouse production areas and automated packing shed
1.15 – 2.45 pm Lunch and visit tomato farm.
Highlights:

  • View greenhouse tomato production technology
  • Technical talk on managing bacterial canker
  • Industry lunch – Lebanese feast
4.00 pm Buses arrive at Homebush or Sydney Airport

Please note will have a bus dropping delegates at Sydney Airport around 4.30pm.

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Venue

The Sydney Showground

The Sydney Showground is operated by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) on the basis of a 99-year lease (with a further 99-year option) with the NSW Government. The RAS is a not for profit organisation formed in 1822 to raise the standards of agriculture in NSW and Australia. Today, the RAS continues to support and promote agricultural excellence and innovation through events, competition and education.

  • Over 30 hectares, 20 pavilions and 100,000sqm of space for hire
  • The Dome and Exhibition Halls 2,3,4 offer 22,000sqm of clear span space
  • Multi-award winning in-house catering
  • Maximum capacity cocktail function in The Dome 6,000
  • Maximum capacity conference in The Dome 5,000
  • Home of the Sydney Royal Easter Show – the largest event in the Southern Hemisphere Average 1.5 million visitors per annum
  • Easy direct transport access to all pavilions
  • 30 mins from CBD

Parking is easy with 10,000 car parking spaces available at Sydney Olympic Park.
Two hour free parking is located on Showground Road, Grand Parade, Olympic Boulevard and Dawn Fraser Avenue.

View Cityrail info

Getting to Parking

Sydney Showground Site Map.
Sydney Olympic Park Parking and Driving Approach Map.
Sydney Olympic Park Precinct Map.

Cost

Casual parking is available for $4 per hour or $20 per day maximum. Please note certain major events at Sydney Olympic Park incur a flat fee of $15 for parking. Bring change for coin operated parking machines.

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Accommodation Overview

All rates are per room, per night and do not include breakfast unless otherwise specified. No booking will be confirmed without a credit card guarantee or a pre-payment.

Accommodation Guarantee
You will need to supply credit card details to guarantee the booking. Your credit card details will be forwarded to the hotel to secure your reservation. If you do not have a credit card you will need to pre-pay your accommodation to confirm the booking.

Accommodation Pre-Payment
You may pre-pay one room night or the total room cost. Please email and how much you wish to pre-pay. You need to pay any incidental expenses incurred during your stay (for example, mini bar, telephone or dry cleaning) when checking out.

Accounts
All accommodation accounts must be settled on checkout. If you wish to receive an account you must organise this directly with your hotel before you arrive. Contact details for your nominated hotel will be supplied with your confirmation.

Accommodation Cancellation
Cancellations must be advised in writing to Conference Design at least 7 days prior to your arrival. Cancellations received within 7 days of arrival or ‘no-shows’ will attract a penalty of at least one night’s accommodation.

Hotels & Rates

All the following hotels are in the heart of the Sydney Olympic Park precinct, surrounded by 640 hectares of parklands with over 20 kilometres of walking tracks. Relax at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre pool and gym, unwind at the Golf Centre’s driving range or putt-putt course, book a court at the Sydney International Tennis Centre, try the Monster Skate Park, hire a bike to explore the parklands, try Archery or Trapeze, or relive your favourite sporting memories with an ANZ Stadium tour.

Pullman Hotel at Sydney Olympic Park

Olympic Boulevard,
Sydney Olympic Park,
Homebush Bay NSW 2127
Phone: +61-2-8762 1700
Fax: +61-2-8762 1263
Email:  h6411@accor.com

Superior room $275
Non-smoking hotel
The Pullman Hotel is an eco-friendly with solar hot water and power saving devices throughout the hotel. It offers restaurant, wine bar, fitness centre, broadband internet access, business centre. All rooms include an I-Pod docking station. Full breakfast buffet is available at $35 and parking is $35 per day.


Novotel Sydney Olympic Park

Cnr Olympic Boulevard & Herb Elliot Ave,
Sydney Olympic Park,
Homebush Bay NSW 2127
Phone: +61-2-8762 1111
Fax: +61-2-8762 1211
Email:  h2732@accor.com

Standard room (Q + Sofa or 2D) $215
Smoking rooms available.
The Novotel offers bars and restaurants, wireless/broadband internet access and in-house movies.  Full breakfast buffet is available at $25 and parking at $25 per day.


Ibis Hotel Sydney Olympic Park

Cnr Olympic Boulevard & Herb Elliot Ave,
Sydney Olympic Park,
Homebush Bay NSW 2127
Phone: +61-2-8762 1111
Fax: +61-2-8762 1211

Guest room (Q or K Single) $149
Smoking rooms available
The Ibis is recently refurbished and has Internet access, blackout shutters, in-house movies. It is part of the Novotel & Ibis complex. A full buffet breakfast is available at $25.


Formule 1

8 Edwin Flack Avenue,
Sydney Olympic Park,
Homebush Bay NSW 2127
Phone: +61-2-9648 3862
Fax: +61-2-9648 0427

King Zip $119
Non-smoking hotel
The Formule 1 is a budget hotel. There is internet access available, television and radio, launderette and vending  machines. A  continental breakfast is available for $7 and there is limited parking at cost.


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Exhibitors Information

Contact Information
If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference please contact Conference Design.

Ben Thiessen
ben@cdesign.com.au
Natalie Sproule
natalie@cdesign.com.au

Information for Exhibitors

Allocation of Booths
The Committee will allocate site positions after taking into account each organisation’s sponsorship, the date of confirmation of participation, preferences, proximity to competitors and any other relevant matters.

Exhibition Floor Plan
The Committee reserves the right to alter the floor plan.
See ‘Downloads & Delivery Labels’ on this page.

Booth Construction & Display Equipment
Moreton Hire will be supplying the booths:
Booth Size 3.0m x 2.0m
Walls 2.4m high velcro compatible panels, Fascia 30cm high velcro compatible fascia board, across aisle frontages
Signage one corflute sign (1800mm long x 200mm high) per booth.
Computer cut vinyl lettering (max. 26 characters)

Satchel Inserts
For all sponsors who have a satchel insert included in their sponsorship package, please use Agility Fairs and Events in order to ensure delivery of your inserts prior to the start of the conference. You can find the Agility Transport Request Form in the Sponsors and Exhibitors download list.

Bump In:
Sunday 19 July
Set-up of booths: 0900
Set-up to be completed by: 1300

Bump Out:
Tuesday 21 July
Bump-out begins: 1630
Bump-out to be completed by: 1900
See the program for further details.

Delivery Labels for Display Equipment
The labels below MUST be used to send ALL booth equipment to the venue. Deliveries sent without these labels will not be accepted. You will also need to email Conference Design the courier, dispatch date and consignment number so we can provide the venue with a full delivery list BEFORE the conference.

See ‘Downloads & Delivery Labels’ on this page.

Registration for Company Representatives
A form must be completed for each company representative. All people attending the conference must register before the conference. A conference name badge will be required to access the exhibition area.

Delivery of Goods
“Delivery of Goods” will not be accepted by the venue, unless you will be on site on Sunday 19th July to receive your goods. Agility Transport can arrange delivery on Sunday 19th July to your booth, please refer to the information under ‘downloads’.

See ‘Downloads & Delivery Labels’ on this page.
Download the ‘AHGA Exhibitor List‘.

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Industry Overview

Hydroponics is the production of crops in isolation from the soil, either with or without a medium, with their total water and nutrient requirements supplied by the system. Production takes place either in a greenhouse or outdoors and systems can recirculate or allow nutrients to ‘free drain’ for reuse on other crops (eg. trees, pasture improvement, etc). The industry is highly efficient in its use of inputs including water, fertilisers, labour, land and energy. Hydroponics and greenhouse have emerged as commercial alternatives to soil-based production. Significant crops include tomatoes, cucumbers, capsicum, lettuce, strawberries, Mediterranean and Asian herbs, and cut flowers such as roses, gerberas, carnations, lisianthus and Asiatic and Oriental lilies. Successful commercial production is undertaken by corporates with investors who are not active in day-to-day management and by families producing for boutique markets, as part of a larger growing and marketing cooperative and by corporates with investors who are not active in day-to-day management. The industry is capital intensive and capital costs are anywhere between $100 and $300 plus per square metre (m2), depending on the sophistication of the greenhouse and the level of equipment being included. Viable production units are a minimum of 1,500m2. Commercial success is linked to:

  • Establishment of the venture in a realistic economic framework;
  • Attention to market requirements before production commences;
  • Realistic expectation of price, yield and labour requirements;
  • Experience in horticultural production prior to entry into hydroponics; and
  • Undertaking further improvements to knowledge through training.

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General Information

Sydney, New South Wales
Sydney is one of the most multicultural cities in the world with people from 180 nations, speaking 140 languages.

With a population of 4 million, is a major Asia Pacific city. It is the capital city of New South Wales, the most densely populated State of Australia. On the south-east coast, it is bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the east, national parklands and coastline to the north and south, and the spectacular Blue Mountains to the west. Sydney experiences a year-round temperate climate.

Sydney’s mean summer temperature is 24 degrees Celsius. Sydney’s mean winter temperature is 12 degrees Celsius. Sydney boasts an average 342 days of sunshine a year; the average rainfall is 1216mm, heaviest between February and July.

Dress
Dress throughout the conference is neat casual. Dress for each function is indicated in the function description.

Privacy and Delegate List
Conference Design Pty Ltd will gather and record personal information necessary for your attendance at the Conference. Personal information will be gathered, stored and disseminated in accordance with the National Privacy Principles.

Delegate List
A delegate list with name, organisation, suburb, state, country and email address will be supplied to all Conference attendees including exhibitors and sponsors. Please email Conference Design if you do not wish to have your details included on the delegate list.

Photocopying at the Conference
There are no photocopying facilities at the conference venue, so please ensure your bring a sufficient number of any handouts.

Smoking
The conference and social functions are non-smoking.

Name Badges
Name badges will be issued when registering at the conference. For security purposes the conference name badge must be worn at all times during the conference and social functions.

Baby Sitting
Please contact your chosen hotel to arrange a baby-sitting service. If you have any queries please contact Conference Design.

Accommodation Accounts
All accommodation accounts must be settled on check-out. The organising committee and Conference Design will not be responsible for
accommodation accounts.

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Online Registration

Registration is now closed.

Download the National Industry Conference Brochure

Registration Costs

Full Registrations received before 1 July 2009

Full Registration – Early Member $600
Full Registration – Early Non-Member $700

Full Registrations received after 1 July 2009

Full Registration – Early Member $700
Full Registration – Early Non-Member $800

Other Registrations

Exhibitor – Additional $400
Day Registration $400
Student $400
Grower – Additional
(maximum of four per farm business)
$450

Social Functions

The following Social Functions are inclusive for Full registrations.

Welcome Reception
Sunday 19 July 2009
Inclusive for full registrations.
Additional tickets $50 x ____ $_______

Conference Dinner
Tuesday 21 July 2009
Inclusive for full registrations
Additional Tickets $95 x ____$ ______

Sydney Basin Farm Tour and Luncheon (optional event)
Wednesday 22 July 2009
Tickets $55 x___ $______

Sydney Market Tour and Breakfast
Monday 20 July
Tickets $20 x___ $______

Payments
All payments must be received prior to the Conference.  If payment from your organisation is not received prior to the Conference you will be asked to provide your personal credit card details to guarantee payment.  This card will be debited if alternative payment is not received within 14 days.  All accommodation accounts must be settled on checkout.

Confirmation of Registrations
All registrations will be sent a confirmation/tax invoice. If you supply an email address the confirmation will be sent to that address as a formatted message. The tax invoice will also be attached in HTML format in case your email messages are received as text only (i.e. unformatted).

Tax Invoice and GST
A tax invoice will be emailed once your registration has been confirmed.  You can also download a tax invoice in PDF format from the Delegate Zone.  All prices are quoted in Australian Dollars (AUD$) and include GST.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations notified in writing by 1 June will be eligible for a refund less $150. Cancellations notified after this date will not be eligible for a refund but another person may attend the Conference.

Payment Options

1. Credit Card Payments

The conference accepts Visa or MasterCard. Credit payments will appear as ‘Conference Design Pty Ltd’ on your statement.

2. Cheque Payments

Please send your cheque made payable to Conference Design (AHGA) with a completed registration form or invoice number.

3. EFT Payments

Please send your Electronic Funds Transfer to the account below and fax or email remittance advice when the payment has been made.

  BSB: 017 324
  Account #: 1085 82575
  Account Name: Conference Design (Conference Account)
  Bank: ANZ, Sandy Bay Branch
  Swift Code: ANZBAU3M

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2009 AHGA Industry Awards & Scholarships

2009 AHGA Industry Awards will consist of the following categories:

  • Most Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Hydroponic & Greenhouse Industry
  • Researcher of the Year
  • Young Achiever of the Year
  • Industry Training Award
  • Best Exhibit

Encouragement Award is now closed.

The AHGA has three scholarships available in 2009.

Please refer to the attached documentation for further information.

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