WA Governor to speak on how isolation and environment have shaped the State

September 8, 2015

Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AOThe ways that Western Australia is defined and shaped by its isolation and unique environment will be discussed by the WA Governor in a public lecture at Murdoch University.

Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO will present the 2015 Banksia Association Lecture on Wednesday 16 September.

The talk, entitled ‘Our History and our Future: sustained environment, resilience and innovation’ will take place at 6pm in the Kim E Beazley Lecture Theatre at Murdoch’s South Street campus.

Mrs Sanderson will discuss how Western Australia’s isolation and environment has helped Western Australians to become resilient and innovative, and has shaped our culture and our psyche.

“The value which we, particularly the younger generation, place on the environment has led us to reserve our National Parks and the importance of these for the future leads to a discussion about what we value and need to preserve as our State continues to grow,” she said.

Mrs Sanderson will draw on her experiences as first Agent General for Western Australia from 2008 to 2011 and then as Co-chair of the First Murdoch Commission in 2012 and 2013 to present a perspective of Western Australia’s view of itself in a world context.

Mrs Kerry Sanderson was installed as the 32nd Governor and the inaugural female Governor of Western Australia on 20 October 2014.

Her distinguished career with government included 17 years as Chief Executive Officer of Fremantle Ports.

Mrs Sanderson also co-chaired the First Murdoch Commission, which looked at Western Australia and its place in the region, and assessed the challenges and prospects that the Asian region will present to WA.

Her awards include the Telstra Businesswoman of the Year for Western Australia in 1996, being named an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2004 for service to the development and management of the port and maritime industries in Australia, and to public sector governance in the areas of finance and transport in Western Australia. Mrs Sanderson was the inaugural inductee in the national Lloyds List Shipping and Transport Hall of Fame in 2005, was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame in the Fremantle First Business Awards in 2002 and received an Export Hero award from the Australian Institute of Export in 2008. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Murdoch University in 2015.

Each year the University invites a Banksia Association member of national and international standing to deliver the Banksia Association Lecture on a topic of interest. The Banksia Association was established to maintain the strong bond between the many leaders who have helped shape Murdoch University’s past and who contribute to its future; this year the Association is celebrating its 10th anniversary and Murdoch’s 40th.

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