SRA appoints Regional Coordinators for Far North Queensland and Herbert regions

Date Posted

5 April, 2018

Posted by

Cathy Weis

Sugar Research Australia (SRA) has taken major steps forward in the delivery of the industry-led Adoption Strategy for the Australian sugar industry with the appointment of two new SRA Regional Coordinators.

The Adoption Strategy has been developed in consultation with the Australian sugarcane industry and SRA’s Government investors and stakeholders over the last 12 months. It aims to provide a more strategic focus to increase the uptake and implementation of new and existing technologies in the sugar industry.

The first major milestone in the implementation of the Strategy was the recent appointment of Executive Manager, Regional Delivery, Mr Ian McBean, who will be based at SRA’s Meringa research station when he officially commences in May.

In addition, SRA has today announced the appointment of Mr Daryl Parker as Regional Coordinator for the Far North Queensland (FNQ) region, and Ms Caroline Coppo as Regional Coordinator for the Herbert region.

Mr Parker was most recently Regional Extension Coordinator with the Wet Tropics Sugar Industry Partnership (WTSIP) and was previously Manager of Mossman Agricultural Services.

Ms Coppo was most recently Extension Coordinator with WTSIP, based in Ingham, and she also has experience with TropWater and Terrain NRM.

SRA CEO Mr Neil Fisher said Mr Parker and Ms Coppo would play a key role working with local industry and organisations in FNQ and the Herbert respectively to drive strategic outcomes for our sugarcane growers and millers in these regions.

“Our Regional Coordinators both bring extensive sugar industry experience to these roles and they are looking forward to working with local industry, including WTSIP and its partners, to bridge the gap between research and adoption as part of the Strategy,” Mr Fisher said.

“These partners include, but are not limited to, Queensland CANEGROWERS, local CANEGROWERS, Australian Cane Farmers Association, Innisfail Babinda Cane Productivity Services, Mossman Agricultural Services, Tully Cane Productivity Services, Terrain, Herbert Cane Productivity Services Limited, the Queensland Government, and our milling Members Wilmar, MSF Sugar, Tully Sugar Limited, and Mackay Sugar’s Mossman sugar mill.

“Having our Executive Manager for Regional Delivery based in FNQ is also an opportunity to bolster SRA’s direct connection between growers and millers and their industry-owned company, Sugar Research Australia.”

Mr Fisher said that SRA would soon be announcing Regional Coordinators for other regions.

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