Industry leader lost in car crash
TRIBUTES have flowed for AWB Limited board member Warrick McClelland, who died in a car crash this week.
Mr McClelland became president of the VFF grains group in March, 1998, but resigned in December that year after being elected to the board of the then newly demutualised wheat marketer, AWB Limited. He served on the board of AWB until his retirement in February, 2008.
Mr McClelland was deeply affected by the Oil for Food scandal, which dogged the wheat marketer from 2006.
AWB was sold to Canadian fertiliser conglomerate Agrium Inc in November, 2010.
Mr McClelland farmed in partnership with his brother Ian, nephew Tim McClelland and Tim’s wife Julie.
Ron Hards, who succeeded Mr McClelland as VFF grains group president in late 1998, said Mr Clelland was a passionate leader who “always put grain growers first”.
“He was a very knowledgeable guy and a forward thinker,”Mr Hards said.
DEDICATED GROWER: Warrick McClelland, pictured in 2011, was passionate about the grain industry. PHOTO: FILE