New horticulturist brings international perspective to Mudgee
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Sue Marte, Horticulturist, Mudgee
From horticultural studies at the University of Connecticut USA, to working with exotic tropical fruits in the Northern Territory and in Young with the cherry and prune industries, Sue Marte has now found a new role in the Mudgee district.
The latest recruit to NSW Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) Mudgee team said she was keen to work with local growers as their district horticulturist.
“There’s a strong focus on winegrape and olive production here which has contributed to Mudgee’s reputation as the home of vibrant new industries,” Ms Marte said.
“I’m also interested in exploring research and development opportunities which could further enhance the district’s horticultural enterprises.”
NSW DPI horticulture development manager, Murray Spicer, said Ms Marte comes to the area with a fresh approach and will make a valuable contribution to local horticultural industries.
“Ms Marte may be new to the Mudgee district but her experience and skills well-equip her to deal with challenges of the future,” Mr Spicer said.
“During the last seven years Ms Marte’s efforts as NSW DPI horticulturist in Orange and Young have earned praise and respect from growers.”
Mr Spicer said Ms Marte was a worthy replacement for retired Mudgee district horticulturist, Clarrie Beckingham, whose career with NSW DPI spanned more than 40 years.
Ms Marte said she would service areas beyond the immediate region from Dubbo to Narromine, Wellington and through to the Blue Mountains.
“It’s an exciting opportunity for me to work with both new and more traditional industries and I encourage growers to contact me and talk about their needs,” she said.
Growers can get in touch with Sue Marte at the NSW DPI Mudgee office, (02) 6372 4700, to discuss current issues and research requirements.
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