Yawuru and Nimanburr woman Divina D’Anna from Broome is set to take over from Kija politician Josie Farrer in the safe Labor seat of the Kimberley. If Ms D’Anna was successful as the party’s candidate she would be the third Aboriginal woman to represent the region, that covers Broome to Kununurra, following in the footsteps of Ms Farrer and Yamatji-Noongar woman Carol Martin. Ms D’Anna has worked for organisations in the region such as the Kimberley Land Council which represents Aboriginal groups on native title matters, Aarnja Limited and Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services. She also spent a stint with KRED Enterprises which was founded by former KLC boss and Nyikina man Wayne Bergmann. Ms D’Anna said in a statement she had worked her whole life with the community to bring about positive changes for people in the region. “I want for all Kimberley families the same things I want for my family: to be safe, to have opportunities. I want Kimberley people to have the access to education and services that they deserve,” she said. “I believe a community can preserve its culture and heritage, while also looking forward to new opportunities.”Mark McGowan said Ms D’Anna’s skills would be vital in making sure the region bounced back from the COVID-19 doldrums. “It’s crucial that the region is represented in government by someone who knows what is important to the people of the Kimberley: family, culture and heritage, and creating jobs for the future,” the Premier said. The Kimberley is held by Labor with a 13 point margin and has not been out of the hands of the party or an independent since the Liberals lost the seat in 1980. About 41 per cent of the population in the Kimberley identify as Indigenous.