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Dairy Australia announces board nominees

By Jamie Salter

Three Dairy Australia board nominees are standing for election at the 2020 annual general meeting, to be held in November.

There are three vacancies for director positions as serving terms come to an end.

Two of the vacant positions must be filled by milk producers, with the other vacancy requiring a director with skills in agribusiness, innovation and adoption.

Current board member Tania Luckin has been nominated to fill a milk producer director vacancy and is standing for election for a second term, after her appointment to the board in 2017.

She has operated dairy enterprises for the past 23 years and runs a family dairy farm in Heywood, south-west Victoria.

Her contribution to supporting dairy farming also includes serving as a Bonlac Supply Company director, WestVic Dairy Regional Development Program board member and as a member of the Dairy Industry Advocacy Review Team.

Current board member Roseanne Healy has been nominated to fill the agribusiness, innovation and change management director vacancy and is standing for election for a second term, after her appointment as a director in 2018.

She is currently the Grains Research and Development Corporation deputy chair, a director of Airborne Research Australia Ltd and Food Manufacturing and Services and a former director of AgriFutures Australia.

Queensland's Paul Roderick is standing for election for the first time and has been nominated for one of the milk producer director vacancies.

Mr Roderick has operated his family dairy farm at Harrisville, south-east Queensland, for the past 27 years.

He was a Premium Milk director for 11 years and is a member of the Australian Dairy Conference Board.

Graeme Nicoll will not stand for election and will retire from the board.

Dairy Australia’s Board Selection Committee chair Paul Wood welcomed the strong interest from candidates, with 88 applications.

“The selected nominees are talented leaders with an impressive set of skills and experience,” Mr Wood said.

“We are confident they would do a fantastic job representing the interests of dairy farmers and strengthening the dairy industry overall.”

He said farmers needed to register as members of Dairy Australia in order to participate in the director elections.

“We encourage all levy payers to register as members of Dairy Australia in order to vote.”

To be elected into the director roles, each nominee will require more than 50 per cent of the votes cast at the annual general meeting.

For more information, phone 1800 004 377 or visit: dairyaustralia.com.au/members