Chris is a fourth generation farmer involved in a family farm operation near Dalby specializing in all grain types including summer and winter crops as well as both dryland and irrigated hay production. Cotton, cattle and grazing crops are used as a rotation within the farming enterprise. Chris has a wealth of knowledge and experience about agriculture in the region through his participation in roles such as a former member of the northern panel for the Grains Research and Development Corporation over seven years, and as a member of the Regional Advisory Committee.
From 2013-2018, Chris was the only Queensland member of the Murray-Darling Basin Consultative Committee and from 2013 to 2018 sat on the AgriFutures New and Emerging Plant Industries panel. He is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and part of a panel of former advisors to the Australian Agricultural College Corporation Board.
Chris’ involvement in agriculture also extends to being a hail assessor for grain and cotton crops in Queensland and northern New South Wales, being a certified irrigation meter installer/validator and auditor for water compliance.
He is a qualified company director and a graduate of the Queensland University, Gatton campus. Non-farming duties include being a Director on the Psychology Board of Australia, a member of the ARTC Inland Rail Darling Downs Community Advisor Panel, a member of the Consumer Reference Group of the Australian Energy Regulator and a member of the Consultation Model Working Group of the .au Domain Administration.
Chris has broad experience working with community organisations through grant proposals and the distribution of funds to rural and regional communities. He has also undertaken pro bono work throughout his career with those less fortunate. His vision for the future of Southern Queensland NRM is to provide a profitable and sustainable agricultural industry, and to maintain a vibrant rural community.