John Bowler

John Bowler

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

    New appointments to Goldfields-Esperance board

    13/09/2006 11:55 AM

    Three new members have been appointed to the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission board.

    School of Mines lecturer Diarmid (Dinty) Mather, Laverton shire president Robert Wedge and mine manager Timothy Dobson will fill vacancies on the 10-member board.

    Goldfields-Esperance Minister John Bowler said the appointees represented a good cross-section of the community.

    He said they would bring a vast depth of experience and knowledge on economic trends, small business issues and a mining perspective to the board.

    Mr Mather, a community appointee, has a degree in economics, lectures at the WA School of Mines and specialises in strategic planning.

    Mr Wedge, who will represent local government, is also a business proprietor who understands the needs of the North Eastern Goldfields region.

    Mr Dobson, a ministerial appointee, is the director and resident manager of OMG Cawse Nickel. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Extractive Metallurgy) from WA School of Mines.

    Mr Bowler said the new appointees would replace Cobb Johnstone, who resigned during his term, and Graham Dawes and Bill McKenzie, who did not renominate after their terms expired in June.

    He praised the outgoing members, saying they had provided quality advice and guidance to the commission.

    The Minister said the new chairman would be long-serving and experienced board member Colin Stewart, the chief executive officer of the Esperance Port Authority. City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Deputy Mayor Graham Thomson would be deputy chair.

    The commission is responsible for promoting sustainable and balanced social and economic development in the Goldfields-Esperance region.

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