Shane Stone’s appointment as Coordinator-General for Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery builds on a life dedicated to public service.
The former Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Mr Stone served in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly for almost 10 years. On retiring from Parliament, he was elected and served 6 years as the Federal President of the Liberal Party during the Howard Government era.
In 2014 Mr Stone was appointed Chairman of Northern Australian Advisory Group by then Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The Group informed the Federal Government White paper on developing the north. He has an extensive not for profit and charities background.
Prior to entering parliament, Mr Stone worked as a primary school teacher, has graduate qualifications in education and subsequently trained as a solicitor before reading at the Victorian Bar. He worked on the Royal Commission into Australian Meat Industry in 1982. As the NT Attorney General, first law officer, he was appointed a Queens Counsel in 1997 by the Administrator. Throughout his working life Mr Stone served in the CMF and Navy Reserve.
Mr Stone was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 and appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2006 for his service to politics, industry and bi-lateral relations between Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
Having grown up in Wodonga on the NSW/Victorian border Mr Stone understands the quiet strength of country and rural Australians who work hard to give their families a decent life and look out for each other in the good and not-so-good times.
The Prime Minister the Hon Scott Morrison MP selected Mr Stone to first lead the North Queensland flood recovery in early 2019 and later that year added to his responsibilities as Coordinator-General of the National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency.
For a further expanded resume visit Mr. Stone's personal website.