© 2019 by Gurra Downs Date Company Pty Ltd.

ABOUT US

Healthy Soil,
Healthy Plants,
Healthy Fruit,
Healthy People
OUR VISION
Produce significant volumes of premium Australian dates and quality wines.
OUR MISSION
Gain recognition for highly nutritious premium products, and good value organic wine. 
OUR FAMILY

QUALIFICATIONS & AWARDS

Advanced Diploma of Agriculture - Dave, Anita 

Diploma in Production Horticulture - Dave, Anita 

 

Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment - Dave, Anita

 

Certificate in Agriculture - Dave (Katherine Rural College, NT)

2012 - Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarship

2010 - Khalifa International Date Palm Award for Best New Development Project

2007/08 - South Australian Landcare Primary Producer Award​

 

2007 - Gurra Downs was one of six irrigators showcased at the Australian National Conference on Irrigation and Drainage held in Bundaberg, Queensland

2005 - Banksia Environmental Awards Category Finalist


DAVE REILLY                                            Dave is the Managing Director of Gurra Downs Date Company Pty Ltd, Co-owner of the Gurra Downs horticultural property and a Director of Gurra Wet Pty Ltd. Dave’s primary roles are to further develop the Australian date industry and oversee grape production and wine sales.

ANITA REILLY
Anita manages the Gurra Downs date palm nursery and is skilled in tissue culture and micropropagation techniques.  She oversees the day to day administration of the business and manages date fruit sales and distribution.  Anita is a director of Gurra Downs Date Company Pty Ltd, Gurra Wet Pty Ltd and a partner of Gurra Downs.

SHAUN REILLY

Shaun manages all aspects of date plantation management and assists with vineyard production. He has proved to be highly skilled in the areas of pollination, variety selection, irrigation, and fertiliser management. Shaun has studied horticulture and agriculture at Roseworthy College and Sunraysia Institute of TAFE. He has since studied business management and irrigation management.

JESSE REILLY

Jesse is the design consultant focusing on marketing and product innovation. She also assists Anita in the day-to-day management of our online store on Farmhouse Direct.

KELSEY REILLY

Having recently completed her Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Event Management) Kelsey assists with marketing and agritourism and provides critical strategic input to business operations.

JONTE REILLY

Now in his first year of tertiary education, Jonte has provided additional labour support during holidays over several years.

BRIAN REILLY
With a background in Meteorology, Brian has a working knowledge of many Australian climatic regions and maintains a close interest in Earth Sciences.  Accessing the Bureau of Meteorology’s data bank, he developed Summer Mean Rainfall and Heat Unit charts for the date-feasible subtropics.  The charts provide unique assistance in the siting of date plantations and in assessing the feasibility of date production over much of the continent. In addition, Brian lends a hand on the farm throughout the year.

RUTH REILLY
With a history in retail merchandising and with a background of extensive overseas travel, Ruth plays an active role in the promotion of regional tourism.  She maintains an interest in landcare issues and researches aspects of the date palm.

Ruth and husband Brian are directors of Gurra Downs Date Company Pty Ltd, Gurra Wet Pty Ltd and are partners in Gurra Downs.

Ruth & Brian Reilly