Senator hails new GRDC chairman

Portrait of Terry Enright

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN grain producer Terry Enright will become the next chairman of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), the Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Judith Troeth, has announced. She said that Mr Enright, whose two-year term begins on I October 2002, would bring a wealth of experience to the position.

"Mr Enright is currently the Corporation's Deputy Chair, as well as Chair of the Albany Port Authority and a member of Agriculture WA's Pulse and Oilseeds Partnership Group," Senator Troeth said. From October 1999, Mr Enright served the industry as a member of the Board of the GRDC. As well, he farms pulses, cereals, canola and sheep in the south coast region of WA.

He was a foundation member of the GRDC's unique regional panel system from 1990. In 1996, he was appointed Chairman of the Western Regional Panel and also served as a member of the Western Australian Farmers' Federation's Grains Council. He has been actively involved in and chairman of the Kalgan Land Conservation Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Pulse and Oilseeeds Partnership Group with Agriculture WA and is Chairman of the Board of Albany Port Authority. Senator Troeth said: "Mr Enright has also played a key role in developing the GRDC's new commercial focus, which has helped set the Corporation's strategic direction for the years ahead."

Senator Troeth also paid tribute to the retiring GRDC Chairman, Melbourne businessman Grant Latta, for his contribution to the GRDC and the Australian grains industry over the past three years.