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Leadership shake up at WAFarmers

WAFarmers president Tony York has announced he will step down from the position in March to focus on his recent election to the National Farmers Federation board.

In a letter emailed to members this afternoon, Mr York said he would resign mid-term at the WAFarmers annual general meeting on March 14.

Mr York assured members he planned to bring a WA focus to the new, national role and would “continue to advocate in the interests of WAFarmers”.

He also said a “rapidly globalised world” meant decision-making was often occurring at a national level.

“This has resulted in many of the policy decisions impacting our farming businesses being made in Canberra,” Mr York said.

“This has led to the NFF carrying an increased responsibility in ensuring our voice is heard at a national level.

“It is important we have both representation on national peak bodies, sector boards and the NFF.”

March will mark Mr York’s third year as president of the farm advocacy group.

He was appointed to the NFF board in November, securing one of two available positions.

At the time, Mr York said he was the first WA representative to be appointed to a position at NFF in about 20 years.

The organisation is still on the hunt for a permanent chief executive, five months after its former leader Trent Kensett-Smith stepped down.

Trevor Whittington has served as acting president since.

More in next week’s Countryman.

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