THE RESULTS of the 2017 Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL) Grower Representative Member elections have been declared, with a tie in the Burdekin Region election necessitating a second round of voting to decide the final available position in that region.
While most milling regions had the same number of candidates as available positions, votes were required in the Northern (South Johnstone Mill), Southern (Bingera and Millaquin mills) and Burdekin (Invicta, Pioneer, Kalamia and Inkerman mills) regions.
In the Burdekin Region, Mark Vass, Owen Menkens and Russell Jordan secured three of the four available positions, with Roger Piva and Denis Pozzebon tying for the fourth position. As a result, a second round of voting will now be held in the Burdekin Region to obtain a definitive result for this fourth position only.
This second round of voting will be conducted for all candidates who were not successful in the initial Burdekin Region vote, these being Shane McNee, Frank Mugica, Julie Artiach, Denis Pozzebon and Roger Piva (Sibby Torrisi has withdrawn his nomination).
New ballot forms for this vote are now available by clicking here, as well as from QSL’s Ayr office, Burdekin collectives and mill offices. Voting will close at 5pm (Queensland time) on Friday, September 8, 2017. For further information regarding this vote, please click here.
The following Grower Representative Members were appointed effective midnight Friday, August 25, 2017 and will hold office for a three-year term:
QSL Managing Director and CEO, Greg Beashel (pictured) thanked all those Growers who nominated for one of the available positions or participated in the election process.
“There was keen interest in these positions, which I think reflects an appreciation of the importance the role plays within QSL and our service to the wider Queensland sugar industry,” he said.
Mr Beashel congratulated the new appointments and thanked those not continuing on in their positions for their contributions to date.
“We realise that Growers are already busy with their farms and other industry commitments, so it’s no small ask to take on the role of QSL Grower Representative Member,” Mr Beashel said.
“But the insight these individuals provide us and the local issues they bring to our attention really do help to shape our products and activities, driving innovation and helping us to maximise the value we deliver to the industry we serve.”
UPDATE: Fourth Burdekin Grower Representative Member appointed
THE FINAL QSL Grower Representative Member position for the Burdekin has been declared, after a tie necessitated a second round of voting earlier this month.
Roger Piva joins Mark Vass, Owen Menkens and Russell Jordan as the fourth elected Grower Representative for the Burdekin.