Kimberley Minister Jon Ford has announced three appointments to the board of the Kimberley Development Commission.
Two reappointed members are Councillor Lynette Craig who is the president of the Shire of Halls Creek and Robert Watson, a West Kimberley resident with considerable experience in the indigenous pastoral industry.
Councillor Elsia Archer, the president of the Shire of Derby West Kimberley, has been newly appointed.
All three are long-term residents of the region and have been appointed for three-year terms.
Mr Ford advised that Pat Dodson would remain as the commission’s chairperson and Cr Nik Wevers as the deputy chairperson. Other continuing board members were Tom Vinnicombe, Mike Caplehorn, Alan Tietzel, Cr Michele Pucci and Jeff Gooding.
The Minister also acknowledged the efforts of outgoing member Paul White, who was a local government representative from the Shire of Derby West Kimberley.
In announcing the appointments to the commission’s board, Mr Ford emphasised how the depth and range of experience among the board membership would place the commission in an excellent position to continue playing a key leadership role in the region’s future.
“This is particularly important with the magnitude of development opportunities in the region and the potential for the entire community to benefit in a way which ensures we retain the Kimberley’s unique cultural heritage, environment and lifestyle,” the Minister said.
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