GRASS-FED levy payers will have more sway over how they're represented on the Meat and Livestock Australia's (MLA's) director selection committee after today's voting at the MLA annual general meeting.
Held at Chatswood in Sydney, MLA members today voted to change the constitution, including a reduction in the number of MLA directors on the director selection committee and an increase in the number of directly elected grass-fed representatives.
The changes are the result of the passing of two special resolutions proposed by MLA to amend the constitution. Special resolutions require 75 per cent of the vote to be passed.
The results were: - 86.2% of votes cast in favour to reduce the number of MLA Directors and remove their voting rights. - 81.7% of votes cast in favour to increase the number of cattle producer representatives on the Committee.
Members also voted on the election of directors to the MLA board.
The election results were: - 95.8% votes cast in favour of Queensland cattle producer and Northern Australia beef production systems expert, Geoff Maynard. This will be Mr Maynard’s second term as an MLA director. - 78.3% votes cast in favour of professional services expert in audit and risk management and Victorian cattle producer, Alan Beckett. This will be Mr Beckett’s first term as an MLA director. - 73.0% votes cast in favour of agricultural consultant and southern Australia sheep meat production systems expert, Chris Mirams. This will be Mr Mirams’ first term as an MLA director.
MLA members also voted to elect a representative for cattle producers, lot feeder producers and sheep producers to the selection committee.
The role of the selection committee is to report to MLA members on the suitability of candidates for election or re-election to the office of Director of MLA.
The results were:
- - Ian McCamley, Qld, elected as the cattle producer representative to the Selection Committee. This will be Mr McCamley’s second term as a member of the selection committee.
- - Therese Herbert, NSW, elected as the lot feeder representative to the Selection Committee. This will be Mrs Herbert’s first term as a member of the Selection Committee.
- - Jane Kellock, SA, elected as the sheep representative to the Selection Committee. This will be Mrs Kellock’s first term as a member of the Selection Committee.
MLA chairwoman, Dr Michele Allan welcomed the passing of the special resolutions to change the constitution.
“MLA proposed these resolutions to the membership in recognition of some of the concerns we heard from industry,” she said.
Dr Allan also welcomed the election of Mr Maynard, Mr Beckett and Mr Mirams to the MLA board and the three producer representatives Mr McCamley, Mrs Herbert and Mrs Kellock who were elected to the director selection committee.
“The MLA board has shown it is open to reviewing itself, and open to change. The board is committed to listening to levy payers in order to make sound strategic decisions that build a prosperous and sustainable future for Australia’s beef, sheep and goat producers,” Dr Allan said.