Mick Gooda new commissioner
FORMER Rockhampton man Mick Gooda was yesterday appointed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.
Mr Gooda, a health advocate and descendant of the Gangulu people of Central Queensland, was appointed to the Australian Human Rights Commission by Robert McClelland.
He’s a senior executive with 25 years experience and a record of attaining high-level goals and leading multi-million dollar service programs and organisation reform.
After previously living and working in Rockhampton, Mr Gooda went on to his current role as chief executive officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health.
Mr Gooda is also a board member of the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health Queensland.
Mr Gooda’s brother, Angus, still lives in Rockhampton and yesterday told The Morning Bulletin he was extremely proud of his brother’s achievements.
Mr McClelland said Mr Gooda had demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the lives of indigenous Australians.
“(He will) make a valuable contribution to the work of the commission in protecting and promoting human rights, particularly with respect to Indigenous issues,” he said.
Mr Gooda’s five-year appointment will start on February 1.
The Morning Bulletin wasn’t able to reach Mr Gooda yesterday.