The United Nations declared 2020, the International Year of Plant Health, creating a once in a lifetime opportunity to elevate the importance of plant health to the world. Raising awareness of how we protect plants for ongoing food security and the preservation of our environment is a central theme.

As part of 2020 IYPH, the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative members are pleased to announce the appointment of an Australian event coordinator for the International Year of Plant Health, Ms Michelle Portelli.

Michelle has a strong background in events, previously working with the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). She is based in Melbourne, with Hort Innovation, and has ‘hit the ground running’ promoting the International Year of Plant Health.

The year was officially launched on 6 February in Australia at Parliament House, thanks to organisers, Caitlin Morris (Hort Innovation) and Jesline Jossy, Mona Akbari, Gemma Bach and Jo Pearce (DAWE).

As the dedicated event coordinator, Michelle is liaising with the IYPH steering committee, the RDCs and their industries, Plant Health Australia and the state primary industry agencies to develop a calendar of events to highlight the IYPH to the broader community.

Throughout the year, Michelle will be working with the community, to introduce them to growers, researchers, gardeners, scientists, biosecurity specialists and ‘plant health heroes’ to create a greater appreciation of what plant health means to our everyday lives.

Stay tuned.

Healthy Plants, Healthy Life!

 

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 Ms Michelle Portelli (Australian IYPH coordinator) and Mr Steven Smith (Chair National Governance Committee for the Australian Plant Production Standard) attending the Green Life Conference, Perth February 2020. Photo courtesy of Ms Kobie Keenan (Communications Manager, Greenlife Industry Australia)

Ms Michelle Portelli (Australian IYPH coordinator) and Mr Steven Smith (Chair National Governance Committee for the Australian Plant Production Standard) attending the Green Life Conference, Perth February 2020. Photo courtesy of Ms Kobie Keenan (Communications Manager, Greenlife Industry Australia)