New Chair and Deputy Chair for RDA Pilbara
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development the Hon Warren Truss MP, this week announced RDA Chair and Deputy Chair appointments in several states including Western Australia. Ms Fiona White-Hartig from the Wickham community has been appointed as the new Chair and Ms Lynnette Craigie from the Newman community appointed the new Deputy Chair.
Ms White-Hartig is serving her second term as Chair for Regional Development Australia Pilbara and has resided in the City of Karratha in the Pilbara region of Western Australia for the past 10 years. Ms White-Hartig is currently Deputy Chair of Pilbara Regional Council, Roebourne Shire Councillor, President of the Wickham Community Association, Chair of the Karratha Emergency Relief Organisation, President of Wickham Youth Group, President of the Karratha branch of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and a Roebourne Advisory Councillor. She has significant experience in state politics and has dedicated much of her time to working in the not-for-profit sector.
Ms Lynne Craigie is a long time resident of the East Pilbara who has played an active role in the development and growth within East Pilbara and across the whole Pilbara. In her role as Shire President for the Shire of East Pilbara and the chair of the Pilbara Regional Council, Lynne has had an influential role in ensuring the wellbeing of the Pilbara residents as well as informing planning and decision making at a state level in her capacity as the Deputy President for the Western Australian Local Government Authority (WALGA).
The Chair and Deputy Chair’s first challenge will be to oversee the selection of new RDA Committee Members. Ms White-Hartig said she would be seeking people with skills and experience from across the region representative of the diverse communities and economy of the region. "One of the strengths of the RDA Committee has been the bringing together of committed people who understand the Pilbara region and who are able to achieve good outcomes which best serve the whole region”.
The RDA Committee will also assist local community stakeholders to develop project proposals and direct them to appropriate public and/or private funding sources – including the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund.