Eric Hutchinson appointed as next Norfolk Island Administrator

Media Release

FN023/2017

03 March 2017

  • Eric Hutchinson appointed for two years from 1 April 2017
  • Mr Hutchinson will work with the local community as the Australian Government continues to invest in Norfolk Island
  • Mr Hutchinson will replace current Administrator Gary Hardgrave whose term concludes on 31 March 2017

Former Federal MP Eric Hutchinson has been appointed as the next Administrator of Norfolk Island.

Minister for Local Government and Territories Fiona Nash made the announcement today, confirming Mr Hutchinson will replace current Administrator Gary Hardgrave after his term concludes on 31 March 2017.

“As Administrator, Mr Hutchinson will work with the community to improve services and create local jobs,” Minister Nash said.

“Mr Hutchinson has an exemplary track record working with local communities in regional Tasmania as the Member for Lyons.

“Mr Hutchinson also brings a wealth of business experience to the position following a long career in agribusiness and regional branding. He has a deep appreciation of the unique challenges and exciting opportunities faced by people living in smaller regional communities.

Like a number of other Tasmanians, Mr Hutchinson also has a personal family connection with Norfolk Island dating back to the 1790s.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Administrator for his dedication to the role over the past two years. Mr Hardgrave has fought hard to ensure the people of Norfolk receive the same level of essential services as those afforded to Australians on the mainland.

“Under Mr Hardgrave's administration, the people of Norfolk have seen an ongoing investment in healthcare and education services, which will ensure future generations on Norfolk continue to prosper.

“I thank Mr Hardgrave for working closely with the community and never stepping back from a challenge to deliver a stronger future for the people of Norfolk.

Mr Hutchinson will begin his two-year term as Administrator of Norfolk Island on 1 April 2017.