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Melissa is an advocate for rural Australia, making valuable contributions to the agricultural sector and building stronger rural communities.

As the Rural Ambassador for Victorian Agricultural Shows, she is keen to ensure a strong future for shows.

Melissa is passionate about educational activities for exhibitors and show goers and seeks opportunities for young people to learn through their involvement with show societies.

Melissa also works in Livestock Extension and Red Meat Value Chain Development with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Victoria (formerly Department of Primary Industries).


“Highly skilled and motivated people are the most valuable resource in food and fibre production, local business and community groups that create a thriving rural town. This is what inspires me to help grow well-rounded leaders of the future.”


Melissa is continually driven to contribute to the agricultural industry and the community, through:

Growing People

Challenging people to grow and develop themselves and their business or organisation

Growing Agriculture

Improving productivity through better use of industry research and development

Educational summary


  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Melbourne
  • Diploma of Management, Australian Institute of Management
  • Meat Executive Program, Institute of Food and Grocery Management
  • Rural Leadership Program, Marcus Oldham
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