Media Release From Premier of Victoria's Office - Denis Napthine

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The Hon Peter Walsh MP
Minister for Agriculture and Food Security
Minister for Water


Media release
Friday 25 October 2013
Gippsland tree farm secures 10-year China contract
A West Gippsland tree farm business has signed a 10-year service contract with a Chinese
landscaping consortium, demonstrating the value of long-term relationships when doing
business with China.
Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh said Blerick Tree Farm signed the
agreement with Orisis Landscape at the Victorian Food, Beverage and Agribusiness
Showcase in Shanghai.
"Blerick Tree Farm, the family business of Ron Geritz and Michelle Jones, has been working
with Orisis Landscape for two years and this is the second 10-year agreement they have
secured to provide technical and supply management advice at tree nurseries in China,” Mr
Walsh said.
"Blerick Tree Farm is also working through export protocols with a future goal of exporting
high quality trees propagated at their Neerim South farm to China.
"This would be a high-value expansion of current operation and would generate new jobs at
the Neerim South farm."
Mr Geritz said Blerick Tree Farm had focused on domestic supply for nearly two decades and
had only explored development opportunities in China for the last two years.
"In the last 18 months we have established 50,000 trees at the Chinese farm, and these have
a market value of $12.5 million," Mr Geritz said.
"Our long term goal would be to supply this amount annually to China, and if successful this
would create at least 30 new jobs in Victoria.
"Blerick Tree Farm has invested a lot of time and effort in establishing good relationships with
our Chinese friends. We have travelled here many times and we host Orisis representatives
to our farm in Victoria at every opportunity.
"Our advice to other businesses keen on exploring opportunities in China is to take advantage
of programs like the Super Trade Mission and don't be intimidated by the scale of
The Shanghai Victorian Food, Beverage and Agribusiness Showcase was a key activity for
the 150 food, beverage and agribusiness delegates who are part of this week's Victorian
Government Super Trade Mission to China.
Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122


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