Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North (RDAYMN) are entering a new era, as they farewell long-serving members and welcome new faces to join their Board.
A high number of applications were received from industry and community leaders across with an impressive array of skills and experience. Chairperson Mr Bill Vandepeer says “We have assembled a Board with an extremely good understanding of our region, they have a diverse skill set and a broad range of business and community experiences”.
RDAYMN’s first Board meeting for 2019 was held on the 13th of February, in Port Broughton. Introductions were made and the new Board didn’t hesitate to initiate positive discussion. “Our Board is very focused and energised to improve and grow our region. I think it is a wonderful reflection of our ability to work across multiple sectors that we have been able to attract members from a range of organisations and industries from all parts of the region,” states Chief Executive Officer, Kelly-Anne Saffin.
Areas of focus for the Board in 2019 will include supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs, economic development through value-adding and innovation, and technology adoption. These themes will be reflected at the Yorke and Mid North Regional Forum, to be held in Kadina on the 22nd of March in partnership with Yorke and Mid North Natural Resources Management Board and the Legatus group of Councils.
Mr Bill Vandepeer stated “As an organisation tasked to drive economic development, the RDAYMN Board recognises how important it is to work collaboratively towards realising the outcomes of regional opportunities. We would like to say thank you to our previous board members and we look forward to working hard to promote business and growth in the Yorke and Mid North.”
Back Left to Right: Peter Ackland, Lindsay Crouch, Gail Bartel, Ben Wigzell, Chair Bill Vandepeer, Brenton Vanstone, Malcolm May.
Front Left to Right: Dr Helen Macdonald, Hon Caroline Schaefer, Vivenne Lambert, Paul Thomas AM, Mayor Denis Clark, Lyndsey Jackson.
Absent: Tom Rosewarne