New WA Meat Industry Authority chairman announced

David Lock has been appointed chairman of the Western Australian Meat Industry Authority (WAMIA).

Minister for Agriculture and Food, Terry Redman announced Lock will replace Kerry McAuliffe, who is stepping down after more than a decade in the position.

Redman praised McAuliffe’s time in the role, where he oversaw numerous changes to the livestock industry.

“Kerry has overseen the closure of the Midland Saleyards, construction, opening and operation of the Muchea Livestock Centre and the development and implementation of the State Saleyard Strategy,” he said.

“Kerry, the board and management of the authority should be very proud of their achievements.”

McAuliffe said it had been a privilege to have chaired the WAMIA board for 13 years, and acknowledged the significant changes to the meat and livestock industry in WA, which WAMIA had been a key driver of.

“Developing and implementing the Animal Welfare Standards for Western Australian Saleyards is an example of this leadership,” McAuliffe said.

Lock is currently chief executive officer of the Craig Mostyn Group (CMG), a 90-year-old Australian family-owned agribusiness and food company based in WA.

He says some of the challenges for WAMIA will be consolidating the future of the Muchea Livestock Centre, and ensuring WA has adequate meat processing facilities for producers, while delivering a product that satisfies community expectations for health, food safety and animal welfare.

Lock also believes WAMIA must plan for increasing demand for meat as a protein source from emerging economies including India, China and Indonesia.

“The authority has a role to play in setting the bar high for all operators in the WA livestock and meat processing sectors, so that we continue to deliver world class meat products to an increasingly discerning domestic and global market,” he said.

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