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Board Member recruitment 2019

Dairy leaders have an opportunity to contribute to the direction of industry research, development and extension with Murray Dairy calling for nominations to the Board of Directors coming into the 2019/20 year.

This is due to the expiration of membership terms of current farmer representative and Co-Deputy Chair, Tony McCarthy, and service-provider representative, Chris Thomas. Both current Directors are eligible for renomination for a second term.

The Board represents the dairy industry across the Murray region of northern Victoria and southern NSW. They are responsible for the oversight and governance of Murray Dairy, the regional arm of Dairy Australia, providing localised programs for the development of dairy farmers and the service sector. 

The Board plays a critical role in guiding the organisation’s investment in regional programs such as the seasonal events, research updates, technical courses and Discussion Groups provided each year.

They work closely with industry partners including education and training providers, processors, the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) and all levels of government and associated organisations.

Current and previous Directors have been critical in the development of the Future Focus regional dairy industry strategy.

Current Chair and dairy farmer, Karen Moroney, said that the board would be a driving force behind the implementation of the strategy.

“There is a lot of work behind Future Focus in really capturing what’s happening in our regional dairy industry and the priorities of dairy farmers going forward” she said.

“It’s already had a huge impact in the conversations we’re having with people in the industry and in government, but it’s important that the strategy is a living document, something we keep front of mind as we make decisions.”

Ms Moroney says that the Board is committed to addressing the six key areas identified in the strategy: Profit, Water, Planning, Systems, People and Promotion.

In addition to their existing programs, Murray Dairy will be running new projects in the 2019/20 year to address some of the industry’s regional challenges and opportunities including water portfolio management, risk management, alternative farming systems and farm business transition.

Ms Moroney believes the Board must be representative of the entire region, with farmers and service providers from varied backgrounds, who run different types of businesses, offering expertise across a spectrum of areas.

“I believe that Board composition is key to successfully guiding and transforming any business. More than ever, we need to shape our Boards with people who are going to hold us accountable, who will question and really engage in what counts for now and in the future. Board diversity is important in that aspect, especially in terms of age and gender, when we talk about shaping the future.”

Ms Moroney strongly encouraged those interested to put themselves forward. 

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 3 July 2019 and positions will be formalised at the Murray Dairy AGM in October.

Click here for the position description and application form. 

For more information, please contact the Murray Dairy office: 

P: (03) 5833 5312
E: admin@murraydairy.com.au

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