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The Minister for Regional Development has endorsed the appointment of three new members to the Pilbara Development Commission Board.
The new appointments, effective immediately, take the Commission Board to a full complement of 10, covering a diverse cross-section of interests and experience from all corners of the region.
New to the Commission Board as local government appointees are Ms Geraldine Parsons, Mr Jeton Ahmedi and Ms Julie Arif.
Ms Parsons resides in Newman and is a current Shire of East Pilbara Councillor. She also represents the region on a number of Boards and committees including the Pilbara Regional Council, Newman Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Newman Neighbourhood Centre.
Mr Ahmedi is also a Newman resident and active community member. He is currently the General Manager of the Newman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is a Justice of the Peace and Shire of East Pilbara Councillor.
Ms Arif has been a Town of Port Hedland Councillor since 2011 and is currently the Chairperson of the Port Hedland Retirement Village. She is also a committee member of Soroptimist International Port Hedland, Pilbara Ports Consultative Committee and Care For Hedland Association, among other volunteer roles.
Pilbara Development Commission Chairman Chris Gilmour welcomed the appointments.
“The new members each bring unique skills and a breadth of experience to the role with a shared passion for creating a more prosperous and sustainable legacy for the region,” Mr Gilmour said.
“We have an important role over the next few years to drive economic diversification and I’m confident the Board is well-positioned to fulfil its role and create a brighter future for the Pilbara.”
The new appointments replace Ms Gloria Jacob, Ms Lynne Craigie and Ms Fiona White-Hartig whose terms have concluded.
“I’d like to acknowledge and thank our outgoing Board members,” Mr Gilmour said.
“Lynne, Gloria and Fiona are all very strong and passionate advocates for the Pilbara and their contribution to the Commission Board during their respective terms is greatly appreciated.”
The new Board members have been appointed for a three-year term.