Faragher To Be Missed

Faragher To Be Missed

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Outgoing Environment Minister Donna Faragher

Praise For Donna Faragher

Victor P Taffa

Premier Colin Barnett today acknowledged Donna Faragher’s achievements during her time as Minister for Environment and Youth for the Liberal-National Government.

“Mrs Faragher is expecting her first child in just a few weeks and she told Cabinet today that she would step down from her Ministerial duties.” Mr. Barnett said.

“When we were elected in September 2008, Donna became the youngest ever female Minister in Western Australia’s history.”

“Since that time, she has been an incredibly hard-working Minister and has shown remarkable intellect, rigour and determination in dealing with a range of challenging Policy issues.” Mr. Barnett said.


“The high calibre of Mrs. Faragher’s time as a Minister can be seen especially in her efforts to reform the State’s Environmental approvals processes and her work finalising the environmental conditions for the Gorgon Project.” Mr. Barnett said.

“I am personally very proud of Mrs Faragher’s work delivering conservation strategies for unique environmental areas of the State, most notably her work to establish the Kimberley Wilderness Parks and the Great Western Woodlands.”

“Mrs Faragher’s work in the Youth portfolio, where she secured new funding for the sail training ship Leeuwin II and for Cadets WA, has also been first class.” Premier Barnett said.

“Her time as a Minister has been characterised by her enthusiasm and commitment. I wish her and her family all the best.”

The Premier said that Planning and Culture and the Arts Minister John Day would add Environment and Youth to his portfolio until a minor cabinet reshuffle before Christmas.

As someone who firstly has never met Donna Faragher and secondly Publishes Western Australia Government Media Releases you are able to have a feel for the type of Person that Donna Faragher is. Her work rate and attention to the issues makes Donna Faragher stand out.

As Donna Faragher sent so many Media Releases The Southern Thunderer added the Environment Page to the Publication.

Editor Victor P Taffa will miss publishing her smiling face and wish Donna Faragher well with the birth of her child.

WA Outgoing, Ever Smiling Environment Minister Donna Faragher

WA Outgoing, Ever Smiling Environment Minister Donna Faragher












Biography – Donna Faragher

Donna Faragher is the youngest Liberal Woman ever elected to the Western Australian State Parliament.

Aged 33 years and 11 days, Mrs. Faragher became the youngest female Minister in WA political history with her appointment as the Minister for Environment and Youth in the first Cabinet of Premier Colin Barnett on September 23, 2008.

Mrs. Faragher was born in Middle Swan in 1975 and educated at Guildford Grammar Preparatory School and Perth College. She graduated from The University of Western Australia with a Masters of Education with Honours, and completed a Graduate Diploma in Education (school psychology and education) and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology.

Before entering State Parliament, Mrs. Faragher worked as a Policy and Parliamentary adviser to former Federal Justice and Customs Minister Chris Ellison.

She was elected to represent the East Metropolitan Region in the Legislative Council on February 26, 2005, and won a second term in 2008.

While in Opposition, Mrs. Faragher held various positions within the Shadow Cabinet, including spokesperson for youth, drug abuse and disability services. She was also a member of the Legislative Council Standing Committee on Uniform Legislation and Statutes Review.

Since being appointed Environment Minister, Mrs. Faragher has implemented a number of practical initiatives to maintain and enhance WA’s unique environment for current and future generations.

Minister Faragher has delivered conservation strategies for two of WA’s most environmentally significant regions. With the Premier, she has launched the Kimberley Wilderness Parks under the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, which will include four new marine parks and one new national park. Minister Faragher has also launched a conservation strategy for the Great Western Woodlands.

Another of Mrs Faragher’s important priorities has been approvals reform, with the establishment of the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority; timely consideration of all environmental approvals applications; and legislation to remove duplicative appeal points in the environmental assessment process.

Mrs. Faragher has established new offences and penalties for illegal dumping and announced a mandatory reduction of phosphorus in domestic fertilisers.

As Youth Minister, Mrs. Faragher promoted the great things young West Australians do for their communities as well as tackled key areas such as illicit drug abuse and mental health issues. She worked to enhance the lives of young people with disabilities and to recognise and support young carers.

She also secured new funding for the sail training ship Leeuwin II and the highly successful Cadets WA Program, the first funding increase in 14 years.

Mrs. Faragher is married and her recreational interests include cooking, football, rugby and music.