Newly formed economic development group the Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3) has appointed Garry Scanlan as its chief executive officer.
GW3 chair elect John Glanville said Mr Scanlan’s experience included being part of the leadership team for the Santos Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas project (GLNG), serving as chief executive officer of the Gladstone Economic and Industry Development Board, and being part of the Darwin Port Corporation management group.
“Starting on January 16 next year, Garry will be an excellent addition to the ranks of industry and business in the Greater Whitsunday region,” Mr Glanville said.
“GW3 is delighted to have a CEO of Garry’s calibre, with more than 35 years’ experience in the Australian maritime, port and resources industry, 25 of those years in leadership roles.”
He said the first year of GW3 would be critical in establishing projects and priorities that would benefit the region.
“GW3 will now move forward to develop a strategic plan involving the Board and industry pillar representatives,” Mr Glanville said.
Whitsunday Regional Organisation of Councils (ROC) Chair and Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker welcomed the appointment.
“My Greater Whitsunday Mayor colleagues and I are pleased to have Garry on board,” she said.
“It’s exciting to see GW3 taking shape with key roles being appointed to fufill GW3’s charter.
“We are looking forward to GW3 promoting development and becoming the lead agency for investors into the region.”
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said the appointment of the GW3 chair and CEO were a defining point for the region.
“The future is ours to shape and the possibilities are endless,” he said.
“With the help of stakeholders from across the region, we can position ourselves for a prosperous future.”
Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson said GW3 would work to benefit all.
“Although it will be based in Mackay, the new entity’s charter is to work for the Greater Whitsunday region,” he said.
“In doing so it will gain more leverage when dealing with current and new businesses.”