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Time for change: Founding Members encourage vote ‘for’ the transition to Cattle Australia


Thursday, 29 September 2022

Time for change: Founding Members encourage vote ‘for’ the transition to Cattle Australia

Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) Founding Members, Livestock SA, Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association, Victorian Farmers Federation, AgForce, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association and WA Farmers Federation stand side-by-side with CCA in their endeavour to revitalise the peak industry body representing the interests of grass-fed cattle producers and encourage members of CCA to vote in favour of Cattle Australia at Tuesday’s Special General Meeting.

After years of debate, now is the time for action to ensure that Australia’s largest agricultural sector is given the powerful voice it deserves. The democratic governance structure within the Cattle Australia Constitution will deliver this voice.

“Cattle Australia will take the good from Cattle Council and build on those strengths. We will get this right, for the good of our industry today and into the future,” said Livestock SA President, Joe Keynes.

“This is the best opportunity for meaningful reform that I’ve seen in my working life. Cattle Australia provides a unified, visible, and influential voice focused on delivering clear leadership and direction for the industry,” said AgForce Cattle Board President, Will Wilson.

“The key difference with the new governance structure, is that Cattle Australia will be driven by a Board chosen by the very people it represents – grass-fed cattle producers,” said Victorian Farmers Federation Livestock President, Steven Harrison.

“All the pieces are in place to create a significantly more powerful representative body, with the interests of beef producers at its core,” said Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association President, David Connolly.

“Now is the time for the sector to unite and put their faith in the cattle producers of Australia to elect a Board that will give the sector the representation it deserves,” said Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association CEO Hugh Christie.

“The new Constitution gives Cattle Australia a fresh start and now is the time for producers and industry to get behind the new organisation,” said WA Farmers Federation CEO, Trevor Whittington.

“It’s time for our industry to unite with collective goodwill and trust by endorsing the proposed Cattle Australia Constitution,” said CCA President, Lloyd Hick.

The Cattle Australia constitution will be reviewed after two years, to ensure it is fit for purpose and functioning as intended.

The Special General Meeting will be held on 4 October 2022 at 11 am (AEDT) where Cattle Council Members will be asked to endorse the new Constitution for Cattle Australia.

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Published: 30 September 2022