New chair has passion for tourism
Former Goulburn-Murray Water deputy chairman Frank Whitford has been appointed as Goulburn River Valley Tourism’s new independent chairman.
Mr Whitford, who will succeed retired politician Fran Bailey, takes up the role on February 1.
‘‘I am delighted to be joining the board at Goulburn River Valley Tourism and very much looking forward to the opportunity to promote the development of tourism in the Heart of Victoria,’’ Mr Whitford said.
‘‘The Goulburn River Valley is a region that I am very familiar with and feel that I can add real value to the board and the region not just through my experience as a director but as a passionate believer in the value of the tourism industry.’’
Outgoing chair Ms Bailey said Mr Whitford was an excellent choice.
‘‘Frank is joining the board at an important phase in the development of the Goulburn River Valley region and his experience and relationships with the broader stakeholder community will be a great asset, not just for the board but for the tourism industry as a whole.’’
Mr Whitford has a broad background in management and marketing in the retail sector as well as extensive knowledge of Australian agri-business through his involvement with a family Wagyu beef breeding and calf rearing business near Shepparton.
He has 10 years’ experience as a board member, particularly in the north east where he has been on the boards of both Goulburn Broken CMA and Goulburn-Murray Water. He is now deputy chair of PrimeSafe — Victoria’s meat, poultry and fish regulator.
Ms Bailey, a former Federal Tourism Minister and Member for McEwen served as chair for the past three years, when she oversaw many initiatives such as the release of the Goulburn River Valley Destination Management Plan, the development of the Heart of Victoria branding and the launch of the region’s digital marketing platform.
On the tourism board Mr Whitford will work alongside three independent skills directors and eight skills-based and representative directors from member councils: Greater Shepparton, Strathbogie, Mitchell and Murrindindi. also was successful at euchre. New players are always welcome.
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