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“I would like to congratulate the successful candidates. This year has seen a record number of candidates standing for the Western Region, with each representative bringing a wealth of experience and interest in the grains industry. The selected candidates will be excellent representatives on national issues on behalf of their fellow growers in the region,” said Brett Hosking, GrainGrowers’ Chairman.

“Thank you to everyone who stood for election, it’s great to see the enthusiasm and passion growers have for their industry and we appreciate all the members in the Western Region who took time to vote during a busy harvest.” said Hosking.

The GrainGrowers NPG is made up of fifteen farmers: five from each of the GrainGrowers regions – Western Region (SA and WA), Southern Region (southern NSW, VIC and TAS) and the northern region (northern NSW & QLD).


Policy issues the NPG will be focusing on over the coming year include international trade challenges, ensuring the industry and government approaches to climate and sustainability are grower-focussed, and getting the right government policy settings to allow the grains sector to play its role in driving Australia’s economic activity post COVID.

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The NPG Western Region representatives are

Tristan Baldock

Kimba, SA

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Tristan Baldock

Kimba, SA

Tristan operates a 5,500 ha cropping enterprise at Buckleboo in South Australia. Tristan is passionate about agriculture and the challenge that has been given to farmers to feed the world in a way that is sustainable given the earth’s finite resources, and in a way that is safe and enjoyable for employees. He considers the search for and adoption of new practices to always be a driver, and has an ongoing role within the Buckleboo Farm Improvement Group committee.

Judith Foss

Bruce Rock, WA

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Judith Foss

Bruce Rock, WA

Judith and her husband farm 10500 ha 250kms East of Perth in the WA Wheatbelt. They are a mixed enterprise comprising cereals, legumes, canola, hay and prime lamb production. Judith has completed a Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) and has followed her passion for being a food producer for over 25 years. To experience and have the opportunity to become involved in the NPG is one that Judith sees as both exciting and an intellectual challenge. Judith would like to be able to make a positive contribution to her industry and see real results.

Tracy Lefroy

Moora, WA

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Tracy Lefroy

Moora, WA

As a farmer and a community leader, Tracy holds several roles that makes her a valuable asset to the GrainGrowers NPG. Tracy is a Partner in a 4500ha grain growing enterprise (6300ha total), Cranmore Farming, Moora Shire President, a board member of Innovations Central Midlands Inc and Gardiner Street Arts Collective and completed Leadership WA’s Signature Leadership Program as Valedictorian (2019). These positions contribute and attest to Tracy’s ability to approach challenges strategically.

Frank O'Hare

Cunderdin, WA

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Frank O'Hare

Cunderdin, WA

Frank has 28 years’ experience of owning and managing a mixed farming enterprise with his wife Jane and son Lachlan at Cunderdin, WA. Frank has been an NPG member for the past 3 years and the NFF Economic Policy and Farm Business Committee. He is keen to continue to work to enable policy for continued expansion and improvement of markets, especially in the ASEAN and Subcontinent regions on the back of efficiencies in supply chain and Australia’s clean and safe image. He is also an advocate of education, skill development and leadership especially for those coming into the industry.

Damien Sommerville

Spalding, SA

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Damien Sommerville

Spalding, SA

Damien, a farmer, spray contractor and agronomist in South Australia’s mid north and past Chair of Hart Field Site group, is passionate about sustainable agriculture and believes a healthier farming system is more resilient & profitable in the long term.
Damien’s focus is on ensuring the grains industry has a robust R&D system to ensure farmers have access to unbiased research to ensure long term sustainability and profitability at the farm gate. Farming for the best outcomes for future generations.

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