By QDO President Brian Tessmann
The usually jolly Christmas time news has been full of elections and the Queensland dairy industry is no exception. Not unlike the recent Queensland State Election, the Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation (QDO) elections went down to the wire. They were triggered by recent constitutional changes made at this year’s AGM, which resulted in the decision to cut QDO’s State Council from eight directors to five by amalgamating districts. Within these five districts, nine zones were identified to reflect the realistic serviceability of each region. The only district to remain unchained was North Queensland which is also the only district at this stage with only one zone.
Many new district councillors were nominated and elected, however we still have some vacancies in the Burnett/Central and Gympie/Morton districts.
I would like to congratulate Ross McInnes who got his nose in front in the Lockyer and Scenic Rim region and Brendan Hayden who was successful in the Darling Downs. I would also like to thank Gary Wenzel and John Saville for accepting nominations for Board and for their interest in the future of QDO.
On behalf of QDO members, I express our gratitude to John for his service as both a Director and an advocate for the industry. John has represented QDO on many occasions and has been a fixture at Board meetings since he replaced Lindsey Volz as State Councillor around a decade ago. Ross McInnes and Brendan Hayden join James Geraghty, Mathew Trace and I on the new QDO State Council for the next three years.
Queensland dairy farmers will be working hard over Christmas and New Year to deliver a quality product we all enjoy this festive season. I encourage all Queenslanders to stock up on lots of great locally-made dairy products as part of their celebrations and wish all QDO members a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.