GPSA calls for expressions of interest for Blueprint working groups

Sep 30, 2019

Grain industry stakeholders with the enthusiasm and drive to define what the sector will look like in 2030 are encouraged to put forward an Expression of Interest to be part of one of the South Australian Grain Industry Blueprint’s six working groups.

Grain Producers SA is leading development of the Blueprint, which will be a vehicle for sustainable industry growth by seeking commitments across the whole value chain to pursue actions and achieve targets in order for the South Australian grain industry to increase its value from about $4.2 billion to $6 billion by 2030.

The working groups will be centred on six key themes identified as part of an extensive literature and stakeholder consultation, which will form the pillars of the Blueprint. These pillars are:

  • Value adding
  • Market opportunities
  • Infrastructure investment
  • Building industry capacity
  • On-farm innovation
  • Biosecurity and quality assurance

GPSA chief executive officer Caroline Rhodes said the working groups represented an exciting opportunity for grain industry stakeholders – particularly growers – to have meaningful input into the future of the South Australian grain industry.

“The South Australian Grain Industry Blueprint presents a unique and exciting opportunity for all growers and industry stakeholders across the state to help shape the sector’s future for the next 10 years,” she said.

“We are looking for people with a certain passion which falls under each Blueprint pillar so they can contribute their thoughts and vision to what will be a critical part of the future of the grain industry in SA.

“The working groups will work underneath the Blueprint’s overarching steering committee and work to develop a clear and detailed statement of the key objectives of each pillar to deliver on the issues and opportunities identified.

“They will then prepare an implementation program, including funding options, to achieve the objectives of each pillar.”

Ms Rhodes said progress on the Blueprint was tracking well following the appointment of experienced grain industry professional Jonathan Wilson as its project manager in June.

“GPSA has been out on the road over the past few months meeting with growers and other industry stakeholders as part of the initial consultation phase of the Blueprint,” she said.

“The Blueprint steering committee, chaired by Dr Don Plowman and made up of representatives from the grower and research communities, food industry, government and advocacy bodies has now met twice.

“The formation of the working groups will represent another significant milestone in the Blueprint’s development as we seek to bring together experts in each field to further define what the future looks like in each of these key areas.”

Ms Rhodes said the Blueprint will ensure that South Australian producers, exporters, handlers and manufacturers can continue to access overseas markets and build export opportunities.
 
“It will help to deliver greater investment in the industry through public-private partnerships, boost research and development and provide jobs and skills training at all levels,” she said.

“GPSA acknowledges the strong support of the South Australian Government in providing funding for this project.”

To submit an expression of interest to join a Blueprint working group, email project manager Jonathan Wilson at blueprint@grainproducerssa.com.au or call the GPSA office on 1300 734 884.


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