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Resilient supply chains – essential arteries for rural industries

  • 24 Mar 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Sofitel Sydney Wentworth (Adelaide Room - Level 4), 61-101 Phillip Street, Sydney
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  • Corporate Members are able to bring along guests at member prices. If you book for 10 people, Farm Writers will reserve you a table.

Farm Writers Lunch

Resilient supply chains – essential arteries for rural industries

Friday 24 March 2023

12:00 for 12:30pm

Building stronger and more resilient supply chains isn’t all about bricks and mortar – it also relies on the right people, skills and capabilities to keep our freight coming and going in a timely fashion.

International events have shown that building and improving supply chain resilience are essential to keeping food and fibre on our shelves, prices competitive and trade in goods and services seamless.

For the agriculture sector, natural disasters have impacted the ability of physical supply chain infrastructure to get inputs in and send goods out. Add COVID induced labour challenges, increased fuel costs and high inflation, and it's clear that more work is needed to build a truly sustainable supply chain to sustain rural and regional industries into the future.

This event brings together an expert panel to discuss how to build stronger supply chains and their recent experiences:

  • Heidi Bailey Powell - Pacific National
  • Garry Edwards - AAM Investment Group
  • Caroline Pisciuneri - Freshmark

Registrations will close on Sunday 19 March.


Heidi Bailey Powell

As Head of Strategic Access for Australia’s largest private rail freight company, Pacific National, Heidi has a deep understanding of the current issues facing the national rail supply chain, including the need to build greater resilience and reliability into key interstate and regional rail freight networks.

Heidi has been in the rail industry for more than 15 years and has extensive experience in operations, commercial, and logistics roles, having worked with rail operators and network owners across Australia.

Garry Edwards

Garry is the Managing Director and CEO of AAM Investment Group (AAM), and the inaugural Deputy Chair of Cattle Australia.

He has over 25 years’ experience in large scale asset development and management within the Australian agribusiness sector. His experience spans across vast areas of agriculture and includes the design, financing and delivery of development projects, implementation of precision agriculture practices, investigation and implementation of sustainability and innovation initiatives and operating and developing integrated agricultural businesses.

Caroline Pisciuneri

Caroline sits on the board of Freshmark, the industry body representing wholesalers, growers, retailers, and others in the fresh produce sector and is also the Wholesale Director of Sydney Markets Limited.

She runs All Seasons Produce, a wholesaler at the Sydney Markets, and owns Seven Springs apple orchard in Batlow as well as Crisp Transport, servicing the fresh produce industry.

In 2022 Caroline was named the Fresh Markets Australia Col Johnson Young Achiever of the Year.

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The Sofitel and Farm Writers have COVID-safe practices in place, in line with the current guidelines for gatherings in hospitality venues. A full refund will be available should fresh restrictions mean cancelling or switching to a webinar.

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