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Former media manager Nick Scott has taken over one of the city’s most influential community and investment attraction bodies, announced as the new chairman of RDA Gold Coast.

Mr Scott will join RDA Gold Coast’s new Director of Regional Development Estella Rodighiero, formerly the Senior Economic Development Officer (Commonwealth Games) at City of Gold Coast.

RDAs are an Australian Government initiative to harness the competitive advantages of regions, seize on economic opportunities and attract investment.

RDA Gold Coast is part of a national network of 52 committees made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and organisations to support the development of their regions.

RDA Gold Coast will connect Gold Coast businesses and industry sectors with international trade partners, financial markets and potential investors, and engaging with regional entrepreneurs and business leaders to identify opportunities which will lead to job creation and growth.

Mr Scott said he was looking forward to steering the body in a new direction with a focus on bringing new industry and employment to the city and continuing to leverage work to articulate priorities, identify and align resources, engage stakeholders and promote solutions. In doing this RDA GC aims to support the growth and development of the Gold Coast.

“There’s a lot of opportunities in our region and supported by the board and with the leadership of Estella, I see this as culminating in significant investment for the Gold Coast,” he said.

Ms Rodighiero said the Gold Coast was entering into an exciting new phase following the Games and looked forward to seeing the city evolve its reputation as a global destination for trade and innovation.

Prior to joining as executive director, her role was to deliver high value business leads to the Gold Coast during Trade 2018 Games’ Time Trade and Investment Program and extend global networks, connect with business networks and support delivery of the Trade 2018 Games Time Business program.

Mr Scott is on the board of Gold Coast Tourism and Bond University Business School was the former general manager of Southern Cross Austereo – Gold Coast, charged with the ongoing management of 90.9 Sea FM and 92.5 Gold FM, Southern Cross Ten, One, Eleven.

Previous to Mr Scott’s appointment, Mr Craig Devlin held the chair position for seven years. Mr Scott thanked Craig for his outstanding guidance and contribution to the growth and development of the Gold Coast.


Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

The Australian Government has announced $200 million in the 2018–19 Budget for Round Three of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), with tourism-related infrastructure identified as a priority.

BBRF is designed to create jobs, drive economic growth and support strong regional and remote communities across Australia by funding infrastructure and community investment projects.

The fund invests in projects located in, or benefiting eligible areas outside the major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra. 

To help regions unlock their tourism potential, a key focus for the BBRF in Round Three will be to help stimulate local economies by investing in the tourism sector through tourism-related infrastructure projects.

It is anticipated that Round Three will be open for applications in the second half of this year.

Round Two of the BBRF closed on 19 December 2017. Successful projects are expected to be announced in the coming months.

For more information and announcements, visit the BBRF website.


Estella Rodighiero

Estella720Estella Rodighiero has been appointed Director of Regional Development for RDA Gold Coast. 

The new position was created following a Federal Government review of the RDA program which recommended that RDAs focus their work on creating local jobs, pro-actively attracting investment and driving innovation.

Estella brings more than 20 years’ experience as an economic development facilitator and business professional to the role.

A strategic thinker and expert negotiator, she has high-level expertise in building collaborative relationships between government, community and business stakeholders, developing and executing international trade missions, strategic planning and policy development, project management, analysis and regional marketing.

She has designed, implemented and achieved multi-million dollar project and growth outcomes for the Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast and Cairns regions, and most recently was Senior Economic Development Officer for the City of Gold Coast.

Here she oversaw projects under the Trade 2018 program for the Commonwealth Games, developing inbound and outbound trade missions, hosting international business leaders and government delegations, and showcasing Queensland industries and investment opportunities with events and forums.

Estella is also an accomplished and sought after public speaker and business lecturer, both in Australia and South East Asia, with a Masters of Professional Studies from the University of Southern Queensland.


The Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk with RDA Gold Coast Chair Craig Devlin (centre) and Committee Member David Zohar

Qld Regions Trading GloballyQueensland RDAs have collaborated to develop the Queensland’s Regions Trading Globally publication which features highlights of each of the 12 RDA regions of Queensland, around their key or emerging export sectors with growth potential, and innovative industries and opportunities for investment.

This 32 page prospectus was developed as part of the Commonwealth Games Trade 2018 Trade and Investment Program to showcase the diversity and strength of Queensland’s regions to a global audience. It is a resource which can be utilised long after the Games are over.

It includes forewords from the Premier of Queensland, the Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, and Federal Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, the Hon Dr John McVeigh MP.

It also contains details of the Queensland Trade Collaboration Portal which presents a showcase of leading Queensland exporters, along with information on the roles of agencies in the trade and investment space, such as Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) and Austrade. The publication was launched at the Queensland and Commonwealth Collaboration Showcase on 12 April held on the Gold Coast. The booklet was presented to the 150 guests in attendance including the Queensland Premier. 

RDA Gold Coast Chair, Craig Devlin (pictured above, centre, with the Premier), welcomed guests to the showcase and was on the panel discussing Cross Commonwealth Collaboration.