Thursday, September 14, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Local Produce Celebrated At Growers Gala

North Queensland’s fresh produce industry has celebrated another great year, with the 2023 Growers Gala which was hosted by the Bowen Gumlu Growers Association on Saturday September 2.

Held at the Bowen Racecourse, over 80 guests were welcomed, including the region’s leading growers, business leaders, industry figures and dignitaries.

On the guest list was Hon Mark Furner Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Andrew Willcox Federal Member for Dawson, Dale Last Member for Burdekin, Mayor Julie Hall and Councillors Mike Brunker and Michelle Wright from Whitsunday Regional Council, and Mayor Lyn McLaughlin from Burdekin Shire Council.

The event celebrated the important contributions of the agricultural producers and workers who make up our communities, with two award presentations.

The Grower Recognition Award was presented to Dale Williams of Euri Gold Farm, for his continued contributions to the association, and the Industry Recognition Award was presented to Luke Jurgens from NQ Aerovation, for excellence in innovation and emerging as a leader of local industry.

L-R: Minister for Agriculture Mark Furner MP, Mayor Julie Hall, BGGA CEO Ry Collins and BGGA President Carl Walker

L-R: BGGA CEO Ry Collins, Grower recognition award recipient Dale Williams and Minister for Agriculture Mark Furner MP. Photos supplied

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