Passion for Regional Issues Secures Committee Appointments

QLD, Australia – ( March 19, 2013

Passion for Regional Issues Secures Committee Appointments

Passion for Regional Issues Secures Committee Appointments

The Hon Simon Cream MP, Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government Minister for the Arts in agreement with the Deputy Premier, the Hon Jeff Seeney MP have appointed Dr Felicity Croker and Councillor William (Bill) Shannon to the Far North Queensland and Torres Strait island chapter of Regional Development Australia.

The RDA is an important initiative of the Australian and Queensland Governments to achieve better economic and social outcomes for regional Queensland.

After serving a two year term on the RDA FNQ&TS committee between 2009 and 2011 Dr Felicity Croker is familiar with the organisation’s objectives and is looking forward to further her contribution, working alongside fellow committee members for the betterment of the region.

Dr Croker is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine Health and Molecular Sciences at James Cook University. She is involved primarily with educating an appropriate health workforce for rural, remote, tropical and Indigenous contexts.

She also undertakes collaborative project work across Northern Australia and works in partnership with health organisations and community groups to address social issues.

Felicity has an interdisciplinary background with qualifications in social science, education, nursing and midwifery.

This is Councillor Bill Shannon’s first term on the committee of the RDA FNQ&TS.

As the Mayor of Cassowary Regional Coast since March 2008, Bill can offer valuable insights into the region while drawing on his strong managerial and rural industry expertise in previous occupations as a grazier, cane farmer and Company Secretary with Wormald International Limited and Tully Sugar.

In addition to his mayoral responsibilities Bill is a director of Droughtmaster Stud Breeders Society Limited.

About Regional Development Australia

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a partnership between Australian, State, Territory and local governments to strengthen regional communities.
The national network of 55 committees which delivers RDA are made up of local leaders who volunteer their time to work with government, business and community groups to deliver better services to their regions.
The committees work with their communities to find ways to deal with the economic, social and environmental issues affecting them.
The regional Road Maps, produced by the local RDAs, will guide the committees in supporting improvements for their communities.
The Australian Government funds these committees and so do State, Territory and local governments in some jurisdictions.

About Regional Development FNQ&TS

From Cardwell to the Cape, Torres Strait and inland to the Tablelands and taking in Croydon and Etheridge shires, the Far North Queensland and Torres Strait branch of Regional Development Australia (RDA FNQ&TS) takes in a vast and diverse area of the regional Queensland.

It works to provide one voice in terms of regional issues and priorities and as such provides guidance and support to the many agencies, organisations and individuals working towards long term, sustainable growth, prosperity and wellbeing of this region.

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