Liberal candidate reappointed to BHS board

LIBERAL candidate for Wendouree Craig Coltman has been reappointed to the Ballarat Health Services board but would have to resign from the position if elected in November. 

Craig Coltman. File image

Craig Coltman. File image

Health Minister David Davis reappointed Mr Coltman for another three-year term along with board chairman Andrew Faull, who will retain his chair position. 

Mr Davis said Mr Coltman had been reappointed after years of great service. 

“Board appointments are drawn from members of the community, and this sometimes involves people who are candidates for public office, or have previously held public office, from all sides of politics,”Mr Davis said.

“The new chair of Western Health is former Labor state minister Bronwyn Pike, who replaced Ralph Willis, a former Labor federal minister.

“He (Mr Coltman) would have to resign from the board should he be elected to parliament.”

Noel Coxall’s term expired on June 30 and he did not seek reappointment. 

BHS chief executive officer Andrew Rowe said the reappointments would ensure continuity and ongoing pursuit of key operational and development initiatives. 

“The BHS board has a strong commitment to ensuring our community can access the best quality healthcare available to them,” Mr Rowe said.

He said he looked forward to continuing his work with the board. 

Both Mr Faull and Mr Coltman have served on the BHS board since 2011.

Mr Davis said Mr Coltman was instrumental in advocating for a helipad at Ballarat Base Hospital, in line with long-term Coalition policy, which Labor had failed for 11 years to build. 

“He, along with fellow board members, has been instrumental in advocating for the current upgrades and particularly the helipad – currently under construction – to the last state election,” Mr Davis said.

nicole.cairns@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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