MID West Ports has appointed the first community chairperson of a forum set up for industry and community stakeholders to discuss port operations.

MWPA’s Community Consultation Committee is part of the port’s business and operational decision-making process. Mid West resident Ron Hayward was announced on Monday as the inaugural community chair.

MWPA CEO Damian Tully said the port authority was thrilled to welcome Mr Hayward to the role.

“His deep-rooted connections within the community and his wealth of experience make him an ideal candidate for this position,” he said.

MWPA chair Noel Hart said Mr Hayward’s commitment to the community and his understanding of the intricacies of business and tourism make him “a valuable asset” to the consultation committee.

“We acknowledge the importance of community involvement in shaping the future of port operations and look forward to collaborating with him to ensure that the transition from a Mid West Ports-led committee to a community-led committee is seamless and productive,” Mr Hart said.

Mr Hayward is expected to play an important role in facilitating dialogue between Mid West Ports and the local community, ensuring that the interests and concerns of residents are effectively addressed in port development initiatives.

“Community has been the focus throughout my life,” Mr Hayward said.

“As chair of the Community Consultative Committee I aim to identify opportunities for our community to be more involved and informed with port operations.”

MWPA said it is confident that Mr Hayward’s leadership will enhance community engagement efforts and foster a collaborative approach to port operations that benefits all stakeholders.