The Royal National Agricultural & Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA) Foundation celebrates and champions the essential role agriculture plays in the everyday lives of Queenslanders through raising funds to aid agricultural heritage preservation, agricultural education and agricultural awareness and development.
Created in 2017, the RNA Foundation (RNAF) is the charitable arm of the RNA. It was established to aid agricultural heritage preservation, agricultural education and agricultural awareness throughout Queensland.
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The Three Pillars
The RNAF contains three pillars, which represent the areas in which all fundraising efforts will be focused. These pillars are intrinsically linked to the underlying mission of the RNA, which is to celebrate and champion the essential role agriculture plays in the everyday lives of Queenslanders.
The agricultural show movement in Queensland was established in regional areas to promote and encourage the development of pastoral, agricultural, horticultural and industrial interests. Whilst the RNA has a rich and diverse history spanning over 140 years, the history of agricultural shows predates its establishment.
The RNAF has established a Heritage pillar in order to aid agricultural heritage preservation. Projects under this arm of the RNAF may include restoration or preservation of buildings or sites historical significant to the agricultural show movement in Queensland, or collation and preservation of historical artifacts or records significant to the agricultural show movement in Queensland.
Educational opportunities are essential for ensuring that the wider community understands and values the role agriculture plays in everyday lives, and for providing a firm foundation for our next generation of agricultural leaders. The RNA is committed to engaging and informing all community members about primary industries through first class educational facilities and initiatives.
The RNAF has established an Education pillar in order to aid agricultural education for youth and adults. Projects under this arm of the RNAF may include educational bursaries for school children or universities students, or tiered fundraising for agricultural education facilities (in rural and regional areas).
The RNA was established to celebrate and champion the essential role agriculture plays in the everyday lives of Queenslanders. Significantly, agriculture pays a vital role in the economic, social and environmental sustainability of Australia.
The RNAF has established an Agriculture pillar in order to aid agricultural awareness and development. Projects under this arm of the RNAF may include bursaries for youth involvement in agricultural competitions, or tiered fundraising for agricultural awareness or development (eg. mental health, natural disaster relief, agricultural facility development).
OUR BOARDThe RNAF is a company limited by guarantee, governed by a Board consisting of two Councillors from the RNA and two independent directors.
Don Chandler was elected to the RNA Council in June 2015. Don is currently a Partner of Crestone Wealth Management following the acquisition of UBS Wealth Management in June 2016. Don joined UBS in November 2012 after a 21-year career with Ord Minnett. Don was the Queensland State Manager of Ord Minnett for 8 of those years. During his career Don has provided investment advice to a broad range of Private and Wholesale investors. The move to UBS and subsequently Crestone has provided the platform and resources to significantly expand his expertise and offering to high net worth clients.
Don and his family have had a long association with the RNA and he is a former President of The Brookfield Show Society. In addition to the RNA, Don sits on the Investment Committee of the RFDS Foundation, is Chairman of the Brookfield Recreation Reserve Trust, and a Non-Executive Chairman of a Private Queensland Families Investment interests. He is a member of the AICD and holds a Bachelor of Business, QUT.
Ari was appointed to the RNA Council in December 2022. He is a partner in Queensland law firm Thynne & Macartney. He enjoys a career protecting the interests of Queensland’s farmers and graziers when buying and selling rural properties, running their businesses and planning for the future.
Recognising the role agriculture will always play in the prosperity of rural Queensland's communities, Ari supports the RNA Foundation's work across its three pillars: heritage, education and agricultural development.
Ari is a director of Outback Gondwana Foundation Ltd, the charity that established and operates the Eromanga Natural History Museum and was a former Chair of the RNA's Future Directions Committee. He also maintains connections with his extended family’s grazing businesses in Central Queensland.
Ben is an accredited leadership facilitator through the Proctor Gallagher Institute (USA) and assists individuals and teams to improve their performance and results both personally and professionally. Ben is an admitted Solicitor in the State of Queensland and has worked in private practice and in-house in the principle areas of food and agriculture, property, corporate and insurance laws. His commercial experience extends to business development in international trade and marketing food based commodities globally. Ben works closely with his family business, which produces beef cattle and sugar cane in North Queensland.
In addition to serving as a Board member of the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland's (RNA) Foundation, Ben serves as a Board member of Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra, Member of the Brisbane Festival Giving Committee; Member of the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Grants Committee; and formerly a Member of the RNA's Future Directions Committee serving as Senior Deputy Chairperson.
Ann has been associated with the pastoral industry for most of her life, having lived in numerous rural locations, mainly in Western Queensland. Following her husbands death in 2000, Ann independently and successfully ran the family sheep and cattle grazing property until it was sold in 2018. She is now retired and lives in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast.
Ann recently completed a 3 year term on the Queensland Water and Land Carers board and is currently on a Work Health and Safety committee with AgForce. Still a member of the Muttaburra Stock Show , Ann was the inaugural lady President 2009/2010.
The people and communities of inland Australia have a very special place in Ann’s heart.
Donations to the RNAF of a value of $2 or more are fully tax-deductible. Donations may be allocated to a specific charitable pillar (heritage, education or agriculture), or to the general charitable funds within the RNAF.
To make a donation, please complete the online donation form below.
If you wish to make a donation by way of cheque, please download the donation form by clicking here and send your completed form and cheque to:
Locked Bag 1010
Albion QLD 4010
Please made cheques payable to: RNA Foundation
Should you wish to make a bequest to the RNA Foundation, please see suggested wording by clicking here