People on the Move: Appointments, retirements, achievements

Jon Condon, 11/11/2020

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  • Landline’s Kerry Lonergan shunted by ABC
  • Economist Tim McRae joins AuctionsPlus in market analysis role
  • New CEO for Paraway Pastoral, as Jock Whittle moves to new role with Macquarie
  • WA’s Harvest Road appoints new CEO
  • Greenham marketing director heads to marketing start-up

ABC’s Kerry Lonergan at Longreach Stockman’s Hall of Fame after being inducted into the Rural Journalism Hall of Fame in 2015.

Landline’s Kerry Lonergan shunted by ABC

A permanent fixture on ABC’s flagship national rural weekly TV program Landline for three decades, markets analyst Kerry Lonergan’s contract was terminated suddenly by the national public broadcaster yesterday.

In its explanation of the decision, ABC management simply said it ‘wished to move in a new direction.’

The announcement was followed by an avalanche of support for Mr Lonergan across social media and other channels yesterday ranging from politicians and industry heavyweights to grassroots primary producers.

Kerry Loneragan has been a familiar, trusted and authoritative face and voice in lounge rooms across country Australia each Sunday since 1991.

He was the founder and inaugural executive producer of Landline which started in March, 1991, replacing the earlier Countrywide program hosted by Neil Inall. After a health scare he resigned as executive producer ten years ago, returning to the program in a part-time role as specialist commodities analyst.  He came originally out of ABC’s Current Affairs Department in Sydney, but had a natural empathy, connection and affection for bush people which was clearly reflected in his broadcasting.

ABC Landline is due to mark its thirtieth anniversary in March next year, and at this point, it looks unlikely that Mr Lonergan will take part in any program marking the occasion. Beef Central understands he was due to retire around the same time.

Recognising his years of service, Mr Lonergan was inducted into the Queensland Rural Press Club’s Rural Journalism Hall of Fame in 2015.

It is unclear whether he will have the opportunity to sign-off with viewers during Landline’s final episode of the year, due to go to air this Sunday. Mr Lonergan declined to comment for this item.

Economist Tim McRae joins AuctionsPlus in market analysis role

AuctionsPlus has appointed former Meat & Livestock Australia chief economist Tim McRae in a newly created role as chief market analyst, spearheading the online marketing platform’s market intelligence, insights, and forecasting efforts.

Tim McRae

AuctionsPlus launched its Market Insights division in May last year, producing regular market intelligence and insights for the industry and ag media.

AuctionsPlus chief executive Angus Street said Mr McRae was a highly experienced red meat industry economist. In addition to serving as MLA’s chief economist, he also spent time earlier as manager of the National Livestock Reporting Service and served as group director for economics & analysis with NSW Department of Primary Industries.

“Tim also shares and is closely aligned with our values at AuctionsPlus, and we’re excited to have him join us as our chief market analyst, where he will lead our market intelligence and forecasting efforts and mentor our growing number of junior analysts,” Mr Street said.

Mr McRae said AuctionsPlus Market Insights will be a service that will be unique within the Australian livestock sector, underpinned by the world-class online AuctionPlus selling platform.

“Given the depth, volume and range of categories of livestock sales utilised by the AuctionsPlus, the ability to analyse and communicate with producers directly is exciting,” he said.

New CEO for Paraway Pastoral, as Jock Whittle moves to new role within Macquarie

In a change in senior management ranks, Macquarie has appointed Harvey Gaynor as the new Paraway Pastoral Co chief operating officer, following former CEO Jock Whittle’s moved up the Macquarie management food chain.

Jock Whittle moves to a new role within Macquarie’s ag investments

Mr Gaynor spent the past two years as general manager farming for fund manager Rural Funds Management’s group of properties, and prior to that had 30 years at Auscott, including the past six as CEO. He graduated in agricultural science from the University of Sydney in 1986.

“Mr Gaynor is a widely respected leader in the industry with extensive experience in agribusiness. He has a proven track record in growing businesses into new areas, effectively managing productivity and driving innovation,” Macquarie told Beef Central in a statement. “His appointment will add further expertise to Paraway’s leadership team and support the farm and station managers in their day-to-day operations.”

Former Paraway chief executive, Jock Whittle, who spent almost 13 years in the role, has moved on to a new position within the Macquarie ranks, as head of asset performance with Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) Agriculture investments. He remains on the Paraway board of directors.

Established in 2007 and headquartered in Orange, Paraway currently operates 27 pastoral enterprises across a number of diversified climatic zones and a range of country types. Collectively the properties have the capacity to carry more than 220,000 cattle and 250,000 sheep. Dryland and irrigated cropping exists in each of the regions for the production of hay, silage and grain crops for external sales and feeding livestock.

The company divides its operations into four regions: Northern (consisting of properties in Queensland), Central East (with properties in the New England), Central West (properties in Western NSW) and Southern (including Southern NSW and Victoria).

New CEO for WA’s Harvest Road

Western Australia’s Harvest Road has appointed a new chief executive officer, as part of its push to grow into global beef markets.

Paul Slaughter

Harvest Road has appointed experienced food service, wholesale and retail executive Paul Slaughter as its new chief executive, replacing Greg Harvey, who resigned recently after joining the company in March 2018.

Harvest Road Group, with core brands in meat proteins and aquaculture, is part of Tattarang, one of Australia’s largest private investment groups and owned by mining billionaires Andrew and Nicola Forrest. The Group’s beef division – which includes the Harvey Beef brand – is already WA’s largest beef processor operating a modern processing facility in the town of Harvey. Construction of a major cattle finishing facility at Koojan is currently underway to create an interlocking production chain from the north to south west of WA, based on best-practice ecological planning and animal welfare management.

Mr Slaughter is currently Australia and New Zealand CEO of pre-prepared foods manufacturer Mrs Mac’s, where he has led investment in product quality, innovation and brand expansion.

Tattarang CEO Andrew Hagger said Mr Slaughter’s 25 years’ experience delivering growth and brand development across local and emerging markets would help Harvest Road introduce new customers to its sustainable, high-quality and ‘ethically grown’ agri-food products.

“He brings considerable knowledge across food and retail supply chains and shares our vision to continue to grow Harvest Road as a market-leader and sustainable producer which honours Western Australian fine foods,” Mr Hagger said.

Mr Slaughter said joining Harvest Road was an opportunity to expand the company’s place at the heart of Western Australia’s growing international food reputation.

In September 2020, Harvest Road announced a joint research initiative with MLA and the Department of Primary Industries to map carbon emissions across its entire supply chain to identify opportunities for reducing emissions, with the vision of becoming carbon-neutral by 2030.

Greenham marketing director heads to red meat marketing start-up

After eight years with Victorian and Tasmanian beef processor HW Greenham & Sons, former head of marketing Trevor Fleming has moved to Melbourne-based marketing start-up, Off the table.

Mr Fleming was instrumental in branding projects and launches across the Cape Grim Beef, Vintage Beef Co and Bass Strait Beef brands, communicated roll out of the Greenham Never Ever program and led brand activations at major events.

He straddled both consumer facing activities, marketing, corporate communications and issues management, stakeholder and community engagement programs.

“I’m immensely proud of what I achieved at Greenham and leave a suite of very strong brands across diverse production systems and regions,” he said.

Off the Table is billed as a red meat advisory and provenance marketing platform developing signature food experiences. “Modern consumers are clearly looking for brands that deliver an entire package of nutrition, animal welfare, the environment and positive social outcomes,” Mr Fleming said. “You can’t be all things to all people, but there is a huge opportunity for brands to lead the discussion, control their narrative and win new customers,” he said.

“It all comes back to trust and how we, as an industry, build trust and loyalty with consumers.”






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  1. Bill Chisholm, 13/06/2021

    I have watched landline and Kerry Lonergan from when it first aired totally discussed at his dismissing, shame on the Abc

  2. Michael Ridd, 14/12/2020

    Sadly I am not surprised. Like pretty well every other correspondent below I have enjoyed watching Mr Lonergan for many years. I have also noted the gradual, inexorable drift of Landline away from its core business to what someone else referred to as ‘Gardening Australia – Big Paddock’.

    Some months ago I said to my wife ‘I don’t this fellow will last in the ABC much longer’ when he made some pretty straight comments about the use of words like ‘milk’ and ‘meat’ to refer to vegetable products. As it happens I’m not convinced by his arguments on this, but surely the critical thing is to have people with a contrary point of view making the case for our farmers?

    I’ve been a supporter of the ABC for all of my life. Gradually they (ie what passes for its management) chip away at my support – and this is yet another nail in the coffin. I’ll be astonished if Mr Lonergan is replaced by a white male. And I’ll be even more astonished if they replace him with someone who reflects a genuinely diverse opinion on matters relevant to Landline and its viewers.

  3. Andrew Reid, 16/11/2020

    For some time has been one of the few programs on Aunty where they just tell a story, don’t try to tell you how to think. This has been changing recently and I have been surprised KL’s robust view of the land has not collided head on with the opinion heads resident at HQ.
    I would watch Landline just for KLs market watch.
    You be sorely missed Kerry as Landline turns into Gardening Australia – Big Paddock.
    Kristy O’Brien is still floating around up territory way so a few good stories yet, perhaps.

  4. David Foote, 13/11/2020

    Kerry has projected well, the thoughts and aspirations of rural Australia to a wide audience for a long time. His presence across the sectors will be missed

  5. John Hall, 13/11/2020

    Landline is prioritising the urban trendy audience over the mainstream rural industries. The endless stream of stories about city dwellers making good in the bush as female shearers, rare fruit growers, or arts and craft practitioners has become tedious and boring. Serious rural industry analysis and important technological stories obviously dont get the ratings. Kerry’s demise was predictable. He was the only reason we watched Landline. The NFF should be fighting for a complete overhaul of Landline to service the bush, rather than the peri urban woke community, or encouraging another channel into the rural space.

  6. Murray Greenfield, 12/11/2020

    Typical of the ABC. Moving further to the left and with no explanation other that ‘We are moving in another direction’ ie to the further left. Kerry was the backbone of Landline. Sorry to see you go Kerry.

  7. john cooper, 12/11/2020

    What a silly thing to do getting rid of knowledgeable reporters like Kerry .This programme has been a must watch for many of us as interested viewers and it raises the question of which way is it heading with decisions like this. Can’t the ABC leave well alone when they are on a good thing or is this another management shake up from the left ?

  8. David Connolly, 12/11/2020

    Goodbye to Mr Lonergan. What a sad way to end a stellar Career for the ABC’s premier Bush programme , “Landline”. The program is currently informative, unbiased and balanced. What then is the “different direction” actually all about. Its a pity Kerry wasn’t shown more respect.

  9. Peter Dunn, 12/11/2020

    What else can one expect from the ABC?
    Kerry Lonergan is too knowledgeable for the left brigade at the ABC to handle, and the Landline presentation is too balanced.
    We can now safely bet our houses on the ABC moving Landline sharply to the left.
    Jon Condon, could I encourage you to send the Lonergan report and all of the comments to the Communications Minister, so that he may be appraised of the “new direction”.

  10. Allan and Barb Mackie, 11/11/2020

    Kerry Lonergan will be missed and will be difficult to replace. We have enjoyed his reports and hard work over the last thirty years. All our best wishes and thanks to him. What a way to end his time on Landline. So unfair.

  11. Mike Introvigne, 11/11/2020

    I reiterate all the comments made to date . Very sad to see Kerry Lonergan go. He had a true understanding of what makes agriculture tick and maybe his direct approach didn’t line up with what can best be described as a pathetic ABC and it increasingly pathetic leftist future.

  12. Katie Bucknell, 11/11/2020

    What a low blow to remove Kerry Lonergan in such a manner. The ABC is showing an extremely ugly side to act in such a manner. Previously the ABC has strived to act responsibly and have compassion in its public face. Surely it is not necessary to stoop to gutter press standards when dealing with long term, respected faces of the ABC.

  13. Tory Shenstone, 11/11/2020

    Kerry will leave a HUGE hole in ABC’s Landline program. I hope the ABC pays tribute to this “giant” of a man. Such intellect and a pleasure to watch on Landline every Sunday. His 30 year dedication and as a Founder of the program – he deserves a big send off. What a legand Kerry is – he will be greatly missed from the lounge rooms of Australia every Sunday.

  14. Mark Bryant, 11/11/2020

    Kerry Lonergan will be greatly missed. His valuable insight and long experience in rural commodities markets will be impossible to replace.
    Landline is a great program which has balance and is unbiased.
    The ABC management says it – quote “wishes to move in a new direction” – unquote.
    This will obviously be to the left as the ABC has moved so far to the left in it’s reporting in the 7.30 Report and Four Corners that it is a puppet of the political left and fringe groups.

  15. David McKenzie, 11/11/2020

    Kerry Lonnergan will be a very hard to replace, and we wait with bated breath to learn what the ABC’s “new direction” is!

  16. Peter Hamilton, 11/11/2020

    We can see which way Landline is going, from recent programmes … woke!

  17. Brian Tyquin, 11/11/2020

    The idiots at the ABC strike again
    It about time we got rid of some of fringe programs they have.
    How they will replace Kerry’s background knowledge is hard to understand maybe their some genius in the ABC cellar for the gig!He will be badly missed by us all

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