Regional Development Australia (RDA) is calling for Illawarra business and community leaders interested in helping drive economic development in the region.
A call for members of the new RDA Illawarra board was made recently after the reappointment of Eddy De Gabrielle as chair by Federal minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government Dr John McVeigh in March.
Applications are open until April 30 for board members as well as a deputy chairperson.
The present board expsires on June 30 and existing board members can also re-apply for the new board commencing on July 1, 2018.
Rregional Development Australia is a national network of Boards made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the economic development of their regions.
The Illawarra board will have an active role in the community.
The clear focus on members is growing strong, confident regional economies that harness their own competitive advantage, seize economic opportunities and attract investment.
Those being sought are leaders with the skills, experience and knowledge of networks within the business community, industry, education and all levels of government that are required to facilitate consultations and develop solutions to problems.
Mr De Garbielle said the Federal Government had a new charter for Regional Development Australia.
“Our new, more expansive role will be an opportunity for us to bring economic outcomes to the Illawarra region collaboratively,” he said.
Mr De Gabrielle has himself been a successful business person in the Illawarra for many years.
An Illawarra business he started from scratch, Edmen, is now a publicly listed company.
Under his stewardship it grew into a national success story with over 1,500 employees in the disability and community sectors.
Edmen was sold to People Infrastructure in 2017 and was publicly listed on the ASX.
Mr De Gabrielle is also chairman of Football South Coast.