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Meet Jenn Honnery New CEO Of Bowen Gumlu Growers Association

Jenn Honnery, Chair of Bowen Tourism and Business has newly been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bowen Gumlu Growers Association.

Ms Honnery loves Bowen and the Whitsundays and looks forward to starting her new position.

“Right now, I am looking forward to getting out and catching up with the growers themselves, and certainly learning more about crops that I haven't had much to do with,” said Ms Honnery.

“I am excited to learn more in this space and see what projects we can continue to deliver that helps everyone out.

“It's a great opportunity to work with growers directly on supporting the industry.

“The horticulture industry in Bowen, Gumlu and up to Burdekin region, is quite big. It's Queensland's largest winter crop of vegetables.

“So, if you're eating a tomato in winter in Australia, chances are it came from Bowen.”

President of Bowen Gumlu Growers Association Carl Walker said, “We are very fortunate that she (Jenn Honnery) decided to apply because it is very hard to find good people who can actually work in our industry because the industry is extremely diverse.”

“It is extremely difficult at times because it's ever changing, our industry is never the same two days in a row.

“Our new mayor, Ry Collins was our CEO and obviously we've lost an extremely good person with Ry but we're very fortunate enough to have someone who's equally as passionate to take over his role as CEO of the Bowen Gumlu Growers Association.

“We look forward to Jenn putting her stamp on the position. The growth of our organisation going forward is in very good hands.”

Manager of Bowen Tourism and Business Leanne Abernethy said, “We are delighted that Jenn will be head of the Local Growers Association.”

“We’ve always worked closely with the organisation which supply us with farming maps for our Bowen and Collinsville Visitor Guide.

“We wish Jenn all the best in her new role and look forward to her continuing her voluntary position as chair of Bowen Tourism and Business.”

Bowen Gumlu Growers Association are a regional industry body that represent the interests of their members, horticultural growers, producers and associated agribusinesses in North Queensland.

Their mission is to support and be a voice for growers and to lead a sustainable future for the horticultural industry in North Queensland, and their vision is to have a strong cohesive horticultural industry in North Queensland that enhances the communities in which we live.

CEO of the Bowen Gumlu Growers Association Jenn Honnery. Photo supplied

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