Sheep pro­ducer steps up

Dom Bur­den joins AgForce

Central Queensland News - - RURAL WEEKLY -

LONGREACH sheep and cat­tle gra­zier Do­minic Bur­den has been ap­pointed as the North Queens­land rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the AgForce Queens­land Farm­ers Board.

AgForce Gen­eral Pres­i­dent Grant Maud­s­ley said Mr Bur­den had ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in pri­mary pro­duc­tion busi­nesses, strong knowl­edge of nat­u­ral re­source man­age­ment is­sues as well as cor­po­rate and tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise.

“Do­minic is well-known to AgForce mem­bers hav­ing served as our North West Re­gional Man­ager for 12 months while his fam­ily-owned cat­tle and sheep prop­erty Mac­s­land, north west of Longreach, was com­pletely de-stocked,” he said.

“He has worked on cat­tle and sheep sta­tions in South Aus­tralia and New South Wales and knows only too well what pri­mary pro­duc­ers in Queens­land face as a re­sult of drought through see­ing and feel­ing the im­pacts on the prop­erty he and his wife took over nearly five years ago.

“Do­minic brings with him a breadth of knowl­edge of pest and weed man­age­ment through his role as Chair of Desert Chan­nels Queens­land, and has used his project man­age­ment, stake­holder li­ai­son, and plan­ning skills to sup­port the wild dog con­trol ef­fort in the cen­tral west.”

Mr Bur­den said he was look­ing for­ward to rep­re­sent­ing the north re­gion, and de­liv­er­ing ef­fec­tive strat­egy and maintaining good gov­er­nance as part of the AgForce Board.

“I am ex­cited about the fu­ture of AgForce as the ben­e­fits of our re­cent restruc­ture com­bined with our policy and com­mu­ni­ca­tions ca­pa­bil­i­ties start to gain trac­tion,” he said.

“AgForce will con­tinue to de­velop both as an ef­fec­tive lobby group and as a cen­tre for the de­vel­op­ment of sound and sus­tain­able policy for Queens­land agri­cul­ture.

“We have a crit­i­cal role to play ad­vo­cat­ing on be­half of our in­dus­try to politi­cians and gov­ern­ment agen­cies, as ul­ti­mately, the per­for­mance of agri­cul­ture as an em­ployer and eco­nomic con­trib­u­tor is de­ter­mined by the reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment we op­er­ate in.”

Mr Bur­den takes over as AgForce North Re­gional di­rec­tor from Hugh­en­den cat­tle pro­ducer Rus­sell Leth­bridge, who was re­cently elected as a di­rec­tor of Meat and Live­stock Aus­tralia.

While Mr Bur­den will at­tend board meet­ings and rep­re­sent the north as a board di­rec­tor, Mr Leth­bridge will con­tinue as the AgForce North Re­gional pres­i­dent.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NEW ROLE: Dom Bur­den has been ap­pointed the north­ern face of AgForce.

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