Producers take seats on DA board

By Dairy News

DAIRY AUSTRALIA members have elected a new director from western Victoria to their board. Tania Luckin has been elected for the first time and will fill one of the two milk producer vacancies.

Mrs Luckin has been farming for 20 years in Australia, and prior to that, in New Zealand.

Together with her husband Stephen and their farm team, she operates a 500-cow dairy farm in Heywood, south-west Victoria. She has been actively involved in industry projects and governance and served on the Bonlac Supply Company Board from 2014 to 2016.

She has been a member of the WestVic Regional Development Program Board since September 2016 and was a member of the Dairy Industry Advocacy Review Team.

Graeme Nicoll has been elected to fill the other milk producer vacancy. In December 2016, Mr Nicholl was nominated to fill a casual vacancy on the Dairy Australia Board which took effect in late January 2017.

He applied for the permanent role when it was re-advertised and was considered along with the other applicants. In partnership with his wife Gillian, he has managed a successful dairy business in Gippsland for the past 15 years, and currently milks about 300 cows in a pasture-based system.

He served on the GippsDairy Regional Development Program Board for five years, including two as chairman. He has formal science qualifications and earlier in his career, he worked as a horticulturalist and in the soil science division of CSIRO.

He was awarded a Nuffield scholarship in 2010. Dairy Australia invited applications for the vacancies earlier this year. An industry selection committee conducted the formal process, leading to the nomination of these two candidates by the Dairy Australia Board.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Tania as a new director to the board and I congratulate Graeme on being re-appointed,” Dairy Australia chair Jeff Odgers said.

Mr Odgers, from Ardmona in northern Victoria, was elected to replace Geoff Akers.