As the sun was setting on yet another October working day, NGIQ members and guests were arriving at Rocky Point for the combined NGIQ South Brisbane and Gold Coast branch meeting.
The afternoon commenced with a tour of our 70 acre production facility. The tour led by Production Manager, Mark Rayner and Sales & Business Development Manager, Keiran King, gave members an insight into the production of retail and wholesale product including professional potting mixes, mulches and soil improvers.
Upon completion of the site tour was completed everyone was treated to BBQ dinner and a couple of quiet drinks surrounded by the cane fields prior to the formalities of the evening.
Both branches held their Annual General meetings with Dave Webber from Pallara Trees being re-elected as President and Christina being re-elected as secretary for the South Brisbane branch. NGIQ and the South Brisbane Branch would like to thank both Dave and Christina for their continued efforts and wish them all the best for the year ahead.
De`arne Wild (Wild Valley Propagation) decided to step down as President for the Gold Coast Branch after three years. We thank De`arne sincerely for her efforts over these last three years and the input she has had in coordinating meetings and events during her time as President.
Jamie Eenjes from Plantmark is the incoming Branch secretary for the Gold Coast. Knowing Jamie with his endless energy and drive he will an asset in this role. Our very own Keiran King was elected as the new president for the Gold Coast branch and is looking forward to coordinating events, working with branch members and encouraging Gold Coast based nurseries to get involved in branch and industry events.
Steve Hart from Garden City Plastics (GCP) was the guest speaker for the evening, giving an informative talk on Freehand. Freehand offers nursery operators some new chemistry by using a combination of two modes of action. Freehand, a granular pre-emergent herbicide, will be released to the market and available from GCP sometime during November 2019. If you would like some more information regarding this product please contact Steve or one of the GCP team to discuss your requirements.
The night was concluded with the drawing of the lucky door prize which was generously donated by Garden City Plastics. Congratulations to Sarah Skelly from Shamrock Plants who took home the prize.
Rocky Point would like to thank both NGIQ and both the South Brisbane and Gold branches for giving us the opportunity to showcase our site and have everyone along for the night. We look forward to seeing everyone during the New Year.