Tasmanian farmer receives national award

  • Senator Colbeck and Brian Bonde

16 October, 2014

Tasmanian farmer Brian Bonde was awarded the Australian onion industry's most prestigious award at a function in Brisbane last night.

Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, said it was an honour to present the Reg Miller award to a fellow Tasmanian and commended Brian on his dedication and passion.

"Brian has made an outstanding contribution to the onion industry over many years, including accepting the role of Onions Australia Chairperson in 2008 and leading the industry push to modify the onion levy system," he said.

"He has dedicated countless hours to the industry and has never hesitated to put his hand up to help. It is fantastic to see his contribution recognised through the presentation of this prestigious award."

Brian is a fourth generation farmer and his industry involvement includes serving as Chairman of the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) Vegetable Council, Chairperson of Onions Australia (OA), and, until recently, a member of the OA Executive Committee.

Just like an onion, there are many layers to Brian and he's well known in North-West Tasmania for his role in the agriculture industry as well as involvement in rodeos, the Rotary Club of Ulverstone and many other pursuits.

The Onions Australia Reg Miller award recognises the heart and soul of the business and awards people who have made outstanding contributions to the Australian onion industry.

Previous Tasmanian winners of the award include Tim Groom in 2000 and Don Fawkner in 2007.

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