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Reappointment of the Australian Dairy Corporation Board will encourage industry stability.



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HON WARREN TRUSS MP M I N I S T E R F O R A G R I C U L T U R E , F I S H E R I E S A N D F O R E S T R Y

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AFFA01/263WT 25 September 2001

Reappointment of the Australian Dairy Corporation Board will encourage industry stability

Federal Agriculture Minister Warren Truss said the reappointment today of the Australian Dairy Corporation's (ADC) Board will provide the industry with the stability and continuity it needs following the move to market milk deregulation in 2000.

Mr Truss said the terms of ADC Board members Anne Adams, Anna Buduls, Perry Gunner, Neil Lowe, John Massey, Stephen O’Rourke, Tony Phillips and Reg Smith have been extended and will now expire in June 2002.

"The Australian dairy industry is still working through a period of considerable change following last year's move to market milk deregulation," Mr Truss said.

"The reappointment of the current ADC Board will provide the continuity and stability of leadership the industry needs as it grapples with the wide-ranging effects of deregulation.

"The dairy industry is developing a proposal to restructure, and possibly merge, its service delivery functions. An experienced Board, and one that is up to speed with industry issues, will ensure this process includes a comprehensive consultation phase."

Mr Truss said that during this crucial transition period, the ADC must continue to maintain the high standard of support it has become renowned for.

"This is particularly important given the adjustment pressures the industry is facing and the need to consolidate its significant export gains.

"The experience and expertise the Board membership brings to the ADC should prove invaluable as it continues to deliver quality industry leadership, and the best possible returns to farmers and other industry members."

Mr Truss congratulated the members on their reappointment and wished them well in the challenging times ahead. The Board members particular areas of expertise include:

• Anne Adams dairy farming and business management; • Anna Buduls financial matters and marketing; • Perry Gunner manufacturing, marketing and dairy production; • Neil Lowe dairy manufacturing and exporting; • John Massey commerce, marketing and management; • Stephen O’Rourke dairy manufacturing, exporting and financial matters; • Tony Phillips manufacturing, exporting and financial matters; and • Reg Smith dairy production and marketing.