GrainGrowers announces Western Region representatives on National Policy Group

By December 18, 2017April 6th, 2018Media Releases - December 2017

GrainGrowers is pleased to announce the five new Western Region representatives on the organisation’s National Policy Group (NPG).

They are:

  • Michael Hunt, Bordertown, South Australia
  • Tristan Baldock, Buckleboo, South Australia
  • Kallum Blake, Katanning, Western Australia
  • Frank O’Hare, Cunderdin, Western Australia, and
  • Paul Kelly, Mingenew, Western Australia.

GrainGrowers Chairman John Eastburn congratulated the five individuals saying that they brought strong experience and interests, and a passion for grains policy to the NPG.

He said they were geographically well spread over the Western Region, encompassing South Australia and Western Australia, and would be well placed to bring forward the views from their respective cropping regions.

“Just as the grains harvest this year has been very different in each of these locations, the issues faced by growers also impact regions differently. So it is vitally important for our organisation to have a listening ear to hear growers’ concerns from across all regions,” Mr Eastburn said.

“Our NPG grower representatives play an active role in ground truthing our policy initiatives with grain growers in a wide number of locations.”

The NPG is responsible for determining GrainGrowers’ national policy agenda. Grower representatives bring forward the major issues affecting grain farming businesses in their regions and meet multiple times per year in person and via teleconference to help develop constructive national policy solutions.

Mr Eastburn also paid tribute to two industry champions who have retired from NPG this year: Colin Nichol and Steve Tilbrook.

“There are not many farmers in Australia with Colin’s experience in agricultural representation and grain industry bsuinesses. Colin’s ability to grasp strategic industry issues, but always to remain relevant for farmers on the ground, added tremendous value to the NPG.

“Colin continually championed for a fair go for farming businesses, particularly around issues such as red tape. Whether it was impractical transport regulation, unfair tax settings, or emerging environmental settings, Colin was always able to bring the practical implications to the policy decision-making table.”

Mr Eastburn said that Steve Tilbrook was a champion of the WA barley industry.

“Hailing from near Lake King in WA, Steve remained steadfast in his focus on delivering a quality product to our international customers and ensuring our Australian production and industry systems could keep us competitive in a global market,” he said.

“In addition to Steve’s significant contribution in setting industry policy, he was a real team player and between meetings could often be found travelling to other grain growing regions to visit other NPG members.”

The NPG is made up of 15 farmers – five from each of GrainGrowers’ regions – Western Region (SA and WA), Southern Region (Southern NSW, Vic and Tas) and the Northern Region (northern NSW, Qld and NT).

More information: https://www.graingrowers.com.au/policy/policy-group


Chris Walker
T: 0408 014 843
E: chris.walker@graingrowers.com.au