David Kempton

David Kempton

Chair

David Kempton has worked and lived in far north Queensland for over 30 years. In 1988 David established the first law practice in Cooktown since 1935. After over a decade of legal practice in Cooktown and Cape York, David relocated his family to Cairns to provide his girls with a broader education.

David was a key negotiator on behalf of pastoralists in the Wik native title claim which saw the pastoralists rights enshrined in a binding agreement.

David has been a specialist consultant with Preston Law since 2007 providing advice to farmers across Queensland on a arrange of matters including tenure, native title, vegetation management, water rights, EPBC Act and planning appeals. Having owned and managed a cattle station in Cape York in the late 90’s David has a practical insight to the many issues the industry faces.

From 2012 to 2015, David took a break from law as the elected Member for Cook and appointed Assistant Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. During this time, David was a tireless and passionate advocate for the region and brought many infrastructure projects and new services to his electorate including part sealing the Peninsula Development Road, up grading airports and boat ramps, indigenous housing and the introduction of aboriginal freehold.

For the past 12 months, David has chaired the RDA Tropical North.  In this role he has selected a dynamic board and surrounds himself with dedicated staff with a view to developing the necessary infrastructure and promoting a strong regional economy to underpin business and growth.

He is keen to ensure all projects consider not only the economic impacts and benefits but take into account the environment, cultural and social aspects.