JOHN Erren is the new chair of Peel Regional Development Australia.
Canning MHR Andrew Hastie said Mr Erren had experience in the private sector, local government and with community organisations.
“He is a passionate local and I have no doubt he will be a fierce advocate for the Peel region,’’ he said.
Regional Development Aiustralia is a national network of 52 committees made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the economic development of their regions.
Mr Hastie said it was essential to respond to the Peel region’s growing population while respecting its rural character.
“Over recent years, Peel’s population has exploded but we have maintained a definite rural character,’’ he said.
“We need careful planning that invests in public infrastructure like roads, rail and telecommunications.
“John understands this and will be a passionate advocate for the cause.”