THE Queensland Dairyfarmers' Organisation has re-elected South Burnett farmer Brian Tessmann as president and Sunshine Coast Hinterland farmer Matthew Trace as vice-president.
The newly appointed QDO board made its decision to continue under the steady leadership that Brian Tessmann has delivered since 2009, while bringing in a younger farmer who represents the industry's next generation through Matthew Trace as vice-president.
Mr Tessmann thanked the board and QDO members for their continued support and said he was humbled to take on another term standing up for and furthering the interests of the state's dairy farmers.
"It is no secret the Queensland dairy industry has been going through a hard time with the flow-on effects from $1 litre milk, however with stable and proactive leadership the industry can and is overcoming these adversities,” Mr Tessmann said.
"I want to commend outgoing vice-president Ross McInnes for his years of service in the role and look forward to continuing working with him as he continues on the QDO council, servicing the interests of Queensland dairy farmers.
"On behalf of QDO members I want to congratulate Matthew Trace on his election as QDO vice-president.
"Matthew will bring a much-needed energy and perspective as a younger dairy farmer to the QDO leadership team.”
Mr Trace said he was humbled and excited to be appointed to the role and was looking forward to getting to work.
"Like all other dairy farmers, my passion is to see our industry once again become a viable and profitable industry like it was in years gone by,” he said.
"For that to happen, the status quo can no longer remain.
"My commitment to members is to rattle the cage and get serious about how QDO and the industry as a whole can embrace change and make the most of opportunities to deliver the sustainable industry we all deserve.”