Our Committee

The Committee’s Vision for the Region

A prosperous, sustainable, cohesive and liveable region.

The Committee’s Purpose

RDA facilitates and advocates for sustainable economic development by collaborating with regional stakeholders.

Our Committee

Our Committee is made up of nine members including a Chair who is appointed by the Australian Government’s Minister for Regional Development.
Our Committee

Mr Frank Beveridge

Chairman

Frank joined RDA in 2016 and is the Mayor of Charters Towers Regional Council, having served in local government for over 16 years, previously as Deputy Mayor and Councillor.

Frank has been in small business for 30 years in the region and is married with four children.

Mr David Donohue

Deputy Chair

An experienced company director, serves as President of TropLinks Inc, established by the Australian Government to export Australia’s tropical expertise.

Professionally, David is Managing Director of Townsville-headquartered QCCN Pty Ltd, a highly awarded niche stakeholder engagement and communication consultancy.

A proud North Queenslander, David and his family have called Townsville home for five generations.

Cr Mary Brown

Treasurer

Mary joined RDA in 2017 and is currently Councillor at Hinchinbrook Shire Council, previously held the position of Deputy Mayor.

She has over 30 years experience in private enterprise, has raised six children and with her husband has established several businesses.

Economic and community development for regional communities is her passion.

Mr Chris Briggs

Secretary

Chris joined RDA in 2018 and is General Manager at SeaLink Queensland in Townsville. He has many years experience within senior and executive management teams.

Chris previously worked with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority as Director Tourism and Stewardship. He has also held a number of committee positions for industry associations and sporting clubs.

Prof. Sabina Knight

Sabina joined RDA in 2013. The Director of the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University.

Sabina is an internationally recognised rural health leader with an extensive career in remote and rural primary health care, public health and education, and community development.

Cr Greg Campbell

Greg Campbell joined RDA in 2017 and is the Mayor of Cloncurry Shire Council. Greg also previously served as a Councillor for a term between 2004-2008 and as Deputy Mayor 2008-2012.

Prior to Greg’s Mayoral appointment, he held a number of technical and managerial roles with Ergon Energy for the North West. Greg has significant experience in the energy industry with over 20 years as an electrician and various managerial roles.

Greg also has a passion for agriculture and the development of rural Queensland and when he is not in the office he enjoys working on the family beef cattle property.

Cr June Kuhl

June joined RDA in 2017 and is the Deputy Mayor of Richmond Shire Council, having served in local government for nine years, previously as Deputy Mayor and Councillor.

June and her husband Gavin have operated a grazing property in the Richmond shire for almost 40 years. June is passionate about the shire and its future potential.

Cr Jack Bawden

Jack joined RDA in 2018 and is Mayor of Carpentaria Shire Council. He is Chair of the North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils and a member of the North West Queensland Regional Roads Group.

Jack also operates an auto electrical/mechanical work shop in Normanton.

Cr John Woods

John joined RDA in 2018 and runs a home maintenance service. He has been with the council for 18 years, 10 of which he served as Mayor.

John is Deputy Chair of the Northern Alliance of Councils and President of the Home Hill Harvest Festival Committee. He has also served on a number of boards.

Our Committee

Mr Frank Beveridge

Chairman

Frank joined RDA in 2016 and is the former Mayor of Charters Towers Regional Council, having served in local government for 16 years, previously as Deputy Mayor and Councillor. Frank has been in small business for 30 years int he region and is married with four children.

Mr David Donohue

Deputy Chair

An experienced company director, David Chairs the Council of The Good Shepherd Home, one of Queensland’s largest aged care facilities and a major regional employer. He also serves as President of TropLinks Inc, established by the Australian Government to export Australia’s tropical expertise. Professionally, David is Managing Director of Townsville-headquartered QCCN Pty Ltd, a highly awarded niche stakeholder engagement and communication consultancy. A proud North Queenslander, David and his family have called Townsville home for five generations.

Cr Mary Brown

Treasurer

Mary joined RDA in 2017 and is the Deputy Mayor of Hinchinbrook. She has over 30 years experience in private enterprise, has raised six children and with her husband has established several businesses. Economic and community development for regional communities is her passion.

Mr Chris Briggs

Secretary

Chris joined RDA in 2018 and is General Manager at SeaLink Queensland in Townsville. He has many years experience within senior and executive management teams. Chris previously worked with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority as Director Tourism and Stewardship. He has also held a number of committee positions for industry associations and sporting clubs.

Prof. Sabina Knight

Sabina joined RDA in 2013. The Director of the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University, Sabina is an internationally recognised rural health leader with an extensive career in remote and rural primary health care, public health and education, and community development.

Cr Greg Campbell

Greg Campbell joined RDA in 2017 and is the Mayor of Cloncurry Shire Council. Greg also previously served as a Councillor for a term between 2004-2008 and as Deputy Mayor 2008-2012. Prior to Greg’s Mayoral appointment, he held a number of technical and managerial roles with Ergon Energy for the North West. Greg has significant experience in the energy industry with over 20 years as an electrician and various managerial roles. Greg also has a passion for agriculture and the development of rural Queensland and when he is not in the office he enjoys working on the family beef cattle property.

Cr June Kuhl

June joined RDA in 2017 and is the Deputy Mayor of Richmond Shire Council, having served in local government for nine years, previously as Deputy Mayor and Councillor. June and her husband Gavin have operated a grazing property in the Richmond shire for almost 40 years. June is passionate about the shire and its future potential.

Cr Jack Bawden

Jack joined RDA in 2018 and is Mayor of Carpentaria Shire Council. He is Chair of the North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils and a member of the North West Queensland Regional Roads Group. Jack also operates an auto electrical/mechanical work shop in Normanton.

Cr John Woods

John joined RDA in 2018 and is a councillor of Burdekin Shire Council and runs a home maintenance service. He has been with the council for 18 years, 10 of which he served as Mayor. John is Deputy Chair of the Northern Alliance of Councils and President of the Home Hill Harvest Festival Committee. He has also served on a number of boards.
Interested in being a part of the RDA Committee?

RDA’s current Committee members have been appointed for the period up to 31 December, 2020 but occasionally vacancies will occur and these will be advertised through our Community Connections newsletters and our facebook page. If you are interested in applying for a Committee position please follow the link to the Regional Development Australia website.

Our Region

Information and Statistics about Townsville and North West QLD

Grants and Funding

For the latest information on Grants and Funding

Regional Employment Trials Program

A Local Employment Initiative Fund for employment related projects

Inland Queensland Roads Action Project
(IQ-RAP)

IQ-RAP improves regional sustainability, productivity and safety on QLD’s inland road network

Aviation Industry Development Project

A project to develop the aviation industry in North and North West QLD

STEMBooster Project

A major skills and economic development initiative for a pipeline of STEM talent.

Our Region

Information and Statistics about Townsville and North West QLD

Grants and Funding

For the latest information on Grants and Funding

Regional Employment Trials Program

A Local Employment Initiative Fund for employment related projects

Inland Queensland Road Actions Program (IQ-RAP)

IQ-RAP improves regional sustainability, productivity and safety on QLD’s inland road network

Aviation Industry Development Project

A project to develop the aviation industry in North and North West QLD

STEMBooster Project

A major skills and economic development initiative for a pipeline of STEM talent.