Reef Certification

Hort360 is seeking input from horticulture growers regarding the proposed Reef Certification before comments close 24 April 2020.

Whilst we are happy to accept comments against all documents, we are particularly keen for you to review and make comment on the Standards table within the Rules document and the criteria within the Compliance document, listed below.

We would like to know if you consider the proposed practices achievable for yourself and your industry, and whether you think the wording is appropriate.

Comments can be made to Scott Wallace, Hort360 Manager by email swallace@growcom.com.au

If you have further questions, please email Scott or call him on 0408 135 002.

Hort360 is holding two Zoom meetings in April to discuss the Reef Certification in more detail and seek further comments.

Thursday 2, April at 4:00-5:00pm
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/346007878

Thursday 16 April at 5:00-6:00pm
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/876260312

What is a Hort360 Reef Certification?

The key purpose of a Hort360 Reef Certification is to provide a quality, credible certification pathway for horticulture growers to demonstrate their environmental stewardship and industry best practice standards in the Great Barrier Reef catchments.

A Hort360 Reef Certification intends to align and leverage (rather than add to) current systems used by horticulture businesses which specifically provide a water quality outcome.

There are increasing expectations on horticulture producers to manage their enterprises to reduce impacts on water quality both on and off farm. This is particularly important for those growers who live in the reef catchments or near other sensitive aquatic and marine systems.

The Hort360 Reef Certification module focusses on four key management practice areas – Nutrient, Sediment, Pesticide and Water.

Reef Certification documents

The Hort360 Reef Certification documents below are available for your comment and to assist you to address the compliance criteria: