Visit by Natasha Griggs to Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

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Number: A48/2017

Date: 25 September 2017

Relevant: Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Topic: Visit by Natasha Griggs to Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Mrs Natasha Griggs, our new Administrator of the Indian Ocean Territories, will be visiting Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands from 26 September to 7 October 2017.

Members of the community are invited to meet with Natasha during her visit at four community events to be held on Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands:

  • Morning tea on Christmas Island at the Recreation Centre from 10.15am to 12.15pm on Wednesday 27 September (strictly invite only, one member per community organisation);
  • Afternoon tea on Christmas Island at the naming of the old Police Padang from 4.30pm to 6pm on Thursday 28 September (all members of the community welcome);
  • Morning tea on Home Island in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands at Pondok Indah from 9.15am to 10.45am on Wednesday 4 October (all members of the community welcome); and
  • Sausage sizzle and Sundowner on West Island in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands at Trannies Beach from 5pm to 6.30pm on Friday 6 October (all members of the community welcome).

Natasha will also be with me in the Cove on Christmas Island to celebrate Territory Day with us on Monday 2 October. Please take this opportunity to come along and say hello.

I can also advise that Dr Laga Van Beek has been appointed as the new Director of the Indian Ocean Territories Administration, replacing Leon Mills in late October. Laga joins us with a long public service career in both Commonwealth and State Government as well as academia. She is looking forward to the opportunity to work the Indian Ocean Territories.

Laga will join Natasha and Ms Karly Pidgeon, General Manager, Indian Ocean Territories Branch, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, on this visit to the territories.

Barry Haase
Administrator
Indian Ocean Territories