By Brian Tessmann, QDO President
Over the past six months the Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Orgnaisation (QDO) has undergone a changing of the guard. It began with the departure of long term Executive Officer Adrian Peake who had moved onto new challenges after over ten years managing the organisation. The past few weeks has also seen our office and financial management team of Adrian ‘Pratty’ Pratt and Kylie Dennis decide to take new opportunities beyond QDO.
As most people realise changes apply not only to people, but also to organisations and businesses. But this doesn’t make saying farewell any less difficult, particularly when these three collectively had become a part of the fibre of QDO.
As QDO Presidents’ have done in annual reports for almost a decade and a half, I again thank Adrian Peake for his work and wisdom in delivering outcomes for Queensland dairy farmers. I also acknowledge the work and skills of Adrian Pratt who apart from a short stint away from us a little over a decade ago has had an even longer tenure at QDO. In fact ‘Pratty’ is one of the few people in the industry organisations who was serving when I joined State council in 2000. He was always Mr Fix it as a sign in the office said “just calm down and call Pratty”. Kylie Dennis was always the people person of the office whose light hearted repartee with staff and a couple of particular state councillors was almost legendary.
Anyone who has had involvement with agricultural advocacy understands that organisations like QDO only exist and succeed when they are backed up by a team that believe in the cause and are willing to go above any beyond for the benefit of its members. QDO members and the collective dairy industry remain indebted to these three for their dedication, passion and professionalism to our sector. On behalf of our members we wish Adrian, Pratty and Kylie the best for the future.