Elected Representatives           

QDO has a State Council of 8 dairy farmers democratically elected from throughout the State and five District Councils of democratically elected dairy farmers, including Far North Queensland, Central Queensland & Wide Bay Burnett, Darling Downs and South East Queensland. Within the district council regions the QDO has a number of local QDO branches.                                        

State Council Members:           

  • President: Brian Tessmann
  • Vice President: Ross McInnes

Executive Committee:     

  • Brian Tessmann
  • Ross McInnes
  • James Geraghty


  • Joe Bradley
  • Matthew Trace
  • Aaron Clews
  • John Saville  
  • Brendan Hayden

District Council Members:

Northern District

  • Chairman: James Geraghty
  • Secretary: Tom Hamilton
  • Glen Drury

Central District & Wide Bay/Burnett District:

  • Chairman: Aaron Clews
  • Secretary: Elke Watson
  • Brian Tessmann
  • Matthew Trace

South East District:

  • Chairman: Ross McInnes
  • Joe Bradley
  • Paul Roderick
  • Craig Sellars

Darling Downs District:

  • Chairman: John Saville
  • Jeff Ballon
  • Brendan Hayden



The Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation is the peak advocacy organisation representing the interests of and providing services to dairy farmers across Queensland.

The QDO provides leadership, representation and support to the dairy industry through a number of programs and initiatives, and at all levels of government.

The QDO is proud to be the voice of Queensland dairy farmers, and has an excellent track record of providing realistic outcomes and solutions for issues affecting our members.

The organisation regularly works with governments and other stakeholders to ensure that dairy is well represented when key issues arise.

The QDO also manages and delivers a range of programs and projects on behalf of and for the industry, with a range of industry partners. Programs such as the Rural Water Use Efficiency’s Dairy and Fodder Water for Profit scheme, managed by the QDO, provides financial assistance and feedback to eligible dairy farmers throughout the state to assist with improvements to irrigation and effluent reuse and management systems.

A range of Natural Resource Management programs are managed by the QDO, in partnership with the Subtropical Dairy Program, delivering information, support and direct financial assistance to many dairy farmers throughout Queensland to assist with sustainable and profitable dairy farming.

Information services provided by the QDO for its members include the Weekly QDO Update, Northern Dairyfarmer magazine (published bi-monthly) and this website.

A range of member services have been sourced to provide tangible cash benefits to participating members, including:

  • Membership discounts linked to WFI Insurance policies
  • NLIS Tags 
  • Discounts on a range of new and used vehicles 
  • Access to advice line for Workplace Health and Safety, Workers Compensation, wage award rates and other employment information
  • Discounts on Accommodation at selected Park Regis hotels

When these benefits are combined they can exceed the annual cost of membership. These are but a few areas where the QDO is working for members every day.

The QDO is a ‘not for profit’ company limited by guarantee, with voluntary dairy farmer membership and democratically member elected representatives at local, regional and state levels. 

QDO State Councillors

Top left to right: 

  • Brian Tessmann (Kingaroy, Burnett)                          0427 622 537
  • Ross McInnes ( Harrisville, South East)                     0427 671 428
  • James Geraghty (Millaa Millaa, North)                       0427 972 355
  • Aaron Clews (Rossmoya, Central)                             0438 343 288

 Bottom left to right:                        

  • Matthew Trace (Moy Pocket, Wide Bay)                   0409 494 828
  • Joe Bradley (Dayboro, South East)                           0400 642 063
  • John Saville (Nobby, Darling Downs)                        07 4697 2208
  • Brendan Hayden (Pilton, Darling Downs)                 07 4696 4552


Left to right: Eric Danzi - Executive Officer, Kerrie Ventnor - Executive Assistant, 
Ruth Chalk - NRM Project Manager, Raelene Rosevear - Dairying Better 'n Better program Reporting Officer (Part-Time), Mark Neville - Communications & Media (Part-time)

QDO employs a small head office staff team to perform advocacy, member service, financial and administration functions. The QDO, on behalf of the industry, also employs a team of professional staff to manage and deliver a range of programs including the Dairy and Fodder Water for Profit and Natural Resource Management programs.