CHRIS SARRA has been appointed Director-General of the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) in Queensland.
Dr Sarra has stated plans to “reset” the government’s relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities in Queensland, seeking to change the policy approach to one which will empower First Peoples “to thrive, rather than survive”.
The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples has applauded Dr Sarra’s policy approach which focusses on “investing in authentic localised leadership, rather than subcontracting out”.
“National Congress recognises Dr Sarra’s considerable work in improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,” a National Congress spokesperson said. “Dr Sarra’s career began as the first Aboriginal principal of Cherboug State School, where he dramatically lifted school attendance, literary and numeracy results. He was a founding director of Strong Smart Solutions, which has improved results in hundreds of Aboriginal schools.”
Dr Sarra is currently a professor of education at the University of Canberra. He has served on several boards including as chair of the Stronger Smarter Institute, co-chair of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Committee, commissioner of the Australian Rugby League Commission, Cowboys NRL House and Queensland Performing Arts Centre Trust.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk praised Dr Sarra’s “work in pursuing more positive and productive outcomes for Indigenous communities” for which he has been recognised both nationally and internationally.
THE NEW chief executive of carbon capture and storage research organisation, CO2CRC, is David Byers, who steps into the role from July 23.
“David has extensive experience in the resources sector, having most recently worked as Interim CEO of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), the peak national body for the Australian minerals industry,” CO2CRC chairman. Former Federal Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson said.
Mr Byers replaces Tania Constable, who has been appointed chief executive of the MCA.
“The CO2CRC Board thanks Tania for her leadership of the CO2CRC and looks forward to David continuing the model of strong stakeholder engagement established by Tania during her four years as CO2CRC chief executive,” Mr Ferguson said.
“CO2CRC is pleased to have attracted someone of David’s experience and calibre to the role of chief executive. CO2CRC is Australia’s leading carbon capture and storage (CCS) research organisation, supporting industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is an active participant and leader of CCS projects globally and in Australia, demonstrating CCS in-field at its $100 million Otway Research Facility.
“We have a big task ahead of us to limit global temperatures to below 2 degrees and CCS is critical to a number of industries including gas, coal, cement and steel to help meet this goal” Mr Ferguson said.
Immediately prior to joining the MCA, Mr Byers was vice president for government relations and public policy for BHP, with responsibility for coordinating the company’s global government affairs and public policy interests.
This followed four years as CEO of the Australian Petroleum Producers and Explorers Association (APPEA), the peak national body representing Australia’s oil and gas exploration and production industry. During this period, the Australian oil and gas industry experienced its largest ever expansion with seven major LNG projects under construction and development of new onshore and offshore gas resources.
Mr Byers’ role at APPEA followed his earlier appointment from 2007-2010, as chief executive of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).
David Byers has spent almost all his career in the resources sector with over 17 years at ExxonMobil Corporation in a variety of senior roles in Melbourne, Singapore and the US and four years with Woodside, based in Karratha, Western Australia.