Re­search cen­tre gains chief

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Perera

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.

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