GRDC decentralising

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Keith Pengilley

The GRDC is to boost its presence and outreach to growers in the southern cropping region through the establishment of a regional office. The office will initially be located in Adelaide, from which it will service the three states that comprise the GRDC’s southern region – South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.

Expected to be operational by early next year, the office will initially house five staff, with more positions likely to be added over time.

As general manager of systems and agronomy south, Dr Stephen Loss will lead the GRDC’s operations in the southern region and he will be supported by a manager of systems and agronomy and a team assistant. A manager of grower services and a contracts administrator will also be located in the Adelaide office.

GRDC Southern Panel chair Keith Pengilley says the establishment of a dedicated office in the south will enable the organisation to enhance its existing relationships with growers and other grains industry personnel.

“This move is really about getting closer to growers,” Mr Pengilley says.

“Having a permanent staff presence in the southern region will complement the network of 11 Southern Panel members we have spread across the region and the 40 members of the Regional Cropping Solutions Networks that support the Panel in identifying GRDC-funded research priorities.”

Mr Pengilley says the transfer of some of the GRDC’s functions and roles out of the central office in Canberra and into the three cropping regions – northern, southern and western – was in recognition of the increasing diversity in environmental factors, farming systems and grower profiles across the nation.

“We believe this ‘hub and spoke’ model is most appropriate for an organisation such as the GRDC that has a mandate to work closely with growers and industry at a regional level but to also maintain and foster strategic relationships with research partners from across Australia and the globe, which we can do most effectively from a national head office.”

More information:

Keith Pengilley, GRDC Southern Panel chair,

0448 015 539

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