A new era of leadership in advocacy and governance for the sheep industry started yesterday as Sheep Producers Australia officially became the peak industry body for the nation’s sheep and lamb industry, replacing the former Sheepmeat Council of Australia.
The council was first established in 1978 and was wound up after nearly 40 years of representing farmers on national sheep and lamb industry issues. The change to SPA has enabled the council to modernise its operations to better serve Australian sheep producers as well as continuing to reflect contemporary governance standards.
The first Annual General Meeting of Sheep Producers Australia endorsed its five board candidates including Michael Craig, Harrow, Victoria; Jamie Heinrich, Kangaroo Island, SA; Ian McColl, Koorawatha, NSW; Bindi Murray, Woodanilling, WA; and Allan Piggott, Moorlands, SA.
At the first board meeting of directors, Mr Piggott was appointed President and a decision was made to appoint an independent chair to oversee board governance.
The new organisation was launched at an industry dinner of 70 people last night in Perth. SCA’s outgoing board members were recognised and thanked for their many years of service on behalf of the industry and its producers.
SCA President Jeff Murray thanked transitional board members who had guided the transformation process from SCA as an incorporated association to SPA as a company limited by guarantee.
These retiring members included Mr Murray, David Boyle, John Wallace, Rupert Gregg, Chris Wallace-Smith, Ron Cullen, Chris Kemp and Mark Murphy.
“It has been a pleasure to serve the Australian sheepmeat industry and I thank each of these members for their dedication to doing their best for the organisation and the industry as a whole,” Mr Murray said.