Vale Bill Bray

Beef Central, 24/08/2022

FORMER Cattle Council of Australia president and Victorian beef producer Bill Bray passed away last week.

Mr Bray was the Cattle Council president from 2004-2008 and oversaw significant reform in food safety, animal welfare and the expansion of international trade.

Bill Bray

A beef and lamb producer from Walkerville on the South Gippsland coast, Bill ran a mixed breeding herd of Angus and Murray Grey crossed with Charolais.

Current Cattle Council president Lloyd Hick said Mr Bray was known as a passionate leader who worked with beef producers and the beef supply chain right across Australia to achieve good outcomes for all.

“He had a reputation for bringing a practical, producers’ point of view when developing policy and advocating for the industry,” Mr Hick said.

“He was known as a gentleman who was driven to bring us all together, but he wasn’t afraid of a fight for the good of our industry.

“Free Trade Agreements with the US and Thailand came into force during his tenure. Bill was closely involved in expanding market access and trade opportunities, which now greatly benefits the industry.”

“He was known to work with everyone at a local level and take what he learnt to address issues and explain our positions in international markets. He never stopped telling leaders at home and abroad about the importance of the beef industry,” Mr Hick said.

“Bill was also known as a diplomat with a drive to unify the industry, working to improve Cattle Council’s relationships with the Australian Beef Association and Meat & Livestock Australia.

He also built strong relationships with Government and was fast to forge a productive relationship with the incoming Rudd Government in 2007.

Before Cattle Council, Mr Bray was a livestock agent and worked in abattoirs. This experience drove him to improve cattle production systems, and he was an early adopter of quality assurance programs including CattleCare.

“Bill Bray left a lasting mark on the grassfed cattle industry and will be missed by everyone who knew him, at Cattle Council, VFF and in his community,” Mr Hick said.

“Our thoughts go out to his wife Deb, his daughters Millie and Lucy and their families during this sad time.”


  • A memorial service is planned at Mr Bray’s South Gippsland property Yaringa, 710 Fish Creek, Walkerville Rd, Walkerville this Friday 26 August at 2pm.







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  1. Rob Liley, 31/08/2022

    Bill certainly was a champion for the pastoral industry and his energy will be greatly missed.
    His energy and good council also extended into the hard work he did for the community where he lived.
    Bill will be greatly missed in so many ways and that ready quip and smile was certainly a good icebreaker on many occasions in meetings.
    May he Rest In Peace.
    Rob Liley

  2. Sandy Maconochie, 24/08/2022

    Bill was a person of high integrity, always striving to achieve standards for the betterment of his own and industry goals. His wit and personality made him a pleasure to be around. A loving family man whom will be sorely missed.

  3. Ross peatling, 24/08/2022

    A great bloke to travel with. Bill, David Inall & myself had a memorable trip through the NT during floods in the early 2000’s. RIP Bill

  4. John Armstrong, 24/08/2022

    I was on CCA with Bill right through the restructure process. He was as the tribute accurately portrays a splendid man and of course not scared of a blue if need be. My thoughts to his family and friends.

  5. Justin Toohey, 24/08/2022

    A gentle and lovely man.

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