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WA gets new director-general of transport

Western Australia will soon have a new director-general of transport, with Richard Sellers taking up the role on September 12, the government announced on Thursday.

Sellers has been appointed to a five-year term that includes concurrently holding the positions of director-general of the Department of Transport, commissioner for Roads WA and chief executive officer of the Public Transport Authority. He replaces Reece Waldock, who retired at the end of July.

Sellers is currently DG at the Department of Mines and Petroleum, a position he has held since June 2009.  Prior to this, he was the executive director of Minerals and Energy and the Department of Primary Industry, Fisheries and Mines in the Northern Territory.

He has a Bachelor of Applied Science Biology, Graduate Diploma in Education and Master of Public Policy and Management.

“Key responsibilities will include setting the strategic direction of transport in WA, shaping the development of a number of major integrated transport plans and leading the implementation of WA’s transformational capital projects,” said Transport Minister Dean Nalder in a statement.

The minister said Sellers was a highly skilled public servant who had taken a lead role in improving WA’s mining approval process and encouraging exploration to ensure WA’s ongoing development.

“He has well established credentials as an outstanding organisational leader, with the ability to implement innovative and significant reforms,” Nalder said.

“The transport portfolio is one of the largest and most challenging in this state. Mr Sellers’ track record has him well placed to deliver further improvements to our integrated transport network in WA over future years.”

The government also appointed Anne Driscoll as director-general of the Department of Commerce earlier this month. She had been acting in the role since former DG Brian Bradley retired last year.

WA is in the processing of recruiting a new DG of Attorney-General’s, according to the Public Sector Commission website. The government has not yet announced who will take over from Peter Conran as director-general of the Department of Premier and Cabinet after he announced in April he would retire mid-year.

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David Donaldson is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Melbourne. He's previously written for The Guardian and Crikey and holds a masters in international relations.