Mrs Natasha Griggs reappointed as Administrator of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

I am pleased to announce that Mrs Natasha Griggs has been reappointed as Administrator of the Territories of Christmas Island (CI) and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (CKI).

Mrs Griggs commenced as Administrator on 5 October 2017 and has been reappointed for a further two years from 5 October 2020.

The role of Administrator is an important public office — administering key statutory, civic and ceremonial responsibilities for the local communities as well as being an advocate for their interests.

Mrs Griggs has shown great commitment to the communities of the Indian Ocean Territories (IOT) as Administrator over the past three years.

I would like to acknowledge the important role Mrs Griggs has played in not only helping to protect the community through the COVID-19 pandemic over the past months, but her ongoing dedication to supporting the economic and social development of CI and CKI into the future. 

I know that she will continue her service to the people of CI and CKI throughout her next term, and look forward to ongoing work as we focus on the pathway through COVID-19 and the future economic diversification and sustainability of the Indian Ocean Territories.

Mrs Griggs said she was honoured to be reappointed as Administrator of CI and CKI, a role that is both challenging and rewarding.

In her first term Mrs Griggs has worked to deliver the strategic plans for both CI and CKI and the implementation of actions under the plans. Mrs Griggs said the expansion and energising of the IOT Regional Development Organisation was another key achievement, along with securing funding for a range of significant community infrastructure projects.

Reflecting on the recent months responding to COVID-19, Mrs Griggs thanked the Territory Controllers and Emergency Management Committees for their collaborative efforts to make the tough decisions which have kept IOT free from coronavirus, acknowledging the significant community impacts.

Going into her next term, Mrs Griggs said she would remain focused on the promotion and development of the IOT as a region, along with open engagement and advocacy for local residents and issues.

Mrs Griggs will be sworn into the role by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC in a ceremony at Government House in Canberra in coming months, COVID-19 travel restrictions permitting.

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