Bremerton Winemaker Rebecca Willson was this week appointed to the Federal Government’s Agricultural Industry Advisory Council (AIAC).
The AIAC provides the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources with information, advice and recommendations from a cross-section of industries and stakeholders on contemporary issues affecting Australia’s agricultural, fishing, forestry and water sectors.
Rebecca is one of 11 new members of the council.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud welcomed the new members and said their first-hand experience and expertise would help to guide informed decision-making by the government.
“I’m pleased to welcome the new AIAC members, each of whom are experienced and influential industry leaders with collective expertise in rural finance, agribusiness, irrigation, horticulture, grains, wine, beef, wool, dairy, fisheries and forestry,” Minister Littleproud said.
“I have never professed to be the font of all knowledge and we need effective policies informed by a cross section of views.
“I’ll be meeting with the council this week hoping together we can challenge conventional thinking on some of the biggest issues facing agriculture and future productivity gains.
“I want to work through important strategic issues like innovation and research, the agricultural workforce, attracting investment and social licence and sustainability.”
The AIAC was established in early 2014 as a ministerial advisory council to address a 2013 election commitment to enhance consultations with people in the agriculture sector and the council generally meets twice yearly in various locations around Australia.