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Horticulture Australia Limited chair Selwyn
Snell has been chairman of several agricultural
companies and owns and operates a
consultancy business that provides advice
focusing on agriculture and horticulture.
HAL chairman looks to future
HORTICULTURE Australia Limited has a new face
at the helm, with Plant Health Australia director
Selwyn Snell elected as chairman.
He was elected to the board, along with Ken
Boundy and Robert Seldon at the HAL annual
general meeting in Sydney last month, while
Professor Rob Clark was appointed to the role of
Mr Snell said he was honoured by his
appointment and that the board had made a
conscious decision to look to the future in the way
it operates. He also said this would be reflected in
a new approach to the operations of the company.
"I am taking up the chair's role at a very exciting
time for HAL. We have a new CEO in John Lloyd,
we are in the process of developing a new five --
year strategic plan and we have a board of skilled
directors that are committed to HAL delivering
excellent services for industry," he said.
"The board has been fortunate to spend the last
three days with the leaders of the 37 peak
industry bodies of Australia's horticulture
industries at our industry forum. The board will be
working hard through John Lloyd and his team to
make sure HAL supports each of these industries
to develop programs that will deliver profitability
and sustainability for their growers.
"While there are many challenges ahead for the
industry, the unity of purpose of the organisation
and its members will be fundamental to providing
a competitive international position."
A vacancy was created by the retirement of
Nigel Steele Scott who did not stand for re-
election after six years as a director and four years
Mr Snell praised the outgoing chair, Dr Steele
Scott for his service to the board.
"Nigel is held in high regard by his fellow
directors and his contribution to HAL and the
broader industry is gratefully acknowledged," Mr
Mr Snell has a long history of involvement with
agribusiness. He has been chairman of several
agricultural companies and owns and operates
Barawyn Pty Ltd, a consultancy business that
provides advice focusing on agriculture,
horticulture, bio-security, finance, biofuels and
clean air emissions.
Professor Clark is Emeritus Professor and Visiting
Research Professor at the University of Tasmania.
He is also a member of the Rural Research and
Development Council, the Australian Government's
key advisory body on rural R&D. The principal goal
of the council is to provide high level advice and
coordination to better target and improve the
effectiveness of the government's investment in
Mr Boundy was first joined the board in 2006.
He has extensive experience with end user
markets in food, wine, hospitality, agribusiness,
building materials and travel.
Mr Seldon was first elected to the inaugural
board of HAL in 2001. He is chairman of Seldon &
Associates Pty Ltd, which provides specialist
advice on mergers, acquisitions and restructures.
He has a strong background in the food and
The HAL board consists of eight directors: Mr
Selwyn Snell (chair), Professor Rob Clark (deputy
chair), Mr Ken Boundy, Mr David Cliffe, Ms Lisa
Cork, Ms Jan Davis, Mr Graeme Hargreaves and
Mr Robert Seldon.
Details: HAL horticulture.com.au
Almond leader's strong resolve
RIVERLAND almond grower Brendan Sidhu
has been appointed chairman of the Almond
Board of Australia at the organisation's
annual general meeting. Mr Sidhu first
entered the industry in 1983, and has been
actively involved as managing director of
Waikerie-based Jubilee Almonds since 1991.
"I have seen the industry grow up and mature
into a position envied by most other
horticultural enterprises," Mr Sidhu said. "I
can make a good contribution to the ABA
from a grower's perspective and I will do my
best to represent all growers in all regions."
Mr Sidhu has taken over from outgoing
chairman Brenton Woolston, who remains as
a director on the board. Fellow director and
Sunraysia regional representative Neale
Bennett was appointed deputy chairman. The
ABA also welcomed Adelaide grower Domenic
Cavallaro, Denis Dinicola from Griffith and
horitculture manager of Select Harvests Tim
Millen onto the board.
Last chance for citrus refund
GROWERS have until the end of December to
apply for citrus levy refunds. The levy payable
by growers was reduced from $1.15 per tonne
to $0.65/t at the start of October. Citrus
growers are entitled to apply for a refund of
levy contributions made between November 1,
2008 and the end of September this year. To
date, Primary Industries and Resources South
Australia has received 22 refund requests,
with many growers yet to lodge their
applications. PIRSA advises growers to send
in applications as soon as possible.
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