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Our Committee

RDA committees are non profit community based organisations. Committee members are committed volunteers appointed from the region and represent the community, business and local government. Each RDA committee has a broad and diverse skills base and demonstrated networks and alliances. The committee of RDA Darling Downs and South West Inc comprises ten members, all of whom were jointly appointed via application by the Commonwealth and State Governments.

Chair - Prof. Jim Cavaye

Jim Cavaye is a practitioner and researcher in regional development with 35 years’ experience working with rural and regional communities.  He has assisted over 130 local communities across Australia and internationally with community development and economic development strategies.  As Professor of Regional Community Development at the University of Southern Queensland, he leads a collaborative research program addressing key issues for regional communities.  He was formerly a Principal Rural Development Officer with the Queensland Government.  He has lived and worked in five communities in the Darling Downs and South West since 1982.  He is chair of the International Committee of the Community Development Society, and a board member of Condamine Alliance and of Rural Immersion Inc.  He is an International Fellow at the Rural Futures Institute in the USA, and an international speaker and author.

Stuart Mackenzie

Deputy Chair - Stuart Mackenzie

Stuart Mackenzie is a pastoralist from the western area of Quilpie Shire. He is the owner and Manager of Plevna Downs, a grazing enterprise dealing in organic wool, sheep and beef. Stuart served as a Councillor on Quilpie Shire Council from 1997 to 2004, as Deputy Mayor from 2004 to 2008 and was elected Mayor in 2012. He is also Deputy-chair of the Outback Queensland Tourism Association.In 2008 Stuart founded the non-profit, charitable public company Outback Gondwana Foundation Ltd. He is the Chair and a Director on the board. The company was set up to preserve the natural assets of the south west region and educate the public in relation to the amazing paleontological discoveries being made there. Stuart holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (QUT) and is married to wife Robyn and has 2 adult children. For generations, Stuart's family has dedicated their lives to to living and producing in Western QLD, and Stuart is committed to to doing everything he can to ensure regional QLD has an exciting and prosperous future.

Julia Telford

Secretary - Julia Telford

Julia Telford is known throughout regional Australia for her work with regional small businesses and community organisations.  Julia’s business, Engage & Create Consulting, allows her to follow her passion of ensuring viability & vibrancy of regional Australia through project development using creative ideas and solutions.  Julia works with businesses around strategy, resourcing ideas and people. She is also ¼ of the Goondiwindi Business Hub, which is now home to 7 small businesses who have long-term tenancy, as well as providing hot desking and short term accommodation for other businesses. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute Company Directors. Julia joined RDA Darling Downs South West as a way to continue to support the region, offering strategic ideas and her extensive network to ensure that economic development and community growth are considered across the RDA region.

Sarah Delahunty

Treasurer - Sarah Delahunty

Living and working in rural, regional and remote Queensland and the Northern Territory Sarah recognised that the strength of a community is built on connections and by those people willing to get in a make a difference. Sarah Delahunty has extensive stakeholder networks and major project experience across the Darling Downs and South West region. She is currently the Corporate Affairs Director for Nexus Infrastructure. In August 2015, Nexus Infrastructure were awarded the contract to design, operate and maintain the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, a $1.6 billion road bypass. Sarah has previous experience as the Stakeholder Engagement officer with CareFlight (LifeFlight) and Arrow Energy. Sarah joined the board of RDA to help groups build connections across the region and with all levels of government.

Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson is Chief Executive Officer of Australia Milling Group, which is wholly owned by Canadian based and TSX listed Alliance Grain Traders. Prior to joining Australia Milling Group, Peter held a range of senior management and trading positions in Australia and Canada. He is immediate past Chairman of Pulse Australia, which is charged with developing the Australian Pulse Industry by improving market access and improving supply chain efficiency. Peter is passionate about the role pulses play in diversifying on farm agronomic rotations and cash flows. He is equally optimistic about the opportunities to grow customer markets by improving quality and supply reliability. Peter holds a Post-Graduate qualification in Agribusiness from Monash University and he is a part time lecturer at the University of Queensland. Peter maintains a keen interest in a family farming business on the Darling Downs in Southern Queensland.

Fiona Gaske

Fiona Gaske

An elected Councillor since 2012, Ms Fiona Gaske is currently the Deputy Mayor for Balonne Shire Council, and has an active and strong presence in the St George community. She maintains a range of Council portfolios including economic development, public health, asset management, and arts and culture, as well as chairing committees such as Information Communication Technology, and Parks & Gardens. Serving on a number of Regional Boards, Fiona is immersed in a broad range of issues, including several unique to regional Australia, and is an advocate for developing strategies to diversify, innovate and build capacity in agricultural economies to ensure a sustainable future for people living and working in rural communities. With significant expertise in community engagement, networking, and leadership, Fiona has served as Chair of the St George Community Advisory Network, and is well regarded for investing her time, energy and skill into regional health, business, and arts, and for her proactive management of the challenges facing regional communities and local government.

Geraldine Doumany

Geraldine Doumany

Geraldine’s professional career has spanned 25 years working with Australian companies; SME’s, Corporates and Industry Bodies, advising and developing their capabilities to increase competitiveness in domestic and export markets. Strengths include: project management of international projects, supply and value chain implementation, export marketing and strategic business development. From a rural background, and having a sound understanding of Australian agricultural production, much of Geraldine’s work has focused on food and agribusiness companies. Geraldine is currently employed in a regional role as Export Manager, Food Leaders Australia – (TSBE), Toowoomba. The role on the DDSW RDA Committee is complimentary to her current role and Geraldine sees this as another avenue for her contribute and support regionally based business, industry and communities.

Marco Otaola

Marco Otaola is Managing Director of Ago Vires. A regionally based construction company in Thargomindah working extensively throughout regional Australia and specialising in the delivery of Oil and Gas related projects in remote areas and supplying trades and services for local communities in far west Queensland. He has been working in the building, construction and manufacturing industry for two decades.  Throughout his career, Marco has strengthened his ability firstly, as a tradesman and then later as an experienced Construction m=Manager, Project Manager and now Managing Director.  He has extensive experience with community services and is strongly involved in community groups.  He is an avid businessman whose approach is to build relationships that customers can trust.  Marco has always had a strong focus on family and community and is looking to help better the region within his capabilities.

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