A COLAC district farmer hopes his new role will allow him to be the voice of the region’s seed potato growers.
Dean Bone, who farms at Kennedy’s Creek, has accepted a position as an Ausveg Vic Executive Committee member.
Ausveg Vic state manager Kurt Herman said Ausveg Vic was an “exciting new era” in representation for potato and vegetable growers.
“This is an important step forward for the organisation as it brings representation in Victoria in line with the successful national model that sees the vegetable and potato industries working side-by-side for the betterment of both the industries and its growers,” Mr Herman said.
Mr Bone said it was “exciting” and “a bit of an honour” to be nominated and appointed a role as part of the Ausveg Vic committee.
He said he hoped to improve the seed potato growing industry and voice the issues that potato growers dealt with.
Mr Bone, who has more than 30 years experience in the potato industry said the past “few” years had been difficult.
“Hopefully; we can get our voice heard.
“It’s been really difficult to get to talk to the right people and I think Ausveg Vic gives us the opportunity; they’ve got the contacts especially with politicians and other industry people, it just gives us a chance for our voice to be heard.
“The main thing is their contacts, they’ve got the contacts for us to be able to talk to the people to make changes,” Mr Bone said.
Mr Herman said Mr Bone was a “well-regarded figure in the Victorian seed potato industry and his appointment to the Ausveg Vic Executive Committee would enable the organisation to enhance the level of representation available to seed growers across the state.”
“We must continue to build membership numbers, particularly within the state’s fresh and processing potato industries, and we would ideally like to see these sectors put forward nominees of their own for the Ausveg Vic Executive Committee,” Mr Herman said.
Mr Herman congratulated Mr Bone and said he was looking forward to working with him.