Meeting with the Prime Minister

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3.10.2017

Pictured – lunch at Vaucluse House: Front- Bernard Oosterom- President AIPH, Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Graham Ross- Chair AGC. Rear- Tim Briercliffe- Secretary General AIPH, Steven Haggart- Founder & MD Australis 2020, Kevin Chung- Chair AIPH International Marketing Committee.

Australis founder Steven Haggart, recently hosted the ‘Association of International Horticulture Producers (AIPH) senior executive, for a 5 day ‘official visit’ to Sydney, a pre-requisite of having secured the license to hold the first ever 6-month ‘World Garden and Environmental Expo’ in the Southern Hemisphere, planned for Sydney Olympic Parkland in 2020.

The visit kicked off with tour of Sydney’s most spectacular public and private gardens, hosted by Graham Ross, Chair of the Australian Garden Council (AGC), key Australis alliance partners.

The AGC was endorsed as the second members of the AIPH for Australia, by the 27 member nations of the AIPH at their 69th Annual Congress in Taipei, Taiwan at the end of September, 2017. as part of Australis’s strategy to drive the Expo agenda both nationally and internationally.

The AGC’s membership is a significant move in driving the Australis Expo agenda both nationally and internationally, building on Graham extensive experience in the garden tourism sector, his involvement in past expos internationally and direct involvement in previous bids to secure this event for Australia, over the past 20 years.

During the visit, delegates stopped at Vaucluse House where they were joined by the Australian Prime Minister, Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP.

The PM took time out on a Public Holiday, to show his support for both the AGC and Australis initiative, having launched the AGC with Graham as a Federal Government initiative to promote the garden sector generally and particularly to coordinate the effort in attracting some of the estimated 300 million garden tourists travelling the world every year, visiting garden projects and events to Australia. The opportunity to hold a 6-month international expo event is seen as the single biggest catalyst to putting Australia on the world garden tourism map. 

The opportunity to hold a 6-month international expo event is seen as the single biggest catalyst to putting Australia on the world garden tourism map. 

Mr. Turnbull’s other motivation to support the AGC, stems from research linking gardening and the greening of working and living environments to the reduction of stress and improvement of general health and wellbeing, projected to deliver significant savings to the nation’s health costs. 

Australis plans to be a showcase opportunity to explore these key themes, with leading thinkers around the world, during the 6-month Australis international event and the legacy attractions it will create. 

The Prime Minister expressed a keen interest to be kept abreast of developments with both the AGC and Australis.