Assistant Minister for the Environment
On 19 December 2017 Melissa was appointed to the Ministry in the role of Assistant Minister for the Environment. Melissa brings with her a wealth of private sector experience, relevant to her new role.
During her time as the Vice President for legal and business development of Crosslands Resources, Melissa was personally involved in the application process for environmental approvals, for which she will now be partially responsible for as Assistant Minister
Melissa was also heavily involved in the Not-For-Profit sector before being elected to Parliament, serving as a Director of the Cancer Council of Western Australia.
As the Federal Member for Durack, Melissa has been heavily involved in many conservation efforts and programs. Her electorate of Durack is the largest in the country, and consequently has the most threatened or endangered species of all Australian electorates. Durack also has some of the largest scale industrial projects in Australia, with the Port Hedland iron ore port, the largest bulk tonnage port in the World. Because of this, Melissa is well versed in the competing interests when it comes to conservation and land management.
Melissa has been an advocate for farmers in her region, from the Wheatbelt to the Kimberley, and has been a strong advocate for the retention of the National Landcare Program. While not a farmer herself, Melissa has been vocal in trying to find a balance between sustainable and profitable land use.
Copies of Melissa's portfolio media releases can be found on her Ministerial Website.