'Next Crop' program off and running to develop industry leadership

Date Posted

2 April, 2019

Posted by

Cathy Weis

A diverse range of sugarcane growers from across the industry are now taking part in the Next Crop program to hone their leadership skills and potential.

Next Crop is a new investment by SRA in industry leadership and capability, and it is spanning across several months in 2019, with participants undertaking a range of leadership and development activities.

The need for this program was identified during industry consultation for SRA’s five-year strategic plan.

“The future of our industry relies on ensuring we continue to develop and encourage new leaders to participate, collaborate, and have their voices heard. Next Crop is increasing the pool of people who can contribute to our industry through leadership roles in industry representative bodies, productivity service boards, NRM groups, local government, and SRA,” SRA CEO Mr Neil Fisher said.

This year’s participants are Aaron Moore (Atherton Tableland), Tony Bartolo (Mackay), Chris Lyne (Burdekin), Ben Spann (Rocky Point), Kevin Stevens (Brisbane), Michael Giudice (Mossman), Leyton Peterson (Hervey Bay), Rhonda Pirrone (Burdekin) and Michael Cavallaro (Bundaberg).

Burdekin grower Chris Lyne said he looked forward to taking part in the program.

“The future of the sugar industry depends on strong leadership at a range of levels, and this program is an opportunity to develop these critical skills,” Mr Lyne said. “It is a chance to learn with other growers from across the industry and bring our new skills back to our respective regions.”

To learn more, visit www.nextcropleaders.com.

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