Setter to chair the RDCs; new head for Australian Biosecurity


Major player in the beef industry Trojan Setter was appointed chairman of the Council of Rural Research and Development Corporations of Australia, following the departure of the former chairman John Woods.

The Council acts as the central communicator on behalf of Australia’s 15 research and development companies, working with industry on the value of the model.

Trojan Setter

The 15 rural RDCs cover the agriculture, fishing and forestry industries in Australia. Each is responsible for making tangible and practical improvements to their industry in terms of productivity and profitability, sustainability and community. They do this through strategic and targeted investments and partnerships for research, development and adoption and, in some cases, market access, market development and promotion.

With over 20 years of experience in leadership roles in the livestock sector, Mr Setter brings a clear vision for the Council to continue to invest in growing the profitability and sustainability of Australian rural industries. , says a statement released today.

Mr Setter said Australia has an overall enviable structure with its RDCs investing industry and government funds in the R&D and marketing of Australian foods and fibres.

“We must continue to build on the excellent work done by our CDRs over the years,” he said.

Along with his role as CRRDC Chairman, Mr Setter is the Managing Director of Consolidated Pastoral Co, a large privately owned Australian agribusiness. He was previously Chief Operating Officer of Australian Agricultural Co and has previously held senior positions in agribusiness companies including North Australian Cattle Co, Torrens Investments, the Elders feedlot division and Twynam Group. He has worked across the entire agribusiness supply chain, from production to processing and marketing of beef, sheep, grain, cotton, land use planning and logistics.

Mr. Setter also currently chairs the board of directors of Dolly’s Dream and LiveCorp, and was the past chairman of the Australian Beef Industry Foundation and several other organizations.

In addition to having a degree in rural science from the University of New England, he completed Harvard Business School‘s Agribusiness Program and Australia’s Rural Leadership Program.

Biosecurity has a new Inspector General

Meanwhile Dr Lloyd Klumpp has been appointed Australia’s next Inspector General of Biosafety.

Dr Lloyd Klumpp

An independent biosecurity consultant with qualifications in veterinary science and 40 years of experience in scientific work, including biosecurity programs in the animal and plant industries and the natural environment, Dr. Klumpp takes the reins from 25 July of the outgoing Inspector General Rob Delane.

Dr Klumpp was previously Managing Director of Biosecurity Tasmania and has worn many hats in his four decades of experience in biosecurity and animal health.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the IGB post had been formally created under the Biosecurity Act 2015, with Dr Klumpp only the third appointment.

“I congratulate Dr Klumpp on his appointment to this important role which provides assurance on Australia’s biosecurity risk management systems through independent assessment and verification,” the Minister said.

Biosafety Training Center

Meanwhile, DAWE this week signed an agreement with Charles Sturt University to establish a new Biosecurity Training Center to boost Australia’s biosecurity capacity.

Departmental Secretary and Australian Director of Biosafety, Andre Metcalfesaid DAWE was delighted to enter into the partnership with CSU to strengthen Australia’s preparedness and resilience against biosecurity threats.

The new biosecurity training center is scheduled to open from July 1 and will support the training of more than 300 biosecurity officers in its first year of operation.

The center would replace older decentralized training arrangements and ensure that the most modern training arrangements are available to all biosecurity officers across Australia.

“A centralized center in Wagga Wagga in the Australia Region, with additional training facilities in multiple state capitals and access to research capabilities, will support our training needs and build a future ready workforce. , skilled and agile,” said Mr. Metcalfe.

“Australia’s biosecurity system relies on strong partnerships between government, industry, community and with other countries to help manage pest and disease risks.

“People underpin our entire system and the Biosafety Training Center will provide increased professionalism, structure and rigor to ensure our regulatory teams have the best training program possible.”

Head of the Biosafety Group within the department and chairman of the national biosafety committee, Andrew Languagesaid the training center would provide specialized training for biosecurity personnel to manage and respond to increasing biosecurity risks in a challenging and changing environment.

“The disruption of global trade is driving an ever-evolving pest and disease threat that we need to be able to respond to. The center will provide the department with an opportunity to work with our partners to increase our ability to respond to these threats and ultimately make training available to industry and Australia’s close neighbours,” said Mr. Tongue.

“The creation of a dedicated biosecurity training center is essential to ensure that our officers have access to the best training and decision-making tools available to fulfill their roles as competent and professional regulators, capable of making legal regulatory decisions. , transparent and accountable.

“We are integrating new technologies, which CSU can support us with, into our training programs to provide modern and contemporary ways to help our officers understand how important it is to protect our agricultural industry.”

Outgoing IGB Chief Rob Delane conducted a number of key reviews, including the adequacy of border measures to mitigate the risk of African swine fever, the robustness of biosecurity measures to prevent entry of the khapra beetle and the establishment of general inspectors. recommendations.


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