UQ Business School expert appointed to Regional Development Australia committee18 October 2009

Dr Pat Rowe has been appointed to the Brisbane Regional Development Australia (RDA) committee that aims to help build links between governments and local communities. Regional Development Australia is a partnership between the Australian, state, territory, and local governments; the private sector; and local communities to strengthen regional communities and build their long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability. The Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Regional Development the Hon Maxine McKew MP says RDA committees will be a local voice for communities across Queensland. "For the first time, local leaders in one body will give formal input across all levels governments on regional issues," said Ms McKew. The Hon Tim Mulherin MP MBA, Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland said the RDA would assist government agencies to focus their work on local priorities. "Exceptional members of the community have been selected for these important roles - individuals with a strong understanding of their regions who are dedicated to their local communities," Mr Mulherin said. Dr Pat Rowe said she was pleased to have been appointed to the committee. "I have a passion for regional development that is reflected in my teaching, research, and consulting," she said. "The RDA offers communities a genuine voice in regional, state, and national development planning." "The Queensland and local governments across the State are already working closely together on regional planning. RDA Committees will now play a key role in this work." A full list of appointments to the RDA is available at www.rda.gov.au.
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