Development committee furthers region reach

Regional Development Australia Mackay Isaac Whitsunday (RDAMIW) has again expanded, welcoming three new members to its committee.

 The new committee members; Stephen Cutting, Natassia Wheeler, and Janet Clifford, bring a wealth of experience to RDAMIW. At the top of their respective fields, their insight and expertise provide an important, fresh perspective to the committee.

 Stephen Cutting, Technical Director of Aurecon, spoke about his enthusiasm to get started and deliver solutions that make a difference to the local community.

 “I am particularly interested in the integrated manufacturing/bio-futures/bio-refining/renewable energy initiatives that RDA have supported in recent times,” Stephen said.

 “As an advisory organisation to the Federal Government, RDA should be acting as an intermediary between the community, industry, businesses and investors to develop a portfolio of shovel-ready project opportunities that would justify funding, investment and facilitation from all government agencies.”

 As CEO of Whitsunday Tourism, Natassia Wheeler is used to being an advocate for more staff. Her priority as committee member is to create ongoing employment opportunities, with a focus on the accessibility of investment.

 “The role of RDA in Mackay Isaac Whitsunday is to create and sustain jobs. It also plays an important role in ensuring the region is future proofing.

 “I want to look in depth at how RDAMIW can better connect industry with grant and funding streams.”

 Janet Clifford is a councillor at Whitsunday Regional Council who sees the primary purpose of the RDAMIW as driving teamwork and collaboration.

 “We’re relatively small fish in a big pond so it’s important that we stick together. Our interests are aligned so it makes sense that we cooperate as much as possible for the benefit of the entire region. Our individual success is our combined progress!”

 Janet has a special interest in water security, in particular the Urannah Dam, and is keen to improve its’ sustainability in the region.