To herald the return of fresh banana supplies, an event titled Banana Bounceback will be held in Martin Place, Sydney, on Tuesday, 27 September. A pallet of bananas donated by Innisfail grower, Steve Lizzio, will go on auction. The bananas are from Mr Lizzio's first crop. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the McGrath Foundation.
ABGC President, Cameron Mackay commented that growers 'are over the moon' that supplies of Australia's number one fruit will once again start to satisfy customer demand.
"We'd like to thank consumers for their patience and understanding during this time of re-growth. Production levels are on their way up and this is good news for everyone," Mr Mackay said.
The Australian banana industry suffered a devastating hit in February, when Tropical Cyclone Yasi swept through the Tully and Innisfail region in Queensland, wiping out 95 per cent of production in that area; ten per cent on the Atherton Tablelands and a further 100 per cent in the Kennedy area south of Cardwell. A Federal recovery package was announced by the PM in February.
The Banana Bounceback auction takes place at 8.30am on Tuesday, 27 September. Be there, if you can, to support the initiative.