New QDO constitution to be tabled at AGM

By Eric Danzi, QDO Executive Officer

As has been flagged with members on numerous occasions, Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation (QDO) has reviewed its organisational structure. QDO has recommended to members that the number of State Council be reduced from 8 to 5 as well as shortening Councillor’s existing term length so the new term can commence on 1 January 2018. As a result the QDO elections will start in September 2017 after the new constitution is passed by members at the AGM. These changes have received overwhelming support by members.

As a result of these proposed changes, QDO has review and submitted amendments to its constitution which dates back to 2003. QDO has sought the advice of a governance and constitution expert to ensure that the proposed constitution reflects current governance standards. In addition to the changes mentioned above, several obsolete items have been removed from the constitution including QDO branches which have not operated in most districts for over a decade and the objects of the company have been updated. Several items have been added to reflect current governance standards which include the setting of director fees, dispute resolution and limiting liability of members to $1.

I encourage all members to attend the AGM on 29 August at the Toowoomba City Golf Club to get a better understanding of all the changes in the new constitution and have your say. I look forward to seeing you there.