Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) congratulate Chair, Veronica Papacosta who has been announced as one of 11 experts to be appointed to the national Agricultural Industry Advisory Council (AIAC) board.
The experts, who cover the areas of fisheries, rural finance, agribusiness, irrigation, dairy and more, will join forces to advise the Federal Government on issues affecting Australia’s fishing, agricultural, forestry and water sectors.
‘I’m honoured to be appointed to Minister Littleproud’s AIAC board,” Ms Papacosta said.
“It is more important than ever that the voice of Australia’s seafood industry be heard on the platform of national agriculture. I’m looking forward to working with other sectors to address our common issues.
“I will continue to advocate for the various issues impacting Australia’s commercial fishing industry including safety and mental health. For too long Australia’s fishers have been left out of the conversation regarding agriculture and mental health, this must change.
“I will work hard to improve the community’s perception of the industry through transparent processes, accountability and increased sustainability – securing the future of our industry for generations to come.”
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud welcomed the new members and said their first-hand experience and expertise would help to guide informed decision-making by the government.
“I’m pleased to welcome the new AIAC members, each of whom are experienced and influential industry leaders with collective expertise in rural finance, agribusiness, irrigation, horticulture, grains, wine, beef, wool, dairy, fisheries and forestry,” he said.
“I have never professed to be the font of all knowledge and we need effective policies informed by a cross section of views.
“I’ll be meeting with the council this week hoping together we can challenge conventional thinking on some of the biggest issues facing agriculture and future productivity gains.
“I want to work through important strategic issues like innovation and research, the agricultural workforce, attracting investment and social licence and sustainability.”
The AIAC council generally meets twice yearly in various locations around Australia. The new members are appointed to the council on terms ending May 31, 2020.
The new AIAC members are:
- Ms Veronica Papacosta, New South Wales – Chair, Seafood Industry Australia; Managing Director, Sydney Fresh Seafood Group
- Mr Troy Setter, Queensland – Chief Executive Officer and Director, Consolidated Pastoral Company Pty Ltd
- Mr Trent De Paoli, Queensland – Director, Austchilli Group and Food Technologist, University of Queensland
- Mr Grant Cairns, New South Wales – Executive General Manager, Regional & Agribusiness Business Banking, Commonwealth Bank
- Ms Kristen Frost, New South Wales – Merino breeder and 2018 WoolPoll Panel Member; Livestock Editor/Senior Livestock Writer
- Ms Lisa Marty, Victoria – Industry Consultant, Forestry Policy Services, Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning; former CEO Victorian Association of Forest Industries
- Ms Rebecca Milliken, New South Wales – Group Human Resources Manager, Delta Agribusiness; President, Riverina Ag Network
- Mr Keith Pengilley, New South Wales – Farm Manager, Warakirri Cropping
- Ms Cheryl Rix, Victoria – Chair, Lower Murray Water
- Ms Rebecca Willson, South Australia – Senior Winemaker, Bremerton Wines
- Ms Michele Lawrence, Tasmania – Joint Owner and Manager, Janefield Dairy
For more information or to organise an interview please contact Jessica McInerney, Media and Communications Manager, Seafood Industry Australia, E: firstname.lastname@example.org M: 0420 695 431.