Article – Northern regional body is ‘all about jobs and development’

16 April 2015
The Courier
Recently appointed chair of Regional Development Australia Northern Inland, Mr Russell Stewart, convened his first committee meeting as chair in Wee Waa.  The location was chosen as an indication of the committee’s commitment to the entire region and in recognition of Narrabri Shire’s significant contribution to the region’s economic output.
Mr Stewart said the meeting, held at the Wee Waa Bowling Club, focused on the organisation’s new direction as well as providing an opportunity for existing committee members to meet him.
“There is a lot going on around the Narrabri Shire and this was a great chance for the other committee members to experience first-hand the potential we have for increased economic growth right across the region” Mr Stewart said.
“Our mantra is all about economic development and jobs.”
The committee received a presentation from Narrabri Shire Economic Development manager, Mr Bill Birch, who provided a snapshot of recent developments across the shire as well as holding an informal lunch with several councilors including deputy mayor Cr. Cathy Redding and Wee Waa Chamber of Commerce President, Ann-Maree Galagher.
“The Northern Inland is a large and diverse region and it was a valuable experience for our committee members and staff to hear about the economic activity out here,” Mr Stewart said.
He said it was critical for Regional Development Australia Northern Inland to cement a solid, ongoing working partnership with the13 local councils, as well as all forms of industry and the wider community.
“I believe our Northern Inland region is the most outstandingly diverse region in Australia and we intend to work towards securing the best there is to offer for the entire region.
“Local, solid relationships will be the key to success during my term, and I look forward to hearing from anyone keen to work with us, to develop practical tools to work on the healthy growth of our region,” Mr Stewart added.
Courtesy of The Courier