On Monday 30 August, the Board of the ACFA elected Northern Region Director Don Murday as Chairman, replacing retiring Central Region Director Ross Walker. Ross has represented the Central Region since 1994 and has held the position of Chairman since 2002.
Ross has left the sugar industry in order to pursue other interests. Don Murday is a fourth generation cane farmer from Mossman, north of Cairns. He has been an ACFA Northern Region director since 2002. Don runs a diversified enterprise, farming paw paw and coco along with his main regime of sugar cane. Don is a Director of the grower-owned Mossman Mill and is a long-term player, coach and organiser in the North Qld Rugby Union. Under the new board, Northern Region Director John Blanckensee was elected as an independent Director, while NSW Director Robert Quirk and Burdekin Director Margaret Menzel were elected as Senior and Junior Deputy Chairs, respectively. In the coming weeks there will be elections for Directors in the Central and Northern Regions.