Diver­sity fo­cus for com­mit­tee

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - Out & About -

Nearly a quar­ter of the new com­mit­tee which over­seas re­gional de­vel­op­ment across the en­tire Mur­ray re­gion are from De­niliquin.

It is the strong­est ever lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the com­mit­tee and in­cludes its chair, Perin Davey.

It in­cludes three who are based in De­niliquin and work­ing in var­i­ous roles within the wider com­mu­nity.

Also on the new Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia – Mur­ray com­mit­tee of 11 are Ed­ward River Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager Adam McSwain and De­niliquin res­i­dent and Com­mit­tee for Echuca Moama CEO Nina O’Brien.

‘‘It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to see peo­ple from De­niliquin now putting their hands up,’’ Ms Davey said.

‘‘The com­mit­tee con­sists not only of more peo­ple from the lo­cal area, but com­mit­tee mem­bers from across our foot­print.

‘‘It was im­por­tant for me, when look­ing at rep­re­sen­ta­tion, to make sure we have the whole area cov­ered.

‘‘Se­lec­tion was skills based first and fore­most, but there was also diver­sity of gen­der and re­gional diver­sity.

‘‘There was a broad range of applications and when we looked at the skills we needed it was great to see we have those skills in De­niliquin that also ben­e­fit the win­der geo­graph­i­cal needs.’’

The re­cently elected board met for the first time on Novem­ber 21 af­ter a re­cruit­ment process.

Re­main­ing on the board are deputy chair Brian Miller, as well as Alex An­thony who is a di­rec­tor of TAFE NSW Rive­rina In­sti­tute and works for the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Author­ity.

Mem­bers of the new com­mit­tee have been re­cruited us­ing a skills-based ap­proach with rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the fi­nan­cial, eco­nomic, man­u­fac­tur­ing, so­cial, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and lo­cal gov­ern­ment sec­tors, as well as achiev­ing gen­der bal­ance and a broad geo­graphic spread.

In ad­di­tion to Mr McSwain and Ms O’Brien, other newly elected mem­bers are:

■ In­terim deputy chair Leigh By­ron, Mayor of Bal­ranald Shire Coun­cil and owner of Life Power fi­nan­cial ser­vices.

■ An­drew de Graaff, Hume Bank chief cus­tomer of­fi­cer.

■ Belinda Anderson, Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days CEO.

■ Frank Zaknich, Al­bury City Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager

■ Ge­off Lowe, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Proven Prod­ucts Pty Ltd

■ Mary Hood­less, or­gan­i­sa­tional de­vel­op­ment con­sul­tant and di­rec­tor of a pro­gres­sive An­gus beef en­ter­prise

The first com­mit­tee meet­ing high­lighted op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges from across the re­gion and formed its di­rec­tional foun­da­tion for the com­ing three year term.

Mem­bers of the Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia – Mur­ray com­mit­tee (back, from left) Mary Hood­less, Ge­off Lowe, Belinda Anderson, Nina O’Brien and An­drew de Graaff; RDA Mur­ray di­rec­tor Ed­wina Hayes, chair Perin Davey and Adam McSwain.

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