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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6959


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 4 October 2002:

(1) What is the membership of Australia's Holiday Coast Area Consultative Committee (ACC).

(2) (a) When was each member appointed to the ACC; (b) what is the occupation of each member; and (c) what are the qualifications of each member.

(3) Has any member of the ACC held any public office since January 2000, including appointments by local government, the New South Wales Government and the Commonwealth Government; if so, please advise: (a) the title and nature of office held; (b) the term of office; and (c) the method of election or appointment.


Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) The membership of the Australia's Holiday Coast Area Consultative Committee (as at 10 October 2002) is as follows:

Mr Don Phillips (Chairperson)

Mr Peter Newman (Deputy Chairperson)

Mr Richard O'Leary (Secretary)

Mr Emlyn Van Brussel (Treasurer & Public Officer)

Mr Duncan Campbell

Mr Gordon Meggatt

Mr Edward Robinson

Ms Julie Jardine

Ms Sue Nash

Ms Bea Ballangarry

Mr Steven French

(Source: AHCACC website: www.ahcacc.com.au).

(2) (a)-(c)

Mr Don Phillips - was first appointed as a committee member in November 1994. He acted as Chair from September 1998 to March 1999 and was appointed to the Chair's position on 9 March 1999. Mr Phillips is the Managing Director of Office Data Systems in Taree. He is also the Chairman of Manning/Great Lakes/Gloucester Business Enterprise Centre and a member of the ATO Small Business Advisory Group, the Rotary Club Taree and the Taree Chamber of Commerce.

Mr Peter Newman - was first appointed as a committee member in May 1999. Mr Newman works for Training Initiatives and Consultancy Services, North Coast Institute of TAFE in Port Macquarie.

Mr Richard O'Leary - was first appointed as a committee member in April 2000. Mr O'Leary is a partner of O'Leary Partners in Kempsey. He is also a member of Kempsey West Rotary Club.

Mr Emlyn Van Brussel - was first appointed as a committee member in November 1994. Mr Van Brussel works for the Hastings District Trades and Labour Council in Port Macquarie.

Mr Duncan Campbell - was first appointed as a committee member in September 1995. Mr Campbell is a Banana farmer in Bowraville. He is also a member of the Banana Growers Association and a Member of the Agribusiness Regional Group.

Mr Gordon Meggatt - was first appointed as a committee member in May 1999. Mr Meggatt is the Regional Manager for Mid North Coast of Australian Business in Port Macquarie.

Mr Edward Robinson - was first appointed as a committee member in April 2000. Mr Robinson is a Beef farmer in Gloucester and a Director of the Manning/Great Lakes/Gloucester Business Enterprise Centre.

Ms Julie Jardine - was first appointed as a committee member in March 2001. Ms Jardine is the Managing Director of Thermal Electric Element Pty Ltd. She is also the Chair of the Board of Coffs Harbour Future Development Corporation and a member of the Aged Care Steering Group.

Ms Sue Nash - was first appointed as a committee member in March 2001. Ms Nash is a Councillor at Nambucca Shire Council and a member of Women in Dairying.

Ms Bea Ballangary - was first appointed as a committee member in March 2001. Ms Ballangary is involved in community development and is a member of Gumbaynngirr Nation.

Mr Steven French - was first appointed as a committee member in September 2001. Mr French works for Raleigh Truss and Timbers in Urunga and is a member of the Coffs Harbour Tech Park committee.

(Source: AHCACC, including their website: www.ahcacc.com.au)

Note: Under the Associations' Incorporation Act 1984, Section 21A, the NSW Government must keep a register of committee members. The Public Officer of the associations is the keeper of this information and must make it available to the public. The Commonwealth does not have this material on record.

(3) To the Department's knowledge (as of 10 October 2002), only one member of the current Australia's Holiday Coast Area Consultative Committee has held public office since January 2000. (a) Ms Sue Nash is currently a councillor with Nambucca Shire Council. (b) The terms of office for councillors are not recorded by the Department. (c) Ms Nash was elected in local government elections under the conditions prescribed in the NSW Local Government Act 1993.