The Queensland nursery industry contributes more than $890 million to the Queensland economy and employs approximately 6,000 people in more than 2,000 small to medium sized businesses.
This places nursery production third behind fruit and vegetables, and sugar cane in contributing to the overall value of horticulture in Queensland. The total Queensland nursery value chain (production and retail) exceeded $1.2 billion in 2015/16 and nationally the sector contributes over $5.5 billion to the Australian economy.
The bulk of Queensland nursery production is undertaken in the southeast corner of the state with an estimated 70% of all greenlife produced between Noosa and the NSW border and west to Toowoomba and Darling Downs. The remaining 30% of Queensland nursery production occurs throughout regional Queensland, generally hubbed around the major coastal centres from Gympie to Cairns.
The Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland (NGIQ) is the leading association for production and retail nurseries, garden centres, allied trade and service providers.
Our key role is to provide a range of relevant and cost-effective services to members. We provide technical, industrial and commercial services keeping you informed on current issues, and providing business opportunities at our Trade Days and Green Expo.
NGIQ ASSOCIATION OFFICEUnit 1 / 250 Orange Grove Road
SALISBURY QLD 4107
PO Box 345
SALISBURY QLD 4107
T: 07 3277 7900
F: 07 3277 7109
Suncoast Water Gardens & Wholesale Nursery
VICE PRESIDENTElaine Duncan
Flourish Plants North Queensland Pty Ltd
LIFE MEMBERSEdward Bunker
Azalea Grove Nursery
Bamboo Down Under
Bush Garden Nursery
Go Green Rainforest Nursery
Energy Field Day For Production Nurseries
NGIQ and Queensland Farmers' Federation's (QFF) Energy Savers Program partnered to hold an Energy Field Day at Aspley Nursery Field Day in 2016 with over 30 growers attending and included presentations from local growers and experts in irrigation efficiency and renewable energy.
The field day provided a comprehensive insight to growers about ways in which they can monitor and improve their energy efficiency with particular emphasis on irrigation, water heating for propagation and lighting.
QFF President Stuart Armitage stated that the Energy Savers program is run in conjunction with Ergon Energy and is designed to assist growers reduce energy costs.
"Given the highly intensive production systems used within the nursery and garden industry there are significant efficiencies that can be applied to often large consumptions of electricity and water" said Mr. Armitage.
Prior to the workshop, NGIQ President Paul Lancaster encouraged fellow growers and industry operators to attend the Aspley Nursery Field Day:
"People attending will hear from the Aspley Nursery owners about some great energy and water savings they have made following their Energy Savers audit and also from other nurseries that have implemented water and energy saving projects" said Mr. Lancaster
"This field day is all about making sure growers are aware of these opportunities to reduce their electricity and water use, and by doing so they can reduce their associated costs."
"The program is designed to support the accelerated adoption of improvements in on-farm energy use that will lower energy costs for farmers and producers."
The Energy Savers Program was delivered by Ergon Energy in partnership with the QFF and funded by the Queensland Government.
Trade Day Community
Trade Day is held 10 times in Brisbane, twice in Toowoomba and once in Nambour each year. This is the regular market place for sourcing the best stock from a network of Queensland’s leading production nurseries. Trade Days attract regular buyers from retail centres, local government, landscapers and florists.
Your local NGIQ branch hosts regular networking events throughout the year. These events offer an opportunity to mix with other business owners, share ideas and promote your products in a friendly informal atmosphere.
Queensland Garden Shows
NGIQ members are able to participate in Queensland Garden Expo at Nambour and Brisbane International Garden Show. Attracting over 40,000 visitors each year, these Garden Events have become destinations for locals and tourists.
As part of our commitment to keeping members informed of relevant business issues, new legislation and technical issues, we offer a range of workshops and seminars to ensure you’re kept informed of important developments. These include workshops on biosecurity threats, pests and disease, crop nutrition, financial and business management.
As the voice of the industry, NGIQ has achieved much to influence government policy and to keep debate focused on key issues.
NGIQ is a member of Queensland Farmers Federation which unites 16 peak rural industry organisations providing powerful representation to more than 13,000 primary producers.
Working together with other industry groups enables us to express the strength of the horticulture sector on behalf of our members