AUSCITRUS BOARD

Executive committee members are elected from Auscitrus delegates at the Auscitrus Annual General Meeting.

The committee meets at least quarterly with the Auscitrus Manager, to decide on general operational and policy issues.

Mike Arnold AFSM
CHAIRMAN

Mike Arnold has been involved in the citrus industry for over sixty years, with around 100 ha of commercial citrus plantings in the Waikerie region of SA. Plantings include a number of specialist and niche varieties, and Mike has been involved in importing some of the more significant public citrus varieties currently in Australia.  Mike has hosted 8 international tour groups to attend World Citrus and Nursery Congresses around the world, with up to 48 growers per trip.  He helped form the South Australian Citrus Improvement Society in the late 1970s, and has been involved with Auscitrus since its inception

Wayne Parr
VICE CHAIRMAN

Wayne Parr is a fourth generation citrus grower with practical experience spanning over 40 years as a commercial grower.  Wayne currently owns and is involved in two business operations in Australia: Variety Access Pty Ltd, an Intellectual Property Management Company for the commercialisation of new citrus and subtropical fruit varieties, and Golden Grove Qld Pty Ltd, a commercial citrus and fruit tree nursery.

Golden Grove is one of the largest fruit tree production nurseries in Australia and is accredited with the Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme of Australia.  The nursery has been supplying Queensland commercial citrus growers since 1987 and is currently supplying over 200,000 nursery trees per year into the Queensland Citrus Industry and other fruit tree Industries. Wayne is involved in a number of industry bodies including the Hort Innovation Citrus Strategic Investment Advisory Panel, and the International Society of Citrus Nurserymen.

Gary Eyles
PUBLIC OFFICER

Gary began working in the Family Nursery at the end of 1969 after leaving High School. He completed a Certificate of Horticulture in 1972. This began a life-long interest in the Citrus and Nursery Industries.

In the late 1970’s Gary took over from his father representing industry on the Horticultural Propagation Co-Operative Society Ltd. This body eventually became Auscitrus. The value of using Clean tested propagation material can never be overrated. The best way to promote plant health is to begin with clean material. This is why Gary has been committed to the success of Auscitrus over a long period.

Steve Burdette
ORDINARY MEMBER

Senior executive with a strong background in agribusiness, ranging from field packing, logistics and marketing to commercialising intellectual property rights, restructuring/mergers and developing extensive national and international contacts and relationships. Expert in all aspects of horticultural supply chain; from orchard development (including drought mitigation strategies and environmental sustainability) through to market.

Pragmatic experience is complimented by extensive knowledge in R&D tax, chairing a number of national and regional committees including Biosecurity, Fruit Fly, Variety and Rootstock leadership and seasonal worker programs.  Founded two variety commercialisation companies and formed grower clubs in order to maximise the returns and market opportunities. Author and co-author of a number of technical publications.

Greg Chislett
ORDINARY MEMBER

Greg Chislett is an owner director of Chislett Farms, a family company conducting a citrus wholesale nursery and fruit producing operation at Kenley, Victoria.

Greg and his wife Susan joined his parents on their 13-hectare citrus farm at Kenley, Victoria in 1980. The business has more recently been joined by sons Jonathan and Brenton who are continuing the family tradition. The NIASA accredited nursery has developed to currently turnover 400,000 trees, from small beginnings in 1997. The orchard has also expanded to 400 hectares with another 800 hectares in the pipeline for development.

Greg has travelled extensively in Australia and overseas to keep up to date with propagating, growing and irrigating technology and methods. He is a member of Citrus Australia Limited, the International Society of Citrus Nurserymen and has been a Sunraysia Citrus Growers’ Delegate on the Auscitrus Committee for many years, and more recently on its Executive Committee.

Tim Herrmann
AUSCITRUS MANAGER

Tim comes from a horticultural family in the Riverland SA, obtaining an Applied Science Degree in Agriculture (Horticulture stream) in 1988.  He began his career in the nursery of the PIRSA Research station in Loxton, then moved to Adelaide to manage the nursery for the SA Plant Quarantine Station.  After a short stint as an AQIS export inspector and auditor he moved to the private sector, relocating to Mildura.

He has been Manager of Auscitrus since 2004, planning and coordinating the development of the current seed and budwood facility in the Coomealla district of NSW.  Tim sits on the Citrus Australia Pest and Disease Prevention Committee, Varieties committee,  and Biosecurity Surveillance steering committee, as well as the Post Entry Quarantine Plants Users group. He is also a member of the International Society of Citrus Nurseryman.