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Nine Sun­rice can­di­dates

Southern Riverina news - - lo­cal­ -

NINE rice­grow­ers will stand for the Sun­Rice Board of Di­rec­tors elec­tions, to be held on Au­gust 23.

Sun­Rice re­leased the list of can­di­dates last week, and postal bal­lot pa­pers will be sent to share­hold­ers this week.

There are four board po­si­tions avail­able.

De­niliquin rice­grower John Brad­ford, Coleam­bally rice­grower Peter O’Con­nor, Sun­Rice’s largest share­holder Ju­lian Menegazzo and cur­rent di­rec­tors Alan Walsh, Lau­rie Arthur and Mark Robert­son were an­nounced as nom­i­nees sev­eral weeks ago.

Join­ing them is Grif­fith farmer Glen An­dreazza, Coleam­bally rice­grower Scott Ho­gan and for­mer Mur­rumbidgee Ir­ri­ga­tion chair­man Dick Thomp­son.

The votes are due back by noon, Au­gust 23, and the suc­cess­ful nom­i­nees will be an­nounced on the same day.

Mr An­dreazza has al­most 30 years of rice­grow­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and said his fo­cus would be on max­imis­ing re­turns for rice­grow­ers and in­vestor share­hold­ers, and re­duc­ing debt.

The 44 year-old mixed crop­ping farmer has been in­volved in the Rice­grow­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (RGA) for about eight years, and has been the Mir­rool RGA branch pres­i­dent for three years.

Mr Ho­gan is also a mixed crop­ping farmer, and said he wants to see Sun­Rice ‘‘keep go­ing in the right di­rec­tion’’.

He is vice pres­i­dent of his lo­cal RGA branch, and is junior vice pres­i­dent of the RGA Cen­tral Ex­ec­u­tive serv­ing on the Wa­ter Com­mit­tee of the RGA and the En­vi­ron­men­tal Com­mit­tee of the RGA.

He is also Chair­man of Bio-Se­cu­rity and Cli­mate Change com­mit­tees on the RGA.

unity, lead­er­ship and suc­ces­sion plan­ning.

Mr Thomp­son has been grow­ing rice at his Han­wood prop­erty, near Grif­fith, for 40 years, and is chair­man of South­ern Agven­ture and a mem­ber of the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Com­pany Di­rec­tors.

He has pre­vi­ously held roles with the RGA, in­clud­ing on the cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive and the eco­nomic sub-com­mit­tee, and been in­volved with the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Com­mu­nity Com­mit­tee, Mur­rumbidgee Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity, and was trea­surer of NSW Ir­ri­ga­tors’ Coun­cil.

If elected, Mr Thomp­son said he would re­duce his work­load in other ar­eas to fo­cus on Sun­Rice.

John Lacy (pic­tured) is cur­rently In­dus­try Leader Rice Farm­ing Sys­tems at Yanco and is due to re­tire at the end of this month.

Mr Lacy said a much trea­sured ca­reer high­light was re­ceiv­ing the Hon­orary Coun­cil­lor Award in 1997 from the Rice­grow­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Australia.

‘‘I have loved work­ing with farm­ers in rice and win­ter crop­ping dis­cus­sion groups, which ran for 17 years, and which I’ve re­vised in the past cou­ple of years,’’ Mr Lacy said.

‘‘You can learn a great deal from farm­ers in dis­cus­sion groups and bench­mark­ing farm­ers’ crops re­mains a great pas­sion of mine.’’

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of NSW DPI, Dr Richard Shel­drake, con­grat­u­lated Mr Lacy on his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the State.

‘‘John has left a sig­nif­i­cant le­gacy in the grains in­dus­try and the Department, he was re­cently pre­sented with his 40 Year Ser­vice Award and was ac­knowl­edged for his many achieve­ments in the NSW rice in­dus­try since he started work as an Agri­cul­tural Science Trainee in 1971,’’ Dr Shel­drake said.

‘‘His ca­reer high­lights in­cludes the pi­o­neer­ing of the Cropcheck con­cept, through his devel­op­ment of the Fin­ley Five Tonne Wheat Club in 1984.

‘‘This ap­proach was a pre­cur­sor to the suc­cess­ful State-wide With 4 dig­ging buck­ets and an ex­pe­ri­enced op­er­a­tor, we can do what­ever you need, be it putting in rice stops, cross-overs, drainage or gen­eral clean up around your shed, no job too big or small for this ma­chine

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