De Landgrafft retires unfulfilled

26 Mar, 2008 11:56 AM
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Incoming president Mike Norton (left) and predecessor Trevor De Landgrafft
Incoming president Mike Norton (left) and predecessor Trevor De Landgrafft

RETIRING WAFarmers president Trevor De Landgrafft says his biggest disappointment has been his failure to bring about a merger or closer alliance with the Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) of WA.

“One of my biggest disappointments is that we have not been able to come anywhere near a constructive dialogue with the PGA during the past four years,” he said.

“Nationally, we need to spend more money, better to represent farmers.

“We need a common pool of funds to promote agriculture with because we are in real competition with other industries.

“And in WA it is important to have one farm lobby group because most of the issues are national and we would be better served if we had just one voice taking that message to Canberra.

“Everywhere I go I get asked: ‘When is WA going to do it?’ “We have tried, and failed, but we should not give up on it, because it is extremely important that farmers stand together, be strong and as one.”

Mr De Landgrafft stands down from the job this week and has rejected calls for him to enter politics.

He said he was a career farmer and was now looking forward to going back to working the land full time.

Mr De Landgrafft said volunteer organisations like WAFarmers, needed to “refresh themselves” and turn over their leadership base before it became entrenched in old policies.

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