Recently we received a copy of an article printed in the South Australian newspaper, The Advertiser, about government departments wasting taxpayer’s money on fitting out their offices with indoor plants. As your President, I responded on behalf of IPA immediately sending a letter to the journalist who wrote the article.
As you are fully aware it is not only Interior Plantscapers that are affected it also affects, the growers, soil suppliers, containers, fertiliser and pest control suppliers and so on. Unfortunately, Government purely looks at the bottom line and cost-cutting.
As an association, we need to promote the fact that there is a cost saving. Those savings trickle down the supply chain. All those businesses that lose contracts eventually must layoff staff or in some cases close their businesses with the real possibility of eventually ending up on social security benefits. We know it is happening in South Australia, however, you can be sure it will continue to happen elsewhere.
You may have experienced similar situations in your business. If you need help to tackle these problems, contact us and we will help to advise you of the best way forward.
On another note, I have contacted other organisations that I feel would be an excellent strategic alliance for IPA. Looking at how we can ‘cross-pollinate’ to help promote plants and horticulture generally, as well as IPA these alliances can only be mutually beneficial for everyone. These organisations also have events this year that I feel would be of great interest to everybody.
Michael Casey, President of the Australian Institute of Horticulture (AIH) and Steven Wells, President of Therapeutic Horticulture Australia are combining their conferences again this year. If you have not been to Perth for the spring flowers, this could be a great opportunity to see them as the conference will be held in Perth in Spring. For more information www.aih.org.au and www.tha.org.au
International Plant Propagators Society (IPPS) is holding their conference (as well as a separate pre-conference tour) in May at the Sunshine Coast. This would also be a good conference to network with growers from all over Australia. This year they are hosts to the International Conference so there will be overseas guests as well. Details on their website www.ipps.org
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Karen Smith – President