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New Regional Development Chair Goes West

Newly appointed Chair of Regional Development Australia Northern Inland, Russell Stewart, has gone west and 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.

Chair, Russell Stewart said the meeting, which was held at the Wee Waa bowling Club on March 24th, focused on the organisation’s new direction as well as providing an opportunity for existing Committee members to meet him face to face. “There is a lot going on around the Narrabri district 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. Our new mantra is all about economic development and jobs.”

The committee received a presentation from Bill Birch at Narrabri Shire Council providing a snapshot of recent developments across the Shire as well as holding an informal lunch with several Councilors including Deputy Mayor Cathy Redding and 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.

Mr Stewart said it is critical for Regional Development Australia Northern Inland to cement a solid, ongoing working partnership with our 13 Local Councils, as well as all forms of industry and the wider community. 
“I believe our Northern Inland region is the most outstanding 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,” he said.

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