Policy Council and Board

Policy Council and Board

Grower-led advocacy for Queensland's sugarcane industry

CANEGROWERS members are represented by 87 elected directors in every sugarcane region of Queensland.

These local company boards nominate representatives to sit on the 21-person Policy Council which decides the overall direction of CANEGROWERS. There are three permanent policy committees - Economics & Trade, Farm Inputs & Research and Environment & Sustainability.

The 8-member QCGO Board provides corporate governance. Mackay district grower Paul Schembri is currently the Chairman.

Elections are held every three years and every CANEGROWERS member can nominate and vote.

The Policy Council and QCGO directors listed below began their term of office in May 2016.

Mossman - Drew Watson
Tableland - Rajinder Singh (QCGO Board)
Cairns Region - John Ferrando
Innisfail - Joe Marano (QCGO Board)
Tully - Tom Harney
Herbert River - Michael Pisano (QCGO Board) and Jeff Cantamessa
Burdekin - Roger Piva, Steve Pilla, Phil Marano and Owen Menkens (QCGO Board)
Proserpine - Glenn Clarke
Mackay - Paul Schembri (Chairman QCGO Board), Kevin Borg (Vice-Chairman QCGO Board), Greg Plath and Tony Ross
Bundaberg - Allan Dingle (Senior Vice-Chairman QCGO Board) and Mark Pressler
Isis - Mark Mammino (QCGO Board)
Maryborough - Jeff Atkinson
Rocky Point - Michelle Fischer