Work­ing for the Re­gion Natasha Comber, Di­rec­tor Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Busi­ness, Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil

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I guess one way to put it would be that my divi­sion over­sees the eco­nomic health of the LGA (Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area).

This in­cludes ev­ery­thing from Coun­cil’s cor­po­rate busi­nesses (the air­port, sa­le­yards, show­grounds, car­a­van park and prop­erty de­vel­op­ments), how vis­i­tors ex­pe­ri­ence the re­gion at Coun­cil fa­cil­i­ties such as the Old Dubbo Gaol and Welling­ton Caves, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment (which is all about as­sist­ing busi­ness and in­dus­try to grow), des­ti­na­tion mar­ket­ing (which in­volves mar­ket­ing our re­gion as a de­sired des­ti­na­tion to visit, re­lo­cate, start a busi­ness or host an event), to com­mu­ni­ca­tions and stake­holder en­gage­ment.

It’s a re­ally di­verse and chal­leng­ing port­fo­lio, how­ever they are all ar­eas that I am ex­tremely pas­sion­ate about.

Tell us about an ex­cit­ing project hap­pen­ing in your area?

There’s so much go­ing on its hard to choose just one! For ex­am­ple our Prop­erty As­set team is man­ag­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the new Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice train­ing fa­cil­ity so that’s an ex­cit­ing cap­i­tal work project for the staff and the de­vel­op­ment of the air­port precinct.

The project will also de­liver tremen­dous eco­nomic ben­e­fits to the re­gion which is very ex­cit­ing.

What do you en­joy about work­ing for the com­mu­nity?

The di­ver­sity of the op­por­tu­ni­ties, chal­lenges and the pas­sion­ate busi­nesses and com­mu­nity members I get to work with.

It’s re­ward­ing to de­liver projects that strengthen the re­gion’s eco­nomic po­si­tion as well as sup­port the great life­style we en­joy in our part of the world.

I’m nat­u­rally pretty com­pet­i­tive so I’m cer­tainly driven by the idea of en­sur­ing our re­gion con­tin­ues to de­velop eco­nom­i­cally and so­cially.

What does it mean to be a good leader?

For me I think good lead­er­ship is about adapt­abil­ity, en­gage­ment and com­mit­ment.

Lead­ers en­gage with their au­di­ence and in­spire their teams – they lis­ten, learn, dis­cuss and some­times con­struc­tively de­bate.

Then it’s all about demon­strat­ing com­mit­ment to move for­ward and de­liver.

A good leader is able to think big pic­ture but knows how and when to get into the de­tails.

What do you to re­lax?

Not enough, ac­cord­ing to my hus­band!

En­joy­ing the out­doors with the fam­ily, catch­ing up with friends and a bit of am­a­teur gar­den­ing. I’m a Dubbo girl born and bred and I am for­tu­nate to have a wide cir­cle of amaz­ing friends that help me un­wind and have a laugh. I think it’s the mix of af­ford­abil­ity, ac­ces­si­bil­ity and the per­fect blend of both ru­ral and city liv­ing that gives our re­gion the edge.

You can head out to a nice res­tau­rant, fly some­where for the week­end or sit around the camp­fire and gaze at the stars.

As a par­ent, I also think our re­gion is an amaz­ing place to raise a fam­ily. We have a strong sense of com­mu­nity with world class fa­cil­i­ties, a great choice of schools and loads of open spa­ces.

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