Andrew Plunkett has been appointed as FGVL chairman and Brad Frankhauser as his deputy. Mathew Lenne was re-appointed as treasurer and chair of the audit committee. Andrew acknowledged his predecessor Mark Paganoni who was chairman for four years and guided the establishment of FGVL through the merger of the NVFA and the OFCSA. Andrew said that Mark leaves the chairmanship with FGVL a strong and influential voice in Victoria. Mark will continue as a board member.
In reply Mark said that the new appointments mean that the FGVL board executive positions are filled by excellent young growers in their 30's. "No other agriculture association has such strong succession in place and it augers well that these young growers are committed to the future of our industry." The three directors represent the latest generation in their long established family businesses.
apple and Pear Austrailia, source: Corefacts, fruit Growers Victoria Ltd newsletter