Northern Australia Advisory Council meets in Townsville

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The Northern Australia Advisory Council, a cross-section of stakeholders to advise on contemporary issues affecting northern Australia, met in Townsville on 20 July 2017. The council is chaired by the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator Matt Canavan, and was established to give the Minister high level and detailed information vital to implementing the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia. The council brings together an ideal mix of expertise on a broad spread of interests, and understandings of issues across the region.

The first council appointees are:

  • Councillor Jane McNamara, Mayor of the Flinders Shire

  • Mr Nigel Browne, a Larrakia and Wulna man, Larrakia Development Corporation chief executive officer

  • Ms Nicole Roocke, Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia deputy chief executive

  • Ms Colleen Costello, pastoralist

  • Mr Col McKenzie, Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators chief executive officer and marine tourism consultant

  • Miss Leesa Jeffcoat, Diocesan director, Catholic Education, Diocese of Rockhampton

  • Mr Peter Long, Mayor of Karatha, engineer and environmental scientist