Former secretary of the federal Department of Agriculture Daryl Quinlivan has been appointed New South Wale’s first agriculture commissioner.
He has been tasked with reviewing the NSW government’s right to farm policy, according to agriculture minister Adam Marshall.
“Establishing an agriculture commissioner was a major NSW government election commitment and today’s announcement is an important step in delivering the protections and policies our farmers need to grow and thrive,” he said.
“Daryl is incredibly well regarded in industry … His wealth of experience will be critical in driving growth in our state’s $16 billion primary industries sector.
“This government has already introduced the toughest penalties in the nation for farm trespass and now we’re focused on removing other impediments constraining primary production in NSW.”
Aside from reviewing the controversial law passed last year in a bid to stop animal activists from trespassing on farms, Quinlivan will focus on resolving land use conflict and identifying growth opportunities for industry.
Quinlivan finished up as Agriculture secretary in February — the same month applications for the commissioner role closed — after Scott Morrison cut four departments and scrapped five secretaries’ jobs as part of a major restructure of the Australian Public Service late last year.
He said he was honoured to be appointed to the new role.
“My goal is to a see a stronger and more vibrant agricultural industry in NSW and I look forward to working closely with farmers to understand what they need to take the industry to the next level,” he said.
Quinlivan has previously headed the Productivity Commission, and has held senior roles in the former Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, as well as the Transport department.
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