Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia Limited

ALSWA Welcomes New Committee Aboard

26th March 2015

MEDIA STATEMENT

29May 2015

A team of highly experienced and respected Community members from throughout WA have formed the newly elected Executive Committee of the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA (ALSWA).

Consisting of eight members, the Committee held their inaugural meeting in Perth this week to discuss the complex issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the justice system and strategies for moving forward.

“Our Committee play a major role in guiding our operational procedures, organisational functions and policy direction, and because they each have been voted in by their local Community members, we can be assured that they will provide a strong voice for our people. We are working in challenging times, but it is extremely reassuring to work alongside such dedicated and committed people who share ALSWA’s vision for a strong future in continuing to play a vital and unique role in this state’s justice system” said Mr. Eggington.

The Executive Committee members are:

•Michael Blurton (President) Central Region
•Glen Colbung (Vice President) South West Region
•Kathy Watson (Secretary) West Kimberley Region
•Jim Lewis (Treasurer) East Kimberley Region
•Preston Thomas Central Desert Region
•Donald Abdullah Goldfields Region
•Paul Baron Murchison Gascoyne Region
•Pilbara Region (Currently vacant)

A team of highly experienced and respected Community members from throughout WA have formed the newly elected Executive Committee of the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA (ALSWA).

Consisting of eight members, the Committee held their inaugural meeting in Perth this week to discuss the complex issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the justice system and strategies for moving forward.

ALSWA CEO Dennis Eggington said the meeting was extremely productive and significant because it marked the Committee moving from sixteen members to eight. “This reduction marks our commitment to even better governance processes and because it is more cost effective, we will have more, much needed resources for our frontline services” said Mr. Eggington.

The Executive Committee will meet quarterly and their expertise and input will ensure that the legal needs of Community members are addressed statewide.

“Our Committee play a major role in guiding our operational procedures, organisational functions and policy direction, and because they each have been voted in by their local Community members, we can be assured that they will provide a strong voice for our people. We are working in challenging times, but it is extremely reassuring to work alongside such dedicated and committed people who share ALSWA’s vision for a strong future in continuing to play a vital and unique role in this state’s justice system” said Mr. Eggington.

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