The official proposal for Seafood Industry Australia, the new national peak body for the Australian seafood industry, was launched today.
The Seafood Industry Australia Prospectus summarises the outcomes of an extensive process conducted over the past year, which has included two national industry forums and a Seafood Industry Leadership Task Force.
“Preparing this proposal is the culmination of a lot of work in a demanding timeframe, but I’m confident that what has been recommended is a structure that will enjoy the support of the vast majority of seafood businesses and industry associations,” said National Seafood Industry Alliance Chair, Katherine Winchester.
“The Prospectus will be widely distributed and promoted by an Implementation Group led by Veronica Papacosta of Sydney Fresh Seafood.”
The Prospectus outlines the aims of the national peak body and what the organisation will look like, including its structure and funding model. Membership will be voluntary, with a tiered membership fee that relates to the size of business or association.
“I’m very confident that voluntary membership to the national peak body is the right approach for our industry. It reflects the understanding that the industry requires a strong value proposition for continued support,” said Implementation Group Chair, Veronica Papacosta.
A Letter of Intent is included in the Prospectus, which prospective members can sign to confirm their commitment to join Seafood Industry Australia for a period of 18 months. This is to ensure there are sufficient funds for the establishment of the peak body in early 2017.
“The peak body project is at a very critical stage, and so by December 2016 we need tangible commitments from many like-minded businesses, organisations and individuals to help make Seafood Industry Australia a reality”, said Ms Papacosta.
“We need a national seafood peak body and we need it now- to fill the gap and unite us, to use our combined strength to ensure a prosperous industry for this generation and the next.”