Victorian dairy farmers have established a new group to undertake an independent review of the advocacy model and provide recommendations on leadership governance and the effectiveness of advocacy.
The Dairy Advocacy Review Team was brought together by DART convener, UDV vice-president and Gippsland dairy farmer John Versteden.
Ten farmers form the group, including DART executive officer and former Department of Primary Industries executive director Clive Noble.
Mr Versteden said he was encouraged by the support the team had received from milk processors, farms and industry representative groups.
‘‘The dairy industry wants strong leadership and governance of its farmer advocacy groups, which are critical in protecting and promoting the wellbeing and effectiveness of dairy farmers and the industry in general,’’ he said.
‘‘There is no doubt the industry requires a clear and connected advocacy structure with dairy farmer support now and into the future.’’
Mr Versteden said the group had already begun interviews and research with more than 50 farms and industry stakeholders to form part of their discussions.
UDV president Adam Jenkins said he encouraged farmers to get involved in the discussions and share their views.
‘‘Farmers now have the opportunity to make a balanced assessment on how the industry is represented and to report back to other farmers, representative bodies and the industry on how they want to be advocated for in the future,’’ Mr Jenkins said.
‘‘This should be a great step forward and we encourage anyone with an opinion to contribute to the process.’’
■To contribute to the group’s research, visit: www.darteam.com.au