Media Release – New deputy chair for RDA Wide Bay Burnett


Tony Nioa

Commercial real estate agent and pioneering business leader Tony Nioa has been appointed Deputy Chair of Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett to help foster economic development opportunities across the region.

The Maryborough-based community leader has decades of experience helping attract investment and overcome industry obstacles across government and industry.

Mr Nioa was a founding member of the Urban Development Institute of Bundaberg, board member of Lifeline Sunshine Coast, Chair of the Regional Advisory Group for the restructure of the sugar industry, Deputy Chairman, Skillshare Hervey Bay, former Alderman, Maryborough City Council, member of Fraser Coast Regional Council Development Industry Reference and a previous Chair of the Sunshine Coast Area Consultative Committee.

He is a licensed builder, real estate agent and principal of PRD Maryborough, a licensed pilot and on the executive of Maryborough City Rotary Club.

RDA WBB chair Bill Trevor welcomed Mr Nioa’s appointment and said his understanding of regional commercial, business and agricultural industries would be invaluable.

“Tony is well known and regarded across the region for his business acumen and community service and is a former chair of the Area Consultative Committee on the Sunshine Coast, a forerunner to RDA’s,” Cr Trevor said.

“In his role as a leading real estate agent he has a strong understanding of trends and investment opportunities and his network of connections stretches well beyond just the Wide Bay Burnett. He will compliment the wide range of skills and talent we have on the RDA WBB committee.”

Mr Nioa said he was thankful for the opportunity to serve on the RDA and was looking forward to helping make a difference.

“Thank you for this opportunity, especially with such a successful team,” Mr Nioa said.

“I have noted with admiration the transformational projects that have come to fruition under the program RDA has aligned with and look forward to promoting economic growth and development within the Wide Bay Burnett.”

Chair Trevor said he wished to thank outgoing deputy chair Daniel Poacher for his years of dedication to the committee as a volunteer.

“Daniel was a good support to me as chair and an enthusiastic committee member and he will be missed.”

Mr Nioa joins current committee members Georgie Somerset (South Burnett), Kristy Frahm (North and South Burnett), Kerren Smith (Gympie), Julie Williams (Gympie), Ed Gibson (Fraser Coast), Tania O’Shea (Bundaberg) and chair Bill Trevor (Bundaberg).

Mr Nioa’s appointment will be until December 31, 2020.

For more information of comments please contact RDA WBB chair Bill Trevor on 0428 988 116.

For further information please contact Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett Director of Regional Development Scott Rowe on 0429 881 697.