Toowoomba Branch Report

March 2017

With recent rain, nurseries across the southern Queensland are reporting customers eagerly returning to purchase plants and restore gardens damaged by the summer’s record heat.  With more rainfall forecast between now when I am writing this and when you are reading it, business prospects are certainly looking up.

The rain is just in time to inspire buyers for the Toowoomba Trade Day to be held on 4 April, now at Toowoomba TAFE.  This is a new venue with ample space for parking and easy access for wholesalers and retailers.  For further information, contact Malcom Sypher at malsyp@activ8.net.au.

The drop in temperatures and the first sasanqua camellias flowering, reminds us that the Toowoomba Camellia Show and Garden Expo is rapidly approaching with preparations underway for another spectacular winter garden show.  If you are keen to participate contact Kevin Cotterall and kevcott9@bigpond.com

In other branch news, we had local Council Pest management officers from council and Biosecurity Queensland at a recent branch meeting to discuss the new Biosecurity Act and implications for the industry.  It focuses on all nurseries having a duty of care to manage all pests and weeds on their properties and minimise spread.  It is worth local branches having input to their Council’s Pest Management Plan to nominate priority weeds, and other pests for inclusion.  Biosecurity Officers have been visiting nurseries and markets locally to check for the possibility of restricted plants being sold.