There has been a lot of discussion about investment for a stronger future this month, with a great deal of excitement generated by recent investments in
Such investment will have positive impacts for farming communities.Investors may be interested in further value added opportunities for milk processing.
This could be a generator of new growth and development for the whole industry. Investment that passes our foreign investment regulatory tests continue
to the benefit of Australian dairy.
Importantly, our industry recognises that this stronger future depends equally on economic, environmental and social outcomes. Dairy continues to hold
itself accountable by not waiting for change to occur, but by initiating positive change ourselves. The industry’s progress is highlighted by the Sustainability
Framework’s 2015 Progress Report – set to be released shortly via www.sustainabledairyoz.com.au.
It was my great pleasure to discuss the industry’s performance against the key targets with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in late February
at the Canberra Dairy Forum, and to share more about our industry’s commitment to retaining our social licence to operate.
I encourage you all to take a look at the Progress Report when it is released in mid-march and provide feedback.
Part of tackling sustainability challenges and helping the industry demonstrate performance to the Australian community, is investing in agile representative
structures. On the heels of a period of significant policy achievement, ADF is in the strongest position it has ever been. Much of this we owe to our
2012 restructure which helped build greater transparency and engagement with key stakeholders, particularly decision makers in government.
We recognise that there is room to further improve our representative models, to ensure that we can continue to effectively advocate on behalf of all dairy
farmers in all dairying regions. The proposed National Farmers’ Federation’s restructure has begun this conversation and ADF looks forward to furthering
this discussion to ensure dairy representation has a future that maintains currency, relevance and accountability.