A GAWLER councillor had the opportunity to meet Australian gardening royalty recently, while accepting an award recognising his business’ horticultural contribution.
Local business Australian Educational Publications and Training (AEPaT) – owned by Paul Koch, an elected member of Gawler Council – received recognition from the Australian Institute of Horticulture (AIH) at its 57th annual awards evening in Sydney, recently.
Every year, the institute seeks out and awards those in the profession who have led, inspired, educated and promoted horticulture in all its forms.
AEPaT received an AIH Award of Merit, which recognises outstanding horticultural projects.
Along with receiving the accolade on behalf of the business, Mr Koch also met with renowned television presenter, author and horticulturist Don Burke on the night.
Mr Koch said it was a great honour to be recognised by the Institute, with the award of merit recognising the horticulture training resources provided by AEPaT, which are now used nationally.
“In particular we are very proud of our role in educating the next generation of horticulturists,” Mr Koch said.
“From Gawler, we are connected to our customers around the country.”