The Kimberley Development Commission Board is established under the Regional Development Commissions Act 1993 and comprises the following membership:
- 3 members representing the regional community;
- 3 members representing Local Government;
- 3 members appointed at the Minister’s discretion;
- Chief Executive.
The Board is appointed by and responsible to the Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development; the Hon. Terry Redman MLA.
The Board is an accountable authority and advises the Minister on matters affecting the development of the region and sets the primary directions for the Commission.
Appointments to the Board are made for terms of up to three years following an advertising process conducted each year.
The Members of the Board are:
Mr Michael McConachy, Chairperson
Ministerial representative – appointed 2015 – term expires 2018
Mr McConachy moved to the Kimberley in 2009 with his family, bringing a wealth of business and leadership experience with him in the areas of business, tourism, agriculture, construction and aviation.
As a Managing Director of several local Companies, including: Helicopter Film Services Pty Ltd trading as HeliSpirit, Freshwater Quality Management Pty Ltd, of which he is also Owner, Kimberley Land Holdings Pty Ltd, H.M. Developments Pty Ltd and Top End Building Company, he has a strong understanding of governance and accountability. He has used this in a voluntary capacity as a founding Committee Member and Chairperson of the recently established East Kimberley Marketing Group. Mr McConachy is also a past Council President, St Joseph’s School, Kununurra.
Since 1999, Mr McConachy has been Owner/Managing Director, Agrivision International Pty Ltd and Managing Director, Integrated Dairies of Australia Pty Ltd. Prior to this he worked as; Agricultural Consultant, Riverina F.A.R.M (Financial and Rural Management), Farm Manager, Strathfieldsaye Estate (University of Melbourne) and General Manager, International Agribusiness Australia.
Mr McConachy is committed to regional development of the Kimberley in partnership with regional stakeholders in recognition of its potential.
Mr Ian Trust, Deputy Chairperson
Community representative – reappointed 2015 – term expires 2018
Mr Trust has a background in Aboriginal affairs and management in the East Kimberley. His former positions include Administrator, East Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services (now Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Services), Chairperson Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, Wunan Regional Council and later WA – Commissioner Kimberley Region.
He is currently Chair, Aarnja Ltd, Executive Director of Wunan and Chair, Jawun Kimberley Advisory Group. He is Deputy Chair of the Kimberley Development Commission.
Mr Trust believes the basis of any region is a strong economy with access to regional opportunities. To enable people to access the opportunities affordable housing and good quality education is required. He believes a measure of success of government policy and funding in the Kimberley is the social and economic enhancement of the Aboriginal people in the region.
Cr Malcolm Edwards, Member
Local Government representative – appointed 2015 – term expires 2017
Cr Edwards has lived and worked in the Kimberley for forty five years gaining wide ranging experience including owning and operating a local supermarket and transport service in Halls Creek and holding the appointment of Chief Executive Officer, Menkawum Ngurra-Halls Creek People Church Aged Care Facility. He has served as a Councilor, Shire of Halls Creek for seventeen years and currently is the Shire President, a position which he has previously held for seven years.
Having gained a sound understanding of socio-economic issues and non Aboriginal and Aboriginal disparity in the Kimberley through his professional and family life, Cr Edwards has an interest in enhancing the quality of life in rural communities, especially in education, business and infrastructure development and effective service delivery. He is especially interested in empowering Traditional Owners through enhanced leadership in all sectors.
Ms Eunice Yu, Member
Community representative – appointed 2012 – term expires 2015
Ms Yu is a Yawuru person currently employed by the Kimberley Institute, in Broome.
Ms Yu’s preferences for development in the Kimberley are for all residents to benefit economically, socially and culturally with development decisions being made at a local / regional level and based on inclusive engagement of relevant stakeholders and at a cross-sectoral level. Places that are valued by the Community should be protected and the region promoted and celebrated.
She considers her potential Contribution to the Board includes personal attributes of level headedness, integrity, loyalty, honesty and accountability, an Indigenous woman’s perspective and views, networks and linkages with engagement opportunities and stakeholders. Ms Yu’s community profile is gained through employment, volunteering and representation.
Ms Yu sees the State’s changing demography, Native Title determinations, displacement of community members and associated impact on communities, subsequent service delivery pressures and the need for balanced economic social and cultural imperatives with appropriate access to resources, as key issues.
Cr June Oscar AO
Community representative – appointed 2015 – term expires 2018
Cr Oscar is a Bunuba Traditional Owner who was born in Fitzroy Crossing and in 2012 she was appointed as an Ambassador for Children and Young People in Western Australia and was awarded the Office of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2013. June was the winner of the Westpac and Financial Review 100 Women of Influence 2013 for Social Enterprise and Not for Profit Category. In 2014 June was awarded the Menzies School of Health Research Medallion for her work with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Cr Oscar is an established leader and strong advocate for the quality of life for Aboriginal people with a strong background working for Aboriginal Organisations, human rights and Aboriginal justice and especially the prevention of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. In this capacity she has held numerous offices and currently holds the positions of Company Director, Bunuba Pty Ltd and Bunuba Cattle Company, is past Chairperson, Kimberley Language and Resource Centre, Chief Investigator, Lililwan Prevalence Study – on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Early Life Trauma, Council Member, Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Committee Member, Fitzroy Valley Futures’ Governing Committee.
She has a Bachelor of Business Degree and qualifications in Management of Indigenous Organisations, Community and Public Administration and Governance. Currently Chief Executive Officer, Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre, Fitzroy Crossing. She has also held the positions of Office Manager, Bunuba Pty Ltd 2002 and Deputy Director, Kimberley Land Council 1997-2000.
Mr Robert Boshammer, Member
Ministerial representative – appointed 2012 – term expires 2015
Mr Boshammer is a graduate of Queensland Agricultural College and has been a prominent and leading Ord River Irrigation Area grower for over 20 years. He has a development and equity position in a number of associated businesses including nurseries, forestry management services, tourism, produce marketing and irrigation and pastoral business development and describes his passion as the empowerment of people in regional areas to facilitate world-class business development.
Mr Boshammer’s preferences for development in the Kimberley focus on increasing local decision making and decision making by Indigenous people with ‘less control and rubber stamping’ from above and streamlined bureaucratic processes that allow small business and communities to develop and ‘have a go’. He would also like to see increased availability of affordable living blocks in support of people that wish to move ahead.
He considers his potential contribution to the Board includes expertise in small business, management and development and an ability to identify and articulate major hurdles holding back business development. Rob believes that small business is most attuned to people and worker’s needs, in particular Indigenous people.
Mr Jeff Gooding – Member, Ex Officio
Mr Gooding has held the position of Chief Executive of the Kimberley Development Commission since the Commission’s establishment and is a Member of the Board of the Commission. He is a long term resident of Kununurra and the Kimberley, has qualifications in town and regional planning, is a graduate and fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is Justice of the Peace and former Shire Councillor.
Having participated in the negotiation process which culminated in several key Native Title Agreements, Mr Gooding continues to be substantially involved in related implementation including as a Director of the Miriuwung Gajerrong Community Foundation. He has been closely involved in the development, and initial implementation, of the Ord/East Kimberley Expansion Project, most recently in Release Panels and the Community Reference Group.
Other regional roles include membership of the Kimberley Regional Planning Committee, Chairman Kimberley Workforce Development Alliance and Chairman or member of various regional steering and coordinating groups.