Dairy advocacy groups in NSW and Queensland aim to join hands in a cross-border merger this year.
Representatives from both regions – Dairy Connect Farmers from NSW and Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation – held talks on working together in Brisbane last week. Group president of Dairy Connect Farmers, Graham Forbes, said the idea of the merger is to provide a platform for dairy producers to engage in facing industry issues and challenges in a collaborative and collegiate way.
“The greater the number of members, the stronger we are in our advocacy before the government and other stakeholders,” Forbes said.
However, while the NSW Farmers Association dairy committee was engaged in initial discussions, the organisation has decided not to continue their participation.
CEO of Dairy Connect, Shaughn Morgan, said the group will be seeking member and non-member feedback during July in order to progress to the next stage of the merger plan.