New members welcomed by Chairman


New members welcomed by Chairman

A project facilitator, health professional and strategic business manager are the region’s newest representatives to be welcomed by Regional Development Australia’s Orana Chair John Walkom.

Dubbo’s Stan Donnelly, Louise Johnson from Coonabarabran and Janine Lea-Barrett from Cobar have been appointed as committee members to the organisation which promotes strength and development in regional communities.

“Committee members are local leaders who understand the challenges, opportunities and priorities in their local communities,” Mr Walkom said.

“They are local people developing local solutions to local issues.”

Mr Donnelly is a project manager who has experience in development of management systems. He holds degrees in agricultural science and engineering and has worked in the agricultural, mining and civil construction sectors.

“He has a thorough understanding of SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) in regional Australia and a passion for the development and support of SMEs as the backbone of our economy,” Mr Walkom said.

Ms Johnson is a Children’s and Community Services manager from Coonabarabran who is employed by Warrumbungle Shire Council. She is currently completing her Masters of Health Management and Masters of Public Health.

“She possesses a high level of understanding of the regional workforce and skill needs in the public health sector who prioritises economic diversification, sustainability and the workforce.”

Ms Johnson also has extensive experience in delivery of funding for programs and projects.

Cobar’s Janine Lea-Barrett already represents her area as a Chair, board member and Executive/Senior Leader with more than a decade of board level experience across the mining, construction and electrical engineering industries.

“She has a sound understanding of regional and remote workforce limitations and its narrowed skills base as well as the folly of expecting one type of business to carry a region through a cyclical economic landscape.”

Mr Walkom said RDA is a partnership between the three tiers of government and local communities which values its regional representatives.

“Our committee is composed of committed local champions who all have a grassroots understanding of their regions.”

The RDA Orana region stretches across Central West and Western NSW and is inclusive of 12 Local Government Areas./ENDS

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