Peak representative body for Queensland horticulture, Growcom has today announced the appointment of Richard Shannon as its new Manager, Policy & Advocacy.

Mr Shannon started with Growcom on 2 May 2019 following the departure of Rachel Mackenzie in February this year.

Growcom CEO, David Thomson said Mr Shannon brings a wealth of experience to the role and a huge amount of enthusiasm for the future of horticulture in Queensland.

“Mr Shannon has previously worked in Canberra, resolving international market access issues for Australian agricultural products, and in Brisbane developing biosecurity policy and managing emergency responses,” Mr Thomson said.

“His experience in other areas of government policy, in renewable energy generation and across the education and training portfolio will also prove to be invaluable to Growcom and its grower members.”

Despite the challenges of growing fruit, vegetables and nuts in Queensland, Mr Shannon enters the role of Manager, Policy & Advocacy at Growcom with great optimism.

“Government at all levels, regardless of colour, will always be an important partner in growing our industry. But the future of our businesses and of horticulture is ultimately in our own hands,” Mr Shannon said.

“I’ve spent a lot of time recently in the local innovation and start-up scene. I understand there’s a whole raft of new technology that’s likely to bring about big changes to how we grow, distribute and market our produce.

“There will be opportunities for growers here amongst the disruption. At the same time there will also be opportunities for Growcom to evolve in the way we support our members.

“It’s an exciting time to be coming into the role. I’m looking forward to getting my hands dirty and as a priority getting out and around the state to meet as many growers as possible.”