At this year’s Gala Event (part of the 11th Australian Mango Conference) held in Bowen in May, several people who have made significant contributions to the mango industry were presented with industry awards to recognise their service to industry. This year’s awards focused on recognising our leaders and breeders.
The recipients were:
- Gavin Scurr: For his service to industry, as a director on the board since 2007, and chairman from 2011 to 2016 (Gavin is still an AMIA director). During his time of the board both AMIA and the industry have grown significantly.
- Ian Bally, Peter Beal and Ross Wright: Ian, Peter and Ross were involved in the breeding of the R2E2 mango. The R2E2 has become one of the significant mango varieties and is our leading export variety.
- Tony Whiley and John Dorrian: Tony and John worked on introducing the B74 mango (Calypso®) to our industry. It is now a major Australian mango variety and is popular in both Australian and export markets.
- Noel Sammon: Noel selected and undertook the initial commercialisation of the Honey Gold mango. Honey Gold is grown throughout Australia.
Pictured are some of the recipients accepting their awards.