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MEDIA RELEASE 12 November 2009

Almond Board of Australia appoints a new chairman
Riverland almond grower and regional representative Brendan Sidhu was appointed as chairman of the Almond Board of Australia (ABA) at the Board's annual general meeting held on Thursday, 29 October during the Australian Almond Conference.

Sidhu takes over from outgoing chairman Brenton Woolston who held the position for the previous two years and remains as a Director on the Board.

Sidhu became involved in the almond industry in 1983 and has been actively involved as managing director of Waikerie-based Jubilee Almonds since 1991.

"I have seen the industry grow up and mature into a position envied by most other horticultural enterprises. I can make a good contribution to the ABA from a grower's perspective and I will do my best to represent all growers in all regions," Sidhu said.

Sidhu has a sound knowledge of horticultural best practice and understands the importance of communication to growers and ABA members. He has completed an Advanced Diploma in Horticulture and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Long standing ABA director and Sunraysia regional representative, Neale Bennett was appointed Deputy Chairman. The ABA also welcomed three new Board members including Adelaide almond grower Domenic Cavallaro, Griffith almond grower Denis Dinicola and horticultural manager of Select Harvests Limited Tim Millen.

The ABA farewelled two long-standing Board members at its annual general meeting: Stephen Lynch and Jim Pierson.

The Almond Board of Australia (ABA) is a non-profit, membership-based organisation representing the interests of Australian almond growers, processors and marketers.

For more information on the Australian almond industry, visit or call (08) 8582 2055.

Released for the Almond Board of Australia by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (
For further information please call Kim Larochelle or Gemma Crowley on (02) 9413 4244.

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