By Eric Danzi, QDO Executive Officer
QDO will be holding 10 regional meetings across Queensland before the end of the year. The meetings will be critical for QDO’s future as we seek to gain feedback from members on a proposal to restructure QDO during 2017. The meetings will also include a presentation from Lawrence Gavey from QDAF on biosecurity with a particular focus on BJD. I will be seeking feedback from members to assist QDO in planning to provide support for members to manage BJD. I strongly encourage all members to attend these critical meetings to ensure QDO has the feedback it needs to shape the future of QDO and biosecurity management.
Why is QDO restructuring?
The Queensland dairy industry and QDO have undergone significant changes in the past few decades. QDO’s structure has remained largely unchanged during this time and no longer properly reflects the modern Queensland dairy industry.
In 1976 QDO moved to having 8 state councillors when there were 5265 members. Today we have 267 members but we still have 8 state councillors. A review of the organisation at all levels is long overdue and will ensure that QDO remains relevant and continues to offer value to its members.
Together with the QDO state council an intensive review of organisation began the day after the August AGM held in Toogoolawah. Since the AGM a series of council meetings have developed a recommended structure that is now ready to present to members for feedback.
Key aspects of the new structure are:
- Move from 8 to 5 state councillors based on 5 QDO districts (North Qld, Central/Burnett, Wide Bay/Moreton, Darling Downs and Scenic Rim/Lockyer Valley)
- 9 zones with 2 in each district but only 1 for north
- There will be 10 QDO zone councillors with one from each zone but an additional zone representative for the North Qld
- The QDO zones will be the basis for having members meetings
- There will be 2 members meetings in each zone per year
- Reducing the number of executive members from 3 to 2
- There will be a president and vice president only
- We will no longer have executive meetings
The QDO is your organisation and you need to have a say on its future to ensure that it serves to meet your needs as a member.
After the QDO member meetings, the Council will consider feedback and revise the structure if required. Implementation of the new structure will commence in early 2017. Constitutional changes will be drafted in the first half of 2017 ready for the August 2017 AGM. If the QDO members support the required constitutional changes we will start the election process in august 2017. This will be finalised by December 2017 and the new 5 person council will start in January 2018.
I look forward to seeing you at these very important QDO forums in the near future. Details of the meeting dates, venues and times are in the events page.