Calling for local community champions to drive regional growth

Queensland Minister for Agriculture, Food and Regional Economies Tim Mulherin is calling for motivated and community-minded individuals to apply to join Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees throughout Queensland.

Mr Mulherin said we are encouraging community champions to apply to represent the interests of their region and help drive economic growth.

“RDA committees provide vital advice to government on regional Queensland,” Mr Mulherin said.

“They fill us in on local priorities, engage with their communities and promote practical and attainable solutions

“We are after people who want to contribute to this process, make a difference and have a real say in the future of their region.

“If you have a vision, leadership skills, good character and community knowledge, then we want you to apply for appointment to your local Regional Development Australia committee,” he said.

Mr Mulherin said RDA is a joint Australian and Qu eensland Government initiative to enhance the growth and development of Queensland’s regions.

“They are a link between the three levels of Government and build partnerships between them and other regional development bodies, community and not-for-profit groups and the private sector,” he said.

“RDA committees champion development activities to bring the greatest benefit to their region. Issues they tackle include the roll out of the National Broadband Network, diversification of local industry and developing workforces to meet the needs of rural and regional economies.

“By working together we can ensure growth and economic opportunities are shared amongst the regions and contribute to the recovery and reconstruction of Queensland.”

There are 12 RDA committees in Queensland – Darling Downs and South West, Far North Queensland & Torres Strait, Fitzroy and Central West, Gold Coast, Mackay/Whitsunday, Townsville and North West, Brisbane City, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and West Moreton, Logan and Redlands, Sunshine Coast, and Wide Bay Burnett.

Expressions of interest are sought from people who understand local challenges and are confident they can achieve results. Expertise and experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable:

• economic development at a local and regional level;
• local government experience;
• successful business and/or management networks;
• environmental sustainability, such as water management or alternative energies;
• communication infrastructure development;
• education, skills development and employment; and
• community development in areas of health, housing and social inclusion.

More information on Regional Development Australia, the Expression of Interest Handbook and Expression of Interest form are available at www.rda.gov.au

Online applications forms can be downloaded from www.rda.gov.au/working.aspx

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