THE NATIONAL GROWER
ORGANISATION WE NEED
The push to unify national grower
The driver is clear – a single, well-funded,
politically acceptable body is the aim for
any industry wanting the most effective
The “new” GPA takes into account a series
of important constitutional changes passed
at GPA’s annual general meeting in late
July to broaden its membership base and
redefine its policy development mechanism.
GPA’s new structure offers two membership
classes: individual producers and business
members, with the requirement that
business members be must be formally
constituted grain representative
organisations in their own right.
The changes also enabled a new policy
development process by instituting the
Grains Policy Council (GPC), which includes
direct membership of State Farming
Organisations (SFOs) that are Grains
Representative Organisations members of
GPA and direct representation of levy payer
members through one Board member policy
council position per GRDC Region.
GPA now includes as direct members
those SFOs that were formerly members
of the NFF Grains Policy Council (NFFGPC):
Grain Producers South Australia, Victorian
Farmers Federation, WA Grains Group,
WAFarmers, Agforce, NSW Farmers and the
Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association.
In consequence the GPA Grains Policy
Council has taken the place of the NFFGPC.
The changes described above and the
establishment of the GPA Grains Policy
Council mark the culmination of years
We are confident the new structure
more broadly reflects the best possible
representation model for levy-paying grain
producers across Australia.
GPA BOARD CHANGE
GPA welcomed two new directors at its
annual general meeting in July: Mitch
Hooke, as an independent director and Ray
Marshall, from GPA’s western region.
Mitch was invited to join the board following
a successful career in policy advocacy and
industry representation spanning some
25 years across grains, food and mining
industries at national and international level.
He was for many years chief executive of
the Minerals Council of Australia and much
earlier in his career CEO of the former Grains
Council of Australia.
Ray is a grain producer from Western
Australia who is well known as a strong
advocate on behalf of the region over many
years, with experience in research-related
policy development having been involved
with the early development of the national
grains research strategy.
Existing directors Andrew Earle and Luke
Arbuckle, both from the Northern Region,
had retired by rotation and were re-elected
to the board.
THE YEAR AHEAD – 2016
Reading this newsletter it is clear that GPA
is engaged in many issues on many fronts,
some long-term and others more immediate.
Much progress occurred in 2015 and we will
continue pursuing the issues reported here,
as well as many more, in 2016.
If you would like to discuss any subject
mentioned or raises something else, please
get in touch through any of the key contacts
0428 504 firstname.lastname@example.org
0427 549 email@example.com
0427 565 firstname.lastname@example.org
0427 638 email@example.com
0404 000 firstname.lastname@example.org
Victorian Farmers Federation
0427 593 email@example.com
Grain Producers SA
0427 390 firstname.lastname@example.org
0418 938 email@example.com
WA Grains Group
0428 654 firstname.lastname@example.org
0407 366 email@example.com
Issue One 2016