Meet the Board

The role of the board for our not-for-profit organisation cannot be overestimated, meeting on a monthly basis with BFVG's Managing Director, Bree Grima working together to continue BFVG's operational strategies and values, monitoring performance, making decisions on capital usage and acquisition, and lobbying for assistance to the Australian Government.

BFVG's Board is made up of Wide Bay Burnett Regional Growers and Two (2) Independent directors associated with the industry, collectively the Board offers a positive blend of generations and skill sets to BFVG stakeholders, the Industry and the Region of which Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers Represents.

Executive Directors

Elected Chairman

Allan Mahoney

Allan represents tree and various small crops. His guidance as BFVG Director and Chair has helped the organisation go from strength to strength.

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Never to shy away from a challenge, Allan firmly believes that Diversity is the key to the industry. To be part of the whole supply chain and use as much of the crop as possible no matter what the commodity.


Elected Deputy Chair

Craig Van Rooyen

Craig represents Lychee and Macadamia commodities. Collaborating with various services, Craig is an advocate for holistic farming practices,

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incorporating effective IPM and efficient farming practices to improve yeild and crop condition.

Craig now has 8000 Macadamias, 5000 Lychees, Mangoes and Avocados.


Elected Treasurer

Joe Lyons

Joe and his family own and operate an Avocado and Macadamia orchid just west of Bundaberg. Representing the regions Avocado growers Joe

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draws knowledge from his experiences in the Banana, Grain and Beef Industries for the benefit of the region.

Joe obtained a Diploma of Applied Science at Gatton Agricultural College; he is a firm believer of taking a "holistic approach to farm management by finding your place in an efficient and profitable supply chain."


Secretary

Bree Grima

Bree has been an integral part of the organisation, recently celebrating 7yrs and now serving her second year as the Cooperative Secretary,

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Bree is also the Managing Director


Elected Directors

David Da Pra

David has been an advocate for the Industry since the 1990's and is recognised as one of BFVG's Life Members.

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David held the position of Treasurer for 19years on the Board until standing down at the 2017 Annual General meeting.

David represents Hydroponic crop production with a total area of 14,000m2 under greenhouse.

David currently grows eggplant and cucumbers.


Peter Greensill

Peter represents sweet potato and melons and continues to be a valued director for the past four years
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Peter provides industry experience and contributes to the voice of Horticulture within the region


Peter Buchanan

Peter represents small crops in the Gympie region and is also an advocate through BFVG for Gympie Growers

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Peter is a key contact for our financial members who grow in the Gympie region.

Through Peter's lifetime, he has grown Pineapples, Beans and Zucchini crops. Peter has traveled to New Zealand to research QA systems in the market and as a result the Gympie Pack House was born.

Peter feels that there is not enough of 'us' in the area and wishes to use his place with BFVG as a leading Industry Representative Body to gain wider support within the region and for all of 'us' to keep in touch with industry updates and news


David Holt

David represents sweet potatoes and sweet potato growers from within the region.
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One of David's main focuses is on achieving a more efficient delivery of produce from farm gate to the consumer to contribute to this process. David is also actively involved in the Australian Sweet Potato Growers Association as an integral committee member. 

David believes that by aligning with key Industry Organisations, is a step in the direction of the Region being recognised as the producing salad 


Andreas Rehberger

Andreas is a second generation horticulturalist in partnership with family operating on a 50ha farm just outside of Bundaberg.

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His family has been farming for 30 years and are currently growing Mangoes and a variety of small crops.

Having returned to the industry in 2011, Andreas is keen to see the younger generations being more involved and proactive in the direction of the horticulture industry.

Andreas is also motivated to see the future of the industry brighten, promoting the youth to see farming as a fruitful career.


Tina McPherson

Newly elected Director, Tina brings a new lease of experience to the Board. Representing Stawberries and Passionfruit,

Read MoreTina, with her Husband Bruce own Tinaberries. A strong advocate for Integrated Pest Management and sustainable farming practices. The pair have been working to reduce the environmental 'footprint' on farm and to preserve the ecological health of our immediate and surrounding environment.


Independent Directors

Leanne Rudd

Leanne is a local Accountant, Wealth and Business Advisor with a strong background in family and small business. Since gaining her degree and FCPA qualifications, Leanne has 21 years professional accounting experience to her credit.

Read MoreHer passion is to help entrepreneurs of Small and Medium businesses grow and thrive. This led her to open her own Practice in 2005. Leanne relishes nothing more than putting her years of experience and insight to work in guiding entrepreneurs to achieve their maximum potential.


Stacey Watson

Stacey continues to sit as an independent board director at BFVG and brings a broad experience based skill set to our organisation.

Read MoreShe is Austsafe Supers' Head of Business Development and is both passionate about your superannuation and the Agriculture Industry.

She has been involved with BFVG for many years and has partnered with the organisation by hosting Industry events, such as the Austsafe Super, Unifying Agriculture Race day.