Craigie stays on as PRC chair­woman

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

The Pil­bara Re­gional Coun­cil has re-elected Lynne Craigie as chair­woman of the author­ity to con­tinue to drive eco­nomic pros­per­ity to the re­gion.

Ms Craigie has served on the PRC since 2005 and is pres­i­dent of the Shire of East Pil­bara and the Western Aus­tralian Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion.

A com­pre­hen­sive un­der­stand­ing of the Pil­bara re­gion and the State places Ms Craigie in a po­si­tion to fa­cil­i­tate pos­i­tive out­comes for the coun­cil.

“I have the lo­cal knowl­edge from my one Pil­bara Shire, which I can ap­ply to the re­gional coun­cil, but I also have the State knowl­edge,” she said. “We have a cou­ple of new faces (on the coun­cil) and it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how those peo­ple view what is hap­pen­ing in the re­gion. The re­gion is a very chang­ing place from what it was two years ago.”

Ms Craigie said it was the role of the PRC to ad­vo­cate to State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ment that a greater share of money was needed to pro­vide in­fra­struc­ture to the re­gion.

The chair­woman said the coun­cil would be tak­ing ev­ery av­enue to at­tract funds back into the re­gion.

“We need to make sure the money is com­ing in to keep the en­gine room of Aus­tralia pump­ing,” she said.

PRC chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Fri­day said Ms Craigie was a strong re­gional align­ment for the coun­cil, which he at­trib­uted to the vast body of knowl­edge of dif­fer­ent ar­eas.

He said the coun­cil was in “the best shape it had ever been” mov­ing for­ward, adding it was pos­i­tive to see con­ti­nu­ity of mem­bers within the author­ity.

The PRC has also wel­comed Peter Fos­ter from the Shire of Ash­bur­ton as the deputy chair­man.

Mr Fri­day said the coun­cil would have a strong fo­cus on “putting the foot on the ac­cel­er­a­tor” to en­dorse projects, at­tract greater fund­ing to the re­gion, and drive eco­nomic pros­per­ity.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.