For The Honourable Albert P Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA
Minister for Environment; Heritage
Albert Jacob was appointed Western Australian Environment and Heritage Minister in March 2013, following the re-election of the Liberal National Government.
Then aged 33, his appointment saw him become one of the youngest ministers ever appointed in Western Australia.
Mr Jacob is committed to the conservation and protection of Western Australia's unique natural environment. Since his appointment, he has overseen a number of major changes to the environment portfolio, including fulfilling an election commitment to create a dedicated department to manage the State's national parks and conservation estate and a separate regulatory department. In June 2013, the Department of Parks and Wildlife was created, along with the Department of Environment Regulation, replacing the Department of Environment and Conservation.
A key priority for Mr Jacob is ensuring the successful rollout of the $81.5million Kimberly Science and Conservation Strategy. The strategy is a bold vision for the Kimberley's long-term conservation and is an unprecedented investment in the protection of the region's unique animals, plants and marine environment.
Providing more low-cost, high-quality holiday options for Western Australians in national parks is another key priority. Mr Jacob is overseeing the $21million Parks for People initiative which will deliver 450 new camp and caravan sites in 16 of the State's national parks. The initiative aims at encouraging people to holiday at home by getting out and enjoying the State's spectacular national and marine parks.
In his role as Heritage Minister, Mr Jacob is leading the Liberal National Government's modern approach to heritage. This approach is about adapting the State's heritage buildings so they can be used and enjoyed by Western Australians, not kept locked-up as museum pieces.
This philosophy is behind an Australian-first Heritage Revolving Fund which Mr Jacob announced earlier this year. The fund will see seed money provided to government-owned heritage buildings so they can be revitalised and brought back to life.
Mr Jacob's State Parliament career began on September 6 2008 when he was elected the inaugural member for the Western Australian seat of Ocean Reef. Prior to this he served almost three years on the Joondalup City Council in the North Central Ward.
Mr Jacob has been a board member on a number of committees and previously served as the Parliamentary Secretary for Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering and Youth, from June 2012 to March 2013.
He has a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Western Australia.
The father of two young children, Mr Jacob is passionate about ensuring the State's heritage and environment is enhanced for future generations to enjoy.
(As at 20-May-2014)