Third generation Victorian leafy vegetable grower Bill Bulmer has been unanimously elected to the position of AusVeg chairman following a board meeting held on Monday, November 13, in Melbourne.
Mr Bulmer, the director of Bulmer Farms, is located in Lindenow in East Gippsland.
He is a long-serving member of the vegetable industry and sits on the executive committee of AusVeg Victoria and the Horticulture Committee of the Victorian Farmers’ Federation.
Mr Bulmer’s election follows the decision by Geoff Moar, who has held the position of AusVeg chairman since 2013, to not nominate for re-election.
Mr Moar will continue to serve on the AusVeg board.
Queensland vegetable grower Belinda Adams has been unanimously re-elected to the position of AusVeg deputy chairwoman.
Mr Bulmer said during Mr Moar’s time as AusVeg chairman he was a steadfast and loyal advocate for the Australian vegetable and potato industries.
“Under Geoff’s guidance, AusVeg has gone from strength to strength, with the organisation well-placed to continue its strong track-record of effective advocacy on important industry issues,” Mr Bulmer said.
“On behalf of the AusVeg board I would like to thank Geoff for his hard work and dedication to the industry during his time as AusVeg chairman. I look forward to working extensively with the wider vegetable and potato industries to continue Geoff’s enduring legacy and lead our organisation and the Australian vegetable and potato industries into the future.”
Mr Moar thanked the AusVeg Board for its support and expertise during his tenure as chairman.
“The last four years have seen significant changes to both the organisation and the wider industry. It has been a rewarding and valuable experience to work with such a passionate and cohesive board to help advance the causes of our growers in this time and I am happy to work with Bill and Belinda to continue representing our vegetable and potato growers,” Mr Moar said.
The meeting coincided with the AusVeg annual general meeting, which was attended by representatives from all AusVeg state member organisations.