NSWFA Contact

Robert Hardie

Policy Director - Grain & Horticulture
Ph: (02) 9478-1074
Email: hardier@nswfarmers.org.au

Jennifer Shillabeer

Policy Advisor
Ph: (02) 9478-1003
Email: shillabeerj@nswfarmers.org.au

Hortculture Committee Members

Susan Brighenti Lake Wyangan
Glenn Fahey Darkes Forest
Brett Guthrey (Chair)
Guy Gaeta
Geoff Moar Oaklands
Brendan Murray Coleambally
Paul Shoker Coffs Harbour
Chris Stillard Barooga
Warren Waddell North Curl Curl
Peter West Orange
Max Rawlinson (YF) Birchgrove 
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The Horticulture Committee represents members from the diverse and dynamic horticulture industries which produce over $1 billion in farm gate value and employ over 10,000 people in NSW.

The committee is made of representatives elected from seven district councils encompassing NSW. The horticulture section of the Association works closely with a number of national bodies such as NFF (National Farmers Federation), AUSVEG Limited (Australian Vegetable and Potato Growers Federation) and APAL (Australian Apple and Pear Limited). 

NSW Farmers not only works on specialist horticulture matters, such as the Horticulture Code of Conduct and matters of horticulture biosecurity; but also on key cross-commodity issues which have particular effect on the horticulture industries, including land use planning, supermarket power and access to safe and effective chemicals.

Horticulturalist members have access to a specialist horticulture Regional Services Manager, Michael Burt, and Policy Director – Cropping and Horticulture, Robert Hardie, as part of NSW Farmers Policy and Membership teams.

Latest Horticulture News



a. Implementation of MOU and Biosecurity Legislation Reform

b. Improving on farm biosecurity

  • Resourcing of regulatory support and necessary RD&E to enable the implementation of fruit fly controls that will enhance horticultural production and market access.
  • Abandoned orchards management
  • Property identification codes
  • Protocols to expand export opportunities for NSW horticulturalists
  • Encourage implementation of on-farm biosecurity plans


Research & Development
  • Facilitate the maintenance and enhancement of the investment into horticultural RDE
  • Work with industry and Government to secure the future of horticultural R&D levies as they are reviewed.  This should include the use of levy funds so that industry bodies and Horticulture Innovation can adequately consult with levy payers during the review and remaking of levies.


Labour Law
  • Implementation of Government and industry policies that will facilitate the engagement of Australian and international workers necessary to optimise Australia’s horticultural production.
  • Education of members on managing Labour Hire Companies.
  • Creation of an agriculture specific visa which will provide short term work entitlements to semi-skilled workers employed by primary producers.

Future Policy for Discussion

  • Development of policy about the resettling of refugees into regional areas


Competition & Markets
  • Horticulture Code Review outcomes implementation
  • Review of the Food and Grocery Code
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