Shane Stone’s appointment as head of the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency further builds on a life dedicated to public service.
The former Chief Minister of the Northern Territory served in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly for almost 10 years. His portfolios included Attorney-General, Education and the Arts (including remote regional schools), Employment and Training, Mines and Energy, Industries and Development and Asian Relations and Trade. He had a close working relationship with the NT cattle industry over many years especially the live trade to Indonesia, Philippines and Brunei.
In 2014 Mr Stone was appointed Chairman of Northern Australian Advisory Group by then Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Prior to entering parliament Mr Stone worked as a primary school teacher and subsequently trained as a barrister. He worked on the Royal Commission into Australian Meat Industry in 1982.
Mr Stone was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 and appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2006 for his service to politics, industry and bi-lateral relations between Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
Having grown up in Wodonga on the NSW/Victorian border Mr Stone understands the quiet strength of country Australians who work hard to give their families a decent life and look out for each other in the good and not-so-good times.
He believes a person should be regarded for their deeds and not their possessions, an ethos that has guided him personally and professionally.
This ethos, and his extensive experience, position Mr Stone well to lead the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency.
He reports directly to the Prime Minister and is supported by an Advisory Board comprising representatives from the northern cattle industry, affected communities and government representatives.
The Advisory Board will support Shane Stone AC QC and the North Queensland Livestock Recovery Agency (NQLIRA) with the recovery of the northern livestock industry. The Board comprises members with on-the-ground livestock industry experience, as well as those with experience in government and non-government organisations. The Board will play a vital role in providing expert advice to the NQLIRA, especially as a long-term recovery strategy is developed.