John Kobelke

John Kobelke

Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety; Water Resources; Sport and Recreation

    New Director General announced for Department of Water

    31/03/2008 12:00 AM

    Mr Kim Taylor has been appointed as the new Director General of the Department of Water.


    Water Resources Minister John Kobelke said Mr Taylor would steer the State through the challenge of a drying climate, growing demand for water and the increasing need for the protection of Western Australia’s most precious resource.


    Mr Taylor joins the Department of Water following an extensive public service career, his latest role being the Deputy Director General - Environment with the Department of Environment and Conservation.


    Mr Taylor has a strong background in water policy and planning, in addition to environmental assessment.


    He possesses a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and has worked for the Department of Environment, the former Water and Rivers Commission, the Water Authority of WA and the Metropolitan Water Authority.


    “Many people in the department already know Kim and I am sure all will join me in welcoming him to the role,” Mr Kobelke said.


    The Minister thanked each of the Acting Director Generals who had helped to lead the Department of Water since its establishment in 2006.  Mr Kobelke paid special tribute to inaugural Acting Director General Paul Frewer for his efforts in establishing the new department.


    “The Department of Water has already commenced major reforms to help protect and enhance the precious water resources across WA,” Mr Kobelke said.


    “The morale and strength of the department has been recognised by its receipt of a prestigious 2007 Australian Business Award as a Recommended Employer for its role as an industry leader that provided a stimulating and supportive workplace which created a committed, motivated and effective workforce.


    “Kim’s appointment will continue the standard already achieved and will help to ensure the Government maintains the balance of water protection and the growing demand for water in the face of climate change.”


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