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Robert Seldon appointed as new AHC chairman

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Judith Troeth Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy

DPIE98/18T 11 May 1998


Robert Seldon, the Chairman and CEO of Sydney-based merchant bankers Seldon & Associates, is the new Chairman of the Australian Horticultural Corporation (AHC), Senator Judith Troeth, Parliamentary Secretary for Primary Industries and Energy announced today.

Mr Seldon, who is also Ehrector of a number of other companies, has had previous experience on a primary industry statutory board, being Director of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority for six years.

Senator Troeth said the AHC plays a vital role in ensuring Australia's horticultural $4.4 billion industries achieve their full potential in overseas markets. Total export value for fresh and processed horticultural produce in 1996/97 was almost $1.2 billion.

"The Corporation is also facing a number of important challenges, including the need to provide services with a stronger commercial focus," she said.

"It's essential the Board provides the horticulture industry with a clear focus and direction and builds a closer, more strategic alliance with the Horticultural Research and Development Corporation.

"I believe the skills and expertise Mr Seldon brings to the AHC will ensure the Board not only manages these challenges but also turns them into opportunities."

The Board's other members are: Mr John Gibson, the Deputy Chairman; Mr Peter McCamish; Mr Tim Reid; Mr Trevor Watkin; the Acting Managing Director, Mr Mark Napper; and a government member, Mr Bemie Wonder.

Senator Troeth said the AHC currently has eight statutory levy-paying members (apple and pear, citrus, nursery, avocado, macadamia nut, chestnut, fresh stone fruit and dried vine fruit), representing around $1.5 billion in production value.

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"I would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Mr John Gibson who has been Acting AHC Chairman for the past three months," she said.

Further inquiries:

Senator Troeth's office DPIE Alex Staples (02) 6277 3002 or 0417 449 921 Mike Macnamara (02) 6272 5488