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The Hon Don Page, Chair of Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers is pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Smith to the position of Director of Regional Development, RDA Northern Rivers.

Alex Smith previously held the position of RDA Northern Rivers CEO from 2015 to 2018.

During this time, he worked closely with community stakeholders, politicians and industry to focus on programs that targeted youth unemployment, economic resilience and environmental initiatives.Headshot of Alex Smith, the RDA Northen Rivers Director of Regional Development

He has also worked closely with Local Governments across the region to assist in managing the relationships between the Commonwealth Government and local councils.

“The RDA Northern Rivers Board is pleased to see Alex return to the role of Director of Regional Development,” Mr Page said.

“Alex’s experience spans across government, industry, and agriculture as well as extensive knowledge of our region.

“His strategic thinking, analytical ability and communication skills with stakeholders will be an enormous asset to RDA-Northern Rivers and the community generally.” Mr Page said.

Alex brings a long career in management across government, industry and agriculture and has been a Commissioner in the NSW Government, Executive Manager for the Berry industry across Australia and General Manager of several commercial entities.

Mr Page welcomes Alex back to RDA Northern Rivers on his proven track record of positive stakeholder engagement and advocacy for our region.

“Alex’s broad experience and knowledge of our region, dealing with government and engaging the community ensures the continued good work of RDA Northern Rivers to seek opportunities for growth.

“The Board and I look forward to working with Alex to assist in delivering measurable results for our community,” Mr Page said.

Chair of RDA-Northern Rivers, The Hon Don Page also thanked Nathan McGrath for his contribution to the region over the past year.

“We were fortunate to have Nathan as Director of Regional Development and the Board is excited to have Alex Smith take over that role.


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