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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2015 2016
10 SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2015-16 Mark Harvey-Sutton Chief Executive Officer, SCA CEO’s Report Mark Harvey-Sutton SCA Chief Executive Officer Mark joined SCA in 2015 having previously being the director of policy at the Cattle Council of Australia. Before working for industry, Mark spent several years with the Australian Government. During this time he worked on many issues across rural and regional portfolios, including working closely with industry in developing policy for Australia’s red meat industries. Mark also completed a 10-month stint at Parliament House working in a ministerial office as a Departmental Liaison Officer. Mark is admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of the ACT. It has been a tremendous privilege to continue the work of Dr Kathleen Giles who has taken 12 months’ maternity leave following the arrival of twin boys. I take the management helm of an organisation that continues to deliver for Australia’s sheepmeat producers. SCA President Jeff Murray has outlined some of the tremendous achievements of SCA over the past 12 months so I will not reiterate those other than to say that as an organisation of four staff, we certainly punch above our weight on the Canberra political scene. However, this does not mean we have the luxury of resting on our laurels. I am conscious that we must continue to be a dynamic organisation that is sustainably resourced and is truly representative of all sheepmeat producers. In late 2014, SCA completed a governance review, accompanied with a strategic planning workshop, which has been recently followed by additional work to determine to best way to serve the needs of the sheepmeat producer. The key outcome of this work is the necessity for the Council to review the SCA constitution in the coming year to ensure that the organisation is able to meet today’s requirements of members and producers. In parallel to this work SCA has been involved in the review of farmer representation, led by National Farmer Federation members, and will continue to be involved in this process in the coming year. The Council is committed to providing a strong and united national voice for the sheepmeat producers and will continue in the coming year to determine a suitable mechanism for achieving this. Another outcome of the planning process was the recognition that we need to empower more people in the sheep industry to be involved in leadership and representing the sector. For this reason, SCA has taken on a 3-year project to build the sheepmeat industry leadership and capability. In 2015/16 the project will offer an opportunity for producers to undertake programs and become involved in representational leadership. SCA made a concerted effort once again this year to be engaged with the grassroots producers and the member organisations to hear the priorities and issues facing sheepmeat producers. One of SCA’s key roles is to oversee the levy expenditure of the service companies, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Animal Health Australia (AHA), and National Residue Survey (NRS). During the year SCA and MLA ran a series of forums throughout Australia which highlighted the outcomes of investment by MLA. SCA and AHA conducted forums on the feedback producers obtain from abattoirs giving producers an overview of how the information can benefit their management system. Forums/meetings were held with Livestock SA and Agforce sheep and wool, Queensland. Councillors made themselves available at many meetings over the year and brought information to the Council table for discussion. SCA looks forward to engaging with producers and the state member groups regularly in 2016. Another key role for SCA is the At the time of writing I have been acting CEO of SCA for four months. development of the Sheep Industry Strategic Plan (SISP) which was launched in September 2015. The document reflects the views and needs of producers today and is intended to be a living document which is reviewed regularly. The final document is available at SCA’s website. Finally, I would like to thank the staff at SCA for their remarkable ability to produce great results under pressure. The past 12 months have proved exciting, rewarding and at times unpredictable, but the continued hard work by staff and Councillors has resulted in many goals being achieved.