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Quinlivan to lead new Sheep Producers Australia policy council

Sheep Central, September 21, 2021

SPA policy council chair Daryl Quinlivan

EXPERIENCED agricultural public servant Daryl Quinlivan has been appointed to lead Sheep Producers Australia’s new policy council.

Mr Quinlivan is currently the NSW Agriculture Commissioner and was formerly the secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture from 2015 to 2020.

The peak sheep body has established a new mechanism for policy development, replacing four subject specific committees with the new council.

The council was established on 1 July this year following extensive consultation with members and includes a producer representative and policy officer from each state farming organisation, five independent members recruited for expert skills and knowledge, and the independent chair.

Sheep industry representatives from across Australia have been appointed to the council. The SFO council members include from the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association George Nichols, Jenny Bradley from NSW Farmers, Victorian Farmers Federation member Celia Scott, Stephen Tully from AgForce Queensland, Livestock SA member Allan Piggott and WAFarmers member David Slade.

The independent council members include market analyst Matthew Dalgleish, South Australian sheep producer Penny Schultz, former NSW DPI sheep meats industry leader Bill O’Halloran, JBS farm assurance and supply manager Mark Inglis and former Australian Wool Innovation chief of operations Nigel Gosse.

SPA general manager, policy advocacy, Bonnie Skinner said the policy council is the ‘engine room’ of SPA.

“As an organisation with national influence, SPA is a leader in the industry and is responsible for looking beyond state borders and jurisdictions and advocate for issues that are not confined to individual regions or enterprises,” she said.

Mr Quinlivan said the sheep industry has a unique place in Australia’s economic history.

“Despite being one of our oldest industries it is one of the brightest stars in Australian agriculture at present, and I am pleased to have an opportunity to contribute to its future growth,” he said.

SPA said the policy council members will consider how the organisation’s policy, advocacy and leadership functions can be used to address current and emerging risks and opportunities to the industry.

“The sheep meat industry’s on-farm gross margins have never been better, with record prices, low interest rates and a return to good seasons in most districts,” Ms Skinner said.

“There are signs that the flock has entered a post drought rebuilding phase.

“This is the time to embrace a culture of collaboration and innovation in the sheep industry,” she said.

SPA said recruitment for the new council was undertaken by the SPA Board Selection Committee and independent secretariat who made their recommendations for council member appointments to the SPA board for endorsement.

For more information on the policy council members click here.

Source – Sheep producers Australia.

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