Co-op now has most of its areas covered
CBH’s Growers’ Advisory Council now comprises of growers from four of its five director districts, after the appointment of seven new growers.
The 16–farmer council exists to improve the channels of communication between the co-operative’s 4000 grower members and CBH’s board and management team.
CBH put the call out in March for growers to fill seven positions ahead of the expiry of current councillors’ terms.
As of July 1, Michael Caughey, of Merredin, and Stephanie Clarke, of Bolgart, will represent District Two, while Kulin grower Craig Doney has been selected for District Three.
Members from District Four, which covers the south-west of the State, include Gerard Paganoni, of Broomehill, and Gnowellen grower Jeffrey Stoney.
Taking up the challenge for District Five are growers Daniel Sanderson, of Esperance, and Andrew Chambers, of Ravensthorpe.
There were no appointments in District One, because the minimum number of candidates had been met.
Each term on the council runs for four years; however, Mr Stoney and Mr Chambers will sit for three years to stagger the terms of councillors in each district.
Mr Chambers, who farms 5000 hectares north of Ravensthorpe with his wife Jenny, is also on the South East Premium Wheat Growers Association and chairman of the Ravensthorpe Agricultural Initiative Network.
With cropping their main enterprise, Mr Chambers said it was important for growers in the Esperance Zone to be aware of developments both within the industry and CBH.
“I’d like to be more informed of what is happening within CBH and what is going on in other zones as well,” he said.
“We need to keep in touch with these things.”
While not all matters heard at the first meeting of the new council in August will be open for public discussion, Mr Chambers said he looked forward to expanding his knowledge and that of others in his district.
To the west and District Four, Mr Paganoni farms in partnership with family, including his brother Mark and father Alf.
He has more than 25 years of cropping experience under his belt and has held roles with Wheat Quality Australia and the Council of Grain Grower Organisations. Mr Paganoni also sought election to the CBH board in January this year, although his attempt was unsuccessful.
The term of GAC chairman and Beaumont grower Neville McDonald, who replaced Michelle Barrett in April, has been extended for two years.
Helen Woodhams, a managing partner in a mixed farming enterprise in Kojonup, is deputy chairwoman of the council.
CBH chairman Wally Newman welcomed the new council members, saying he looked forward to working with each “as CBH continues to focus on returning value to WA growers”.
“The GAC is essential in providing the CBH board and senior management team with invaluable insights and knowledge at the grassroots level, particularly on issues that directly impact growers’ businesses,” he said.
“We would like to thank outgoing GAC councillors Michelle Barrett, Barry West, Royce Taylor, David Cox, Andrew Nixon, Francis Panizza and William Bailey for their contributions.”
The first meeting of the new GAC will take place in August.
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