OUR TEAM

“In almost every garden, the land is made better and so is the gardener.”
– Robert Rodale

WHO ARE WE

‘Australis’ is a special purpose vehicle created to deliver 
the World Garden Expo dream.  Australis’ partners and consultants anchor that dream in reality –
they are market leaders in event and entertainment, management, marketing and ticketing.

Australis founder

Mr. Steven Haggart, has a 30 year career creating multi-faceted, mega projects around the world, including the $1 billion Jewel hotel and residences, currently under construction on the Gold Coast.

He is passionate about creating projects that are both environmentally and financially sustainable and has gathered the ‘cream of the crop’ of project partners and consultants to deliver the Australis 2020 event and project.

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Project Partners

comprising market leaders in event and entertainment management, marketing and commercialisation including SEL and TEG , Australia’s leading integrated entertainment solutions companies and Ticketek are the leading ticketing partner to the event and entertainment industry.

‘Australis’ comprises 4 entities to manage Intellectual property and deliver the Garden Project and Event with with an impressive line up of private sector and industry partners, supported by Local, State and Federal Governments

Finalter was born out of the Milan Expo15, founded by Piero Galli, the GM responsible for the preparation and successful delivery of what is generally regarded to have been the most commercially successful expo in modern times. Finalter comprises the department heads responsible for sales /marketing, ticketing, content, entertainment, operations, logistics etc. and is a key strategic partner in delivering the Expo Event.

The Australian Garden Council (AGC) is a Federal Government initiative established by Graham Ross as Chair and the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull MP, to attract some of the estimated 300 million tourists traveling the globe each year, visiting garden projects and events. The AGC will drive the Australis Expo agenda in the horticultural sector 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.

SEL is a market leader in event and entertainment management, marketing and commercialisation.

Since it’s launch in 1997 SEL has enjoyed incredible success – achieved through second-to-none industry experience, skill, and expertise, through offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and London.

TEG Live is unique in its diversity as a live touring business. TEG Live adopts a four pillars content strategy, covering international sport, concert/music.

Ticketek is Australasia’s leading event ticketing company, powered by our database of 11.7 million unique live entertainment fans.

Velocity Brand Management (VBM) is a multi- faceted licensing and merchandising business specialising in the creation and sale of Licensed Products.

Russ is a quali ed horticulturist with some 40 years’ experience in both ornamental and broadacre horticulture. Together with Peta he has operated.

DBI Design enjoys an international reputation as a result of over 35 years of major project delivery, in architecture, masterplaning, landscape, interior.

Russ is a quali ed horticulturist with some 40 years’ experience in both ornamental and broadacre horticulture. Together with Peta he has operated retail.

a creative community of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions.

Project Supporter

An extensive stakeholder consultation program has engaged Local,
State and Federal Government departments, multiple
private sector interests and industry bodies both national and international.