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One of Australia's richest men James Packer does live in
Sydney, but he and his family also spend time at their rural
retreat Ellerston, near Scone, where his father, media
magnate Kerry Packer, is buried.
Now Packer and his second wife Erica have two children,
Indigo and Jackson, it has been reported that they are
keen to spend as much time as possible at Ellerston as part
of bringing up the children.
Packer inherited his father's company, Consolidated
Press, and has taken it away from its traditional media
businesses to create a worldwide gambling empire
including Melbourne's Crown Casino, Burwood Casino
and casino interests in Macau, Las Vegas and Great Britain
as well as part of the online gambling company Betfair.
While Kerry Packer topped the BRW Australian rich list,
his son dropped to Australia's sixth richest in 2010, but
still with a fortune of $4.1 billion.
Packer has found controversy a number of
times over the years, first as a director of collapsed
telecommunications company One.Tel and through his
interest in the Church of Scientology.
Webb has been CEO of Newcastle Port Corporation since
2004, and prior to that was the corporation's general
manager operations. Newcastle is the world's leading
coal export port where in the 2008-09 financial year 95.84
million tonnes of product moved through with a total value
of $17.01 billion. The port is the economic and trade centre
of the Hunter, and Webb is responsible to the corporation's
board for the day-to-day management of the body and
providing advice on its strategic direction.
Webb began his career with the Port of Newcastle in
1974 and has worked in the other three major ports of
Sydney, Botany Bay and Port Kembla. In 1982 he joined
the NSW Department of TAFE then returned to the
Port of Newcastle in 1989. In 2007 he was awarded the
inaugural Outstanding Service Award from the NSW
Board of Surveying and Spatial Information and was the
City of Newcastle 2008 Australia Day Citizen of the Year.
The Vice-Chancellor and president of the University of
Newcastle, Professor Saunders is also a director of the
Hunter Medical Research Institute.
Prior to Newcastle he was dean of faculties at Monash
University and Flinders University.
Professor Saunders graduated in medicine with first-class
honours from the University of Sydney in 1970 and is a
fellow and member of a number of medical societies. He
has held academic positions at McMaster University in
Canada, Harvard University in the USA and Newcastle,
where he was Professor of Medicine from 1983 to 1993.
He has served on many national committees and
councils relevant to higher education, research and health
care, including being chair of the National Health and
Medical Research Council (2000 - 2003). He has also
served on many state government bodies including the
Premier's Council for Knowledge, Innovation, Science
and Engineering, Victoria, and the Postgraduate Medical
Council of NSW. As well as the HMRI he is currently a
board member of Universities Australia, Raffles University
Systems and chairman of UON Singapore Pty Ltd.
He was awarded the Centenary Medal for his
contribution to academic medicine in 2002.
Born in Gloucester, McKay first became known in
the Hunter as a journalist working in television, radio
and print, moving into the private sector in corporate
communications and marketing and then into politics
when she was elected the Member for Newcastle in 2007.
Before her step into the political arena her honorary
board positions included director of the Hunter Medical
Research Institute, TUNDRA Ltd and the Hunter
Manufacturers Association. An ALP member, since joining
the Legislative Assembly she has become Minister for
Tourism, Minister for the Hunter, Minister for Science
and Medical Research and Minister for Women.
Norman has been general manager of Hunter
Development Corporation since its formation in February,
2008, when it came about through the merger of the
former Honeysuckle Development Corporation and the
Regional Land Management Corporation.
Since then he has overseen the development of the
Newcastle City Centre Renewal Report, the city's blueprint
for development over the next 25 years.
He was general manager of the Honeysuckle
Development Corporation from October, 2005, the body
in charge of the redevelopment of the Newcastle harbour
foreshore into the mix of restaurants, office buildings
and apartments that it is today. Prior to that he was the
corporation's chief finance officer from 1998, and before
that he worked with Hunter Water Corporation, the
insurance industry and the federal government. He served
as chairman of Nova Credit Union for 13 years.
Young was appointed managing director of Hunter Water
in 2004 after having a diverse range of positions at the
corporation including chief operating officer, company >>
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