The managing director of Northcliffe’s Bannister Downs Dairy has been elected as the new chairwoman of the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry Food Industry Advisory Group.
Last Wednesday, senior figures within the food industry appointed Suzanne Daubney to the position from which she will have a direct say on both government and industry issues affecting the agricultural sector.
Ms Daubney said the advisory group was an interested and experienced forum of several WA and national companies, each presenting their own issues within the current industry climate.
‘‘We’re working closely with these companies and the Department of Agriculture and Food WA to determine the nature of the issues the industry is facing,’’ she said.
‘‘We’re covering things like how the carbon tax directly affects us and even how weather affects the transport side of the industry.
‘‘We’re constantly working to see what resources can be made available.’’
As a primary producer with Bannister Downs, Ms Daubney is directly involved with the transport, manufacturing and farming industries, which she said were currently the three lowest margin industries in the country.
‘‘My main goal within this role now is awareness, people need to know about the issues and what is being done to combat them,’’ she said.
‘‘The Food Industry Advisory Group is a really good place to have a voice, especially with the strength of the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry behind us.
‘‘I’m very passionate about small business, and now we really have an opportunity to think innovatively for our industry and provide tangible solutions to our problems.’’