On 20 February 2017, the Australian Government announced the appointment of the CRCNA Board members.

Ms Sheriden Morris, Chair

Sheriden has had a strong connection to and focus on northern Australia her entire life: from growing up in Batchelor in the Northern Territory, through her studies in tropical agronomy, and her professional career working with sugar, banana, aquaculture and tourism industries and agencies such as CSIRO and GBRMPA. For the past ten years she has been the Managing Director of the Cairns-based non-profit Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC). She has always strongly believed in intelligent, sustainable development for northern Australia using the region’s tropical expertise – the knowledge of living, building and working most effectively in the tropics.

She lives on the family farm at Babinda, just south of Cairns.

Mr Don McDonald AM OBE

Don was appointed to the ARG Board as Non-Executive Deputy Chairman and Non-Executive Director in 1997. He is Director of MDH Pty Ltd – a family owned beef cattle operation in Cloncurry in central Queensland, and is a former Director of Australian Agricultural Company Limited, Queensland Industry Development Corporation (QIDC), Kidston Gold Mines Ltd, and the CSIRO.

Don is recognised nationally for his commitment to regional issues. In 1988 he was awarded an OBE for his services to the community, in 2001 Don was awarded a Centenary Medal, and then in 2006 was awarded an AM.

Cr John Wharton AM

Councillor John Wharton AM was first elected to the Richmond Shire Council in 1991 and became Mayor in 1997. On 11 June 2007 he was the recipient of a Member of the Order of Australia Award for his service to the community of North-West Queensland through local government, regional development, natural resource management and primary industry organisations. He also received the Centenary Medal for distinguished service to local government.

Cr Peter Long

Peter first became a councillor and Deputy President of the Shire of Roebourne in 2011. He became Shire President in 2013 and when the Shire became a City, in 2014, he became its first Mayor.

Before becoming Mayor of the City of Karratha, Peter was the Managing Director of the Astron Group of Companies, which he founded in 1985. Peter has extensive experience across the Pilbara and the islands of the north-west shelf, having had the opportunity to work on many major local projects, plus a wide range of projects for Rio, BHP, Dampier Salt, Robe River Iron, Dampier Port Authority, Chevron, Western Mining, Woodside and many others.

Ms Tracey Hayes

Tracey is a member of the Council for the Order of Australia and former Chief Executive of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association.

Mr John Bearne

John is a life member of Townsville Enterprise Ltd. and a member of Townsville Chamber of Commerce Inc.

Ms Melissa George

Melissa is a Wulgurukaba Traditional Owner with traditional connections to Magnetic Island and the greater Townsville region, Far North Queensland. Melissa’s background in Cultural Heritage and Protected Area Management and as a saltwater woman is passionate about the environment, particularly focusing on critical issues relating to sea country and its management. She is actively involved in protecting and managing land and sea through the empowerment of Traditional Owners’ cultural law and obligations to care for country.

Melissa continues to provide strategic advice to the Commonwealth Minister for Environment on a wide range of issues.