Grain Producers Australia (GPA) and Grain Growers Limited (GrainGrowers) recently had their first consultation meeting with the GRDC as joint industry representative organisations in Adelaide. The meeting was the first following a decision in July by the Agriculture Minister, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce, to appoint GPA and GrainGrowers as joint grower-represented entities to fulfil the representation obligations stipulated in the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989.
GPA chair Andrew Weidemann says the meeting was constructive: “The first consult under the new model was positive and provided the opportunity to pose a wide range of questions to the GRDC Board and senior executive.”
Topics discussed included:
- progress on considerations to transition the GRDC to an industry-owned corporation;
- the GRDC’s internal restructure;
- progress on the GRDC’s ‘hub and spoke’ regional services delivery model;
- the GRDC’s investment in commercial
- entities; and
- governance and financial updates.
Mr Weidemann says GPA and GrainGrowers are committed to working together, by way of structured engagement and collaboration, to ensure the representative organisation consultation is efficient and effective.
GrainGrowers chair Andrew Carberry says, as a grower, he values the opportunity to speak directly with the GRDC about its operations including the corporation’s short, medium and long-term plans for levy investment.
Mr Carberry says through the discussions, the parties were able to clarify several queries that have been raised by growers.
“As a result of this continued consultation growers can have increased confidence as to the merit of their levy spend,” he says.
During the year, GPA and GrainGrowers take queries and questions from their members about any facet of the GRDC’s operations and raise this feedback at one of the regular consult meetings, at which the outputs of the GRDC’s research portfolio and, specifically, the value of these outputs to Australia’s levy-paying grain growers, is reviewed.
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