Formation of a new Dairy Industry Peak Body
The NSW Dairy Industry Conference (DICON) is the current peak body of the Dairy Industry in NSW and reports to the Minister for Agriculture, either directly, or through the Food authority and the Dept of Primary Industries. DICON is looking at restructuring its activities to become more relevant in today
Currently, we have a number of interest groups:Milk Processors, Dairy Farmers, Milk Vendors, Retailers and other groups who form part of the overall industry chain.
A Steering Committee has been set-up to progress the DICON restructuring. This committee consists of:
We are in the process of establishing a not for profit company that is proposed will operate as the new peak Dairy Industry body within NSW. This new company will eventually replace DICON and will act as a single voice of the NSW Dairy Industry. Preliminary details are:
Objects of the new peak body are:
Membership of the new Company will be available to:
Initial Funding for the new Company will come from existing industry sources:
Membership fees (amount to be determined) will be an ongoing source of funding. It is also anticipated that funds from other industry organisations will be redirected to the new peak body.
The new peak body, Dairy Connect Limited, proposes to foster strong and collaborative relationships with Government, Department of Primary Industries (DPI), NSW Farmers Association and other similar organisations.
DICON briefed the Minister for Primary Industries in August 2011 and subsequently the Steering Committee has updated the Minister
At the present time the entire dairy supply chain is under pressure because of reduced returns as a result of discounting practices in the market place. All sectors, processors, dairy farmers and milk distributors are all operating under reduced margins and many are experiencing a loss of income. As an industry we need to embark on practices to meet the requirements and expectations of our customers if we are to remain relevant for the future. All sectors need to work together to re-establish strong brand loyalty to add value to the entire supply chain. This will assist processors achieve better results that will flow on to dairy farmers, distributors and the community.
The Steering Committee organised an Industry Meeting on 9 December 2011 to update and brief all DICON members and key industry personnel.
More information will be provided as circumstances allow.