John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Bill McKenzie thanked for commitment to region's future

    17/07/2006 2:30 PM

    Goldfields-Esperance Minister John Bowler today announced that Bill McKenzie was stepping down as chairman of the Goldfields Esperance Development Commission.

    “While Mr McKenzie’s decision to step down as chairman due to his business and community commitments is an immense blow, Bill leaves the GEDC in an excellent position,” Mr Bowler said.

    "We have been blessed in recent times to have such fantastic people as chairs of the GEDC, from Kathy Finlayson to Bill McKenzie.

    “These people have real passion for the region and for regional development and are very effective in leading the GEDC.”

    Mr McKenzie was appointed in January 2004 and following two and a half years at the helm, has decided not to re-nominated to the board and chair of the GEDC.

    A community appointment to the GEDC, Mr McKenzie has been an active member of the Regional Development Council and a representative of the WA Skills Advisory Board and the Skills Formation Taskforce.

    Additionally, he has been a member of the Kalgoorlie Intermodal Freight Facility taskforce and a strong supporter of the Esperance-Goldfields water pipeline project.

    GEDC chief executive Robert Hicks said Mr McKenzie had made considerable personal and professional sacrifices in order to fulfil his roles with the commission.

    “During his chairmanship, Bill had a strong focus on regional skills shortage, education and training, as well as economic development,” Mr Hicks said.

    “His active involvement in the region can be credited with significantly advancing the interests of the Goldfields-Esperance region within the various forums of which he was a participant.”

    Mr Bowler said a new chairman would be appointed as soon as it was formally approved.

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