26 June 2018
VFF Livestock Council holds election
VICTORIAN FARMERS FEDERATION CEO and Returning Officer, Stephen Sheridan, has announced elections
for the VFF Livestock Council.
Nominations were called for Livestock President and Vice-President. Nominations were also called for
regional councilors in Wimmera, Corangamite, North East, East Gippsland and an additional councilor.
No opposing nominations were received for President and Vice-President. As a result, Leonard Vallance and
James Kirkpatrick, will be re-appointed unopposed to President and Vice-President respectively at the VFF
Only one nomination was received for the East Gippsland and North East council positions, so Angus Zilm of
East Gippsland and Peter Star of the North East will be elected unopposed as new councilors.
Multiple nominations were received for Wimmera, Corangamite and additional councilor, so the VFF
Livestock Group will be running elections for these three council positions.
Michael Craig and Peter Tischler will be contesting the Wimmera position. Chris Draffin and Scott Young will
be contesting the Corangamite position. James Tehan, Steve Harrison and Peter Tischler will be contesting
the additional councilor position.
Candidate biographies for the contested positions are currently available on the Victorian Farmers
Voting will be conducted electronically and via postal ballot for members without email addresses. The
ballots will be posted from 2
nd of July and must be posted back to the Returning Officer by 13th of July.
Electronic voting will begin on 9
th of July and will close 18th of July. Members will also be able to vote in
person on the first day of the VFF Annual Conference at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre on
the 19th of July.
The results will be announced on the second day of the VFF Annual Conference on the 20th of July. The
results of the VFF President and Vice-President elections will be announced at the same time.
The Victorian Farmers Federation welcomes the interest in elected positions, thanks the candidates for
taking on the challenge of standing for a position, and wishes them all well in the upcoming election.
Stephen Sheridan, CEO and Returning Officer, (03) 9207 5503
Heather Smillie, Stakeholder Policy & Advocacy Officer, 0400 874 589
About the VFF
The Victorian Farmers Federation is an active, powerful lobby group dedicated to the interests of farmers
and making a difference to communities. With a strong record of successful political and industry advocacy
and leadership, the VFF has generated substantial benefits for the agriculture sector since its formation in
The VFF consists of eight commodity groups; dairy (United Dairyfarmers of Victoria), livestock, grains,
horticulture, chicken meat, eggs, pigs and Flowers Victoria – and expert committees representing; water,
land management, agricultural and veterinarian chemicals, farm business and rural development and
VFF members lead each of these groups and committees with the support of Melbourne and regionally
based staff. As a team we provide the power to effectively influence all levels of government on the wide
range of issues that impact on modern farming. The VFF has approximately 200 branches across the state.
Our vision is to create an environment for farmers that enables profitable, safe and sustainable production,
within a community that values and respects the farm sector.