Dr Sue Gordon has been appointed as the new Chair of Outback Stores, a Commonwealth company established in 2006, which provides management services to remote community stores and improves access to healthy and affordable foods.
Minister Scullion congratulated Dr Gordon on her appointment, saying her vast experience in remote communities makes her the ideal person to take Outback Stores forward.
“Dr Gordon is an exceptional Australian, as the first Aboriginal person to head a Government department in Western Australia, the first Aboriginal magistrate in Western Australia and Chair of the Northern Territory Emergency Response Taskforce – we are very lucky to be able to bring that experience to Outback Stores,” Minister Scullion said.
“In particular, Dr Gordon is uniquely placed to lead the work of Outback Stores, given her experience through the Emergency Response Taskforce, through which many of the Commonwealth’s remote food initiatives began.
“Dr Gordon is also currently the Chair of Aboriginal Hostels Limited, another Commonwealth company in my portfolio. She has been instrumental in leading reforms and has overseen significant improvements in the efficiency and service delivery provided to customers of Aboriginal Hostels Limited.
Dr Gordon is a former magistrate who served 20 years on the bench of the Children’s Court of Western Australia. She also chaired the Inquiry into Response by Government Agencies to Complaints of Family Violence and Child Abuse in Aboriginal Communities in Western Australia.
She received an Order of Australia award in 1993 in recognition of her work with Aboriginal people and community affairs.
Outback Stores improves access to affordable, healthy food for Indigenous communities, particularly in remote areas, through providing food supply and retail management services across 39 community stores in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland.
“I would also like to thank outgoing Chair, Mr Stephen Bradley. He passes the baton to Dr Gordon in a strong position that is well-placed to support improved health outcomes for remote residents.”