Elections for the Rice Marketing Board (RMB) for NSW are fast approaching and rice growers are encouraged to vote.
Seven candidates are vying for three positions on the board.
New candidates are John Bradford, Debbie Buller, Ted Hatty, Paul Kayess, Gillian Kirkup, Ian Mason and Alan Walsh are seeking election, with incumbents Gillian Kirkup and John Bradford also putting their names in the hat.
After 34 years at the forefront of the rice industry, board stalwart Noel Graham is not seeking re-election.
RMB Chair, Robyn Clubb encourages rice growers to have their say.
“Growers should receive their voting packs from the NSW Electoral Commission in the next week or thereabouts,” she said.
“We strongly encourage all growers to have their say on who should represent them on the Board.”
Of the seven board members four are nominated by the NSW Minister for Primary Industries and three are elected by rice growers.
The RMB aims to ensure that NSW rice growers get the best return on their product.
“The RMB has an important role to play in ensuring vesting continues to provide strong returns to NSW rice growers,” said Ms Clubb.
“We rely on engaged and informed board members to deliver these returns to the industry.”
Voting closes on 20 November and is by postal ballot.
If growers have any questions or do not receive ballots within the next two weeks, they can contact the NSW Electoral Commission on 02 9290 5924.