The Queensland Government has announced that a number of new directors have been appointed to the restructured Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB).

QLD Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said the skills and experience of the GAWB’s new directors cover a variety of fields to ensure the board would continue to provide strategic leadership.

The appointments deliver on the Newman Government’s promise to revitalise frontline services for families while delivering better infrastructure and planning.

Mr McArdle congratulated Chair Mary Boydell and director Malcolm Leinster on their reappointments and welcomed new directors Denis Cook, Patrice Brown and Graham McDonald.

“Mary Boydell has been chair of GAWB since 2002, has served on numerous boards and was Commissioner of the Queensland Water Commission from 2009 until 2012.

“Malcolm Leinster is a qualified mechanical engineer who has been a Director of GAWB since 2011 and has had numerous other directorships.

“Graham McDonald, a local government elected representative from 1994 to 2008 and again from 2010 to the present, has experience on numerous committees and another board.

“Denis Cook is an engineer with solid directorship experience including being Deputy Chair of the Gladstone Economic and Industry Development Board from 2000 until 2006 and was Deputy Coordinator-General from 1999 until 2005.

“Patrice Brown is a successful business owner, qualified civil engineer, industrial chemist and one of Queensland’s leading environmental practitioners with previous board experience in federal and state appointed roles.

Mr McArdle said the appointments and new structure demonstrated the Government’s commitment to maintaining strong regional representation on the GAWB.

GAWB’s board structure has moved from a seven member board, comprising four Gladstone Regional Council (GRC) nominees and three independent nominees, to a streamlined five member board comprising one GRC and four independent nominees.

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