Acting Victoria Minister for Agriculture Jacinta Allan
Melbourne Market Authority Gets A New Chair
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Former Victorian Farmer’s Federation President Peter Tuohey will lead the Melbourne Market Authority (MMA) into a new era, appointed as the new Chair of the state’s major wholesale market.
“This board has overseen the successful transition of the market from West Melbourne to its new, impressive facility at Epping.” Acting Minister for Agriculture Jacinta Allan said.
“I want to thank Stephen McArthur for his stewardship and leadership during this period and also congratulate Mr. Lewis and Mr. Cooper for their service.”
Acting Minister for Agriculture Jacinta Allan announced the new three year appointment today and confirmed Robyn Stewart and Jacinta Carboon will join the MMA board as new members.
Mr. Tuohey was previously a director of the National Farmers Federation (NFF), director of the Victorian Freight and Logistics Council and has most recently been appointed to the Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne Board.
Mr. Tuohey is a fifth-generation grain, wool and prime lamb producer from Pyramid Hill in Victoria, and has vast knowledge on primary production, market access and logistics.
Ms. Stewart has extensive background in the private and public sectors, as well as not for profit organisations. She has previously worked with the Melbourne Wholesale Fish Market, the Prahran and Queen Victoria Markets and the Southern Cross Station Authority.
Ms. Carboon has experience in high level executive roles with Telstra and the National Australia Bank, and was responsible for establishing the Telstra Women’s and Small Business Awards.
Terms of office of current Chair Stephen McArthur and other board members William Lewis and Russell Cooper will formally expire on 17 January 2017. Susan Friend and Gisela Marven will remain on the MMA board for their set terms.
Melbourne Market Authority is responsible for managing the wholesale metropolitan market for Victoria’s fruit, vegetables and flowers. It is one of six central wholesale markets in Australia.
“The new Board will ensure further development and growth of Epping market’s operations, including its improved integration with the surrounding precinct while exploring other growth opportunities.” Ms. Allan said.