WA grow­ers elected to pol­icy group

Countryman - - NEWS - Cally Dupe

Three WA grow­ers have landed po­si­tions on the GrainGrow­ers Lim­ited Na­tional Pol­icy Group, com­pris­ing three of five po­si­tions on the western panel.

Cun­derdin’s Frank O’Hare, Min­genew’s Paul Kelly and Katan­ning’s Kal­lum Blake were elected to the panel last week.

Also elected were South Aus­tralia’s Border­town grower Michael Hunt and Buck­le­boo grower Tris­tan Bal­dock.

Yuna grower Jas­myn Allen, a grad­u­ate of the GrainGrow­ers Aus­tralian Grain Farm Lead­ers pro­gram, was not elected.

GrainGrow­ers chair­man John East­burn said the elected five brought strong ex­pe­ri­ence and in­ter­ests, and a pas­sion for grains pol­icy to the group.

“Just as the grains har­vest this year has been very dif­fer­ent in each of these lo­ca­tions, the is­sues faced by grow­ers also im­pact re­gions dif­fer­ently,” he said.

“So it is vi­tally im­por­tant for our or­gan­i­sa­tion to have a lis­ten­ing ear to hear grow­ers’ con­cerns from across all re­gions.”

The na­tional pol­icy group is re­spon­si­ble for de­ter­min­ing GrainGrow­ers’ na­tional pol­icy agenda and meets sev­eral times a year.

Mr Blake was the only for­mer na­tional pol­icy group mem­ber from WA to re-elect, af­ter Colin Ni­chol of Hy­den and Steven Til­brook of Mount Mad­den opted not to stand again.

Mr East­burn also paid trib­ute to Mr Ni­chol and Mr Til­brook.

“Colin con­tin­u­ally cham­pi­oned for a fair go for farm­ing busi­nesses, par­tic­u­larly around is­sues such as red tape,” he said.

“In ad­di­tion to Steve’s sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion in set­ting in­dus­try pol­icy, he was a real team player.

“Be­tween meet­ings he could of­ten be found trav­el­ling to other grain grow­ing re­gions to visit other NPG mem­bers.”

Pic­ture: Danella Be­vis

Min­genew farmer Paul Kelly was one of five farm­ers elected to the panel.

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