Tom Stephens

Tom Stephens

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    Interim board of Gascoyne Development Commission

    9/12/1992 12:00 AM
     
     
    Gascoyne Minister Tom Stephens has invited four shire presidents to comprise the interim board of the Gascoyne Development Commission.
     
    Mr Stephens said an interim board would enable the commission to start planning strategies to ensure the sustained development of the Gascoyne region.
     
    "The State Government is determined to move quickly to establish the new development commissions - a key part of the `Regional Advantage' strategy," he said.
     
    "I am keen to see the Gascoyne authority in place as soon as possible, and when Northern Rivers MLA Kevin Leahy urged me to consider appointing an interim board I was happy to comply.
     
    "I believe this approach is well suited to the specific situation in the Gascoyne.  The region comprises four local authorities, and the four shire presidents are logical appointees to an interim board.
     
    "Nominations for the inaugural board have been called and close on January 20, and I will appoint its members as soon as possible after that date."
     
    The invitation to the shire presidents was intended to demonstrate that the Gascoyne Development Commission would not duplicate the work of local government authorities or existing State Government agencies, and that board members would not be appointed on the basis of party politics. 
     
    Carnarvon Shire President Mr Tom Day would chair the interim board, with Exmouth Shire President, Cr Doug Bathgate, as deputy chair.  The other two members would be Shark Bay Shire President, Cr Mick Lee, and the president of the Shire of Upper Gascoyne, Cr Ross Collins.
     
    Mr Stephens said he was looking forward to a close working relationship with the interim board to steer the Gascoyne Development Commission through its initial phase.
     
    He urged local people interested in making a contribution to their community to seek appointment to the inaugural board.
     
    "Membership will be based on merit and competence, and members will need to be able to work co-operatively towards agreed goals across a wide range of social and economic issues," Mr Stephens said.
     
    "In appointing members I will be seeking to balance the interests of the community, local government and industry, and aiming to ensure that the board membership reflects each community of interest within the Gascoyne region."