RDAMR MediaRelease

12 January 2021

MEDIA RELEASE

New Chair for Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland.

In a great start to 2021, Mrs Jodie Hawkes has been appointed as the new Chair of Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland (RDAMR).

The Hon Nola Marino MP, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories said, “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Jodie Hawkes to 30 June 2025.”

“Mrs Hawkes will lead RDAMR under a refreshed Charter that focuses their role on driving investment and local procurement opportunities and through this, creating jobs and economic growth for our regions.

“I look forward to working with Mrs Hawkes and the RDAMR members and staff over the coming years and encourage the community to reach out to their RDA to discuss how it can help business succeed,” Assistant Minister Marino said.

Mrs Hawkes has been a member of the RDAMR Board since 2018 and is the co-owner and Chief Finance Officer at Bowhill Engineering, one of the largest manufacturing businesses in the region. Mrs Hawkes is passionate about our region and enjoys advocating for regional living and working.  She shares her skills with a number of different community groups, including the Karoonda Area School Governing Council and the Bowhill Progress Association.

Mrs Hawkes said, “It is an honour to be appointed as Chair of RDAMR and I look forward to driving the workforce, business performance, investment and community resilience outcomes outlined in our Strategic Plan that will see us internationally recognised as a vibrant, world leading circular economy by 2030.”

“RDAMR is founded on strong relationships across community, industry and government, and is in a great position thanks to the sound leadership of our outgoing Chair, Mayor Neil Martinson, who most recently successfully steered the Board and staff through the challenges of 2020,” Mrs Hawkes said.

Outgoing RDAMR Chair, Mayor Neil Martinson (Mayor of Renmark Paringa Council), thanked RDAMR Board members, staff and its many stakeholders for their support and collaboration throughout the last decade.

The longest serving RDA Chair across Australia, Mayor Martinson said, “It was very important to me that we found the right Chair to take RDAMR forward to achieve its goals for the region.”

“I am thrilled that Mrs Hawkes has been appointed as RDAMR’s Chair. Her previous experience on the RDAMR Board, in growing a very successful regional business and in working with community, absolutely puts RDAMR in the right hands, and all the way through to 2025!” Mayor Martinson said.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin thanked Mayor Martinson for his long-service as RDAMR Chair and welcomes the appointment of current Board Member Mrs Hawkes to the role.

“I note Mayor Martinson is the longest-serving RDA Chair in Australia and I thank him for his dedication to the Murraylands and Riverland over the past decade,” Mr Pasin said.

“I congratulate Mrs Hawkes on her appointment as the new Chair. She brings a wealth of industry and community experience to the role and I look forward to working with Mrs Hawkes to achieve great outcomes for the Murraylands and Riverland.”

Mrs Hawkes officially commenced her role as incoming RDAMR Chair on 1 January 2021.

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Media contact:

Analise Gates, RDAMR Marketing and Communications Executive

M: 0408 898 320 | E: agates@rdamr.com.au

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