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  • Gerry Gannon

    Join fellow delegates for a tea or coffee and a chat prior to the commencement of proceedings.

    Mr Chris Mitchell Chair Kimberley Zone and Kimberley Regional Group Senator Pat Dodson

    Senator Dean Smith

    Ms Diedre Willmott

  • This session will bring you an overview of the current activity and opportunity in the energy sector across the Pilbara and Kimberley regions. With a diverse range of companies and organisations this session will explore the opportunities and challenges that exist including consideration of both those creating energy sources and storage and the solutions being found by high volume consumers.

    Jason Medd Director Environment Health

    and Safety APPEA

    George Bauk Managing Director/CEO

    Northern Minerals

    Bruce McFadzean Managing Director

    Sheffield Resources

    John Williams External Affairs Manager INPEX

    Richard Finlay-Jones

    Director Pilbara Solar

  • The key stakeholders that can help “make it happen” will share the stage to discuss the prospects and how government and non- government stakeholders at all levels can support the realisation of those opportunities.

    Jodie Lynch Retail and Community Manager Horizon Power

    Tyrone Garstone (TBC)

    Deputy CEO Kimberley Land Council

    Rick Rogerson Executive Director Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

    Jeff Gooding Chief Executive Kimberley Development Commission

    Terry Hill Chief Executive Pilbara Development Commission

  • What are the key ingredients for translating opportunities into reality and what is the role of local government? How do we work together to deliver the transformational infrastructure that benefits us all? This session unpacks the experiences of two local governments at different stages of the process, and the decision making that considers both risk and the need to frame a positive future for both residents and those seeking to invest in the region.

    Cr Geoff Haerewa President

    Shire of Derby West Kimberley

    Cr Grant Curcel Deputy Mayor

    City of Karratha

    Join the conversation with leaders who will share their views and the take away messages from the day’s discussion and other key issues in the north.

  • (included in registration)

    Mangrove Hotel Broome Join us for an evening of networking and delicious food to round out the day.

  • Deidre Willmott B.Juris, LLB (UWA), LLM (Melb), MAICD

    Deidre Willmott was appointed to the Australia Post board in June 2017

    and brings organisational transformation, government relations, public

    policy and business expertise to this position. An experienced Chief

    Executive Officer with a background in the management consulting

    industry, she has expertise in crisis management, corporate social

    responsibility and government relations. Ms Willmott was CEO of the

    Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia and is a

    former lawyer having held senior roles with Fortescue Metals Group Ltd

    and was Chief of Staff to the Premier of Western Australia. Ms Willmott

    is also a director of Kimberley Foundation of Australia, Chair of St Hilda's

    Anglican School for Girls and the Perth USAsia Centre. Ms Willmott

    graduated from University of Melbourne.

    Senator Dean Smith Dean Smith was appointed a Senator for WA in May 2012. Senator

    Smith has been a champion for WA issues, including being the first WA

    Federal Liberal parliamentarian to call for a fairer share of the GST for

    WA and serving on the Joint Select Committee for Northern Australia

    and the Joint Select Committee for Trade and Investment growth.

    Senator Smith is a regular visitor to the Kimberley and has worked to

    support the region on key issues such as the upgrade of the Tanami

    Road.

    Senator Pat Dodson Senator Dodson is a Yawuru man from Broome in Western Australia. He

    has dedicated his life work to being an advocate for constructive

    relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples based

    on mutual respect, understanding and dialogue. He is a recipient of the

    Sydney International Peace prize. Patrick has extensive experience in

    Aboriginal Affairs, previously as Director of the Central and Kimberley

    Land Councils and as a Commissioner in the Royal Commission into

    Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. He also served as inaugural Chair of the

    Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and as Co-Chair of the Expert

    Panel for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.

  • George Bauk Managing Director/CEO

    Northern Minerals

    Mr Bauk is senior executive, with 25 years’ experience in the resources industry.

    Prior to Northern Minerals, Mr Bauk held global operational and corporate

    roles with WMC Resources, Arafura Resources and Western Metals. He has a

    strong background in strategic management, business planning, building

    teams, finance and capital/debt raising, and experience with a variety of

    commodities in particular rare earths and nickel. As Managing Director of

    Northern Minerals since 2010, he has led its rapid development from a

    greenfields heavy rare earth explorer to now being poised to become the

    next global producer of high value dysprosium outside of China. George is a

    passionate member of the WA resources industry holding a number of senior

    governing positions with the Chamber of Minerals and Energy. George is also

    non-Executive Chairman of Lithium Australia NL. Mr Bauk holds a Bachelor of

    Business from Edith Cowan University and a MBA from the University of New

    England.

    Grant Cucel Deputy Mayor

    City of Karratha

    Mr Cucel has an extensive business background having run his own

    recruitment business for 10 years. He was the 2012 inductee into the Western

    Australian Regional Small Business Hall of Fame and was recognised as the

    2013 City of Karratha Citizen of the Year. For nine years, he held the role of

    chair of the Small Business Centre West Pilbara and strongly advocated for

    small and medium enterprises in regional Western Australia. Mr Cucel was

    appointed to the Small Business Development Corporation Board in October

    2017. Having sold his recruitment business to a publicly listed company, Mr

    Cucel, now has a strong focus on assisting a cross section of organisations in

    a voluntary capacity, in addition to his role as Deputy Mayor at the City of

    Karratha. Mr Cucel has a Bachelor of Business Degree (first class honours) from

    Curtin University of Technology.

    Mr Tyrone Garstone Deputy CEO Kimberley Land Council

    Mr Garstone is a Bardi man and Deputy CEO of the Kimberley Land Council.

    Returning from New York this month, Mr Garstone was part of the delegation

    to this year’s United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. In his

    role with the Kimberley Land Council, Mr Garstone has been involved with the

    ground breaking project which has seen the implementation of savanna

    burning at a series of pilot sites in Botswana, southern Africa. The project is

    the result of national and international recognition of the knowledge of

    Australia’s first people in reducing carbon emissions through right-way fire.

  • Jeff Gooding CEO Kimberley Development Commission

    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 Councillor. Having participated in the

    negotiation process which culminated in several key Native Title Agreements,

    Mr Gooding continues to be substantially involved in related implementation

    including as 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 and associated Land Releases.

    Mr Gooding is a member of a range of Regional Planning processes and

    Chairman or member of various regional steering and coordinating groups.

    Dr Richard Finlay-Jones Director Pilbara Solar

    Dr Finlay-Jones is a renewable energy developer and private consultant

    specializing I the development and management of renewable energy

    projects. He has been directly involved in the development and approval of

    over 3000MW of wind energy projects, from greenfield site assessment

    through to full permitting. Pilbara solar develops commercial scale solar

    projects to provide power to the mining industry, government and business

    in long term, low cost, fixed price ag