Horticulture women celebrated at event

THEY are often the unseen, forgotten faces who play a fundamental role in driving Australian horticulture.

Whether hidden behind the scenes or leading their peers in the limelight, today's women in horticulture are definitely a vital part of the industry.

The 2013 Ausveg Women in Horticulture event will be held as part of the National Convention, Trade Show and Awards for Excellence from May 30-June 1.

It will celebrate with an afternoon of luxury and class on the Gold Coast Broadwater.

AusVeg public affairs manager William Churchill said one of the event's highlights would be South Australian Senator Anne Ruston.

"With her background in horticulture and a passion for rural and regional affairs, she will deliver an inspiring keynote address to attendees," he said.

AusVeg is the national peak industry body representing Australia's 9000 vegetable and potato growers.

"Together, the Women in Horticulture event and National Awards for Excellence will bring together some of the brightest female achievers in the vegetable and potato industry from across the country, to recognise this," said Mr Churchill.

Conference participants will also be treated to an address by leading Victorian vegetable grower and 2012 Women in Horticulture Award winner, Tina Lamattina.

"Tina will return in 2013 to deliver a message of encouragement and inspiration to female delegates on the Gold Coast," Mr Churchill said.

The Women in Horticulture Award, to be presented at the National Awards for Excellence gala dinner on Saturday, June 1 is one of the industry's most prestigious and sought-after awards.

"These are the wives, daughters and sisters who not only hold together our industry but often are involved in running the family's entire business - from paddock to office," said Mr Churchill.

To attend the Women in Horticulture event, register online at http://www.ausveg.com.au/convention or phone Ausveg on 03 9822 0388.

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