Kimberley Development Commission Board
The Kimberley Development Commission Board is established under the Regional Development Commissions Act 1993 and comprises the following membership:
- 3 members representing the regional community;
- 3 members representing Local Government;
- 3 members appointed at the Minister's discretion;
- Chief Executive.
The Board is appointed by and responsible to the Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development; Minister Assisting the Minister for Transport, the Hon. Brendon Grylls MLA.
The Board is an accountable authority and advises the Minister on matters affecting the development of the region and sets the primary directions for the Commission.
Appointments to the Board are made for terms of up to three years following an advertising process conducted each year.
The Members of the Board at March 2013 were:
Cr Ralph Addis, Chairperson
Local Government representative – appointed 2009 - term expires 2015
Cr Addis is Deputy President of the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley and a member of the Ord/East Kimberley Expansion Project Community Reference Group. He has lived with his family in the East Kimberley since 1996, and has been involved in Aboriginal economic development strategies and commercial projects in tourism, agriculture, and construction across the Kimberley, working in both the government and non-government sectors. Cr Addis is a Chartered Accountant, holds a Masters of Economic Studies, and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently Chief Executive, Warmun Aboriginal Community during re-establishment of the Community post March 2011 flood event and a member of the Warmun Aboriginal Community Re-establishment Taskforce.
Cr Sciona Browne, Deputy Chairperson
Local Government representative – appointed 2012 - term expires 2015
Cr Browne is a commercial pilot and has had a long standing career in the aviation industry in WA, the USA and Asia, working in senior management positions in research and development and risk assessment and mitigation. She has expertise in private industry - commercialising new technologies, evaluating start-up businesses, project management and capital-raising. Sciona has been based in Halls Creek since 2007, working in community development, as Executive Director of the Better Life Project, and subsequently Director, Housing Outreach Program. In 2009 Sciona was elected to the Shire of Halls Creek Council and became President in 2011.
Sciona has a strong interest in supporting education and wellbeing initiatives for children and youth; developing appropriate and sustainable economic development in the region; and ensuring local people and communities are at the forefront of decision-making. She has recently taken up a position with Save the Children Australia, as their Regional Manager, East Kimberley.
Cr Elsia Archer , Member
Local Government representative – appointed 2008 - term expires 2014
Cr Archer has lived and worked in Derby since 1957 and managed a Derby based store for twenty four years prior to her recent retirement from business.
Cr Archer is a Justice of the Peace and has served on the Shire of Derby West Kimberley Council for twenty years, including two years as Deputy President and in her eleventh year in her current office as President. Cr Archer has been a local government representative on the Regional Development Council of WA and has previously served three years as President of the WA Local Government Association’s Kimberley Zone and is a current member. Cr Archer is a member of other regional groups including Home and Community Care, Health Consumers, Roadwise (formerly Safer WA) and the Small Business Centre Derby. She is also Council’s representative on the Native Title Working Group and a Board Member, Regional Development Australia (Kimberley).
Cr Archer is tireless in her pursuit of improvement within the community and particularly all aspects of the health service. She also champions the promotion of cultural events in this remote area.
Ms Eunice Yu
Community representative – appointed 2012 - term expires 2015
Ms Yu is a Yawuru person currently employed by the Kimberley Institute, in Broome.
Ms Yu’s preferences for development in the Kimberley are for all residents to benefit economically, socially and culturally with development decisions being made at a local / regional level and based on inclusive engagement of relevant stakeholders and at a cross-sectoral level. Places that are valued by the Community should be protected and the region promoted and celebrated.
She considers her potential Contribution to the Board includes personal attributes of level headedness, integrity, loyalty, honesty and accountability, an Indigenous woman’s perspective and views, networks and linkages with engagement opportunities and stakeholders. Ms Yu’s community profile is gained through employment, volunteering and representation.
Ms Yu sees the State’s changing demography, Native Title determinations, displacement of community members and associated impact on communities, subsequent service delivery pressures and the need for balanced economic social and cultural imperatives with appropriate access to resources, as key issues.
Mr Robert Banfield, Member
Ministerial representative – appointed 2012 - term expires 2015
Robert Banfield is Managing Director of Willie Creek Pearls and has owned the business with his family since 1989. He has lived in Broome for over 20 years, and been a significant part of the business community.
Robert’s focus is on providing strategic leadership and vision for the diverse portfolio that has expanded to include six Willie Creek Pearls showrooms in Broome and Perth, the multi award winning Willie Creek Pearl Farm, Broome Sightseeing Tour, Pearl Luggers Tour and Banfield Property Developments.
During his career, he has led the organizational growth of the company in the Tourism, Retail and Property Industries, including overseeing the company’s national and international presence.
Robert has been an active participant on committees in Broome industry and is currently sits a Board Member, Australia’s North West Tourism.
Considering diversification and strategic investment as essential elements to successful business outcomes, Robert’s vision is for a strong economic base across all industries in the Kimberley that provides the essential support and social services required to maintain a regional balance.
Mr Robert Boshammer, Member
Ministerial representative - appointed 2012 - term expires 2015
Mr Boshammer is a graduate of Queensland Agricultural College and has been a prominent and leading Ord River Irrigation Area grower for over 20 years. He has a development and equity position in a number of associated businesses including nurseries, forestry management services, tourism, produce marketing and irrigation and pastoral business development and describes his passion as the empowerment of people in regional areas to facilitate world-class business development.
Mr Boshammer’s preferences for development in the Kimberley focus on increasing local decision making and decision making by Indigenous people with ‘less control and rubber stamping’ from above and streamlined bureaucratic processes that allow small business and communities to develop and ‘have a go’. He would also like to see increased availability of affordable living blocks in support of people that wish to move ahead.
He considers his potential contribution to the Board includes expertise in small business, management and development and an ability to identify and articulate major hurdles holding back business development. Rob believes that small business is most attuned to people and worker’s needs, in particular Indigenous people.
Mr Niegel Grazia, Member
Ministerial – appointed 2012 - term expires 2014
Mr Grazia currently holds the position of Vice President – Kimberley, Woodside Browse LNG Development. He has tertiary qualifications in Business and his experience includes fifteen years in the WA Public Services and seventeen years in the Oil and Gas industry across the energy, resources and emergency services portfolios. He held the position of Assistant Director, the Pilbara Development Commission in 1994 -1995 and subsequently joined the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association and later Woodside. He has significant experience in working with communities to solve complex problems, and in governance.
Mr Grazia would like to see the Kimberley developing through economic diversification to increase opportunities for its residents, without compromising its natural values and cultural diversity.
Cr Graeme Campbell, Member
Local Government representative - appointed 2012 - term expires 2014
Cr Campbell was elected to the Shire of Broome Council in 2003 and has held the office of President since 2005. He has also held a range of appointments including; Chairperson, Kimberley Zone for four years, former Chair of the Kimberley Area Consultative Committee (the forerunner to Regional Development Australia), Deputy Member WA State Grants Commission, Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chair of Regional Road Group for the Kimberley and a Member of the Kimberley Regional Planning Committee.
Through these roles he has gained broad experience in Local Government, business, tourism and Aboriginal Affairs.
Cr Campbell’s preference is for economic development that facilitates the social and cultural aspects of the region.
Cr Campbell considers the key issues for the Kimberley to include housing, the affordability and delivery of municipal and normalised services, the cost of doing business and the need for government servicing to be commensurate with metropolitan areas. He is keen to see long term opportunities for Kimberley people.
Mr Ian Trust, Member
Community representative – appointed 2012 - term expires 2014
Mr Trust has a background in Aboriginal affairs and management in the East Kimberley. His former positions include Administrator, East Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services (now Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Services), Chairperson Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, Wunan Regional Council and later WA - Commissioner Kimberley Region.
He is currently Deputy Chair of Indigenous Business Australia & Indigenous Land Corporation, Interim Chair Aarnja Ltd, Executive Director of Wunan & Chair Jawun Kimberley Advisory Group.
Mr Trust believes the basis of any region is a strong economy with access to regional opportunities. To enable people to access the opportunities affordable housing and good quality education is required. He believes a measure of success of government policy and funding in the Kimberley is the social and economic enhancement of the Aboriginal people in the region.
Mr Jeff Gooding – Member, Ex Officio
Mr Gooding has held the position of Chief Executive of the Kimberley Development Commission since the Commission’s establishment and is a Member of the Board of the Commission. He is a long term resident of Kununurra and the Kimberley, has qualifications in town and regional planning, is a graduate and fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is Justice of the Peace, and former Shire Councilor.
Having participated in the negotiation process which culminated in the Ord Final Native Title Agreement, Mr Gooding continues to be substantially involved in its implementation as a Member of the Ord Enhancement Scheme Management Committee and a Director of the Miriuwung Gajerrong Community Foundation. He has been closely involved in the development, and initial implementation, of the Ord/East Kimberley Expansion Project, most recently as a Member of the Ord Land Release Panel and the Community Reference Group.
Other regional roles include membership of the Kimberley Regional Planning Committee and the WA Coastal Shipping Monitoring group. In March 2011 Mr Gooding was appointed as the Chairman of the Warmun Community Re-establishment Taskforce established by Cabinet to coordinate the response to destructive flooding of that Community.