Growing stronger regions across New South Wales

Media Release

WT019/2015

27 January 2015

Joint release with:

Troy Grant

NSW Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services

The Australian Government has today announced the Chair and Deputy Chair appointments to Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees across New South Wales.

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.”

New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Troy Grant said the appointments were good news for regional policy in the state.

“With the new appointment of Chairs and Deputy Chairs, RDA committees will be able to provide vital input to State and Federal Governments and inform regional policy processes,” said Mr Grant.

The following individuals have been appointed as Chairs and Deputy Chairs:

  • RDA Central Coast—Mr Phillip Walker (Chair); Cr Robert Ward (Deputy)
  • RDA Central West—Mr Alan McCormack PSM (Chair); Cr Reg Kidd (Deputy)
  • RDA Far West—Mrs Sharon Hutch (Chair); Mrs Susan Andrews (Deputy)
  • RDA Hunter—Mr Michael Slater (Chair); Mr John Turner (Deputy
  • RDA Illawarra—Mr Warwick Shanks (Deputy)
  • RDA Mid North Coast—Mr John O'Neill (Deputy)
  • RDA Northern Inland—Mr Russell Stewart (Chair)
  • RDA Northern Rivers—Mr John Walker (Chair)
  • RDA Orana—Cr John Walkom (Chair)
  • RDA Riverina—Mr Diana Gibbs (Chair); Ms Miriam Dayhew (Deputy)
  • RDA Far South Coast—Cr Rob Pollock (Chair)
  • RDA Southern Inland—Mr Mark Schweikert (Chair)
  • RDA Sydney—Cr Alan Pendleton OAM (Chair); Mr Roy Medich (Deputy)

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.

The Chair and Deputy Chair will now move promptly to appoint a team of active local community leaders to support them.

Mr Truss and Mr Grant thanked retiring committee Chairs and members for their service and wished the new committees well as they work to deliver stronger local regions.