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New Western Australian Government announces leisure ministry portfolios
The newly elected Western Australian Government led by Premier Mark McGowan has announced the Ministers that will hold portfolios relating to leisure.
Premier-elect McGowan's 17-member ministry includes:
Paul Papalia: Minister for Tourism, Racing and Gaming
The former Navy clearance diver and SAS soldier was corrective services and tourism spokesman in opposition, repeatedly highlighting Western Australia's relatively poor performance across a range of visitor measures.
As Tourism Minister, he'll now have the task of delivering on the new Government's promise of boosting tourism to help diversify the Western Australian economy.
Tourism Council WA Chief Executive Evan Hall said Papalia had been a strong voice for tourism during his time as opposition spokesperson for the industry.
Hall stated “Mr Papalia worked hard in his role as opposition spokesperson for tourism to work collaboratively with industry and understand what it needs to grow and take back market share lost during the resources boom.
“With tourism injecting more than $9 billion into the State economy annually and creating more than 97,000 jobs for Western Australians, it is an incredibly valuable industry for the future of WA which has the potential to replace job losses in other industries as their economic impact declines.”
Hall said Tourism Council WA strongly supported the new Western Australia Government’s commitment to invest in tourism and international education and estimated the new Government would be able to create at least 2,100 jobs through this commitment.
He added “Labor has long championed the role of tourism in diversifying the State’s economy and we look forward to working closely with the new Minister to continue to grow tourism in WA and create jobs.”
Mick Murray: Minister for Sport and Recreation, Volunteering and Seniors and Ageing.
David Templeman: Minister for Heritage, Culture and Arts as well a Local Government Minister.
Stephen Dawson: Environment and Disability Services Minister
Alannah MacTiernan: Regional Development, Agriculture and Food, and has been appointed Minister assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and trade.
Other states have also seen changes to their leisure ministerial portfolios.
In NSW, recently appointed Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s cabinet reshuffle saw the tourism portfolio pass from Stuart Ayres to Adam Marshall.
Leisure portfolio appointments:
Donald Harwin appointed Minister for the Arts
Paul Toole appointed Minister for Lands and Forestry, and Minister for Racing
Gabrielle Upton appointed Minister for the Environment, Minister for Local Government, and Minister for Heritage
Stuart Ayres remaning as Minister for Western Sydney and Minister for Sport
Adam Marshall appointed Minister for Tourism and Major Events
Education and Tourism Minister Kate Jones has added the Commonwealth Games portfolio to her roles, a position she previously held from February to December 2015.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt's former Sport portfolio has been added to the responsilities of Housing Minister Mick de Brenni.
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