Research centre gains chief
The Federal Government has appointed an interim chairman for its Co-operative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia.
John Wharton is mayor of the Shire of Richmond in Queensland, halfway between Townsville and Mt Eliza.
The shire had a population of less than 900 at the last census, has cattle and sheep as its strongest industries, and is best known for its museum of marine dinosaur fossils.
Mr Wharton has served on the Richmond Council since 1991 and been mayor since 1997.
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said Mr Wharton’s background in regional development and practical experience placed him in good stead for the CRC role.
The CRC is a key feature of the Government’s new Developing Northern Australia White Paper.
Mr Wharton’s role will be to consult stakeholders to set the CRC’s agenda, beginning next year.