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James Trail

Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Coolgardie

James Trail

A model of collaboration between Local Government and Mining Industry

The Mining Industry underpins the Shire of Coolgardie and its residents, therefore is makes sense that it collaborates with Industry within its boundary and beyond.

The Shire’s collaborative approach acknowledges the shift by institutional and private investors to invest in mining companies that take seriously their social licence to operate within the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) framework. This framework sets standards for a company’s operations that socially conscious investors use to screen potential investments. This includes how a company performs as a steward of nature, how it manages relationships with employees, suppliers, customers, and the communities where it operates and deals with a company’s leadership, executive pay, audits, internal controls, and shareholder rights.

The unique and innovative Collaboration Strategy, which the Shire is launching today, is a blueprint for all local governments across Australia. It recognises that Local Governments cannot, and ought not, act alone and that industry engagement and collaboration is critical to their very sustainability. It is a commitment to work together in the best interest of the community and establishes key areas of service and infrastructure need in order for all parties involved to “adapt to the new tomorrow”.

This is particularly relevant for small local governments in Australia who are finding their revenue base stretched or diminishing. Local Governments need a new way of thinking and operating, and the Shire of Coolgardie has a story to tell that is worthy of sharing.


Sixteen years as a Local Government CEO, for the past six, James Trail has led of the Shire of Coolgardie.

His highly developed management skills have come from working many years across industry sectors such as construction, property development, transport, fleet management, change management, business intelligence, procurement, planning, local and state governments, the legal, accounting, and insurance professions.

James has the unique ability to think of innovative concepts and make them happen. He does this by developing strong collaborative relations with the Mining Industry which sustains the Shire. For example, he is developing the innovative class 3 regional Waste Management Facility in Coolgardie. Community Development drives James. He introduced a Meals on Wheels delivery service for the most vulnerable in the community during the Covid-19 pandemic. This initiative relied on collaboration between the Shire and Mining Industry. A dedicated outdoor mining museum has been restored because of that mining collaboration.