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New board leaders announced for RDA Hunter

RDA Hunter
Chair of RDA Hunter Michael Slater & Deputy Chair John Turner
Boosting the economic capability and performance of the Hunter is a primary focus for Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter as it commences its next three year phase led by new Chairman, Mr Michael Slater and Deputy Chair Mr John Turner.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, The Hon. Warren Truss MP and Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services, The Hon. Troy Grant MP recently confirmed the new appointments. Mr Truss said the three-year appointments will provide leadership to RDA committees to drive economic growth and make the most of the potential capability of their region.
Mr Michael Slater has been appointed Chair of RDA Hunter for a period of three years. With a strong background in regional economic development, finance and infrastructure industries, Mr Slater brings 26 years of experience serving as a director of N.I.B. Health Insurance Ltd., the Hunter Economic Development Corporation, the Hunter Regional Development Board and various NSW Infrastructure industry and NSW Treasury working groups.
“Forging a path for the Hunter that maximises our comparative advantages and strengthens our capabilities as a region is of vital importance for our future. Together with John and the other RDA Hunter Directors and staff, I look forward to working with the Australian and NSW governments to build the Hunter’s profile as a smart location in which to invest, live and work.” said Mr Slater. Mr John Turner, the former NSW Member for Myall Lakes has been appointed Deputy Chair. Mr Turner is a lawyer and has held several Shadow Ministry positions.
RDA Hunter facilitates policies, programmes and projects designed to strengthen human capital, productivity, infrastructure, access to markets, regional comparative advantage and business competitiveness, leading to increased economic activity and the creation of new jobs.