Thompson stands for director position
FORMER Murrumbidgee Irrigation chairman Dick Thompson has nominated for a position on the SunRice Board of Directors.
The long-time rice grower and current chairman of Southern Agventure, is hoping to fill one of four director positions which are up for election.
Mr Thompson and his wife Jan have been operating their rice farm at Hanwood for 40 years.
‘‘The grower-owned rice industry has been the backbone of our family farming business,’’ Mr Thompson said.
‘‘I’m seeking support for election to the board, to help ensure future growers benefit from this vital industry, as we have.
‘‘We must acknowledge that the SunRice Board has been very successful in steering the company through the drought years.
‘‘I don’t believe this is the time for wholesale changes to the Board but there is a need for new ideas and experience, and increased re- presentation of the northern growing area.’’
Mr Thompson said while recognising the importance of securing SunRice’s financial future, it was essential the company find a balance between maximising returns to growers and returning profits to B Class shareholders.
Mr Thompson has previously held roles with the Ricegrowers Association of Australia, Murrumbidgee Irrigation and Southern Agventure (chairman).
He is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
His other roles with the Murray-Darling Basin Community Committee and the Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority, and as former Treasurer of the NSW Irrigators Council, have afforded him further skills and contacts to be a strong advocate for rice growing.
If elected, Mr Thompson will be reducing his workload in other areas, to focus on SunRice.