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Applications open for CBH Growers Advisory Council


Due to the expiry of the terms of sitting councillors, there are four vacant positions on CBH’s Growers’ Advisory Council available to Western Australian grain growers.

There are two positions available in District 1, one position in District 2, and due to the minimum number of councillors expected to be met in each District, the remaining position may be filled from any District.

CBH Chair Simon Stead encouraged growers from all Districts to apply.

“The GAC is a much-valued part of the co-op, helping the Executive and Board better understand the needs and concerns of growers,” Mr Stead said.

“The longevity of the GAC, dating right back to 1922, demonstrates its critical role as a trusted advisor.”

In addition, the GAC has re-appointed Craig Doney from Harrismith as Chair of the GAC, with Clayton South from Wagin becoming the new Deputy Chair. Graham Ralph from Dowerin is the outgoing Deputy Chair.

GAC member Tamara Alexander of Narrogin said being part of the GAC has been a great opportunity to learn, grow and give back to the WA grain industry.

“The GAC has been a wonderful opportunity to understand how decisions are made at CBH, see the culture, meet employees and unpick the complexity of the business,” Ms Alexander said.

“The success of CBH is integral and critical to the success of our farm business and the WA grain industry.

“The GAC process builds trust and confidence that CBH will continue to operate in the best interests of current and future WA growers.”

About the GAC

The GAC is made up of 16 grower members appointed for a single four-year term, with representation across the five electoral districts of CBH.

The GAC fosters a two-way conversation between growers and the CBH Board and management – ensuring grower-issues are raised, and that growers have a better understanding of the challenges facing the co-operative.

GAC members advocate on behalf of growers by providing feedback on CBH initiatives to the CBH Board and Executive Committee.

Councillors meet four times a year in person and engage with CBH management at forums and events throughout the year.

More than 70 growers have been part of the GAC since CBH merged with the Grain Pool of WA in 2002, while the GAC, in its various iterations, dates back to 1922.

Growers interested in joining the GAC will need to address the selection criteria provided on CBH’s website and provide five grower referees.

Applications close Sunday, 17 March 2024.

Successful candidates join in July and are selected through an interview process, undertaken by a panel comprising of Directors and representatives from the GAC and CBH management.

Growers interested in applying are encouraged to contact CBH’s Manager - Government & Industry Relations Kellie Todman on (08) 9237 9694 and visit