The rendering industry has led the recycling industry as we know it.
For over 200 years we have protected our environment by converting animal by-products from the human food processing industry into edible meat fractions, feed ingredients for livestock, companion animals and fish as well as pharmaceutical ingredients, edible tallow, tallow for soap, cosmetics and biofuels.
Nothing is wasted, we even return the water which represents 60% of animal bodyweight back to the environment to sustain our ecology.
Stephen has been regarded for the last 25 years as the person in the rendering industry with the greatest scientific knowledge of BSE. He provided strong support over many years and assisted the ARA to provide solid scientific evidence to present to legislators on the correct steps Australia should take in regards to the ruminant feed ban and application of reasonable processing techniques.
He provided strong leadership to lift the profile of the World Renderers Organisation and worked tirelessly to have that body recognised by OIE and IFIF, a milestone that allows the industry to be involved in having a say on the future of our industry at the highest levels internationally. Stephen retired as President of WRO in 2015 having served his 2 year term.
A.J. Bush and Sons (Manufactures) Pty Ltd have been major supporters of the ARA Accreditation Workshops since they commenced at UWS Richmond in 1991. They opened their plant at Riverstone for attendees to visit and experience different processing methods that were often unseen by many attendees prior to the visit.
When the workshops were transferred from Richmond to UQ Gatton in Queensland in 2011, the company willingly offered their site at Bromelton for the same purpose and have continued to welcome attendees of the accreditation workshops.
Stephen has been a stalwart of the industry over a very long period. He has served as a director for 14 years, as a member of the symposium committee for the same time.
When problems have arisen with market access issues his intimate knowledge ofthe markets, the players and the issues have been invaluable in assisting the various government departments in resolving those issues.
This same knowledge has also assisted greatly by inviting and attracting these same industry customers to our symposia.
Dennis served as a director for 11 years, and as a member of the symposium committee for the same time.
In 2005 and 2007 he organised nutrition workshops in China and Philipinnes to showcase Australian rendered products to major feedmills.
He rewrote the association website as well as the dedicated symposium website. He also produced the booklet, A Pocket Guide to Australian Rendered Product.
In 2013 he suceeded Graeme Banks as Executive Officer of the Association.
Cam started with A J Bush & Sons (Manufactures) Ltd as Sydney Office Manager in 1977 and became General Manager NSW around 2000, responsible for the Riverstone plant providing service to the red meat and poultry industries.
He has taken a keen interest in the rendering industry over many years, providing assistance to the ARA Hygenic Rendering Workshops and provided strong drive and support for the Industry Benchmarking Program, a vital initiative that will provide invaluable information to industry to combat the effects of the carbon tax.
Don received his award for service to and investment in the fats and oils industry.
Don joined Gardner Smith in 1951 and in 1964. Charles Gardner gave him the opportunity to buy a controlling interest and from then he remained Managing Director until 1993. He was Chairman of the Board until 2007 and he remained as a nonexecutive director until his retirement in October 2009.
In the 1960s with Gardner Smith’s position in the Australian market firmly established, Don actively pursued opportunities for expansion into overseas markets. He travelled extensively to countries such as Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, India, South Africa and East Africa to promote the company and Australian products, particularly fats and oils, and establish business relationships.
Don encouraged continued expansion into bulk liquid storage and by 1970, with the valued assistance of John Tranter, who at the time was Victorian Manager and Company Director, terminals had been established in Melbourne, Brisbane, Fremantle and Adelaide then Devonport soon followed.
In the early 1980s Don identified China as a developing market and arranged a company trade mission. He was responsible for continuing expansion during the 1980s with offices and terminals established in Singapore, New Zealand, UK and South Africa.
In 2004 Don Seaton was presented with an Australian Export Hero Award by the Australian Institute of Export.
For well over a decade Ed has held a senior position within the Government Departmental structure in Canberra with particular emphasis on the areas involved with what can loosely be called primary industry. This area obviously covers directly the Australian livestock and meat industries as well as indirectly all facets of Government which have an impact on these two very important industries. This is aside from the many other independent industries which fall within the primary industry classification.
From the time of his involvement with primary industries matters he has always shown a strong desire to fully understand the machinations of the individual industries and in this regard the Australian rendering industry has benefitted from his quickly acquired broad knowledge of the rendering industry and particularly the vital role that it plays within the total Australian livestock and meat industries.
He has proven time and time again a readiness and an endeavour to assist with any issues as and when they arise and some, over his time at a high policy related level within the Department, have been major – particularly those involved say with residues and with the classic one being the assistance provided to Government and industry in the early parts of 1990s flowing from the outbreak of BSE in the United Kingdom in the late 1980's. Through his direct involvement with SAFEMEAT he has assisted the Australian rendering industry through its efforts to develop an industry Code of Practice for the Hygienic Rendering of Animal Products (later to become an Australian Standard) and over more recent years with the acceptance of the Association’s Code of Practice for the Recycling of Used Cooking Fats and Oils as a National Standard.
His admirable work for and on behalf of many industries, and of course in particular the Australian rendering industry, is greatly appreciated by all who have had dealings with him and/or who have benefited significantly by the assistance he has been only too willing to give.
Gardner was the Australian Chief Veterinary Officer at the time when BSE first became a major issue for the United Kingdom Government in the late 1980s. He very early in the piece realized that the ramifications of this particular disaster for the UK livestock and meat industries would not stay within the boundaries of the UK and that the flow-on effects thereof would inevitably cause significant problems for particularly the Australian cattle and sheep industries and, as a consequence, all industry related thereto including the Australian rendering industry.
He was very proactive in taking steps to ensure that any problems for Australia were kept to an absolute minimum! In this regard he arranged for his UK counterpart to visit Australia so as to provide the opportunity for livestock, meat and related industries’ leaders to meet with him to gain, firsthand, knowledge as to the extent of the problem facing the UK Government. He also encouraged industries to take whatever steps were needed to ensure that their systems were such that any flow-on effects from the UK BSE disaster would be minimized.
His quick action and forward thinking provided the opportunity for the Australian rendering industry to develop its Code of Practice for the Hygienic Rendering of Animal Products (which
subsequently became an Australian Standard) and to introduce a system of accreditation of rendering establishments as complying with the Code. This was followed by accreditation workshops to train hands-on industry personnel in good rendering practices as well as the convening of a Symposium in order to inform and educate the general industry in all aspects relating to rendering. It is pleasing to note that the accreditation workshops have continued to be held each year – sometimes twice each year – and that Symposia have been held every
two years since the first one in 1991.
It was timely that Gardner should be recognized by the ARA for his contributions to the industry of which the BSE example above is, albeit the major one, only one of many ways in which he assisted the industry with his wisdom and insight over many years.