RDA Committee

Community members can nominate for all positions on the RDA Committee. The Minister for Regional Development appoints the Chair and Deputy Chair. In November 2016 the Minister for Regional Development Senator the Hon Fiona Nash appointed RDA Chair Angelo Coco and Deputy Chair Frank Beveridge. New Committee members are also appointed by the Minister based on recommendations from the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Committee with reference to selection criteria and the nominees that have put themselves forward. (For more information about joining an RDA Committee, see https://rda.gov.au/join-your-rda/)

 

The Committee’s Vision
To achieve a prosperous, sustainable, cohesive and liveable region.

 

The Committee’s Mission
To enhance the sustainable economic prosperity and quality of life in our region.

The Committee is made up of nine members including a Chairman and Deputy Chair:

Deputy Chairman, Mr Frank Beveridge

Frank Beveridge

Acting Chair

Frank joined RDA in 2016 and is the former Mayor of Charters Towers Regional Council, having served in local government for 16 years, previously as Deputy Mayor and Councillor.  Frank has been in small business for 30 years in the region and is married with four children. His passion is community development in regional Queensland. 

Cr June Kuhl

June joined RDA in 2017 and is the Deputy Mayor of Richmond Shire Council, having served in local government for nine years, previously as Deputy Mayor and Councillor.  June and her husband Gavin have operated a grazing property in the Richmond shire for almost 40 years. June is passionate about the shire and its future potential.

Cr Mary Brown

Treasurer

Mary joined RDA in 2017 and is the Deputy Mayor of Hinchinbrook. She has over 30 years experience in private enterprise, has raised six childre and with her husband has established several businesses. Ecomonic and community devevelopment for regional communities is her passion.

Greg Campbell

Cr Greg Campbell
Greg Campbell joined RDA in 2017 and is the Mayor of Cloncurry Shire Council. Greg also previously served as a Councillor for a term between 2004-2008 and as Deputy Mayor 2008-2012. Prior to Greg’s Mayoral appointment, he held a number of technical and managerial roles with Ergon Energy for the North West. Greg has significant experience in the energy industry with over 20 years as an electrician and various managerial roles. Greg also has a passion for agriculture and the development of rural Queensland and when he is not in the office he enjoys working on the family beef cattle property.

Mr Jeff Jimmieson

Jeff Jimmieson

Jeff joined RDA in 2009. The Manager of Performing Arts, Events and Protocol for Townsville City Council, Jeff has had an extensive career in event management, public relations and performing arts, in local government and private enterprise. Community service includes board memberships of PCYC and Rotary.

Member, Prof. Sabina Knight

Prof. Sabina Knight

Sabina joined RDA in 2013.  The Director of the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University, Sabina is an internationally recognised rural health leader with an extensive career in remote and rural primary health care, public health and education, and community development. 

 

Member, Ms Kari Arbouin

Kari Arbouin

Kari joined RDA in 2015. The Associate Vice Chancellor for CQUniversity’s Townsville and North West Region, Kari has 25 years’ experience in senior leadership roles in both health and education and has been involved at a rural, regional, national, and international level in accreditation or review of hospitals and universities.  She also has significant experience in business strategy and development in a range of diverse industries.

Member, Mr David Donohue

David Donohue

David joined RDA in 2015.  With three decades professional experience in communication including 15 years managing professional communication consultancies, David has broad experience and technical expertise in the design and conduct of advocacy, stakeholder relations, consultation and engagement, negotiation, strategic management, crisis and issues management. David is RDA’s representative on the Inland Queensland Roads Action Plan Working Group.

Member, Prof. David Low

Prof. David Low

Professor David Low joined RDA in 2015.  He is currently the Dean, College of Business, Law and Governance, Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, James Cook University.  David has a wide variety of both industry and academic management and boardroom experience in industries as diverse as manufacturing, retail, professional services, entertainment, construction and IT.

 

Casual Vacancies

RDA Committee members have been appointed for periods of between two and four years. Committees across Australia will have casual vacancies from time to time.

The Australian Government is accepting nominations to fill these casual vacancies from people with the capabilities and expertise to contribute to the development and growth of regional Australia. These nominations will be considered for casual vacancies as they arise.

If you are interested in applying for a Committee position please follow the link below to the Regional Development Australia website.

http://rda.gov.au/join-your-rda

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