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RDA board positions open

APPLICATIONS are being sought for five director positions including the Deputy Chair role on the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Tropical North Board.

RDA Tropical North Chair Professor Hurriyet Babacan said diverse people with experience were needed to provide leadership for economic and social development in the region with several Board members’ terms coming to an end.

“Our regions are in transition with a new charter defining the way RDAs move forward with their role of implementing regional investment framework for Commonwealth funded projects,” he said.

“We provide insights and priorities for regional Australia twice a year to inform Federal budgetary cycles making it necessary for our Board to have broad representation from various industries and communities throughout Far North Queensland.

“The RDA Tropical North Board currently has a strong mix of skills drawn from sectors as diverse as education, agriculture, health, innovation and local government.”

The outgoing directors played a part in enabling strategic regional development solutions to create jobs and grow the Far North Queensland economy.

Such solutions included completing business cases for the Lakeland Irrigation Area Scheme, a TNQ Plastics industry and the Etheridge Shire Agricultural and Irrigation Precinct.

“We are currently finalising the Tropical North Queensland Economic Development Strategy which will prioritise the region’s needs to inform the Federal Government’s funding,” Professor Babacan said.

“Key themes within the Strategy include addressing productivity, maintaining an abundant and healthy natural environment, advocating for key transformative infrastructure, connecting to the Indo-Pacific, supporting liveability, and driving investment in decarbonisation initiatives.”

An application pack and application form can be found here. Applications close on 4 December.  Women, First Nations Australians, people from diverse cultural backgrounds and people with disability are encouraged to apply.

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Fishing to continue along Cairns Esplanade and Christmas charity dinner success.

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