Deniliquin’s first ‘Regional’ chair

April 14, 2018

Regional Development Australia - Murray CEO Gary Saliba with newly appointed chair Perin Davey at the organisation’s Deniliquin office.

Perin Davey has become the first Deniliquin-based chair of Regional Development Australia - Murray.

Ms Davey said her new role would allow her to contribute to the region through the organisation’s promotions and attraction of investment.

‘‘I have long watched what the RDA does, and it is one organisation that is holistic in its approach.

‘‘I’m keen to work with the industry on logistics, connectivity and more, and highlighting the positives of our region as well as the gaps.

‘‘Understandably water is a big issue for this region, as well as communications, and access to services and skills.

‘‘One thing the RDA does do well is skills building and attracting people with skills.

‘‘I am on a few different advisory committees and I will be able to draw on those and help link the RDA with other organisations.’’

RDA Murray’s primary role is to bring together partnerships between whole of government, regional development organisations, the private sector and other key regional stakeholders.

This year will be a busy one for its committee and new chair, with the current regional plan to expire next year.

Ms Davey said she was looking forward to the challenge of planning for the subsequent three years.

‘‘It’s about big picture thinking, to try and bring this region into the future,’’ Ms Davey said.

‘‘It is important to acknowledge the work that has been done in developing a really good regional plan, to 2019.

‘‘For me it’s about building on that — completing that plan and having a new plan in place to transition to.’’

Ms Davey brings to RDA Murray qualifications in journalism, government relations and issues management.

Before becoming an independent consultant in the policy and advocacy fields last year, Ms Davey was an integral member of the Murray Irrigation Limited team for seven years.

In addition to being MIL’s executive manager corporate affairs and stakeholder engagement, she was the company’s delegate with both NSW Irrigators’ Council (NSWIC) and National Irrigators’ Council.

Ms Davey also served on the Agricultural Industry Advisory Council for then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, and the State Primary Industries Ministerial Advisory Council.

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