New faces join coun­cil

Shepparton News - Country News - - NEWS - By Rod­ney Woods and Lachie Durl­ing

Alis­tair Tame is one of the new faces on the Young Farmer Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil.

Dustin Kemp from Rochester and Strath­bo­gie’s Alis­tair Tame will join two other new faces on the Young Farmer Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil.

Form­ing part of a mul­ti­tal­ented group of young agri­cul­tural lead­ers, the duo will make up a quar­ter of the eight-mem­ber coun­cil ad­vis­ing gov­ern­ment on pro­pos­als and is­sues fac­ing young farm­ers.

‘‘We had a meet­ing last Wed­nes­day (Au­gust 22) to get our bear­ings and see how it’s go­ing to work,’’ Mr Kemp said.

‘‘There are a range of rec­om­men­da­tions from past ad­vi­sory coun­cils and so we’ll be work­ing with the de­part­ment as they im­ple­ment some of those.

‘‘Right now, there are no spe­cific tasks we’ll be head­ing Re­turn­ing to role . . . into but we did dis­cuss the im­pend­ing drought.’’

Mr Tame said de­spite not at­tend­ing the first meet­ing, he would look to bring a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive to the ta­ble.

‘‘Grow­ing up on a fine wool sheep farm, I had a lot of hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence with farm­ing from an early age,’’ he said.

‘‘I moved off the farm when I was 17 to pur­sue a de­gree in electrical and elec­tronic engi­neer­ing and worked in the field for a few years be­fore head­ing back to Strath­bo­gie and start­ing my own busi­ness.

‘‘I’m now fully em­ployed within the ag tech sec­tor.

‘‘I sup­pose my value lies in my slightly non­tra­di­tional path to the ag sec­tor.

‘‘Having had for­mal train­ing as an en­gi­neer, I can of­fer a slightly dif­fer­ent view on some of the top­ics that may arise dur­ing the meet­ings.’’

The other mem­bers se­lected are Purnim’s Sarah McLean and Mil­dura’s Jennifer Zap­pia.

Two re­turn­ing mem­bers of the Young Farm­ers Min­is­te­rial Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil — Sarah Thompson and Tom McGrath — have been reap­pointed to the coun­cil.

They will be joined by Pete Burgess from the Young Agribusi­ness Pro­fes­sion­als and Jess Pil­grim from the Vic­to­rian Young Farm­ers Net­work.

Sarah Thompson has re­turned to the coun­cil.

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