RDA committees strengthening regions across WA

Media Release

WT084/2015

23 March 2015

Regional Western Australia will be boosted by the Australian Government's appointment of Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees across the state.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the appointments will ensure RDA committees continue to drive economic growth and make the most of their region's potential.

“The RDA committees are well placed to help foster stronger regions across the nation and ensure all three tiers of government work together effectively,” Mr Truss said.

“They will advise on priority activities that will unlock regional economic development and improve the productivity of their regions.

“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 regional communities.

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

  • RDA Goldfields Esperance—Mr Benjamin Fox; Mr Christopher Hobart; Mr Ian Goldfinch; Mrs Leslie-Ann Conway; Mr Patrick Hill; Ms Peta Jurgens
  • RDA Great Southern—Mr David Broadhurst; Ms Cassandra Hughes; Mrs Anne Sparrow; Mr Andrus Budrikis; Ms Jan Davidson; Mr Bruce Manning
  • RDA Mid West Gascoyne—Mr Jamie Strickland; Mr Antony Turner; Mrs Yvonne Messina; Mr Bevan Gray
  • RDA Pilbara –Mr David Yakas; Mrs Veronica Rodenburg; Mrs Kerry White; Mr Owen Hightower; Ms Jacqueline Minney; Mrs Pennoschea Little; Mrs Teresa Lewis; Mr Adam Handley
  • RDA Wheatbelt—Mr Michael Aspinall; Mrs Rhonda Tonkin; Mr Gary Tuffin; Mrs Wendy Newman; Mrs Lauren Schutz; Mrs Karen Strange

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.

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