Aussie Mangoes get messy at Bondi

The sixth annual Mango Mess-tival (Mess-tival) event was successfully held over the first weekend of summer on 3 December 2017. Funded by Hort Innovation using mango industry levies, Mess-tival gives the public an opportunity to converse with growers—putting a friendly face behind the mangoes they will eat over the summer. It also celebrates summer at the peak of mango season on Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach.

Mapping Australia’s orchards for improved industry productivity, biosecurity and natural disaster recovery—update

For the first time, Australia’s mango, avocado and macadamia orchards have been mapped. The map delivers new foundation information for industry in an easily accessible online web map for improved decision-making, biosecurity and natural disaster response, recovery and monitoring.

Keep cool this summer

An early heatwave across parts of Queensland has brought concerns that workers across the state need to prepare for a long hot summer. Media reports on the recent death of a Belgian backpacker working on a watermelon farm in North Queensland suggest the incident could be linked to heat stress, although Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s (WHSQ) investigation is ongoing.