Produce significant volumes of premium Australian dates and quality wines.
Gain recognition for highly nutritious premium products, and good value organic wine.
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 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 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 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.
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.
Now in his first year of tertiary education, Jonte has provided additional labour support during holidays over several years.
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.
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.