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Robyn Haig Director of Regional Development

Prior to joining RDA DDSW, Robyn was Managing Board Member for the Chinchilla Chamber of Commerce and Industry and has previously held roles in CSG Drilling and Civil Construction in the Surat Basin.

Originally from outside of Eulo in the Paroo Shire Robyn has previously worked for Queensland Government Departments of Natural Resources and Primary Industries, Regional Natural Resource Management, Landcare and Local Government (Tourism & Community Development) in Cunnamulla, Charleville and Quilpie areas.

Robyn brings experience in community consultation and strategic planning through to delivery and is dedicated to working to ensure the long-term strength of regional economy and community.

Driven by the strength of energy projects in the Surat Basin she has experience with Liveability impacts of large scale projects and has experience working with them to deliver positive outcomes for local community, such as business and workforce programs, community events and legacy projects. She has a particular focus on procurement and ensuring local content for major projects in the region along with building local business capacity and resilience.

Robyn, her husband Damien and their two children operate a small beef cattle grazing property outside Chinchilla in the Western Downs.

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David New
Employment Facilitator - Darling Downs Local Jobs Program

An experienced marketing professional with a passion for business development via employer, government and community stakeholder engagement, David joined RDA-DDSW in September 2022.

After seven years operating a London-based marketing agency servicing global brands, David spent more than two decades in the UK as an entrepreneur in the tech, music and hospitality industries.

Upon returning to Australia in 2017 he took up a Business Development role for the Darling Down’s leading Employment Services Provider where he led numerous workforce development initiatives that benefited those most disadvantaged in our communities.

A member of Toowoomba Regional Council’s Multicultural Advisory Committee, he is an enthusiastic advocate for the contribution New Australians can make to our region’s social and economic development. His work assisting hundreds of migrants and refugees into employment was recognised with a Commendation from the Queensland Government Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs in 2021.

David grew up in Melbourne and has a BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Reading and a Master’s in Business from the University of Kent.

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Kym Kanofski
Support Officer - Darling Downs Local Jobs Program

Kym is the Support Officer for the Darling Downs Local Jobs Program and has lived in the Toowoomba region for more than 20 years. 

Kym worked in the Early Childhood Education sector for 16 years before moving on to work in Employment Services, where she has around 7 years of experience. 

She holds a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Studies, as well as a Certificate III in Medical Administration. 

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Michelle Hillman
Project Officer - Toowoomba Regional Jobs Committee

Michelle commenced with RDA-DDSW in January 2024 as the Project Manager to help facilitate and support the Regional Jobs Committee in Toowoomba.

Her TAFE and University qualifications include: Bachelor of Social Science, major in Community Development, Diploma of Human Service, Diploma Counselling and has 30 years’ experience in Business Development in both corporate and not for profit sectors.

She has spent much of her life in Queensland, lives in Southbrook, 30 kms from Toowoomba… and has recently returned from 3 years in Northern Territory working with our First Nations people and their communities in Katherine.

A people orientated person she is committed to empowering others and refining and learning new skills through collaboration and teamwork.  She has worked for some of Australia’s largest not for profits, and churches, project managing and developing community focused solutions for underprivileged people, church communities and bringing together skilled people and resources to empower people, creating broader sense of belonging for people in community. There are organisations that still benefit from projects created and still in existence today.

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