MLC for the Mining and Pastoral Region
Robin Chapple is The Greens (WA) MLC for the Mining and Pastoral Region region of WA.
Robin Chapple was first elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council on February 10, 2001. He is the first member of the Greens (WA)(link is external)ever elected for the vast Mining and Pastoral Region. In the State Election of 6 September 2008 Robin was re-elected for the region and has retained the seat in both the 2013 and 2017 elections. 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.
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's key campaigns for the current term include world heritage listing for the Dampier Archipelago, end-of-life choices legislation, uranium/nuclear energy and a larger war on waste campaign, focusing on single-use plastics and WA's recycling rates.
Mining and Pastoral Region
Mines and Petroleum; Aboriginal Affairs and Heritage; Environment; Animal Welfare; State Development; Local Government; Asian Engagement; Defence; Lands; End-of-life Choices; Waste; Ports.
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Office: 41 Havelock Street, West Perth, WA 6005
Postal Address: PO Box 94, West Perth WA 6872
Phone: (08) 9486 8255 Fax: (08) 9486 8355
Freecall (Regional only): 1800 138 610
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