First steps to the single vision

GRDC Managing Director Peter Reading, launching the "Single Vision" report at Grains Week 2004

The first major steps to implementing "Towards a Single Vision for the Australian Grains Industry 2005-2025" have been taken, with the establishment of the initial task groups to start working on specific development projects.

GRDC Managing Director Peter Reading, launching the "Single Vision" report at Grains Week 2004. Photo: Brad Collis

The task groups are being set up to consider in detail the range of issues and options raised in the "Single Vision" strategy, which was launched at Grains Week in March 2004. The strategy is an attempt to transform the grains industry into a more cohesive and coordinated sector.

This will be essential if Australia"s competitive position is to be strengthened and, where necessary, realigned with new markets and end-uses for grains.

Each task group will have a convenor with wide industry experience in fields including R&D, infrastructure, communication and sustainability issues.

Alan UmbersThe task groups" coordinator Alan Umbers (left) says the groups - which will be seeking grower input - are a new way of problem solving and strategy-setting for the industry.

"The rationale is simple. We have a lot of intellectual horsepower and accumulated knowledge in our industry, but up until now we have been poor at harnessing these resources," he says. "The aim of the task groups is to bring some fresh thinking and approaches to problems that have seemed "unsolvable" in the past".

The task groups" main objectives are to:

The task groups listed in the table will be responsible for making the first recommendations for action within the grains industry. Initially, the task groups will be expected to follow the "recommendations for action" outlined in the "Single Vision" strategy.

The strategy (downloadable at www. maps out a pathway for the industry to develop a preferred future.

The groups will examine the original "Single Vision" research, the outcomes from the Industry Forums held at Grains Week 2004, and feedback from the regional forums that were recently held across Australia.

Mr Umbers says grower input will continue to be vital, either through contact with task group convenors or via the "Single Vision" website, which includes a "discussion group" area.

For more information: Alan Umbers, GRDC, 02 6246 5417,,

Review the effective contribution of R&D against "return to producer" value from production and from the value chain.
Convenor: Dr Mark Peoples,

Identify relative investments required to maximise export revenue and lower internal operating costs related to the grain value chain, production, and value adding (food manufacturing).
Convenor: Ron Storey,

Identify the learning, discovery, knowledge system and business development requirements of graingrowers at a regional, state and national level needed to maintain prosperity, and enhance the capacity of farm systems to respond to consumer and international market signals.
Convenor: Wendy Parsons,

Determine the critical decisions required to ensure the Australian grains industry is internationally recognised as the preferred strategic alliance partner in discovery, introduction and deployment of socially responsible and economically viable biotech applications that will contribute to diverse opportunities.
Convenor: Professor John Lovett,

Determine the appropriate level of government/ regulator interface with the value chain and industry planning generally.
Convenor: Richard Clark,

To support the inter-generational transfer of knowledge and expertise by investing in the provision of career opportunities, international experience and foundation science and research.
Convenor: Bryan Clark,

Design an independent environmental systems model to set priorities for issues such as water supply systems and soil management capacity in the agro-ecological zones.
Convenor: Warwick Jones,