New Chair of RDA Hunter announced

New Chair of RDA Hunter announced

Federal Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, John McVeigh recently announced John Turner as the new Chair of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter.

John Turner has a history of activity in the Hunter region, having been on Greater Cessnock City Council, the Member for Myall Lakes and establishing a number of businesses in the area. He has been a member of Regional Development Australia Hunter for three years, first as Deputy Chair then as Acting Chair.

John McVeigh said he welcomes John’s appointment.

“I welcome the appointment of John as Chair of RDA Hunter. John’s demonstrated deep commitment to the Hunter region, strong background in both local and state government, combined with his legal background makes him the perfect candidate to lead RDA Hunter,” John said.

“RDAs are key contributors to regional economic development. RDA committees are highly valued facilitators of initiatives that grow local economies, promote opportunities and attract investment; this in turn provides confidence to regional areas.”

John Turner said he was looking forward to the role.

“I thank the Minister for the appointment and look forward to enhancing regional development in the Hunter,” John said.

”The committee has a charter to identify economic development opportunities that leverage the private and public sector within the area as well as connecting the Hunter area with industry sectors, international trade partners, financial markets, regional entrepreneurs and business leaders to attract investors to explore new opportunities to grow local jobs in the region.

“RDA Hunter already has in place a nation leading STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program delivered to primary and high schools. Our STEM Workforce Initiative also facilitates vocational courses to enhance the Hunter workforce and industry potential – particularly in the Hunter’s defence industry.”

John Turner said RDA Hunter will shortly advertise for the positions of Deputy Chair and committee members. The new committee will be operative from 1st July.

“RDA Hunter’s Board held meetings with local leaders and its board meeting in Scone this week, in recognition of the changing economic dynamic in the Upper Hunter,” John said.

IMAGE |RDA Hunter board members during their recent visit to Scone. From left to right – Paul Hughes, Susan Ivens, Cameron Archer, Geoff Lillis, John Turner (Chairman), Ian Pedersen.

RDA Hunter

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter is the key economic development organisation in the Hunter region. Led by a Committee of regional business and community representatives, RDA Hunter is supported by federal and state governments.
Established in 2009 they provide independent advice to all levels of government and our stakeholders on priorities for the Hunter's future.
RDA Hunter works to strengthen the Hunter as a competitive and modern metropolitan centre of excellence. It does this by securing funds for regionally significant infrastructure projects, providing effective connectivity between industry, education and the wider region economy and by driving investment to the Hunter region.

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