WHILE it admits it’s an ambitious target, Cattle Council of Australia remains confident that it will raise the required direct membership tally necessary to introduce two additional independent directors at this year’s annual general meeting in November.
There is scope in CCA’s constitution for two more independent directors to be appointed if the trigger-point of 500 paid direct members is achieved (that is, 500 members who have not joined for free as an existing member of their state farming organisation).
The target must be reached by September 30 in order to qualify, after which calls for nominations will be made.
The process follows on from last year’s AGM when CCA members elected their first independent directors (David Hill, Queensland, and Marc Greening, NSW), in addition to nominees provided by state farming organisations.
The independent directors are currently serving two years and their positions will be open for nomination again at Cattle Council’s 2016 AGM.
The election of these directors was made possible by a clause in the new constitution adopted by members in January 2014, that enabled the appointment of independent board members if 200 direct members joined Cattle Council.
CCA said the addition of two independent directors had added vitality to the organisation and provided a direct point of contact for producers on issues of national importance.
“An additional two directors this year would only enhance this process,” a CCA advice to members said.
“We are encouraging all existing members to spread the word and encourage friends, family, colleagues and associates to join to achieve the next historic milestone.”
As a direct CCA member, stakeholders are able to:
- Stand for the CCA board
- Vote on board elections
- Communicate directly to the CCA on national policy issues
- Receive regular updates from CCA
- Nominate to participate in the CCA policy committees, and
- Receive members-only access to the CCA interactive website to remain engaged in policy discussions.
CCA will hold its 2015 annual general meeting on November 9.
Information about registration can be found here.