WEST PERTH, AUSTRALIA — The CBH Group said on June 9 that it has named four new members to positions on the Growers Advisory Council (GAC), which helps to facilitate communication between the CBH Board and growers at the grass roots level.

The new members include Digby Willmott of Watercarrin, Jeff Seaby of Mukinbudin, Linda Hewson of Katanning and David Slade of Albany.

Andrew Todd of Dowerin was re-elected to the council following his first term.

The successful candidates were selected by a panel consisting of four grower directors, the GAC chairman and CBH Group General Manager Grower Services and External Relations Karlie Mucjanko.

The CBH Group Chairman-Elect Wally Newman said CBH would like to acknowledge the valuable contribution made by outgoing members.

"I take this opportunity to extend my thanks and recognize the significant contribution of our outgoing Councillors; Bradley Millsteed of Watheroo, Roger House of Kojonup, Mark Graham of Narrogin and Wayne Walter of Cascades. These men have contributed greatly to the GAC during their time and we thank them for their time and experience," said Newman.

Newman said that over the last 10 years, the GAC has assisted CBH in the continual improvement of its services to better represent Western Australian growers.

"This year we received 15 applications to join the Growers Advisory Council which is a clear indication of the genuine desire and commitment of many growers in Western Australia to see the CBH Group continue to grow and develop for the benefit of our growers," said Newman.  "The addition of new members will continue to help shape the future of the industry and the co-operative. I warmly welcome the successful candidates.”