Media Release – New leaders to drive economic development

A new group of experienced community leaders have been handed the responsibility of driving economic development across the region having been appointed to the Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett (RDA WBB) committee.

Seven community and industry leaders have been chosen with two from the largest population areas of Bundaberg and Fraser Coast and one each from Gympie, North Burnett and South Burnett.

RDA WBB chair and Bundaberg Deputy Mayor Bill Trevor said after a lengthy selection process he was delighted the new committee could be announced and get down to work.

“I am very thankful for those that showed an expression of interest in lending their skills and expertise to the
committee and to the outgoing members that gave generously of their time,” Cr Trevor said.

“This is a volunteer role and these people are all successful in their chosen endeavours but are committed to the betterment of the region so lend their guidance to assist RDA.”

The new committee members are: Bill Trevor (chair), Daniel Poacher (deputy chair/treasurer), Georgie Somerset (secretary), Kerren Smith, Ed Gibson, Tanya O’Shea and Kristy Frahm.

Retiring members include: Gympie Mayor Mick Curran, Fraser Coast Councillor Anne Maddern, Macadamia’s Australia director Janelle Gerry and Biggenden Livestock and Realty proprietor Stephanie Whitaker.

Regional Development Australia is a federally-funded network of committees who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the economic development of their regions.

Bill Trevor (Chair) brings a wealth of local experience and leadership from a long-standing career in local government and senior community positions. He strives to bring the region together to work as a united group to secure funding and regional economic opportunities.

Daniel Poacher (Deputy Chair/Treasurer) has more than 20 years’ experience in construction industry, and brings strong knowledge of business, finance, governance, communication and project management to the Committee.

Georgie Somerset (Secretary) offers strategic planning, management, marketing and communication
knowledge with a background in beef production. Working with various regions in Queensland, Georgie focuses on developing relationships within and across organisations and is the president elect of AgForce Queensland and sits on numerous boards including South Burnett Directions.

Kristy Frahm is the current CEO of not-for-profit Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (BIEDO). With a strong foundation in the agricultural industry, Kristy works to identify and seize opportunities for economic development and has strong connections to the rural and agricultural sector.

Ed Gibson has enjoyed a diverse background in hospitality, tourism, sports and event management, with connections to all levels of government. Ed’s diligent research, development and leadership skills have been the source of success for many opportunities in the region. He is a Fraser Coast small business owner.

Tanya O’Shea leads growth and diversification for social health and awareness in the Wide Bay Burnett’s local communities. Her focus and leadership in business and social services is highly valuable.

Kerren Smith boasts more than 40 years’ experience in transport and infrastructure. The growth and prosperity of Wide Bay Burnett is his driving force, with a focus on creating wealth and a stable future for the youth of the region. He is the current chair of the Regional Economic Development Advisory Committee.

For more information or comment please contact RDA WBB chair Bill Trevor on 0428 988 116 or Director of Regional Development Scott Rowe on 0429 881 697.