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Troeth announces new Rural Industries R&D Corporation Board.

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AFFA02/26T 27 June 2002

Troeth announces new Rural Industries R&D Corporation Board

The Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Judith Troeth, today announced membership details of the new Board of the Rural Industries R&D Corporation (RIRDC). RIRDC supports new and emerging rural industries by investing in R&D; looking at generic R&D issues affecting the rural sector; and managing R&D investments on behalf of smaller rural industries.

“New RIRDC Board appointees Dr Mike Taverner, Mr Steve Marshall, Mr Robert Boshammer and Mr Barry Buffier, will join Professor Robert. J. Clark and Ms Helen Cameron, who have been reappointed for a further term,” Senator Troeth said. “The new Board’s three-year term ends in June 2005.

A new Government Member will also be joining the Board, Mr David Mortimer, who is the General Manager of Food Industry Policy within the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

“The new members will bring to the Board a broad range of skills and expertise, helping ensure it continues to make a significant contribution to rural R&D in this country, particularly in the crucial areas of product development and commercialisation, and intellectual property management.

“However, R&D is only effective if it is carefully targeted, and the research delivers practical benefits where it really counts — on our farms and in our processing plants. RIRDC has an excellent track record in this regard, and I am confident the new Board has the necessary qualities to continue the good work. I would also like to thank the retiring Board members, Professor Margaret Britz, Dr Paul Donahue, Dr George Gardiner and Mr John Herbert for their contributions to rural R&D.”

The new RIRDC Board is comprised of:

Professor Robert. J. Clark — Director of the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research. Professor Clark has an excellent understanding of Australia’s rural industries and wider agricultural issues, and will continue to provide specialist scientific advice to the Board;


Ms Helen Cameron — is director of a number of State and Federal boards, publicly listed companies and charities. She has a sound understanding of RIRDC initiatives as well as extensive experience in finance and commodity production; ●

Dr Mike Taverner — is a technical consultant in the area of rural industry research, with a strong background in public and private sector R&D. And, as Chairman of the Egg and Chicken Meat Advisory Boards for RIRDC, Dr Taverner has a strong scientific background and a good understanding of corporate governance matters;


Mr Steve Marshall — is a consultant with a background in science and international food processing. He has also held a number of senior managerial roles, here and overseas, and has extensive experience in the areas of food technology and production; ●

Mr Robert Boshammer — is asuccessful agricultural producer from northern Western Australia. He brings to the Board great initiative, drive and an innovative, creative approach to business; ●

Mr Barry Buffier — is a consultant with a long and distinguished career in the financial sector, specialising in rural agribusiness. He brings extensive economic and scientific experience to the Board, and will also be able to provide expert advice and guidance on a range of rural sector matters; and


Mr David Mortimer - is a Senior Executive with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. He currently has responsibility for broad food industry matters and has extensive experience and skills in government policy processes and public administration.


Media inquiries: Senator Troeth's office Melissa Harbisson (02) 6277 3002 or 0408 917 639.