Costa PCA Conference 2019

Costa PCA Conference 2019

Costa PCA Conference 2019

Costa PCA Conference 2019 Registration Now Open at

Trade show, guest speakers, farm tours and networking For greenhouse, hydroponic and aquaponic commercial growers

July 7th– 10th 2019
Star Gold Coast

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Register your Expression of Interest here.

PCA Conference 2019 ‘Seduction by Technology’ is coming to the Gold Coast!

Welcome to Costa PCA Conference 2019 – ‘Seduction by Technology’.

Protected Cropping Australia is pleased to invite you to attend the 2019 National Conference, Protected Cropping Australia’s 15th biennial conference since 1990, to be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland from Sunday 7 July to Wednesday 10 July, 2019 at the Star Gold Coast.

Online Registration Now Open

Have you registered yet for the Costa PCA Conference 2019 at The Star Gold Coast, Australia on 7 – 10 July 2019?

PCA has an enviable track record of hosting well-attended conferences since 1990. This year, we are anticipating 500+ delegates will attend – including many of the key decision makers from the industry. More than 100 exhibitors will also be displaying their wares, including the most up-to-the-minute technologies and practices.

At this years’ conference, we will be exploring the theme ‘Seduction by Technology – Knowledge Exchange for Greenhouse Growers’, and a program chock-full of high profile speakers and presentations will all contribute to shaping your thinking.

Tristan Kitchener has held senior positions with Sainsbury’s (UK) and Coles supermarkets. He will lead a panel of industry experts to look at trends in the retail sector. Meiny Prins, CEO and co-owner of Priva, will share some thoughts on disruptive technologies. Ros Harvey, from award winning Australian technology start-up, The Yield, will look at how data is changing the way we farm. You can see the latest program details here – and we’re confirming more speakers every day.

There’ll also be a chance to get hands-on at technical workshops focused on medicinal cannabis, pollination, and integrated pest management. Two farm tours will showcase some of the region’s top operations.

We’ve negotiated some great accommodation rates at The Star for delegates, so register now to lock these in before they run out.

If you need any more encouragement, this is a great opportunity to escape the winter blues and head to the sunny Gold Coast! So don’t miss out – click here to register right now!

*   Work on your future business and growing techniques.
*   Be inspired by international guests, other growers, researchers and suppliers like you, who are all devoted to commercial hydroponics and greenhouses.

On offer is a pop-up shopping centre, technical how-to-grow information and social activities for like-minded growers interested in the future of intensive food production.

It is the perfect place to meet with our industry peers, reinforce relationships and make new connections.

The Costa PCA Conference 2019 will be our 15th biennial conference and trade show since 1990.

Seduction By Technology

Knowledge Exchange for Greenhouse Growers.

Hydroponic Greenhouse Farm Tours

Touring several different commercial farms with fellow delegates is one of the best networking and learning opportunities of the conference.

On Wednesday, July 10th 2019 we will offer a choice of two bus tours either going north (and returning via Brisbane airport) or in a westerly direction from the Gold Coast.

We promise a range of crops and levels of technology where you can meet the grower managers and hear their story. The questions and answers amongst the group are always enlightening.

Join Other Growers Who Learn From the Best


PCA Jan Davis Ph 0409 004 228

All Occasions Group  Ph 08 8125 2200


Our industry is full of inspiring people working every day to make our industry the best it can be.

We celebrate the achievements of these amazing people at our conference every second year.

Nominations are now open for the 2019 PCA Industry Awards.

Tell us who you think would be worthy recipients in the categories of:

  • Outstanding Contribution
  • Grower of the Year
  • Young Grower of the Year
  • Industry Development Award

Category Guidelines

The Outstanding Contribution Award celebrates individuals who have made significant contributions to the protected cropping industry and who have been inspirational role models for others.

The Grower of the Year Award celebrates a grower who is outstanding across all aspects of production, who is innovative, and who actively contributes to the broader industry.

The Young Grower of the Year Award celebrates the positive achievements of young people the next generation of our industry and recognises a future leader who is committed to enhancing the protected cropping industry. Nominees must be younger than 30 years of age as of 31st December 2019.

The Industry Development Award celebrates the efforts of an industry professional who is making a valuable impact on the future course of protected cropping in Australia. This includes people active in the areas of research, training, extension, and industry associations.


Nominations for the 2019 PCA Award should be submitted by Monday 17th June. Each nomination involves several components:

  • Contact details for the nominator (person making the nomination).
  • Contact details for the nominee. It is PCA policy not to tell nominees who has nominated or endorsed them.
  • Nomination statement (200-500 words in length) outlining why the candidate should receive this award. This may describe the candidate’s work in general,and should draw particular attention to the contributions that merit the award.
  • Suggested citation if the candidate is selected. This should be a concise statement (maximum of 25 words) describing the key technical or professional accomplishment for which the candidate merits this award. The final wording for awardees will be at the discretion of the Award Committee.
  • Evidence should be presented of service whose impact significantly exceeds what might normally be expected. That impact might be on the basis of a single but very important contribution, or a sustained record of contributions over many years, etc.
  • Copy of the candidate’s CV and a photograph.
  • Nominees must be resident in Australia.
  • No director, staff member or consultant engaged by PCA is eligible to be nominated for any of these awards.

Other information

What are the costs involved in participating?
There are no costs involved for participating. There is a registration fee to attend the conference and the dinner where the winners will be announced.

What do the winners receive?
The winners will receive a personalised trophy, a certificate and a logo for promotion and recognition in their online activities. The award winner will also receive one year’s free membership to PCA.

Do we need to attend the conference to win the award?
No. Although, it would be a shame if you do win and haven’t attended.

Nomination Checklist

  • Nomination form (below)
  • Attach CV and photo
  • Citation
  • Any additional information
For all Partnership and Exhibition queries, or for any other conference matter, please contact the conference organisers.
Sheila Woodhart
Sponsorship and Exhibition Manager
All Occasions Group
12 Stirling Street
+61 8 8125 2216
To keep up to date, register your Expression of Interest here.

Conference Admin
ph 08 8125 2200

Jan Davis
PCA ph 0409 004 228

Any questions of suggestions?
Please use the contact information above. Thank you.

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