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News: Yates Nursery & Garden Industry Awards 2007... - entries now open!

Greenworld is pleased to advise readers that entries for the prestigious 2007 Yates Nursery & Garden Industry Awards are now open. Those nurseries and garden centres intending entering are strongly advised to act expeditiously.

The former Yates/GCA Awards are now presented by Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA). They are designed to acknowledge the efforts of businesses and individuals within the industry who strive to achieve best business practice.

New judging criteria
For the first time the industry will have a single awards system, where state winners will automatically progress to the national finals.

Jenny Lambert, chief executive of Nursery & Garden Industry Australia, has described the new judging system as: "Very exciting for the industry. It marks a turning point in the awards with the national and state associations having recently agreed to a unified awards system, as well as a revised format."

According to Jenny Lambert, these major revisions underpin the vision of the collective state associations that will see the awards move forward in terms of prestige, industry reach and media coverage.

The new components of the awards also include:
  • the introduction of additional award categories,
  • a multi-phased judging process,
  • a one-off entry fee to ensure a stringent judging and reporting process,
  • a dedicated website, and
  • an industry souvenir entry booklet.

    Jenny Lambert went on to say: "We are delighted to welcome back Yates as the major Awards sponsor. Yates' ongoing commitment to the industry deserves resounding praise and recognition from all quarters", she concluded.

    The 2007 Nursery & Garden Industry Awards are also greatly assisted by the support of the Federal Government via Horticulture Australia Limited.

    Further information from Kobie Keenan at NGIA on (02) 9876 5200 or Mobile 1800 252 468, or log onto the new website at

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