Mid-West Minister Tom Stephens today announced the members of the new Board of the Geraldton Mid-West Development Authority.
Mr Stephens said three members of the six-member board had indicated they wanted to continue and had been reappointed. Three new members would fill vacancies created by those who had retired.
"The new board is well representative of the region and has a wide range of interests and expertise. I look forward to a close and productive working relationship with them," the Minister said.
"Members have an important role in providing local input into Government decision-making about their communities.
"It is pleasing to note the large number of nominations for board membership, which indicates community confidence in the authority's contribution to the economic and social development of the Mid-West."
Those reappointed are the current chairman, Mr Bert Pepperell OBE, a director of the Geraldton Building Company; pastoralist and deputy president of the Shire of Murchison, Mr Bill Mitchell; and Mr Richard Maslen, a farmer and the chair of the Abrolhos Island Consultative Committee. Mr Mitchell had been appointed the board's deputy chair.
The new members are Mt Magnet Shire Councillor Mrs Kari Williams, professional rock lobster fisherman and president of the North Coastal Fishermen's Association Mr Gregory Hill; and businessman and Meekatharra Shire president Mr Thomas Hutchinson.
Mr Stephens said the terms of appointment to the board had been staggered to allow for continuity.
Mr Pepperell, who had chaired the board since its inception in 1988, had been reappointed for one year at his own request. Mr Hill and Mr Maslen would serve for two years, and Mr Mitchell, Mrs Williams and Mr Hutchinson had been appointed for three-year terms.
The new board officially takes over on January 1.