Joint Media Release with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss, and Member for Solomon Natasha Griggs
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss has announced the appointment of a new Chair and Deputy Chair to the Regional Development Australia (RDA) committee in the NT.
Mr Michael Reed AM has been appointed as Chair and Mr Robert Kendrick has been appointed as Deputy Chair.
Mr Truss said the three-year appointments will provide leadership to RDA NT to develop a model where all three tiers of government work together.
“The RDA committees can play a key role in growing stronger regions across the nation and ensure all three tiers of government work together,” Mr Truss said.
“The committees will advise on priority activities that will unlock regional economic development and improve the productivity of their region.
“RDA committees will provide advice to the Government on critical issues affecting each region and are an important mechanism to increase access to Australian Government programmes in their communities.
“The committees will also assist local community stakeholders to develop project proposals and direct them to appropriate public and or private funding sources – including the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund,” Mt Truss said.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said the RDA NT was based in Darwin and was made up of committee members from across the Territory.
“The new Chair, Mr Reed, from Katherine, is a former Northern Territory Deputy Chief Minister who served in a variety of ministerial portfolios over a long period,” Senator Scullion said.
“Mr Reed’s ministerial experience, along with his consulting work and coming from a regional area, will be a great asset to the RDA NT.”
Member for Solomon Natasha Griggs said Mr Kendrick would also make a strong Deputy Chair of the RDA NT.
“Mr Kendrick brings a wealth of experience to the role including three decades service with the Northern Territory Police Force. He has also worked as Senior Executive Director of Local Government, Regional and Community Services in the NT Government and in Chief Executive roles for Regional Development and Women’s Policy and Community Services.”
“I’m delighted with their appointment and looking forward to working with both Mike and Rob, who, like me have a passion for the Territory, and will work hard to put the right infrastructure in place to truly unlock the economic potential of the Northern Territory,” Mrs Griggs said.
Regional Development Australia consists of a national network of 55 committees designed to strongly focus on regional economic development and facilitate local projects that aim to make a difference in their local communities.
The Chair and Deputy Chair will now move promptly to appoint a team of active local community leaders to support them.
More information on the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund is available at:www.infrastructure.gov.au
Information on the work currently being undertaken by RDA NT can be found at: www.rda.gov.au
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2015-02-06 RDA NT release.pdf