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TFGA Media Release - 4th July 2022


Hugh Christie has been appointed the new CEO of the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) and will take over the reins from 1 August 2022.

Hugh moves to the TFGA from his current role as the General Manager Service Delivery at Southern Rural Water in Victoria. Prior to this Hugh held senior roles with Tasmanian Irrigation and DPIPWE, where he was responsible for operational water management in Tasmania.

His life-long association with agriculture started on his family’s grazing property in Western Victoria. After completing a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering at University of Melbourne, Hugh pursued a water-focussed career in irrigated agriculture and natural resource management across south-east Australia.

Starting as an irrigation extension officer in South Australia, during the early 2000s, during the past 20 years Hugh has progressed through to high-level water management and policy development roles across Victoria, the ACT and Tasmania. He also recently completed a Masters of Business Administration at the Australian Institute of Management Business School earlier this year.

TFGA President Ian Sauer explained that Hugh was appointed following an extensive and extremely competitive selection process.
“Hugh is an outstanding choice, bringing a wealth of experience from a water, policy and agriculture background” he said.

“The appointment marks an exciting new chapter for TFGA and the Board is looking forward to working with Hugh to ensure TFGA continues to represent its members’ views effectively and contributes to effective policy outcomes for agriculture.”

Commenting on his appointment, Hugh said he was looking forward to be taking on the role. “I am excited to be joining the TFGA and the look forward to embracing the opportunity this role presents to work with our members and staff, as well as broader stakeholders across the industry, to continue to grow a sustainable, productive agricultural sector in Tasmania,” he said.

“The benefits of agriculture flow beyond our members — a vibrant food and fibre sector underpins rural and regional communities, benefiting the whole of Tasmania.”

“The TFGA is in great shape and I’m looking forward to exploring how we can expand our reach and impact.” he said.

Hugh will succeed the position from Acting CEO Marcus McShane, who has led the TFGA from March – July 2022.


Ian Sauer
TFGA President

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