AgForce vice president and Durong cattle farmer Georgie Somerset has been appointed to the ABC board. Photo: Craig Warhurst/News mail
AgForce vice president and Durong cattle farmer Georgie Somerset has been appointed to the ABC board. Photo: Craig Warhurst/News mail Craig Warhurst

South Burnett farmer appointed to ABC board

THE South Burnett is closer to having a say on programming content at the ABC now that one of our locals has been appointed to its board of directors.

AgForce vice president and Durong cattle farmer, Georgie Somerset, was appointed as one the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's non-executive directors.

Mrs Somerset is the only board member from regional Australia and will hold the position for five years.

In a statement from AgForce, Mrs Somerset said she was honoured to take up the position.

"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.

Apart from her time at AgForce, Mrs Somerset also worked for the South Burnett Times.

ABC board members are appointed by the Governor-General on advice from the federal government.

The ABC Act specifies that directors must be experienced in broadcasting, communications, management, have expertise in financial or technical matters, or have cultural interests related to broadcasting.

What an ABC board member does:

  • Ensure the functions of the ABC are performed efficiently and to the maximum benefit of the Australian public.
  • Maintain the independence of the ABC.
  • Ensure the gathering and presentation of news is fair and accurate
  • Make sure the ABC follows the relevant laws and industry guidelines.
  • Develop and enforce the ABC's Code of Practice.
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