Australian meat sector welcomes government advisory appointment

By Aidan Fortune

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Australian meat sector welcomes government advisory appointment

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The appointment of Gundagai Meat Processors CEO Will Barton to a new government advisory committee has been welcomed by the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC).

Federal Agriculture Minister Senator Bridget McKenzie has convened an 11-member National Agricultural Labour Advisory Committee to advise government on how to secure a sustainable agricultural workforce.

The purpose of committee is to help progress the National Agricultural Workforce Strategy and to advise the government on farm labour and agricultural sector workforce challenges. The strategy provides the opportunity to comprehensively assess the workforce needs of the agriculture industry.

The committee is expected to operate for up to two years and will report to government by July 2020

AMIC CEO Patrick Hutchinson said Barton’s inclusion on the committee will ensure the voice of the supply chain is heard.

“Access to labour is one of the most critical issues identified by AMIC’s members,”​ he said. “We are very pleased the Minister has ensured the new advisory committee is well balanced and well positioned to consider agricultural labour issues both inside and beyond the farmgate.

“Will Barton runs an excellent operation in Gundagai and has implemented some impressive strategies to help attract and retain staff. I know he will add a lot of value to the advisory committee and I congratulate him on his appointment.” 

Agricultural Labour Advisory Committee members:

John Azarias (Chair) – Public policy specialist, NSW

Professor Ruth Nettle (Deputy Chair) – Leader of Rural Innovation Research Group, University of Melbourne, VIC

John Williams (Deputy Chair) – Former NSW Senator, NSW

Will Barton – CEO of Gundagai Meat Processors, NSW

Industry Professor Hermione Parsons – Director of the Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics, Deakin University, VIC

Geoff Richards – Managing Director of Richgro Garden products and former Chair of Agrifood Skills Australia, WA

Dr Angeline Achariya – Executive Director of Innovation and Growth at Simplot Australia, VIC

Julie Aldous – Rural educator, VIC

Associate Professor Jacki Schirmer – Health Research Institute and the Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra, ACT

Robert Hinrichsen – Owner/Director of Kalfresh, QLD

Clayton Nelson – Senior Executive at Austral Fisheries, WA

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