RDA chair Eddy De Gabriele will remain in the role for 16 years

Leader to stay 16 years: RDA Illawarra chair Eddy De Gabriele has been reappointed until 2020. Picture: Greg Ellis.
Leader to stay 16 years: RDA Illawarra chair Eddy De Gabriele has been reappointed until 2020. Picture: Greg Ellis.

Eddy De Gabriele has been reappointed Regional Development Australia (RDA) Illawarra chair for another term.

Mr De Gabriele will remain in the role until December 31, 2020 bringing to 16 years the time he has held the role.

Regional Development, Territories and Local Government minister Dr John McVeigh ackowledged his a phenomenal commitment to regional development and the future of the Illawarra.

Mr De Gabriele said he was looking forward to working with the new minister and local MPs to deliver under the Federal Government’s new charter for RDAs to play an important role in building strong, confident and vibrant regions through investment attraction and economic growth initiatives.

“We will also be engaging a new director of Regional Development and team in the Illawarra,” he said.

Mr De Gabriele said the present board expired on June 30 and expressions of interest in the new board were presently being called.

“Our new, more expansive role will be an opportunity for us to bring economic outcomes to the Illawarra region collaboratively,” he said.

Mr De Gabriele’s own business background includes establishing Illawarra company Edmen and growing it into a national success story with over 1,500 employees in the disability and community sectors.

In 2017 Edmen was sold to People Infrastructure and was publicly listed on the ASX. 

Mr De Gabriele is also chairman of Football South Coast.

Illawarra based senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells said over the last decade in the role the RDA Illawarra chairman had demonstrated a strong commitment to the region.

Sen Fierravanti-Wells said she had the opportunity to work with Mr De Gabriele in the role for many years and was confident he will continue to work effectively with government, business and the wider community to foster job creation and economic growth within the Illawarra.

Cunningham MP Sharon Bird congratulated Mr De Gabriele saying he was clearly committed to advancing our Illawarra.

“I’m sure he’ll bring that same dedication and passion to his new term,” she said.

Whitlam MP Stephen Jones also welcomed the re-appointment.

“I’m also keen to work with the RDA to advance critical projects like the Maldon Dombarton rail link, the home for football at West Dapto and more tourism assets for the region,” Mr Jones said.