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Western Australia Minister for Tourism Elizabeth Constable

Former Wallaby John Welborn Joins Tourism WA Board

Victor P Taffa

Tourism Minister Liz Constable today announced the appointment of John Welborn to the board of Tourism WA.

Dr. Constable said Mr. Welborn was a passionate supporter of workforce development, a key area of importance for tourism, and would bring his experience in corporate finance and company administration to the board.

“John Welborn has the background, experience, and skills needed to help the Tourism WA board grow tourism in this State.” Dr. Constable said.

“His appointment comes at an important time with the recent launch of our long term tourism brand, Experience Extraordinary, which will lead to new initiatives that will result in great outcomes for tourism in WA.”



“As Chairman of Future Now, the Creative and Leisure Industries Training Council, John has been instrumental in the significant expansion of the council’s industry coverage to include hospitality and tourism.”

“Mr. Welborn’s commitment to the continual improvement of workforce skills to deliver a competitive edge for Western Australian industry will be a welcome addition to the Tourism WA Board.” Dr. Constable said.

Mr. Welborn is the Managing Director of Prairie Downs Metals Ltd, a Perth based junior exploration mining company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, and the Minister said he brings strong leadership and direction to the development of their base metal project in the Pilbara.

“John is a former investment banker who is also well-known for his achievements on the rugby field – he is Western Australia’s first born and bred Wallaby having played six tests for Australia between 1996 and 1999 – and brings to the board firsthand experience of major events.” the Minister said.

“He was a founding player with the Western Force in their inaugural season in 2006 and having retired from playing now serves as a Director of RugbyWA.”

Board members include:

  • Chairman Kate Lamont, owner of Lamont’s Winery;
  • Deputy Chairman David Mazitelli, principal of Mazitelli Pty Ltd;
  • Howard Cearns, founding director of Little Creatures Brewing Pty Ltd;
  • Alistair Donald, partner Freehills;
  • Dixie Marshall, journalist/media presenter STW Channel 9;
  • Gail Reynolds-Adamson, director of Kepa Kurl Enterprises Pty Ltd;
  • Trish Ridsdale, Principal of Board Business.

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