Mar­riott swaps KPCA for WA re­search hub

Countryman - - NEWS - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

Cather­ine Mar­riott has had a busy few weeks.

On the day she was elected with two other coun­cil­lors to the Shire of Broome, Ms Mar­riott an­nounced she was re­sign­ing as chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Kim­ber­ley/Pil­bara Cat­tle­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion to take on an­other high-pro­file role based in the town.

Her new po­si­tion as WA project man­ager with the Co-op­er­a­tive Re­search Cen­tre for De­vel­op­ing North­ern Aus­tralia has the ca­pac­ity to help bankroll a num­ber of mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar projects across the Kim­ber­ley re­gion.

The Fed­eral Govern­ment body she has joined is primed to pump $75 mil­lion of Com­mon­wealth money in the next 10 years to sup­port in­dus­try-led re­search col­lab­o­ra­tions.

The fund­ing would de­velop new tech­nolo­gies, prod­ucts and ser­vices ad­dress­ing in­dus­try is­sues in north­ern Aus­tralia within three ar­eas — agri­cul­ture and food, trop­i­cal health ser­vice de­liv­ery and tra­di­tional owner-led busi­ness de­vel­op­ment.

Ms Mar­riott was look­ing for­ward to work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively to de­velop a re­search hub in north­ern WA with the State Govern­ment, in­dus­try or­gan­i­sa­tions, uni­ver­si­ties, TAFE and other or­gan­i­sa­tions.

She said it would be a place where peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions share re­sources to ul­ti­mately de­liver rel­e­vant re­search to the com­mu­nity.

Her main fo­cus ini­tially would be to net­work map the re­gion and de­ter­mine what or­gan­i­sa­tions and fund­ing was avail­able in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors.

This would in­volve ex­plor­ing the re­sources of each or­gan­i­sa­tion and de­ter­min­ing what projects were go­ing to add the most value.

Ms Mar­riott was chief ex­ec­u­tive of KPCA for two years.

Her place at KPCA has been taken over by Emma White, pre­vi­ously an ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor with the NT De­part­ment of the Chief Min­is­ter.

Her ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes nearly 20 years work­ing across WA, the NT and Queens­land in var­i­ous pol­icy de­vel­op­ment, com­mu­nity re­la­tions, stake­holder en­gage­ment and indige­nous ca­pac­ity build­ing roles.

KPCA chair­man David Stoate wel­comed the ap­point­ment, say­ing Ms White was cho­sen from a com­pet­i­tive field of ap­pli­cants for the role.

“The KPCA is now well po­si­tioned to cap­ture the op­por­tu­ni­ties cur­rently avail­able to the in­dus­try. We are in a rapid growth phase and Ms White is just the per­son to lead us into this next phase,” he said.

Cather­ine Mar­riott (right) with Shire of Broome pres­i­dent Harold Tracey and deputy pres­i­dent De­siree Male.

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