Western Region National Policy Group candidates 2020


The order of candidates was decided by randomised order selection. Voting papers have been posted & emailed to all Western Region members (South Australia & Western Australia). Please contact membership@graingrowers.com.au if you have not received these.

Frank O’Hare – Cunderdin, Western Australia

Frank has 28 years’ experience of owning and managing a mixed farming enterprise with his wife Jane and son Lachlan at Cunderdin, WA. Frank has been an NPG member for the past 3 years and the NFF Economic Policy and Farm Business Committee. He is keen to continue to work to enable policy for continued expansion and improvement of markets, especially in the ASEAN and Subcontinent regions on the back of efficiencies in supply chain and Australia’s clean and safe image. He is also an advocate of education, skill development and leadership especially for those coming into the industry.

Scott Uppill, Tammin, Western Australia

Scott has farmed in the Tammin and Kellerberrin Shires for the last 35 years, with a 100% continuous cropping program. During Scott’s farming career he has been actively involved in various community and agriculture organisations. Scott sees himself as team player and a passionate advocate for agriculture, as demonstrated by his previous roles as Tammin Shire President and in Agri politics. Sustainability of grain growing in a changing climate is one of Scott’s biggest motivations for joining the NPG.

Royce Taylor, South Lake Grace, Western Australia

Royce is a Lake Grace farmer with 32+ years of experience. Royce studied Agriculture at Curtin University, recently completed a term on the CBH Grower Advisory Council, served for 11 years as a Councillor with the Shire of Lake Grace and is an active member of the Lake Grace community providing support to many groups and volunteering in numerous roles. Royce wants to see Australian farmers remain competitive in the global market through adapting to existing and accessing new markets.

Judith Foss, Bruce Rock, Western Australia

Judith and her husband farm 10500 ha 250kms East of Perth in the WA Wheatbelt.  They are a mixed enterprise comprising cereals, legumes, canola, hay and prime lamb production. Judith has completed a Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) and has followed her passion for being a food producer for over 25 years. To experience and have the opportunity to become involved in the NPG is one that Judith sees as both exciting and an intellectual challenge. Judith would like to be able to make a positive contribution to her industry and see real results.

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Damien Sommerville, Spalding, South Australia

Damien, a farmer, spray contractor and agronomist in South Australia’s mid north and past Chair of Hart Field Site group, is passionate about sustainable agriculture and believes a healthier farming system is more resilient & profitable in the long term.
Damien’s focus is on ensuring the grains industry has a robust R&D system to ensure farmers have access to unbiased research to ensure long term sustainability and profitability at the farm gate. Farming for the best outcomes for future generations.

Murray McCartney, Geraldton, Western Australia

Murray is a born and raised dry-land grain farmer from the Midwest in WA, growing wheat, canola, lupins and barley.Currently Murray works for one of the large ag R&D companies, BASF, in a technical and sales management role covering the WA northern ag regions.
Murray has a real passion agriculture in Australia, particularly grain and our grain farming communities. Murray likes learning about increasing productivity, profitability and sustainability through new innovation.

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Tristan Baldock, Buckleboo, South Australia

Tristan operates a 6000ha cereal, legume and oil seed enterprise at Buckleboo in SA with his wife Lisa and parents, and 12 years prior as an agronomist on the Eyre Peninsula. The search for and adoption of new practices has been a driver for Tristan with involvement in Buckleboo Farm Improvement Group committee and the GRDC Regional Cropping Solutions Network. His understanding of policy and key issues is strong given his NPG experience, working on red tape reduction in transport, market access, machinery warranties, input stewardship and building relationships with the community and end users.

Paul Kelly, Mingenew, Western Australia

Paul has farmed with his wife, Sue at Mingenew in WA for 44 years, growing a variety of crops. Paul was a member of the GRDC Western Panel for six years, and Grain Growers National Policy Group for the past three years, where he was involved with the NFF Workforce Committee and the Wheat Quality Australia Council. His priorities are to assist in overcoming barriers to farming profitability and sustainability; reduce red tape; and promote agriculture to the younger generation.

Daniel Sanderson, Grass Patch, Western Australia

Dan is a grain farmer in the Esperance Port Zone of WA and farmers with his wife, son, and his wife.  Dan has been involved in farming for over 30 years.  He is a member of SEPWA and is in his 3rd year as president.  He currently sits on the Growers Advisory Councill for CBH. Dan was a director of the privately funded Cascade Scaddan Fire Review. Dan is very much about communicating and working with the industry to bring about the best possible outcomes for the future of Australian Agriculture.

Tracy Lefroy, Bindi Bindi, Western Australia

As a farmer and a community leader, Tracy holds several roles that would make her a valuable asset to the GrainGrowers NPG. Tracy is a Partner in a 4500ha grain growing enterprise (6300ha total), Cranmore Farming, Moora Shire President, a board member of Innovations Central Midlands Inc and Gardiner Street Arts Collective and completed Leadership WA’s Signature Leadership Program as Valedictorian (2019). These positions contribute and attest to Tracy’s ability to approach challenges strategically.