General Agronomic Advice
Soil management, composting, pruning, limb removal and tree height reduction, irrigation and fertiliser requirements.
New Orchard Establishment
Specialised Pollination Advice
Specialised Pest Management Advice
Macadamia Husking And Sorting
Nutworks offers a dehusking and sorting service to our growers supplying our Bundaberg Consolidation facility at Lover’s Walk. We can assist with transport logistics to this facility from the field and also from this facility to our Yandina and Cooroy processing factories.
Meet Our Grower Services Team
Chris Fuller - Grower Liaison (Sunshine Coast, Gympie, Glass House Mountains)
Chris has been with Nutworks for over five years now and has been a consultant to the macadamia industry for nearly 30 years. He graduated from the University of Queensland’s Gatton campus where he studied Horticulture and Plant Protection and specialises in IPM (Integrated Pest Management) of macadamia pests, the concept of using biological and cultural methods of pest control in conjunction with chemical control when minimising insect damage to macadamia production. He has helped Nutworks’ growers to consistently have lower insect damage reported (in their deliveries to the factory) than the Industry’s Benchmarking average. Chris’s experience in the field has lead to him providing many of the images in the NSW DPI’s annual Macadamia Plant Protection Guide.
Chris also specialises in the use of Australian Native Stingless bees as alternative pollinators for the macadamia industry and manages a native bee program for Nutworks.
Gavin Lerch - Grower Liaison (Bundaberg Region)
Gavin is a third generation farmer in the Bundaberg region with his family growing sugar cane on the family farm for over 65 years. Gavin left school to manage his family property and gained further skills through his employment at the Bundaberg Research Station and Bundaberg Sugar Limited as a Grower Services Officer. In 2018 (when Nutworks entered into the area) a position became available with Nutworks as a Grower Liaison. 2018 was also the year that he commenced planting his own macadamia orchard.
Gavin now leads the Nutworks team in Bundaberg to facilitate the collection, de-husking, sorting and grower services. Gavin enjoys communicating with the growers in this region and offering for the best possible service. He is a proud committee member of the Macadamia Conservation Trust and Bundaberg Regional Advisory Panel (AMS).