Newly appointed Gladstone Ports Corporation chairman Leo Zussino.
Newly appointed Gladstone Ports Corporation chairman Leo Zussino. Zac Baldwin

Government appoints new GPC board members

AFTER being unceremoniously dumped from the position of CEO of the Gladstone Ports Corporation by the Newman government in 2013, Leo Zussino will become the corporation's new chairman on Thursday.

It is a familiar seat for the long term local, having served as the then-Gladstone Port Authority's chairman from 1990-1999, before being appointed to the position of CEO.

Mr Zussino's appointment comes along with the sackings of eight other board chairmen under the Palaszczuk government's sweep clean of LNP-appointed government-owned corporations.

Mr Zussino comes back in to replace Mark Brodie, a close friend of former state premier Campbell Newman and LNP donor, who was appointed chairman soon after the LNP won the 2012 state election; controversially ousting long time chairman Ian Brusasco.

The government also announced the appointment of three new board members --- Peter Corones, Peta Jamieson and Grant Cassidy. Mr Corones was a board member for 16 years, until about two years ago.

Ms Jamieson is a member of the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service board; a position she has held for the past four months. She is a director of Luminous project Services, a Bundaberg-based management consulting company. Mr Cassidy is the proprietor of The Edge and Empire apartment hotels in Rockhampton.

They replace deputy chairman Chris Greig and board members Bill Moorhead and Chris Ward.

Mr Zussino said yesterday he wants to see Gladstone's port continue to grow, along with the ports of Rockhampton and Bundaberg, which are both operated by the corporation.

"The Port of Gladstone is the most important economic infrastructure in central Queensland and the board, in accordance with its charter, must focus on developing and operating the port to ensure maximum economic return to the region and to ensure continued job creation and prosperity," he said.

"Both the ports of Rockhampton and Bundaberg have unlimited potential for long term development which can contribute considerably to the economic growth of their respective regions. The board will strongly support the strategic development of these two smaller ports."

But LNP leader Lawrence Springborg has slammed the appointments, saying: "Getting rid of someone (Mark Brodie) who has significantly turned around the underlying financial position of that particular ports corporation was not the right decision for this government to make."

Leo Zussino

Chairman, GPC 1990-1999

CEO, GPC 2000-2013

Chairman, Australian Maritime Safety Authority 2008-2014

Chairman, Queensland Ports Association 1992-1999

President, Ports Australia 1996-1998

Council member, CQ Univeristy 1990-2001

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