Derek Clauson to embrace family time at end of CBH tenure

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CBH board member Derek Clauson at his property Emohruo Farm.
Camera IconCBH board member Derek Clauson at his property Emohruo Farm. Credit: Danella Bevis

Yelbeni farmer Derek Clauson will end his five-year tenure on the CBH board in February to spend more time with his family.

Mr Clauson, who runs a cropping operation at Yelbeni and Bencubbin, has been a CBH director since February 2013.

He is currently chairman of CBH’s workplace health and safety committee and its network and engineering committee.

Mr Clauson said he had enjoyed his time on the board and would continue to have an “active interest” in CBH.

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“I have much enjoyed representing our growers during the past five years, and have always sought to advance their needs and aspirations in that time,” he said.

“In retiring from the board, I am looking forward to the birth of my 14th grandchild and spending time with my family.”

CBH chairman Wally Newman thanked Mr Clauson for his contribution to CBH and his representation of growers.

“Derek has worked tirelessly for the co-operative and growers during his tenure,” Mr Newman said. “He brought to the board a valuable and diverse set of skills including from his time in oil and gas, and other industries.

“On behalf of the board, I sincerely thank Derek for his contribution to CBH and we wish him every success in his future endeavours.”

Mr Clauson was elected in 2013 and most recently retained his seat in 2016 against Nungarin farmer John Shadbolt.

CBH will open board nominations in December, with two other districts up for election.

Countryman understands Pingrup farmer Trevor Badger, of district 4, and Bruce Rock farmer Kevin Fuchsbichler, of district 3, will re-contest to serve another three-year term.

Mr Newman said it was worth reminding growers they did not have to live in the district they wanted to represent.

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