The Australian grains industry is on the cusp of something great. The formation of a new national grains body, Grain Producers Australia (GPA), presents an exceptional opportunity for a new era in grain grower advocacy.
GPA Committee Spokesman, Pete Mailler, said, "GPA represents a new advocacy model delivering renewed ownership and accountability to growers. The grains industry needs stability to foster confidence and new investment in the sector. GPA provides a framework to achieve this for growers and industry alike."
The current grain grower representative body, Grains Council of Australia (GCA), has signaled its intention to wind up operations. This decision reflects a fractured membership and recognition that Australian grain growers need a better representative model to ensure a profitable and sustainable grain supply chain.
GPA will be built on direct membership of Australian grain producers. The membership will be voluntary. GPA will be funded by membership subscriptions directly from producers, calculated as a function of gross value of production. Members will also be able to influence the company through a proportional voting system linked directly to their gross value of production.
Mr Mailler said, "The GPA model has been released to the industry and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. There is no other credible proposal to deliver effective grower advocacy and we will continue to implement the GPA proposal. It is time for the industry to rally and support the GPA initiative."
The GPA proposal is the major output of a series of GCA driven industry Roundtables. The GPA model has been worked up by the GPA Committee, reflecting the sentiment and principles outlined at the Roundtables. AgForce, VFF, SAFF, GRFL and COGGO have declared their support for GPA.
Mr Mailler said, "We are committed to the establishment of GPA, delivering real advocacy and reengaging growers in the future of their industry. We will be working to deliver a working GPA in time for the coming harvest."
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