In­dus­try leader lost in car crash

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - DROUGHT -

TRIB­UTES have flowed for AWB Lim­ited board mem­ber War­rick McClel­land, who died in a car crash this week.

Mr McClel­land be­came pres­i­dent of the VFF grains group in March, 1998, but re­signed in De­cem­ber that year af­ter be­ing elected to the board of the then newly de­mu­tu­alised wheat mar­keter, AWB Lim­ited. He served on the board of AWB un­til his re­tire­ment in Fe­bru­ary, 2008.

Mr McClel­land was deeply af­fected by the Oil for Food scan­dal, which dogged the wheat mar­keter from 2006.

AWB was sold to Cana­dian fer­tiliser con­glom­er­ate Agrium Inc in Novem­ber, 2010.

Mr McClel­land farmed in part­ner­ship with his brother Ian, nephew Tim McClel­land and Tim’s wife Julie.

Ron Hards, who suc­ceeded Mr McClel­land as VFF grains group pres­i­dent in late 1998, said Mr Clel­land was a pas­sion­ate leader who “al­ways put grain grow­ers first”.

“He was a very knowl­edge­able guy and a for­ward thinker,”Mr Hards said.

PHOTO: FILE

DED­I­CATED GROWER: War­rick McClel­land, pic­tured in 2011, was pas­sion­ate about the grain in­dus­try.

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