INDUSTRY LEADER: Integria Health general manager, Glenn Cochran, is interviewed at Ballina's Thursday Plantation for a Foxtel series on industry leaders to be broadcast in November.
INDUSTRY LEADER: Integria Health general manager, Glenn Cochran, is interviewed at Ballina's Thursday Plantation for a Foxtel series on industry leaders to be broadcast in November. Graham Broadhead

New TV series films at iconic Ballina business

AN iconic Ballina business will feature in a Foxtel series on industry leaders in November.

Thursday Plantation, which is well known for producing tea tree oil products for distribution around the world, is owned by Integria Health.

Integria Health general manager, Glenn Cochran, said the business was a "pioneer" in the natural oils industry.

Thursday Plantation was established by the late Eric White in the early 1970s.

He recognised the health benefits of the oil of the native tea tree, and had pushed for a Crown lease to develop a product.

His persistence paid off and he eventually was granted a lease of Ballina land on a Thursday, hence the name of the both the home of the Thursday Plantation products and the brand itself.

But ill health meant Mr White couldn't pursue his dream.

It was his step-son, Christopher Dean and his wife, Lynda, who, also seeing for themselves the health benefits of the tea tree oil, really established the business after taking over from Mr White in 1978.

Integria Health took over Thursday Plantation in 2011, and now produces 70 products which are exported to nearly 30 countries as well as sold around Australia.

Mr Cochran said the Asian and North American markets were growing as more and more people want to "unleash the power of tea tree oil".

He said the Thursday Plantation products were popular as they were a "natural product that is synonymous with effectiveness".

The 10-episode Industry Leaders series is set to screen on Foxtel's Aurora channel - channel 183 - in November.



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