April 23, 2013
Dairy farmers across Victoria are being asked to have their say on the structure and operation of Dairy Australia. “Dairy Australia has been in operation for ten years now, so it is crucial that the industry review its structure and operations. Importantly, farmers must have a strong voice in this process,” United Dairyfarmers of Victoria president Kerry Callow said today. “The DA Constitutional Review provides an important opportunity for the industry to get involved in the shaping of the industry body. “I encourage farmers to get involved by submitting their comments to their regional UDV representatives, to the UDV office or alternatively by producing their own submission. “We need to ensure dairy farmers’ voices are heard so we can be confident in the structural and operational future direction of Dairy Australia,” Ms Callow said. Farmers need to focus on the issues they believe are in need of attention and then decide if the issues require constitutional or operational change. The UDV has identified key areas of consideration for members including; • Board structure and succession, including size of, composition of and selection process. • Industry consultation and engagement at both the strategic and operational levels. • The role of Dairy Australia, from membership to implementation of its strategy. It is evolving from an R&D organisation to include service delivery.