Fruit and veg chairman stands down

THE chairman of Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers (BFVG) has stood down after six years at the helm.

David De Paoli stepped aside at this week’s annual general meeting to make way for Geoff Chivers.

Mr Chivers was elected by members at the meeting as the new chairman.

“After 10 years on the BFVG board, with the last six years as chairman, it is time to stand aside and allow someone else to step up and make their mark on the local production horticulture industry and the organisation,” Mr De Paoli said.

He said he was pleased with the work he was able to achieve while serving as the head of the board.

“It is with a great deal of pride that I am leaving BFVG at a time when it is seen nationally as a professional, well-respected organisation and I am looking forward to see it continue to grow and prosper from the sidelines,” he said.

Mr Chivers praised the work Mr De Paoli had done as the board’s chairman.

“David has been a tremendous champion of not only our local industry, but the industry nationally, with his involvement on other boards,” Mr Chivers said.

“BFVG and its members are thankful that we have benefited from his experience and commitment over the years.”

Mr Chivers said he looked forward to the challenge of his new position.

“I look forward to working with the new BFVG board and staff, continuing the great work that has been achieved to date,” he said.

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