FORMER City of Swan councillor Darryl Trease is no longer the president of the Grape Growers Association of WA.
The new president of the association Kevin Peterson said at a November committee meeting Mr Trease tendered his resignation as president and as a member of the association’s management committee.
Mr Peterson said Mr Trease’s contribution to the association and grape growing industry over the years had been substantial and it was sad to see him step down.
“He has shown great leadership during his time as president and has been a champion for our industry in local, state and federal political arenas and additionally state and national horticultural associations,’’ he said.
“Darryl is expanding his viticulture operations significantly and his focus needs to be on this expansion, therefore we fully understand his reasons for resigning.’’
Mr Trease was the association president for 11 years.
Mr Peterson thanked Mr Trease for his contribution over the 14 years he had been on the management committee and wished him every success for the future.
Rob Sorgiovanni has been elected to the position of vice president.
He said they would continue in these positions until the committee election at the annual general meeting in August next year.
Mr Peterson’s grandfather bought land in Herne Hill in 1913 so he is the third generation to farm the 10ha property.
The mixed table, wine and citrus grower has run the property for 40 years.
During the week he is head of the physical education department at Governor Stirling Senior High School.
He said some of the issues facing Swan Valley growers included water allocations and the City of Swan’s rate method review.
By Anita McInnes