Membership of the National Fruit Fly Council

Membership on the National Fruit Fly Council has been selected to include representatives from industry, state government, research funding bodies, and the Australian Government. The combined experience of members of the Council ensures that the group understands and considers different crop types and fruit fly management systems from across Australia’s horticulture production regions, as well as research capacity, and market access issues.

Council membership has also been selected to ensure that there is direct experience with the in-field management of both Mediterranean fruit fly and Queensland fruit fly.

The National Fruit Fly Council in convened through Plant Health Australia, the national coordinator of the government-industry partnership for plant biosecurity in Australia.

Jon Durham – Chair, National Fruit Fly Council


Jon has extensive experience across the pome fruit industry gained through his ongoing involvement in his family orchards since 1967 and his roles in industry organisations – as President of the regional Orchardists and Fruit Coolstores Association, the state industry body, and the Victorian Apple and Pear Growers Council. Jon has also served on the national body, the Australian Apple and Pear Growers Association (AAPGA) as Chief Executive Officer from July 1996 through to August 2002. Jon continued as Managing Director when Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL) was established in 2002.

Within APAL, Jon has also held the role of General Manager of the Intellectual Property Division where he led the international development of the Pink Lady ™ apple business, both strategically and operationally. Jon held a second term as CEO and Managing Director from 2010 till his retirement in 2013.

Jon has a continued involvement in the family orchards and has served as the Independant Chair of the National Fruit Fly Strategy Advisory Committee, the predecessor to the National Fruit Fly Council.

Darryl Barbour – National Manager, National Fruit Fly Council

Darryl completed a Bachelor of Science in Applied and Molecular Ecology (Entomology) at the University of Adelaide, which included investigations of the role predatory mites play in the control of Kelly’s citrus thrips. He was also involved with population monitoring and insecticide trials for onion thrips.

Prior to joining PHA, Darryl was employed with the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources where he was responsible for developing import risk analyses, and leading market access negotiations for Australian horticultural commodities. Most recently he worked on border compliance and surveillance projects to maintain Australia’s biosecurity status.

In his role as National Manager, Fruit Fly Council, Darryl will lead the development of cost effective and sustainable approaches to managing fruit flies across all production areas, supporting domestic and international market access.
Sonya Broughton – Senior Entomologist, Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia
Steve Burdette – Business Development Manager, Citrus Category, Costa Group

Steve has twenty years’ experience with Outspan International (Pty) Ltd, Production Research Department, Nelspruit and Pretoria, South Africa. This includes experience in variety and rootstock development (sourcing, testing, evaluation, commercialisation, development of export protocols, trademark registration, etc.), management of the scheme responsible for the production of high health status propagation material.

Steve also has three years experience with Capespan (Pty) Ltd, Production Research Department, Cape Town: Establishment of variety commercialisation joint venture companies.

After relocating to Australia in July 2002, Steve joined the Vitor Marketing/Costa Group and is currently responsible for quality management, nursery practices, variety and rootstock development, and coordination of R&D for the Costa Group.

Outside of the National Fruit Fly Council, Steve is also the Chair of Citrus Australia-SA Region and represents the citrus industry on Biosecurity, Area Wide Management Stakeholder Committee and Auscitrus.
Rosa Crnov – Chief Plant Health Officer, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Victoria’s Chief Plant Health Officer (CPHO) provides technical and strategic leadership in plant biosecurity through the development of policy, delivery of the plant biosecurity work program and leadership of state-wide responses to Emergency Plant Pest incursions. The CPHO is responsible for proactively shaping and influencing the national plant biosecurity agenda by working with diverse stakeholders including plant industry groups, Victorian and Federal Government agencies, Plant Health Australia and the community. The CPHO represents Victoria on national committees and provides high‐level technical advice to executive management including the Minister.
Tom Eastlake – Fruit Grower (Young). President, Cherry Growers Australia
Peter Hall – Fruit grower (Mooroopna). Member, QFF Taskforce
Col Hunter – Assistant Secretary, Plant Health Policy Branch, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Satendra Kumar – NSW Chief Plant Protection Officer / Director of Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity, NSW Department of Primary Industries
Ross Meffin – Manager, Plant and Food Standards, Biosecurity SA
David Moore – Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited

David is General Manager Research, Marketing and Investment at Hort Innovation, after joining its predecessor HAL as General Manager Research and Development in February 2010. Prior to that David held senior corporate R&D roles within Australia and the Asia Pacific. David was the Senior Agronomist with Colly Cotton Ltd from 1993 – 2000, after managing a substantial cropping and grazing aggregation in western NSW.

David has a strong interest in crop production, plant physiology and biotechnology application. He holds a BSc Agriculture, is a Churchill Fellow, and has a Masters in Biotechnology.
Rod Turner - General Manager - Preparedness and RD&E, Plant Health Australia
Salvo Vitelli – A/General Manager, Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity, Biosecurity Queensland
Mark Wilkinson – Fruit Grower (Maida Vale)
Joelene Williams – Fruit Grower (Swan Hill). Member, Greater Sunraysia PFA Industry Development Committee
Dale Williams – Fruit Grower (Bowen).

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