Melissa Price named first WA regional female in Cabinet

Wheatbelt MP Melissa Price has been named as the first woman from regional Western Australia to served in the Cabinet, following the announcement of her appointment as the Minister for Environment.

In a statement released by Minister Price, she said she was proud of her achievement.

“I am proud of the work achieved during my tenure as the Assistant Minister, particularly in setting ambitious national targets to reduce Australia’s waste and encourage industry to transition to more sustainable practices,” she said.

“It is a great privilege to take full responsibility for this portfolio and I welcome the opportunity to continue the Government’s work in delivering a cleaner future for Australia.”

Minister Price was previously the Assistant Minister for Environment where her role involved reviewing the national waste management strategy, preserving Australia’s biodiversity and delivering targets under the Threatened Species Strategy.

“The restoration of Environment as a stand-alone ministry will allow me to focus solely on delivering better outcomes for Australia’s unique natural assets and preserving our country for future generations,” she said.

The electorate of Durack covers half of Western Australia where 20 percent of all threatened species in the country are found.