THERE WOULD be few in the Australian dairy industry who have not been impacted by the work of Allan Burgess. A dairy farmer from the Goulburn Valley and former Australian Dairy Farmers president, Mr Burgess has long been well-known as a fierce advocate for farmers, leading the industry through some of its most formative decisions.
Mr Burgess was honoured with the 2017 Pat Rowley Award for Outstanding Service at this year’s Australian Dairy Industry Council leaders’ breakfast. ADIC chair Terry Richardson said the award was a fitting tribute to what had been a stellar career in dairy.
“This is a real celebration of Allan’s contribution. There would be few others who have worked so tirelessly, and had such a significant impact, on the long-term success of their industry,” Mr Richardson said.
“For 30 years Allan led the dairy industry to understand that we can largely create our own future. He was an architect driven by strong ideas and a collaborative spirit.
“Whether it’s been leading the way at a local level or tackling the complex task of building some of the industry’s foundation organisations, Allan has consistently led from the front.
“His selection for this year’s award was an easy one for the ADIC Board.”
Mr Burgess first became involved in his local UDV District Council in the early 1980s. A believer in the “power of like minds with a joint vision”, over the following three decades he held numerous positions of leadership including deputy president of the UDV, board member of Australian Dairy Farmers Federation and president of Australian Dairy Farmers.