Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Aboriginal leaders appointed to reform councils

    8/09/2015 6:30 AM
    • Aboriginal leaders to play major role in State Government regional reform
    • Members appointed for a term expiring on June 30, 2017

    Eight Aboriginal leaders have been appointed to help the State Government drive major reforms to the way infrastructure and services are provided to Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.


    They will join Strategic Regional Advisory Councils being established in the Kimberley and Pilbara to advise the State Government on regional services reform.


    Child Protection Minister Helen Morton and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman are leading the reform, which is a long-term process to enable better education, health and employment outcomes for Aboriginal people living in regional and remote areas.


    Today, the Ministers announced the appointment of Patrick Davies, Brenda Garstone, Mary O'Reeri and Martin Sibosado to the Kimberley Council and Adrian Brahim, Kate George, Triscilla Holborow and Jason Masters to the Pilbara Council.


    "We received a large field of nominations for each council and those chosen demonstrated a strong passion for improving outcomes for Aboriginal people and preparedness to advocate for positive change," Mrs Morton said. "These appointments will ensure Aboriginal leaders play a major role in the reform process."


    Mr Redman said broader engagement on the reform was well under way and that he and Minister Morton had been to regional towns and remote communities in the Pilbara and Kimberley over the last four months.  Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier had also been involved.


    "The consistent message we have been getting is that the status quo is not acceptable and so we are looking forward to closer engagement with the selected leaders on how positive change can be achieved," Mr Redman said.


    Each council will see four regional Aboriginal leaders working with four heads of relevant State Government agencies, a senior representative from the Australian Government, and a representative from the community services sector.


    Fact File

    • Applications were considered by a selection panel comprising the director generals of the Department of Regional Development and Department for Child Protection and Family Support and Chair, Aboriginal Lands Trust
    • Councils will provide high-level strategic advice on, and identify opportunities for, changes that could be made to State Government expenditure, policies, programs and governance to improve Aboriginal outcomes in its region
    • For more information visit http://www.daa.wa.gov.au/

    Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 6900

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700