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New Board announced for agvet chemical watchdog

AFFA02/43T 30 September 2002

The Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Judith Troeth, today announced details of the new Board for the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (NRA).

Senator Troeth said NRA assesses and registers agvet chemicals for use in Australia with the dual responsibilities of enhancing the productive capacity of our agriculture sector while also protecting the health and safety of people, animals and the environment.

"The Board's new Chair is Dr Kevin Sheridan who, until recently, was Director-General of NSW Agriculture," Senator Troeth said. "He has a wealth of experience in agriculture and is one of the architects of the National Registration Scheme for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals, which led to the NRA being established.

"Other new directors are Dr Catherine Hollywell, Anthony Bates, Hutch Ranck, Dr Chris Parker, Mara Bún and Australia's Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Gardner Murray. They will join re-appointed directors Emeritus Professor John McLean and Associate Professor Lyn Fragar.

"The members of the new Board, whose three-year term begins on 16 October 2002, have an excellent mix of skills and considerable experience in crucial areas such as the chemical industry, primary production, consumer protection, occupational health and safety, and Federal and State policy?making, regulation and administration" the Senator said.

Senator Troeth thanked outgoing Chair, Dr John Keniry for his leadership and also acknowledged the contribution of other long serving directors. The new NRA Board members are:

Dr Kevin Sheridan, former Director-General of NSW Agriculture. He has extensive experience in public administration and regulation, and is an acknowledged expert in developing policy at the State, national and international levels;


Dr Catherine Hollywell, Principal Scientist with the Victorian Department of Natural Resources and Environment's Chemical Standards Branch. She is an expert in agvet chemical regulation; ●

Emeritus Professor Jock McLean, is a veterinarian and toxicologist, with extensive experience on national committees, including the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Pesticides and Health. He is also Chair of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (Veterinary Drugs);


Anthony Bates, Chairman of Technico Pty Ltd. He has considerable experience in developing and marketing products in the agricultural chemicals industry; ●

Hutch Ranck, Managing Director of DuPont Australia and NZ; Director of the Plastics and Chemicals Industry Association and Vice President of Avcare. He has extensive knowledge in national and international agvet chemical developments;


Dr Chris Parker, Chair of the Wool and Fibre Industry Development Board of SA, and Chair of the Livestock Section of the SA Farmers' Federation. As a veterinarian and farmer, Dr Parker has an excellent understanding of agriculture and agvet chemical use;


Mara Bún, Director of the Allen Consulting Group, she has served on a number of Boards and has extensive experience in protecting consumer interests. ●

Associate Professor Lyn Fragar, is a medical practitioner specialising in agricultural health and safety. She represents OH&S interests on a range of committees and boards and is the Director of the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety; and


Dr Gardner Murray, Australia's Chief Veterinary Officer and a senior officer in the Federal Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. He has extensive experience in animal health and food safety issues, and has been involved with a wide range of national and international committees.


Further media inquiries: Senator Troeth's office: Allison Murphy (02) 6277 3002 or 0408 917 639.



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