New chairman for Subtropical Dairy Programme

Subtropical Dairy Media Release

Retiring Subtropical Dairy Chairman, Mr Ross McInnes (left), with new Deputy Chairman, Mr Luke Stock (middle) and new Chairman, Mr Paul Roderick (right).

Retiring Subtropical Dairy Chairman, Mr Ross McInnes (left), with new Deputy Chairman, Mr Luke Stock (middle) and new Chairman, Mr Paul Roderick (right).

After seven years, Mr Ross McInnes has stepped down as the chairman of Subtropical Dairy Programme Limited.   Mr McInnes made the announcement at the Subtropical Dairy Annual General Meeting on Thursday 3 at Maleny Queensland.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as chair over the last seven years as Subtropical Dairy transitioned to a skills-based board” Mr McInnes said.  “It has also been a time of much organisational change with Subtropical Dairy now taking a lead role in regional extension and project delivery”.

Mr Paul Roderick who farms at Harrisville, Queensland was elected as new chairman, with Mr Luke Stock, a dairy farmer from Gatton, Queensland elected as the new deputy chairman.   Mr Paul Judge, a dairy farmer near Toowoomba resigned from the board, with Ms Rachael Parkes, a dairy farmer from the southern Darling Downs being appointed as an interim director.

“Several existing directors were also returned to the Subtropical Dairy board at our AGM” Mr Roderick said, “Mr Ian Hollindale, a private consultant with Parmalat Australia, Ms Katrina Sinclair, a research agronomist with NSW Department of Primary Industries and Mr Paul Weir, a dairy farmer from Lismore NSW”.   “These three directors bring to our organisation 80 years’ experience in northern Australian dairy RD&E plus extensive corporate experience” Mr Roderick said.

In conjunction with its AGM, Subtropical Dairy also took the opportunity to review its future strategic direction over a two-day workshop with forty farmers and service providers participating from across Queensland and NSW.

“There were some clear messages from this workshop” Mr Roderick said, “relating to Subtropical Dairy working in the future more closely with private service providers, having more projects where farmers can learn from fellow farmers and improving individual support to help farmers integrate new approaches in their businesses”.

Subtropical Dairy is one of eight Regional Development Program (RDP) funded by Dairy Australia and the dairy service levy. Subtropical Dairy addresses regionally specific research, development and extension needs of the Queensland and northern NSW dairy industry through its linkages with dairy farmers' and service provider’s local knowledge and skills.