QSL is calling on cane growers from across the state to consider nominating a local grower or putting their own name forward to become a QSL Grower Representative Member.
CEO Greg Beashel said QSL Grower Representative Members played an important role in representing the interests of growers throughout Queensland.
“Our Grower Representative Members are the voice of growers and a vital communication link between QSL and cane farmers throughout the state,” Mr Beashel said.
“We are encouraging growers to nominate a representative from their local mill area who is connected to growers and has the enthusiasm and desire to not only be their voice but also keep them updated on QSL activities.
“Of course they’re welcome to put their hand up and nominate themselves if they feel this is a role that they’d like to take on.”
Mr Beashel said QSL was owned by the industry it served and had a membership comprising growers and millers.
“Under our constitution, our Grower Representative Members consist of one representative from each single mill area, and where a mill area is part of a mill group (e.g. Burdekin), that number of representatives from the mill area is equal to the number of mills in the mill group,” he said.
“In addition, there is a representative from CANEGROWERS and Australian Cane Farmers Association (ACFA), which brings the total QSL Grower Representative Member positions to 23.”
Mr Beashel said the role officially provided members with voting rights on key matters of importance at QSL general meetings, including the Annual General Meeting. However an even greater opportunity existed to provide feedback outside of the more formal meetings.
“It is important that QSL listens to growers to ensure that we continue to maximise the value we deliver to the Queensland sugar industry,” Mr Beashel said.
“Grower Representative Members play a pivotal role in this process, providing direct feedback to QSL on behalf of growers in their region while also helping to keep their fellow growers updated on our activities and performance.”
The QSL Grower Representative Member position is an unpaid role with a three-year term.
To nominate as a representative for a mill area, you must be a sugar cane grower who supplies sugar cane under contract to a mill in your relevant mill area. Nomination forms must be lodged with QSL by 5pm QLD time on Friday 28 July 2017.
If QSL receives more nominations than the designated number of Grower Representative Members required for a particular mill area, a vote will take place. That region will be notified that a vote is to take place and voting papers will be made available.
Additional information about the role and nomination forms are available from your local QSL office, mill, collective, or by clicking here.