CBH’s Growers’ Advisory Council has elected Bonnie Rock farmer Romina Nicoletti as chair while Harrismith’s Craig Doney has been voted deputy chair. Ms Nicoletti and Mr Doney replace outgoing chair Neville McDonald and deputy chair Helen Woodhams, who was elected to the CBH Board in August 2020. The new appointments come as CBH put out the call for nominations from WA growers to fill two vacant GAC positions, because of the expiry of the terms of sitting councillors. The council, which comprises 16 people, exists to allow communication between the co-operative’s board and growers at a grass roots level. One vacancy is in District 5, to meet the minimum number of councillors required for that district. The other position is available to a grower from any district as the minimum number of councillors required for all districts has already been met. CBH chair Simon Stead encouraged growers to nominate to join the GAC. He said the GAC played an invaluable role in ensuring CBH listened to its members and appropriately serviced their needs. “The GAC gives another voice to our members directly to management and the board — and this voice is critical to the long-term success of our co-operative,” Mr Stead said. “The GAC provides input and advice on important issues impacting growers, the co-operative and the broader grain industry. “It is an opportunity for CBH grower members to provide feedback on important grower issues, while enhancing their own professional development through education and training opportunities.” A GAC councillor’s term is a single period of four years, with the two new positions starting on July 1 2021. Nominations close on March 26. Growers interested in joining the GAC will need to address the selection criteria provided on the CBH website and provide five referees.