The next evolution of NGIV's Trade Day

We have recently learnt that there will be a significant change to NGIV’s monthly Trade Day. After more than 40 years of calling the Caribbean Gardens site in Scoresby ‘home’ to our trade market, the Caribbean management team have exercised their right to serve us with a six-month period of notice. 

Whilst we have many great memories of bringing the industry together at Caribbean Gardens, we’re excited about the opportunity that comes with change, to do things differently and create something special together. 

Our membership will be key to that process. We want to build not just an event, but an experience, that meets the needs of our current standholders and buyers, whilst attracting, a new, and larger audience. 

The NGIV Board, Management and a newly formed Working Committee, will commence an exhaustive consultation and engagement process in January, to ensure we understand the diverse needs of our membership. 

We are committed to exploring different opportunities to evolve from what we currently offer at Trade Day and the NGIV Board is very openminded about what that will look like; its frequency, timing, location and format. Those are all criteria that our working committee will address in consultation with our members.  

As an industry we showed in 2020 our capacity to evolve and adapt to change. This is an opportunity to deliver a new event, with an elevated experience, to a larger industry audience; and in doing so create something that is the pride of the Australian horticultural industry.

I ask that you trust in the process and we will keep you updated with any developments. The NGIV office will be closed between Monday 21 December and Friday 1 January 2021, but if you do have any urgent queries about this update you can contact me directly - 0417 337 349.

Craig Taberner, CEO NGIV