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Rural and Regional Queensland gets a voice on the ABC Board

AgForce’s South East Queensland Regional Director Georgie Somerset has been appointed as a non-executive director for the next five years and is the only regional representative on the eight-member Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Board.

The appointment of Mrs Somerset to the ABC Board ensures that rural and regional Queensland has a voice on the national stage, AgForce said yesterday.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley congratulated Mrs Somerset on her well-deserved appointment and described it as a massive win for Queensland producers.

“Georgie has worked tirelessly over many years to advocate for rural and regional Queensland, all while running a family beef cattle farming business in Durong with her husband Robert,” he said.

“She is a longtime AgForce member who knows first-hand the issues affecting rural and regional Queensland because she lives and breathes it.”

As well as being the AgForce South East Queensland Regional Director and sitting on numerous AgForce committees, Georgie is also a director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Queensland, QRAA and Children’s Health Queensland Hospital & Health Service.

“As part of the AgForce Board Georgie is focused on telecommunications and ensuring that there is equitable access, service, affordability, data quality and quantity for all rural and remote users,” Mr Maudsley said.

“Many will also know Georgie from being a founder and President of the Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women’s Network which rightly earned her a spot in the Australia’s 100 Women of Influence in 2014.”

NFF President, Fiona Simson, congratulates Georgia Somerset on Twitter on her appointment to the ABC Board - 27 February 2017

Mrs Somerset said she was honoured to be appointed as the voice of regional and rural Australia to the ABC Board.

“I believe that agriculture is a cornerstone for the Australian economy and ensuring that the agricultural community has a voice in important decision making and policy setting forums is essential,” she said.

With experience in regional development, agri-tourism and communications, Georgie Somerset brings skills and expertise in rural issues, strategy, governance, communication and connections across industry to her position on the ABC Board.

This media release first appeared on the AgForce Queensland website.

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