This season Australian Mangoes has convened a record number of roadshows achieving record attendance at every one, a strong indictator that we have an industry that is engaged and excited about its future.
Between August and December a total of ten pre-season roadshows were held in growing regions across the country including Kununurra, Katherine, and Darwin in the Northern Territory; Bowen, Ayr, and Mareeba in Far North Queensland; Rockhampton and Bundaberg in South East Queensland and Carnarvon and Gin Gin in Western Australia. For Kununurra and Carnavon these were inaugural roadshows and were greeted with extraordinary participation.
At all events there was a depth and breadth of industry attendance including; growers, retailers, wholesalers, exporters, service providers and regional government departments with a central theme of celebrating our collective journey over the past four years while collaborating to create a sustainable, profitable future that shines big and bright.
Each roadshow began with a workshop connecting growers to the industry strategy and marketing plan, R&D initiatives and project updates as well as topical presentations from a wide range of industry stakeholders and finished with a social event providing a great opportunity for connecting and networking in a casual, and celebratory manner.
What was noticeable at all events was the cultural shift the mango industry has made in the last 4 years. We have definitely moved from an industry of relatively fragmented individual businesses moving to their own beat, with little visibility of the bigger picture, to an industry that is connected, collaborative and committed to delivering an excellent mango experience.
We are pleased to see that so many growers and other stakeholders, value the investment of their time to attend industry events. We rely on the feedback we receive from all attendees to make each meeting better than the last and look forward to another successful year of engagement in 2019.
As we round out the season for roadshows we begin to look forward to the coming year and further opportunities for engagement and information sharing. There will be no better place to come together than the Australian Mangoes 12th Biennial conference and we hope to see as many stakeholders as possible at what is sure to be the best conference yet!