Our Committee

The Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast Incorporated committee was initially created in June 2009 and incorporated in January 2010. It consists of up to 11 members with an executive team that includes the Chair, Deputy Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and CEO:

Carol Cashman

Chair

Carol served on the Brisbane City Council for 16 years where her portfolio was planning and development. She was responsible for introducing Neighbourhood Planning that was a successful and award winning citywide communication and planning project that engaged residents in how and where to plan for the growth of the city into the future.  Earlier, she was a director of a company that helped local technology companies to grow and market their businesses and products within Australia and to markets in Asia and Europe.  Carol has a reputation for getting things done and is strongly committed to consultation and working together to achieve outcomes.  She serves on a number of boards and is a qualified community engagement specialist and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Deputy Chair

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Secretary

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Treasurer

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Judi Lalor

Judi is a Partner of Firstpoint Marketing & Communications – a boutique international strategic, marketing, media and PR agency with bases in Europe and Australia. As a passionate communicator, brand builder and destination marketer her work on the Sunshine Coast has included award winning tourism campaigns, brand, precinct and event development; Sunshine Coast Light Rail Feasibility Study and Noosa Council sector profiles. With a passion for sustainable development, Judi manages the media and publicity for the World Solar Challenge; and has worked extensively with NGOs, start-ups and tourism partners in the Asia Pacific Region. Judi is a Board Director of Tourism Noosa and Chair of its Marketing & Events Committee, she is also a committee member of the Noosa Junction Association.

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Michael Whittaker

(Ex Officio Member)

Michael is the Chief Executive Officer of Sunshine Coast Council. He has more than 20 years’ experience in senior and chief executive level roles in state and local government. Michael has been a CEO of four councils in NSW and Western Australia, as well as Deputy General Manager of the City of Sydney Council. Michael has overseen large capital works programs and was involved in the development of major commercial precincts and infrastructure projects, such as the Macquarie Park CBD and Green Square Urban Renewal Projects.

Brett De Chastel

(Ex Officio Member)

Brett is the Chief Executive Officer of Noosa Shire Council. He has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Law and a Masters of Business Administration. Brett is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Local Government Managers Australia. For several years, Brett was Chairperson of United Synergies – a large not for profit organisation providing community services on the Sunshine Coast. He has also successfully run his own small business providing boutique consultancy services to local governments across Queensland.

Considering whether to join the RDA Committee/Board?

  • Talk to our RDA Committee Chair or CEO and find out about the priorities for our region, how we are working to find solutions, the commitment required of Committee members and how you could contribute your skills and experience.
  • Look at the RDA Sunshine Coast Regional Roadmap to see where your skills and experience match the priorities of the region.
  • Talk to other RDA Committee members about what to expect should you be appointed to the committee.
  • Indicate to the RDA Committee Chair that you are interested in being considered for Committee membership and the skills you consider you would bring to the position.

Further information is available in the:

For additional information or if you have queries about completing the Expression of Interest form  please call the Helpline 1800 505 938 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm AEDST) or email rdaeoi@infrastructure.gov.au.