New chair has pas­sion for tourism

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - Frank Whitford, Goul­burn River Val­ley Tourism’s new chair­man, will be pro­mot­ing the im­por­tance of 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.

To mem­bers who are un­well, we wish you a speedy re­cov­ery.

— Bernie Han­gan Happy New Year ev­ery­one. We are ready for an­other ex­cit­ing year, be­gin­ning with our so­cial meet­ing on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 3 at 1 pm for a sausage siz­zle, mem­bers’ jack­pot and fun, games and af­ter­noon tea.

Our first func­tion for 2017 will be a re­lax­ing day in Buck­ley Park at 11 am on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 14, in­clud­ing bar­be­cue lunch, drinks, games, com­pe­ti­tions and boat rides. Cost is $5/per­son. Money would be ap­pre­ci­ated when reg­is­ter­ing for cater­ing pur­poses.

All ac­tiv­i­ties have re­sumed. Cards, Mon­day at 2 pm; line danc­ing, Wed­nes­day 9.30 am to11 am; and bingo Wed­nes­day 12.30 pm.

New dances are taught weekly and new­com­ers are wel­come to join our friendly group for fun and laughs — not to men­tion phys­i­cal and men­tal ben­e­fits.

For­more in­for­ma­tion phone Lind­say on 0428 858 834. — Lind­say Moore,




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