Robin Chapple

MLC for the Mining and Pastoral Region

Robin Chapple was first elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council on February 10, 2001. He is the first member of The Greens (WA) ever elected for the vast Mining and Pastoral Region

In the early State Election of 6 September 2008 Robin was re-elected for the region. Robin is currently in his 3rd term as a Greens WA MP for the Mining and Pastoral Region.  With a background in engineering, Aboriginal community development, local government, nuclear and mining issues, Robin is well placed to represent the diverse communities of Mining and Pastoral, an electorate encompassing over 2,200,000 km 2.  To learn more about the work Robin is doing check out his website and facebook page.

Member for Mining & Pastoral Region: 2001–2005, 2009-present

With a background in engineering, Aboriginal community development, local government, and mining, Robin Chapple is well qualified to represent the vast Mining and Pastoral Region. Chief among his concerns are the controversial Browse LNG development proposed for James Price Point north of Broome, uranium mines planned for the Goldfields, brown coal extraction and fracking projected for the Kimberley, Indigenous health and housing and the occupational health and safety of miners throughout the state.

Robin was born in the United Kingdom and migrated to Australia in 1974. In the 1970s and 1980s he worked in various Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory and for the Water Authority and BHP in Port Hedland. He was a Port Hedland  Town Councillor for seven years and chaired the 1988 inaugural North West Games, the largest regional games ever held in Australia. He was co-founder of L.E.A.F. (Local Environment Affinity Force) and took an active role in paper recycling, tree planting and providing comment on developments proposed for the region.

He established Chapple Research and provided the community with impartial environmental and social impact information and advice. He was employed as coordinator of the Anti-Nuclear Alliance of Western Australia for a number of years, campaigning against the establishment of a uranium mining industry in WA and the proposed Pangea international nuclear waste dump.

Robin is campaigning for world heritage listing for the Dampier Archipelago and Burrup Peninsula rock art and he has raised the need for remediation of mine sites at Youno Downs Station near Wiluna with the Minister. Despite support from three-quarters of Western Australians, Robin’s Voluntary Euthanasia Bill, introduced in 2002 and again in 2009, was defeated. He has plans to propose a ‘gross feed-in tariff’ for renewable energy based on models from Germany, Denmark and Spain during the current term of Parliament. Since Germany introduced a gross feed-in tariff in 2000, the share of renewable energy has tripled from 5.4% to more than 16% and more than 300,000 people are employed in their renewable energy industry. Compared with the ‘net feed in tariffs’ in operation in Australia, the gross feed in tariff pays electricity producers for all the electricity generated, thus stimulating investment by businesses.

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