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Question Without Notice No. 1462 asked in the Legislative Council on 27 November 2019 by Hon Peter Collier

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

WARMUN COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT — RALPH ADDIS

1462. Hon PETER COLLIER to the Minister for Regional Development:

I refer to the redevelopment of the Warmun community after it was flooded in March 2011.

(1) What role in the redevelopment did Mr Ralph Addis have in his capacity as acting chair of the Kimberley Development Commission?

(2) As acting chair of the KDC, was Mr Ralph Addis aware of Stellar Corporate Solutions?

(3) As acting chair of the KDC, was Mr Ralph Addis aware that Mr Craig Dale was a part owner of Stellar Corporate Solutions?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question.

(1) None. For clarity, Mr Ralph Addis was never acting chairperson of the Kimberley Development Commission. He was a board member of the KDC from 26 June 2009 to 7 November 2014, and its chair from 26 March 2012 until 7 November 2014. From May 2011, Mr Addis was employed by Warmun Community Inc to assist the Warmun Community Inc CEO during a period of failing health, and from August 2011 until October 2012 as the Warmun Community Inc CEO. Mr Addis as a board member had no KDC-appointed role in the Warmun community redevelopment and, as a board member, declared his employment connections with Warmun Community Inc and was separated from any KDC decisions related to the Warmun community redevelopment.

(2)–(3) The KDC became aware of Stellar Corporate Solutions during late 2011 or early 2012 and that Mr Craig Dale was a part owner. The KDC has had no commercial relationship or transactions with Stellar Corporate Solutions during Mr Addis's tenure as a KDC board member or since. Mr Addis became aware of Mr Dale as a representative of the then Department of Housing when he commenced his employed role with Warmun Community Inc and subsequently become aware in late 2011 or early 2012 that Mr Dale was contracted by Housing via Stellar Corporate Solutions.

For the sake of completeness and transparency, and with the support of Mr Addis, I also wish to table a disclosure letter that Mr Addis provided on his own initiative on 24 October 2014 to both the Public Sector Commissioner and the then Minister for Regional Development, Hon Terry Redman, MLA, ahead of his appointment to the role of director general of the Department of Regional Development. I further note that Mr Addis forwarded a copy of this disclosure letter to the current Public Sector Commissioner and Ms Michelle Andrews, director general of the Department of Communities, on 16 November 2019 and to my office on 21 November 2019.

[See paper 3441.]