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FNQ Growers Gala Dinner 2023

FNQ Growers Gala Awards attracts farmers from across North Queensland

LORRAINE Stopford was crowned the 2023 Charlie Nastasi Horticultural Farmer of the Year at a gala dinner on Friday night. 

Mrs Stopford is the first woman to win the prestigious award, which honours a horticultural grower who has demonstrated outstanding innovation and exceptional leadership in the Far North Queensland horticultural industry. 

The award is an initiative of FNQ Growers and is named in honour of the late Charlie Nastasi, an innovative mango grower from Biboohra near Mareeba. 

Lorraine is part of her family’s Rocky Creek Orchards, which grows avocados, mangoes, lychees, and passionfruit at Tolga, Dimbulah and Mutchilba. They also pack for a group of southern Tableland avocado growers. 

Her foresight and vision in supporting her family’s expansion have made a significant contribution to the operation’s success. 

One of her greatest achievements to date has been opening up an export market to Hong Kong for Shepard avocadoes from the Atherton Tablelands. 

Lorraine has also helped develop a trainee program, working with local high schools to promote diverse opportunities in horticulture. 

FNQ Growers president Joe Moro said Mrs Stopford’s win was historic for the organisation and the horticulture industry in the region, and showed how agriculture has evolved. 

The evening also raised money for FNQ Growers and the Mareeba Friends of the Hospital Foundation, with more than $13,000 raised through an auction of donated locally-grown produce.

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