Regional Development Australia (RDA) Illawarra is the peak regional development consultative organisation for the Illawarra region (Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama local government areas).
We are one of the 55 regional bodies within the RDA Australia network - a network of committees commissioned by the Government to support rural, regional, remote and urban communities all across Australia.
We exist because we are committed to ensuring the long term sustainability of Australia’s regions. We are here to work with all sectors of the Illawarra community, including women, young people, Aboriginal Australians and people from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
Debra is an advocacy and strategy executive, with significant experience in the mining, infrastructure and industry association sectors. Senior management roles previously held with Illawarra Business Chamber, BHP Billiton, Thiess and Australian Industry Group. Management Consultant with BizVoice.
Debra’s skills include proactive relationship development with clients, industry networks and government. Strong lateral thinking, negotiation skills, stakeholder engagement, strategy development and attention to detail. Strong change management and communication skills are used to turn strategy into action with payoffs.
Debra has specialised in government liaison, advocacy and regulatory change, and has delivered on significant regional economic development projects including Port reforms, infrastructure and planning reforms.
Debra has an MBA (with Merit) from the University of Wollongong.
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Stuart has 25 years’ experience working within the local manufacturing industry at BlueScope, primarily coordinating quality improvement and product development projects within the hot rolled areas. With a strong project management focus, Stuart is experienced with project planning and design, problem solving, technical writing, customer service, and data analysis.
Stuart has a Diploma of Project Management from the Australian College of Commerce and Management and a Bachelor of Materials Engineering (Hons) from the University of Wollongong.
Stuart is keen to learn about other sectors of the economy and to play a part in the future growth of the Illawarra region.
We believe in our vision of transforming the Illawarra into a prosperous, vibrant and equitable region. We believe we can achieve this vision through focusing on business growth, job creation and a more liveable and equitable region.
To that extent we have developed 6 key priorities for the Illawarra region and initiatives which we believe will support regional growth.
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