WA pair join board of GrainGrowers
Two West Australians have made inroads into an influential grain industry group after being appointed to the GrainGrowers Limited board of directors.
York farmer Rhys Turton and Coorow farmer Rodney Birch were voted on to the eight-person board at the group’s annual general meeting in Perth.
The pair polled more votes than South Australian farmer Michael Hunt, of Bordertown, and will represent GrainGrowers’ western region, which includes South Australia and Western Australia.
Mr Birch was originally appointed to the GGL board in September 2014 and elected deputy chairman in December last year.
He was also the first-ever Grain Growers member based in WA after joining 15 years ago. “I am a firm believer in a national grains body, to represent the grains industry, and GrainGrowers is exactly that,” he said.
“It is a national organisation with a footprint over the whole grain-growing areas of Australia.”
Mr Turton replaces Newdegate farmer Trevor de Landgrafft, who withdrew from the contest earlier this year.