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The push to unify national grower

representation continues.

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

of work.

We are confident the new structure

more broadly reflects the best possible

representation model for levy-paying grain

producers across Australia.


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.


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

listed below.

Andrew Weidemann


0428 504 544

Barry Large

Western region

0427 549 023

Andrew Earle

Northern region

0427 565 193

Wayne Newton


0427 638 180

Dan Cooper


0404 000 334

Brett Hosking

Victorian Farmers Federation

0427 593 051

Garry Hansen

Grain Producers SA

0427 390 626

Duncan Young


0418 938 924

Doug Clarke

WA Grains Group

0428 654 032

Tom Green


0407 366 174

Issue One 2016