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Members’ chance to direct the future of SAFF

In the lead-up to this year’s August annual general meeting, the South Australian Farmers’ Federation (SAFF) will be holding a member workshop on 21 July to discuss the structure of the Federation and establish a direction for moving forward.

A 20-year review of the organisation’s finances and board, committee and staffing structures has been conducted by SAFF management, and the Board is seeking input from members to determine a blueprint for a 'new SAFF'.

The workshop, to be held at The Observatory Function Centre in Adelaide, will be open to all members and will provide an exciting opportunity for the very people SAFF represents to have their say about the type of organisation SAFF should be.

SAFF General Manager Carol Vincent said while the federation had undergone considerable change over the past 20 years, its basic structure, comprising commodity/policy sections with an overarching governing body or board of management, had changed very little.

“Whether we like it or not, it seems certain that the SAFF of 2007 and beyond will look very different from the organisation it is today,” Ms Vincent said.

“SAFF can have a sound financial future but the current structure is not sustainable.

“I believe several generations of Board members and staff have performed brilliantly to deliver high standards of service despite the downward trend in farmer numbers and the impact on membership – but this cannot be guaranteed in the longer term, and it is important for all of us involved in SAFF today to address these matters.



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