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Michael Walker FAIM, MMA, NGIA-CNP, STA-PTM

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Michael Walker is qualified in business marketing, horticulture and  corporate governance.  With over 30 years'  experience in the  agricultural  and  horticultural industries, he specialises in both the retail and  commercial sectors with a passionate interest in Australian owned production.

He has been involved with Biological  Farmers of Australia since 2004. His role as Education Reference member involved endorsement of the new training  package: Organic Production: AHC10 Continuous Improvement Project  -  Industry Validation which  develops  competency in organic production for Certificate IV and Diploma courses.

As CEO of the  Biogreen Group, Michael oversaw  the  environmental charter  which mandated  returning the site to natural wetlands.  This land restoration program delivers improved environmental outcomes through:

  • Planting of trees
  • Converting refuse areas to active farmland
  • Creation of new wetlands to attract thriving fauna and flora populations
  • Consultation with government bodies; and
  • Major stakeholder involvement

Biogreen's site was a rural farming and peat processing operation.  Biogreen supplied organic soil conditioner for potato and other vegetable industries with sandy soils. Biogreen was the largest supplier of turf wicket soil in the state via a turf distributor.

Michael is Chair of the Horticultural Training Council -  HTC represents arboriculture, floriculture, landscape, turf and nursery industries. It develops training from Certificate 2 to Advanced Diploma to industry specifications.

Michael is also currently Chair of  the Primary Skills Victoria Board.  This represents seven peak industry bodies: Horticulture, Conservation Land Management, Seafood Industry of Victoria, Victorian Farmers' Federation, Animal Care and Management, Australian Workers Union and the Australian Services Union.

As  STA  Sports Turf Association of  (Vic) Vice President,  Michael  was involved in providing sector leadership and technical expertise.  STA  represents turf managers, growers, suppliers, local government and educational institutions.

He  is an Accredited Nursery Specialist, Certified Nursery Professional, Professional Turf Manager, Fellow of AIM, Executive Member Marketing Association of Australia & New Zealand, Member of CSA and VECCI.

Michael's comprehensive networking has also involved media liaison on radio and television and at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

His community participation includes membership of Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands Group which involved a comprehensive f easibility study and construction of educational Wetlands Discovery Centre for schools in the south east of Melbourne. Michael is committee member of the newly formed Victorian Urban Green Industry Alliance (VUGIA) formed in September 2012.

He is also actively involved in local junior sport as Grounds Marshall for the EdithvaleAspendale Junior Football Club and Coach of the U20s Mentone Mustangs basketball team.

Extensive technical and management experience supported by horticultural, marketing and governance qualifications demonstrates  his  excellent background for management positions.  His  lifelong passion for horticulture and agribusiness has spanned three decades and provided opportunities to advance the industry through training, innovation and sustainability.

 

Kathryn Walker

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