2012 Citrus Australia National Conference



Conference Wrap Up

The 2012 Citrus Australia National Conference was held  in Leeton, New South Wales from 21-24 October 2012.

Attended by delegates from across-industry the conference provided attendees with valuable opportunities to learn, network and discuss key issues affecting the industry.

This year the feature packed program included:

  • Experts, both local and international, addressing the ciritical question - is Australia prepared for Huanglongbing (citrus greening)?
  • A panel consisting of growers through to pack house managers jointly debating one of the key issues for growers - why is growing navels unprofitable in today's market?
  • A frank and honest discussion on the future direction of the fresh juice industry.
  • The latest research and development in combatting Queensland fruit fly in Australia.
  • Field trip comprising of visits to two local orchards to view new varieties and Tahitian limes under netting.

Conference Articles

Links to news stories about the conference are below:


Consistency of supply, quality essential to future of juice 

Labelling, technology and changing perceptions important for juice industryNavels

Next steps for navels highlighted at Leeton conference


Preparing to meet the citrus greening “test” 

New appointment to address Riverina fruit fly control, market access concerns

Fruit fly breakthrough “a giant leap” for citrus biosecurity


New Citrus Australia Director to bring youth and passion

Citrus Australia announces Chair and Deputy Chair appointments

Stay tuned for the December/January edition of Australian Citrus News will include a special conference feature.

Visit our Photo Gallery to view a selection of images taken throughout the event!

Conference Presentations

We are pleased to provide the following presentations published with the kind permission of our keynote speakers:

Biosecurity - dealing with major threats to our industry 

  •  Coping with Citrus Greening (Huanglongbing) - Florida's lessons in biosecurity: Mike Irey, United States Sugar Corporation/Southern Gardens Citrus (PDF 6,380 KB)  
  • Are we prepared for HLB in Australia? - Andrew Beattie, University of Western Sydney (PDF 1,030 KB)

Why is growing navels unprofitable in today's market? - what's changed, where to from here?

  • Navel Oranges - where to from here? - Citrus Australia's Market Development Team: Nathan Hancock, Kym Thiel, Andrew Harty (PDF 1,080 KB)

Technical Poster Session 

  •  The latest developments in Australian citrus research, development and technology - R&D Technical Poster Abstracts (PDF 571 KB)

Citrus Juice: future directions - varieties, logistics and economics

  • Creating a future for fresh juice: integrated production and processing - Dick Estens, Grove Juice (watch video
  • Variety & rootstock evaluation in the juice industry - Graeme Sanderson, NSW DPI (PDF 1,050 KB
  • High Density plantings for mechanised harvesting: combating Australia's high cost of labour - Damian Crowe, Agromillora Australia (PDF 925 KB) or watch video 
  • Reading the juice market signals: consumption trends in the juice sector - Geoff Parker, Fruit Juice Australia (PDF 526 KB)

Corporate Partner AustSafe Super presentation

  •  Financial Wellbeing - Marty Carne, CEO KNM Group (PDF 164 KB)

Fruit Fly: why the citrus industry must lead the way

  •  Fruit Fly in Australia: the big picture - Tony Clarke, Queensland University of Technology (PDF 379 KB
  • State of play: a region by region roundup of fruit fly issues - Andrew Jessup, NSW DPI (PDF 183 KB
  • SIT: a million and one uses for sterile males - Olivia Reynolds, NSW DPI (PDF 277 KB
  • SPLAT, MAT and other innovations in fruit fly control - Peter Crisp, SARDI (PDF 229 KB)

Sponsors of the 2012 Citrus Australia National Conference

Citrus Australia would like to thank and acknowledge the support of this year's sponsors.



Proud Major Sponsor of this Event!















Welcome Dinner Charity Event




Stubby Holders 

Baseball Caps & Note Pads 

Coffee Cups 


Exhibitor Booth Only


Local Sponsors

De Bortoli Wines

FLT Pty Ltd

Leeton Shire Council

Lillypilly Estate Wines

McWilliams Wines

MIA Rural Services

Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority

Murrumbidgee Irrigation Ltd

Riverina Grove

Roy Spagnolo & Associates

Think Water - Leeton

Warburn Estate

Westend Estate Wines



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