Grain Producers Australia was saddened to hear of the sudden passing of the Honourable Simon Crean on the weekend whilst in Europe.
Mr Crean held various portfolios including Minister for Primary Industries and Energy at a time of deep recession and crippling drought. From 2010 to 2013 he was Minister for Regional Development and was very engaged with the whole agriculture sector from grain growing through to the livestock, horticulture and fisheries industries.
The grains industry is one of Australia’s largest export sectors, and whilst Minister for Trade, Mr Crean was actively involved in establishing Free Trade Agreements. After his retirement from politics, he continued his engagement with the agriculture industry as Chair of the Livestock Exporters Council.
GPA Chair and WA grain producer, Barry Large, said “Mr Crean will be remembered as a sincere person who devoted his life to public service. In his various portfolios, he actively contributed to supporting and developing the agriculture and trade sectors”.
He added, “on behalf of the grains industry, we pass on our condolences to Mr Crean’s family and other colleagues who had the privilege to work with him. He will be sadly missed.”
GPA Chair, Barry Large: 0427 549 023
GPA Chief Executive Colin Bettles: firstname.lastname@example.org