Fresh produce industry stalwart, Tony Joseph, has been recognised for his dedication, service and commitment to the industry, extending over 50 years. Mr Joseph has been appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) as part of the Australia Day 2021 Honours List announced by Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd).
Mr Joseph commenced in the Brisbane Markets® in the late 1960s working for a number of businesses before establishing Alfred E Chave Pty Ltd. While involved with his own business interests, his passion for the fresh produce sector extended to a tireless commitment to industry organisations at both a state and national level.
This includes 34 years as a director of the industry representative organisation The Queensland Chamber of Fruit and Vegetable Industries Co-operative Limited (Brismark) including terms as President, Vice President, Treasurer and, from 2002 until 2017, Deputy Chairman.
Mr Joseph was involved with Brismark through the State Government’s sale of the Brisbane Markets® and the successful fruit and vegetable industry-based bid for the Markets in 2001/02 which resulted in the establishment of Brisbane Markets Limited (BML). Mr Joseph has been Chairman of BML since 2002 and oversaw the transition of ownership from being a State Government owned entity to being a commercially operated, unlisted public company.
BML’s ownership, operation and development of the Brisbane Markets® has been a tremendous success, with ongoing growth and recognition within the industry as one of Australia’s leading marketing, wholesaling and distribution hubs for fresh produce. BML CEO, Andrew Young, said: “Tony is extremely well known and respected throughout the fresh produce industry. His guidance and leadership has been a hallmark of his involvement in all facets of the sector.”
His service to both the fresh produce industry and the community has also included time as a director of the Brisbane Markets® Trust and the Australian Chamber of Fruit and Vegetable Industries Limited. Mr Joseph is also a passionate supporter of Queensland Rugby League and the Surf Lifesaving Foundations and has served as a director of the Brisbane Broncos Football Club and Brisbane Broncos Leagues Club.
Brismark’s Chairman, Gary Lower, who served alongside Mr Joseph on the Brismark Board over many years, said “the recognition was well deserved” and praised Mr Joseph’s contribution to the wholesaling sector of the fresh produce industry, the Brisbane Markets® and his industry leadership.
Mr Joseph said he is humbled by the recognition. “I am honoured to receive this award, which pays tribute to the collective efforts of everyone I have worked with over the years. I love Brisbane Markets and the fresh produce industry, being able to serve both has been a privilege of which I am immensely proud,” Mr Joseph said.
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