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THE Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment has ap­pointed high-pro­file for­mer Premier John Brumby as chair­per­son of the Melbourne Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Trust (MCET), re­plac­ing Robert An­nells who has held the role for more than 20 years.

The for­mer La­bor leader joins as work con­tin­ues on the $200 mil­lion ex­pan­sion of the Melbourne Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre (MCEC), which is man­aged by the MCET on be­half of the state gov­ern­ment.

Min­is­ter for Tourism and Ma­jor Events John Eren said he was de­lighted to an­nounce Brumby’s ap­point­ment and paid trib­ute to the work of Robert An­nells over the past two decades.

“His ded­i­ca­tion has been cru­cial to our state’s suc­cess in this sec­tor,” Eren said.

MCEC chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter King said he was look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing the cen­tre’s suc­cess un­der the guid­ance of the for­mer Premier.

“The MCEC is cur­rently one of the world’s lead­ing busi­ness events venues, and with our cur­rent ex­pan­sion well un­der­way the fu­ture looks even brighter,” King said.

Brumby’s role starts 11 Aug.

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