New line-up for local RDA team


New line-up for local RDA team 


Regional Development Australia for Mackay Isaac Whitsunday (RDAMIW) has welcomed fresh and familiar faces as part of recent changes to the line-up of staff and management committee members. 


New RDAMIW CEO Robert Cocco was the first changeover, being appointed as CEO after previously serving on the management committee for over eight years – following the departure of Ben Wearmouth. 


“As a previous committee member and the new CEO, I’m extremely grateful for Ben’s contribution to RDA and our region as a whole,” Robert said. 


Having the knowledge gained as a committee member has made for a smooth CEO transition, which for RDA means that we haven’t lost any momentum on the multiple initiatives and projects that RDA is involved with. 


“With potential upcoming federal and state elections in the next two years, maintaining that momentum and the progress in collaboration with regional partners will be an important focus. RDAMIW’s purpose is to facilitate development within the MIW region, and the opportunities and challenges surrounding that are significantly affected by election commitments and government investment.” 


Robert is the sole RDAMIW staff member at the moment, while Project Officer Karen Eveleigh is on maternity leave. 


“Karen and bub are doing well, and so am I – thanks to an active and supportive committee, and some local service contractors helping to keep our operations on track.” 


Acting Chair Darryl Camilleri has also stepped up to help out, after the resignation of long-time Chairperson Graham Smith. 


“Graham was a true asset to RDAMIW – including being instrumental in METS sector support programs and more generally in the provision of transport infrastructure in the region. However, it is most probably Grahams focus toward driving collaboration amongst economic development stakeholders that will be remembered,” Darryl said. 


Recruitment for RDA committee Chairs is undertaken by the Federal Government via the Department of Innovation Regional Development and Cities; therefore, the new Chair won’t be appointed until after the upcoming election. 


Finalising the changes to RDAMIW is the recent appointment of three new committee members to the organisation, who will be announced shortly. 


“With a strong committee and Robert as CEO, I’m certain that RDAMIW will continue to keep pace on the many projects we have running during the interim.”