The Australian Garden Council was launched at Parliament House in Canberra, on November 25th 2015, prompted by a number of federal MPs, to promote gardening and gardens across the nation. The profile of gardening has been too low for too long. Until November 2015, gardening had not been mentioned in our national parliament for more than 25 years, despite being the most popular pastime across the country.
On its formation the committee of 13 heard of many problems and opportunities in the garden industry. Garden tourism is a massive global industry (300 million tourists), but one that Australia has yet to tap into. Fantastic career and business opportunities exist for young people in gardening; but all too often, school leavers are simply unaware of these possibilities.The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, told those present of the need to encourage more Australians, particularly in inner city areas, to get gardening. The health benefits alone are huge.
Clearly there is a massive untapped potential for Australians to become more involved in gardening at home, growing their own produce and improving their psychological and physical health at the same time. There is also a wonderful opportunity for us to grow our garden industry, expanding garden tourism, education and exports of all sorts.
The AGC will actively engage, support and promote education and career employment opportunities at State and local levels for young people and help resource gardening skills and knowledge growth and development.
The AGC will actively engage with Federal, State and Local Government resources to highlight and promote Garden Tourism into Australia and link with International common associations.
The AGC will act as an umbrella organisation to communicate and tie all various and diverse groups with shared knowledge of events, activities, support and promotion both locally and internationally.
The AGC will be an active participant bringing new and established knowledge, skills and support, to highlight and promote the relevance of gardening and the cross pollination of all industry sectors knowledge of plants and how to best use this with our collective Australian base of people and natural assets for education, tourism and enhanced healthy communities.