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Tribute to John Gay.

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SENATOR THE HON RICHARD COLBECK Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Industry, Innovation, Science & Research Liberal Senator for Tasmania M E D I A R E L E A S E

Media Contact: Deborah Cole (03) 6424 5960 or 0438 387 436

27 May 2010

Tribute to John Gay

Opposition Spokesman for Forestry, and Tasmanian Liberal Senator, Richard Colbeck has paid tribute to John Gay who announced today he will retire as chairman of Gunns Limited, Southern Star Corporation and related subsidiary companies.

“Mr Gay was dedicated to creating local jobs and to developing a robust, world-leading forest industry here in Tasmania,” Senator Colbeck said.

“Throughout his time with Gunns, he demonstrated unwavering commitment to our State and his loyalty to doing business in Tasmania was most admirable.

“Mr Gay grew a small hardware business into a multi-million dollar company, and this personal career success translated to make a tremendous contribution to Tasmania’s economy.

“I wish Mr Gay and his family all the best for the future.”