Microsoft Word - RDA2 210909 _F_A top cop and a television producer/director are among 12 people appointed to a new board charged with boosting economic growth in communities across the Northern Rivers.

Superintendent Michael Kenny of Banora Point in the Tweed and Catherine Marciniak of Clunes near Lismore have joined the board of Regional Development Australia – Northern Rivers (RDA-NR).

It is one of 14 similar boards across New South Wales under the control of the State and Federal governments.

Superintendent Kenny is the Local Area Commander of police in the Tweed/Byron region. He has 27 years experience as a police officer in metropolitan and rural areas.

He regularly attends many community meetings and works effectively in a team situation to accomplish goals by taking actions that respect the needs and contributions of others.

cathyMs Marciniak has worked for almost 30 years in the creative industries, first as an art educator and then in television as a director, producer and administrator.

Her recent TV credits include directing the Australian series of Who Do You Think You Are? and The Life Series, a landmark documentary project on child development.

Ms Marciniak is also a former Series Producer for ABC TV’s Compass program.

The other 10 RDA-NR board members are:

  • Chair Ian Tiley (Maclean) – The first Mayor of the amalgamated Clarence Valley Council, with a history in local government spanning more than 45 years. Late last year he was conferred the title of Emeritus Mayor for service to local government. He is currently undertaking a PhD on Australian local government amalgamations, with a special focus on Clarence Valley Council, where he remains an active councillor.
  • Deputy Chair Tony Dreise (Lismore) – Director of Community Partnerships and Inclusion and Director of North Coast Aboriginal Learning Partnerships (NCALP). In 2007 he conducted a major review of Indigenous education on the North Coast, culminating in the formation of the NCALP.
  • Rose Wright (Kingscliff) – Manager Industry and Business Development with the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Southern Cross University. A communicator and facilitator with a unique ability to lead discussion and clearly identify relevant issues.
  • Lynne de Weaver (Chilcotts Grass) – Former Director of the Northern Rivers Regional Development Board. Has spent the past 10 years working in many Northern Rivers communities undertaking a range of community consultation and capacity building projects.
  • Max Boyd, AM (Dulguigan) – Tweed Shire Council President from 1979 to 1992 and first Mayor of the council, serving seven terms from 1992 to 1999. A total of 44 years service to Tweed Council and Tweed ratepayers and 20 years experience in the
    region’s tourism industry. Tireless community worker who was made a member of the Order of Australia in 1999.
  • Jackie Geraghty (Piora Casino) – Skills in senior legal, corporate governance and risk management. Twenty years experience in corporate law, working for large, medium and small companies. A director of the North Coast Livestock Health and Pest Authority and a panel member of the Byron Shire Conduct Review Committee.
  • Ron Dowell (Lismore) – Holds a Masters Degree in Tourism Development and is a full-time academic at Southern Cross University. Has extensive management experience as a human resource manager, industrial relations practitioner and organisational change consultant. Experience spans both the public and private sectors.
  • Liza Bloomer (Grafton) – The principal of web and graphic design firm Yoohoo, Liza has worked closely with local government and community groups through Community Economic Development initiatives, creative industry frameworks and tourism business opportunities. A director of the Gallery Foundation Ltd and sits on the Clarence Valley Tourism Association board. Has a strong commitment to the sustainable economic development of the Northern Rivers region.
  • Lesley Barclay (Lismore) AO – A Professor and Director of the Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health for Sydney University. Maternal child health researcher, health system reformer and educational leader. Her work has improved
    maternal child health services in remote and urban Australia and overseas.
  • Janet Wilson (Kyogle) – A passion for community development, community engagement and social inclusion has led to an active role in local government and the community-based sector in training, education and human services. Her interests and experience are diverse, ranging from the disability sector to disaster recovery planning and management.

The RDA-NR board has its first official meeting in Lismore on October 30.