RDA Gold Coast - Chair & Deputy Chair Appointments Posted on January 30, 2015

The Australian Government recently announced the chair and deputy chair appointments to Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees across Australia.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the three-year appointments will provide leadership to RDA committees to drive economic growth and make the most of the potential capability of their region.

“The RDA committees can play a key role in growing stronger regions across the nation and ensure all three tiers of government work together,” Mr Truss said.

“The committees will advise on priority activities that will unlock regional economic development and improve the productivity of their region.

“RDA committees will provide advice to the government on critical issues affecting each region and are an important mechanism to increase access to Australian Government programmes in their communities.

“The committees will also assist local community stakeholders to develop project proposals and direct them to appropriate public and/or private funding sources – including the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund,” he said.

Regional Development Australia consists of a national network of 55 committees designed to strongly focus on regional economic development and facilitate local projects that aim to make a difference in their local communities.

RDA Gold Coast are pleased to announce that Craig Devlin has been reappointed as Chair. Mr Devlin has been Chair since 2011.

Deputy Chair, Colette McCool, did not seek reappointment. Ms McCool guided RDA Gold Coast towards their regional priorities and her expertise in many areas was well received and appreciated.

William Turner has accepted the appointment of Deputy Chair. Mr Turner has a consulting business specialising in the provision of advice concerning project evaluation and procurement; probity and governance; audit and risk management; financial management and administration; and infrastructure project funding and contract structures.

An announcement will be made in the near future re further Committee appointments.

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