An exceptional Taskforce charged with driving a better red meat future has today been appointed to oversee the Review of the Red Meat Memorandum of Understanding (the Review).

Mr Don Mackay, Independent Chair of the Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC), Australia’s only red meat supply chain policy leadership group, said a refreshed MOU has the potential to unlock productivity and growth for Australia’s 82,500 red meat businesses.

“Together with the Board of RMAC, we are absolutely delighted to announce the appointment of the Red Meat Reform Taskforce which was open for applications nation-wide, in a skills-based appointment both in terms of industry, governance and policy skills and is subject to a third-party analysis of being sufficiently arm’s length.”

“This Review is about creating real value for Australia’s red meat businesses, enabling industry to meet future challenges and opportunities and building better relationships with all three levels of government.”

“The Taskforce that has been assembled is reflective of our diverse and exciting industry from the paddock right through to the consumer for beef, sheepmeat and goatmeat and we congratulate all members on their appointment.”

“It brings together leaders from our sector and outside of it with skills in public policy, machinery of government and politics.”

Mr Mackay said the high-quality Taskforce composition is a testament to the fact the Australian red meat industry is now a recognised player in the Australian business community.

“The skill and quality of the Taskforce reflects that Australian red meat matters to our businesses, our decision makers and the Australian community at large and is a unique group in terms of policy makers, thinkers, and experts in public and private sector agribusiness, finance and government for our $18 billion-dollar industry.”

EOIs for the Taskforce attracted a significant number of applications and were judged on a skills-based criterion. All candidates are subject to a strict probity assessment and conflict declaration.

The Taskforce is comprised of:

Will Barton, Chief Executive Officer, Gundagai Meat Processors (GMP).

Gary Burridge, former-CEO Northern Cooperative Meatworks Company and experienced export meat processing executive and director.

Jane Kellock, Sheep Farmer & Woolgrower.

Kara Knudsen, Knudsen Cattle, and Nuffield scholar.

The Honourable Paul Lucas former Attorney General, Queensland State Government and experienced company director, adviser, lawyer and State Cabinet Minister.

The Honourable Fiona Nash former Nationals Senator for New South Wales, former Minister for Local Government and Territories, former Minister for Regional Development, former Minister for Regional Communications and former Minister for Rural Health, and current Strategic Advisor for Charles Sturt University.

Troy Setter Chief Executive Officer, Consolidated Pastoral Companies (CPC).

Stacey Wordsworth Agriculture sector media and communications specialist.

The Taskforce will be chaired by Mr Jim Varghese AM with independent secretarial support provided by Michael Morgan of Momentum SCS.

Updates on the Red Meat MOU Review and full Terms of Reference can be found here:


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