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Appointment of new chair of showgrounds joint venture

The Minister for Agriculture, Joe Helper, today announced the appointment of Ms Johanna (Joh) Barker as the new independent Chairperson of the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds Joint Venture.
Ms Barker is a senior banking executive, holds qualifications in accounting and finance, and has worked as a consultant and Chief Finance and Operations Officer in the IT industry.
Ms Barker has worked on audit, risk and finance committees for such bodies as the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and at State level with the North East Catchment Management Authority and the former Department of Natural Resources and Environment.
Mr Helper said Ms Barker was well known in the industry for her work on the Broiler Industry Negotiation Committee and the Egg Marketing Board.
The Royal Melbourne Showgrounds have been redeveloped under the Partnerships Victoria framework by a joint venture between the Brumby Government and the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) Limited.
Mr Helper said Ms Barker had a combination of rural and commercial experience which made her an excellent choice to chair the joint venture.
“She has a strong understanding of the Royal Melbourne Show’s value and its iconic status in Victoria, and will work together with the government and the RASV to meet the long-term objectives for the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds,” Mr Helper said.
“The Royal Melbourne Show provides a forum for country people to display their skills and rural know-how and feel pride in their achievements in difficult times. It gives Melburnians the opportunity to learn about country life in an entertaining environment.”
Mr Helper praised the work of outgoing Chair Adrian Nye who has overseen the Joint Venture through completion of the works at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds and successful transition of the Royl Melbourne Show and other major events to the renewed facilities.