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; Agriculture and Food; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade; the HON Alannah MacTiernan MLC.
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
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, Kimberley Cultural Tours Pty Ltd, 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 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
Mr Trust has an extensive 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 Deputy Chairperson of the Kimberley Development Commission, Executive Chairman of Wunan Foundation, Chairman of the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council and Chairman of AARNJA Ltd.
Mr Trust believes the basis of any region is a strong economy and access to regional opportunities. To enable people to access opportunity, affordable housing and a good quality education are critical. He believes a measure of the success of government policy and funding in the Kimberley is the social and economic advancement of Aboriginal people in the region.
Cr Elsia Archer
Cr Archer has lived and worked in Derby since 1957 and managed a Derby based store for twenty four years prior to her recent retirement from business.
Cr Archer is a Justice of the Peace and has served on the Shire of Derby West Kimberley Council for twenty six years, including two years as Deputy President and is in her sixteenth year in her current office as President. Cr Archer has been a local government representative on the Regional Development Council of WA and has previously served three years as President of the WA Local Government Association’s Kimberley Zone and is a current member. Cr Archer is a member of other regional groups including Home and Community Care, Health Consumers, Roadwise (formerly Safer WA) and the Small Business Centre Derby. She is also Council’s representative on the Native Title Working Group, Australia’s North West Tourism, Kimberley Zone Representative for State Council – WALGA and a Board Member, Regional Development Australia (Kimberley).
Cr Archer is tireless in her pursuit of improvement within the community and particularly all aspects of the health service and youth services. She also champions the promotion of cultural events in this remote area.
Mr Robert Boshammer
Mr Boshammer has been a prominent and leading Ord River Irrigation Area grower for over 30 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 live permanently in the region.
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 James Brown
Mr Brown is a long term resident of the Kimberley, based at Cygnet Bay. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology and has retail, business and tourism experience gained from working in the pearling industry since 2000.
He is the Managing Director of Cygnet Bay Pearls and the founder/lead field scientist of the Kimberley Marine Research Station (KMRS) that encourages and facilitate broad scale independent marine research on the Kimberley Coast and has contributed to the Kimberley Conservation and Science Strategy and the establishment of the Kimberley Aquaculture Zone.
He is a Board Member of the Broome Visitors Centre, Chairman of the Broome Tourism Leadership Group, Board Member, Broome Shire Economic Development Advisory Committee and an active member of several Pearling and Fisheries Associations. He is also an Ambassador for WA Save the Children.
Mr Brown offers strong leadership and experience gained from his involvement in his family’s pearling business and from his active involvement in the broader pearling and tourism industries and community. He is committed to economic development in the Kimberley, driven through strategies created and embraced by the people of the Kimberley
Cr Malcolm Edwards
Cr Edwards has lived and worked in the Kimberley for forty seven 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 over eighteen years and currently is the Shire President, a position which he has previously held for nine 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.
Cr Ron (Sos) Johnston
In November 2015, Cr Johnston was re-elected to the Broome Shire Council and appointed as President. He is also a Member of the Board of Horizon Power.
Cr Johnston has lived and worked in many North West and Kimberley towns since 1971 through his former employment with Ansett Australia. At the time of the demise of Ansett, he was the Kimberley Manager. Since then he has become involved in property development in Broome, Derby, Karratha and Kununurra.
Cr Johnston has served his community in many roles that include President of the Kimberley Tourism Association, Broome Turf Club, Broome Shire President and has also received the Sir David Brand medal for Tourism in 1995; a Centenary Medal; and has received recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow for his contribution to the Rotary Foundation.
Cr June Oscar
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 of 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, is past Chairperson, Kimberley Language and Resource Centre, Chief Investigator, Lililwan Prevalence Study – on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Early Life Trauma, 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 position of Deputy Director, Kimberley Land Council 1997-2000.
Ms Eunice Yu
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.
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. Most recently she has been developing her research and analytic thinking and strategic policy development skills which enhances her contribution.
Ms Yu considers 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.
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 and associated Land Releases.
Other regional roles include membership of a range of Regional Planning processes, Chairman Kimberley Workforce Development Alliance and Chairman or member of various regional steering and coordinating groups.
In the last year, as a Member of the Regional Development Portfolio Reform Governance Group, he has contributed to the development of the new, Statewide Regional Development Strategy and Policy framework which will underpin enhanced, portfolio collaboration and regional development outcomes across Western Australia.
Page last updated: Tue Apr 18 2017 3:30:51 PM
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Kununurra Western Australia 6743
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Broome, Western Australia 6725
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Derby Western Australia 6728
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