26 September 2023

Group set to advise on pandemic recovery

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A new advisory group has been established to help lead Western Australia’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Including representatives from business, industry, not-for-profit organisations, UnionsWA, the public sector, Local Government and the community, the group will provide high-level and strategic advice on the impacts of COVID-19 and help to guide the development of the State Recovery Plan.

Premier, Mark McGowan said the State Recovery Advisory Group would provide valuable feedback to the Government on ongoing and emerging challenges relating to COVID-19.

“This will allow the Government and the State Recovery Controller, Sharyn O’Neill (pictured), to better understand the wide-ranging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as help identify recovery opportunities for inclusion in the State Recovery Plan,” Mr McGowan said.

“A draft impact statement will be released shortly to address each of the State’s recovery areas — health, economic and infrastructure, social, industry and regional WA.”

He said a key part of developing the State Recovery Plan would include a series of Ministerial roundtable discussions with these key stakeholders, face-to-face and virtual, to gather feedback on the impact statement and to inform the State Recovery Plan.

Ms O’Neill said the State Recovery Advisory Group was a partnership that would bring together the best resources from across the State.

“We will be working constructively with business, industry, not-for-profits, unions, the public sector, Local Governments and the community,” Ms O’Neill said.

The State Recovery Advisory Group consists of Chris Rodwell, Paul Everingham, Claire Wilkinson, Nicole Lockwood, John Langoulant, Meredith Hammat, Bradley Woods, Cath Hart, John Gelavis, Tracey Roberts, Rhys Turton, Louise Giolitto, Michelle Mackenzie, Donna Chung and Evan Hall.

It also includes Ross Wortham, Shelagh Magadza, Rod Jones, Tanya Steinbeck, Paula Rogers, Piers Verstegen, Jonathon Ford, John Van Der Wielen, and Sandra Brewer.

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