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Thursday, 27 May 2004
Page: 29423

Mr ANTHONY SMITH (9:54 AM) —Yesterday the Australian public received some great news from the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show in London. A landscaped garden known as Fleming's Nurseries Australian Inspiration won a silver gilt prize after competing against 24 other landscaped gardens from around the world. This is a great achievement and all of those involved should be congratulated. The achievement of a second prize is even more significant given the fact that this is the first occasion that an Australian garden exhibition has been entered in the show. The garden is a collaboration between Fleming's Nurseries, landscape designer Jim Fogarty and Semken Landscaping.

Fleming's Nurseries is a fourth generation family business based in Monbulk in the horticultural heart of the Casey electorate. With 120 employees and more than 200 hectares in production, Fleming's is Australia's leading supplier of deciduous fruit and ornamental trees. Fleming's produce, along with the produce of many other horticultural businesses in the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges, is sold all over Victoria and Australia. Fleming's Nurseries is a family business run by Don and Dawn Fleming, their two sons Wes and Graham and other members of the family.

Don, Dawn and Wes are currently in London along with the team from Semken Landscaping, which is based in Melbourne's outer east, and Jim Fogarty, who is also from Melbourne. I wish to mention some of the other people involved who are currently in London: Martin Semken, Mark Bence, Paul Stammers, Mark Stammers, Brad Peters, David Brown, Anne Semken, Mandy Bence, Brian Sparling, Jay Watson and Glen McGrath. I assume that is not Glen McGrath from the Australian Cricket Team. Since the beginning of May they have been working on this landscape garden and all of their efforts have borne fruit.

As Wes Fleming said, taking part in the Chelsea Flower Show will lift the profile of landscaping and horticulture in Australia and communicate the skill, vision and quality of Australian industry to the rest of the world. Just being asked to participate in the Chelsea Flower Show is an achievement in itself, but to win a second prize really puts Australia on the map in an important industry not just in the Yarra Valley but across many of the other outer suburban and rural electorates of Australia. It is a great achievement and it deserves to be recognised.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Hon. I.R. Causley)— Order! In accordance with standing order 275A the time for members' statements has concluded.