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EHA : Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
Branch Presidents Victorian Branch President Environmental Health Australia Western Australian and Northern Territory Branch President Geoff Fraser MAIEH Geoff has 21 years local government environmental health experience across rural and metropolitan Councils, including a role as Director of Planning and Environment during Council amalgamations. His current role is Business Unit Leader Environmental Health for the diverse municipality of Greater Dandenong and during 7 years has overseen the prosecution of some 200 cases under the Victorian Food and Health Acts and developed a team focused on regulatory compliance. Greater Dandenong has permitted great freedom in developing a team of professionals who are widely respected as having some of Australia’s best Environmental Health knowledge. In addition to the Diploma of Environmental Health, Geoff holds a Bachelor of Business Management and assists EHOs to consider “the business of food”. He is always seeking development opportunities for EHOs. Geoff lives on the beach and enjoys the beach lifestyle with wife Kirstin, son Aaron and Jack Russel Reno. Darren Ponton MAIEH Darren Ponton held the position of Environmental Health Co-ordinator, for twelve of the twenty years he worked at City of Perth in environmental health positions before moving to City of Canning in July 2007. He is EHA WA/ NT Branch President, Chairperson of the National FoodSafe® Committee, and former Food Safety Special Interest Group Convenor in WA. Through his employment at City of Perth he is currently a member of the Local Health Authorities Analytical Committee and Perth City Alcohol Accord. As well as a Degree in Environmental Health, his qualifications include an MBA in Health Services Administration, and Graduate Diplomas in Public Health, Health Administration and Public Sector Management. Darren started as a student member of EHA in 1984, and progressed through Associate to full Membership. He became a State Councillor for a period in the early 1990s, returning in 2004, becoming Branch Vice President in 2005 and President of the WA/NT Branch at its Branch General Meeting in May 2006. 8 EHA ANNUAL REPORT 2008