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Our Committee Members

Lauren Brisbane


Lauren Brisbane has been part of the camel industry in Australia for the past 8 years she is currently Chair of the Australian Camel Industry Association Inc.(ACIA). She shared the roll of industry representative on the Steering Committee of the National Feral Camel Management Plan 2009 - 2013.

She has worked with Queensland DAFF for the past 7 years to develop the camel industry in Queensland as a second income stream for primary producers to provide resilience in drought and management efficiencies in weed management. In 2012 she organized ACIA’s first Field Day, which was held in Queensland. In 2009 she released a two-year study ‘Camels in Queensland – Opportunities for Diversification’ and ran a national camel conference, which led to the development of the Australian Camel Industry Association.

Lauren Brisbane has worked in primary industries in Queensland for the past 17 years and is a Director of QCamel on the Sunshine Coast. QCamel is currently developing Queensland’s first camel dairy and she has a keen interest in developing camel by-product industries such as cheese, milk, fibre and genetics.

A typical day in Lauren’s life starts before dawn getting her family organized for the day, milking, herd management, pastoral management, camel training, business development and ACIA business. She regularly has speaking engagements promoting the camel industry and works with the Queensland charity MontroseAccess in raising awareness and funds for children with physical disabilities.  

Chiu-Hing Chan

Committee Member

Young Queenslander of the Year in 2009, Mr Chiu-Hing Chan is the Managing Director of the Australia China Corporation and Vice Chairman & CEO of the Australian Chinese General Chamber of Business.
A solicitor, journalist, university lecturer and consultant by profession, Chiu-Hing is the China Consultant for the Federal government’s Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC). He was appointed by the Department of Foreign Affairs as the Australian Youth Representative to the Shanghai World Expo Youth Summit in 2010 and was appointed to the Prime Minister’s Multicultural Media Roundtable in 2011.
Chiu-Hing is an appointee by the QLD Attorney General to the Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) to hear minor civil claim matters. He is a solicitor admitted in the Australian High Court and the Queensland Supreme Court, and an Executive appointee to the Queensland Law Society’s International Relations Committee.
At age 29, Chiu-Hing became the youngest appointed Honorary Teaching Fellow with the University of Queensland – Confucius Institute.
At age 24, He was the youngest appointed committee executive to the Australian Institute of Company Director - Gold Coast Branch and the Queensland Olympic Council's Beijing Olympic Committee.
At age 23, Mr Chan was the youngest appointed Chairman of the Queensland Police Chinese Crime Prevention Committee, along with being the youngest appointed President of the Queensland Chinese Community.
Beyond serving on the Australian Camel Industry Board, Chiu-Hing is also an Honorary Board member with the Australian Sugar Industry Museum and is an appointee to the White Ribbon Australia Board.
He has a Master degree in Journalism, Bachelor of Law & International Relations from Bond University, and an Old Boy of the prestigious Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie)


Chris O’Hora

Committee Member


Gary Marriott

Committee Member

Gary Marriott is Director and Part Owner of Samex Australian Meat Co. situated in South Australia. With 40 years involvement in meat production and meat exports including wholesale, Gary brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Committee of the Australian Camel Industry Association Inc.

Gary sees his involvement with ACIA as a way of ensuring that the camel meat is treated as a valuable meat source and not just a pest that is to be shot to waste.

Margery Joyce

Committee Member

Margery Joyce is co-owner of 'Southend' at Theodore, Queensland. 'Southend' is a 9,000 acre biodiverse cattle and camel property on the Dawson River.  Margery was born and raised on the land and is a third generation pastoralist.

Margery’s interest in camels began 11 years ago when she and her husband deBurgh bought 70 camels (mainly cows and some breeding bulls) to co-graze with their Santa Gertruda cattle. They purchased the camels from Hughenden/Richmond area although the camels were originally sourced from wild camels in the Simpson Desert. The camels assist in weed control and land management issues and add another dimension to their business. ‘Southend’ manages 140 – 200 camels at any one time and supplies industry members and pastoralists with some of the healthiest camels in Australia.

Margery’s usual day can include mustering, fencing, branding, weaning, pasture improvement, and caring for her vast orchard and gardens. ‘Southend’ boasts an award winning country homestead and extensive art infused gardens.

Margery’s involvement with Australian Camel Industry came about because of her strong belief in the benefits of co-grazing cattle and camels and her desire to encourage other pastoralists to do the same.

Tim O’Donnell

Committee Member


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