Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

    Ian Trust to strengthen the Aboriginal voice

    2/12/2015 7:00 AM
    • Respected leader appointed Chair of the WA Aboriginal Advisory Council
    • WAAAC provides expert advice to the Western Australian Government

    Renowned Aboriginal leader Ian Trust has been appointed Chair of the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council.


    Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier said Mr Trust would play a valuable role in the peak statutory body that provides expert advice to the WA Government on Aboriginal issues.


    "Mr Trust has spent the past 30 years working to drive social and economic change for Aboriginal people in the East Kimberley, and will provide a strong, experienced independent voice for the Aboriginal community of WA," Mr Collier said.


    "I will be relying on the council to provide advice on how we can do things more effectively, and to ensure that our work captures the ideas of the wider Aboriginal community."


    The announcement follows a meeting of council members who conducted the vote.


    "I'm looking forward to working with all members to further support Aboriginal people and communities to drive the changes needed in Aboriginal affairs," the Minister said.


    Mr Trust is a founder and executive chair of the Wunan Foundation and a key leader for Empowered Communities in the East Kimberley.


    Mr Trust believes employment, education and training are key to empowering Aboriginal people.  He was instrumental in facilitating the signing of the East Kimberley Aboriginal Charter in 2015.


    Mr Trust will be supported by Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council members Gail Allison JP, Troy Eaton, Brenda Garstone, Gordon Gray, Phil Matera, Krista McMeeken and Carol Pettersen JP.


    Fact File

    • Ian Trust's appointment as WA Aboriginal Advisory Council chair is for three years
    • The council advises the WA Government on strategies and initiatives that can best advance the economic and social wellbeing of Aboriginal  people
    • Member biographies are available at http://www.daa.wa.gov.au

    Minister's office - 6552 6300