Eight years ago Nico Jong moved his family to Australia in search of a better life. This week his family company was awarded the Australian Production Nursery of the Year.
Mr Jong began his family trade in Holland at the age of 16.
Tragedy first brought him to the shores of Australia when his brother and his family, who had migrated to South Australia, were killed in a car accident.
“I was here for only one-and-a-half weeks, but straight away I could imagine why my brother had migrated,” Mr Jong said.
He returned home to Holland but soon decided it was time to leave his wholesale nursery business of more than 30 years and move to Australia.