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    Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries
    The Honourable Tim Mulherin

    Minister welcomes appointment of Director-General

    Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries
    The Honourable Tim Mulherin

    Friday, October 31, 2008

    Minister welcomes appointment of Director-General

    Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) Tim Mulherin has welcomed the appointment of Rob Setter as Director-General of the department.

    “I extend my congratulations to Mr Setter who over the past three years has established himself as a key figure within DPI&F, in his capacity as Deputy Director-General and more recently as acting Director-General,” the Minister said.

    “He has been vital in driving my Fresh Approach agenda, which will further modernise the way the department thinks, operates and engages with stakeholders – with the aim of helping the primary industries sector earn $34 billion for the Queensland economy by 2020.

    “Through his leadership we have already achieved many milestones including specific strategies to establish a world-class biosecurity service, providing a new direction for the management of our fisheries, and networking and modernising our service delivery and business practices.

    “Rob comes from an education and training background , which has been especially valuable in moving the Australian Agricultural College Corporation into my portfolio.

    “This is a significant step in addressing the critical skills and labour shortage impacting on the productivity of Queensland’s primary industries sector.

    “With many years experience as a high school teacher in regional Queensland, various management roles in both TAFE and the Department of Education, Training and the Arts, Rob’s passion for education and training will be invaluable in achieving our goal to make Queensland the home of agri-science skills and vocational training.”

    The Minister said Rob Setter was also well versed in the demands of the private sector.

    “Rob has a wealth of experience to draw from dating back to his time as the general manager of a successful north Queensland marine tourism enterprise.

    “It’s this sort of hands-on experience that makes him so well suited to this department, which supports our primary producers in accessing new markets here and abroad and ensuring profitability in a sustainable way.

    “I look forward to continuing to work with Rob and the department in achieving our agenda of change and building on our already excellent relationship with staff and stakeholders.”

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