Changes made to Hort Innovation constitution

Following a consultation process championed by a small group of growers with other hort industry members, sufficient support was gathered to make two of the three proposed changes to the constitution of Hort Innovation, the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.

Resolution one was to change the composition of the Director Nomination Committee to add a levy payer. This was supported by the Hort Innovation Board, and more than 98 per cent of votes saw the change pass.

Resolution two was to adjust the composition of the Board to five elected directors and four appointed directors. This was supported by the Hort Innovation Board, and more than 99 per cent of the votes were in favour of the change, leading to it being implemented.

Resolution three put forward was to change the voting rights of members to one member, one vote, rather than votes being calculated on the amount of levy paid. This resolution was not passed – 18.5 per cent of voters voted in favour of the change, and 80.55 per cent voted against it.