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About Sir Charles Court

Find out about Sir Charles Court, the inaugural patron of the Sir Charles Court Young Leaders Program.

Sir Charles Court began his political career in 1956, and within six years of his election to parliament became the Minister for Industrial Development. Court was the architect of a number of important development initiatives in the Western Australian iron ore industry, paving the way for the subsequent Western Australian mining boom. He was integral in transforming the state.

Court's subsequent eight-year term as Premier (Western Australia’s 25th Premier) essentially continued these initiatives and, in particular, his strong promotion of iron-ore mining in the Pilbara region and gas exploration and development on the North West shelf.

During his time he showed a great commitment to education and the arts. Sir Charles was the inaugural patron of the Sir Charles Court Young Leaders Program, addressing Young Leaders at the Welcoming Ceremony and inspiring them with his wisdom and dignity. His son, Mr Barry Court, continues the family tradition of patronage today.

In 2007 Sir Charles Court was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award for Inspiring Leadership at the Western Australian Citizen of the Year Awards. These prestigious Awards acknowledge remarkable individuals who motivate and inspire others through their vision, leadership and community service.