Organic Industries of Australia is so proud that our Chair has been awarded a significant honour in today's Australia Day Awards.
Dalene Wray AM was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the organic beef industry, and to professional organisations.
Dalene has played a pivotal role in establishing a broad-based peak body to represent all organic farmers, processors and exporters. Her contribution to the organic industry in this role, and more generally her contribution to the development of an organic beef industry in Australia, is most worthy of the award of an AM.
Dalene has been a driving force at OBE Organic Beef for around 20 years. Her involvement in organic industry governance and advocacy started in 2017, when she became involved in the Australian Organic Industry Working Group, established by the Deputy Prime Minister to improve representation of the organic industry to Government.
Dalene is also passionate about indigenous reconciliation and mental health issues.
In 2018, Dalene became a founding Director of Organic Industries of Australia—the industry peak body which arose form that AOIWG process—and later became its second Chair. She guided OIA Ltd and the industry on complex issues, particularly through leadership on the following issues:
lobbying the Australian Government on governance reform of the organic industry, especially in relation to the Government's regulation of organic exports from Australia
representing all organic operators on the Minister for Agriculture's Organic Industry Working Group to advise on the adequacy of domestic regulation of organic products
the development of an organic industry export strategy and implementation plan