The Regional Development Australia Central and Western Queensland Committee is comprised of local leaders from across Central Queensland.

A “liveable and sustainable Central Queensland” is the key focus of the Regional Development Australia Central and Western Queensland Inc. (RDACWQ) committee. This vision was created by the newly endorsed board members through wide-ranging networking and joint meetings with local key stakeholders and by drawing upon regional evidence and statistics to support the vision with Australian and Queensland State priorities.

Grant Cassidy | Chair

Grant Cassidy


Grant serves as Managing Director of The Cassidy Hospitality Group and is a Director of the Gladstone Ports Corporation.  He is a Fellow of The Australian Institute of Company Directors and sits on the Central Queensland AICD committee and holds a full Real Estate Agents License. Grant has had a long involvement in various community organisations including: 10 years as Chair of Capricorn Enterprise – the Capricorn region’s peak Tourism and Economic Development Organisation; a former board member of Tourism Queensland (chaired the TQ Audit and Risk committee); and previously held board positions with a number of other local organisations such as Rockhampton Girls Grammar School and CQ University Australia.

John Lever | Treasurer

John Lever


John is the Owner/Manager of Koorana Crocodile Farm.  After gaining a Diploma in Agricultural Science, he gained experience in a variety of jobs (including a teacher; CSIRO agricultural officer) John worked in Papua New Guinea as a wildlife officer, managing stations that included a Bird of Paradise sanctuary, a deer research station and a crocodile farm.

Cr. Neville Ferrier | Board Member

Cr. Neville Ferrier

Board Member

Neville is the Mayor of Banana Shire Council.  Nev owned and operated a transport business in the Central Queensland region for over 30 years. He was first elected to Banana Shire Council in 2004, and was re-elected in 2008 and 2012. In the 2016 election Nev became Mayor.  Nev represents Banana Shire Council on many community committees and associations, as well as being an active member on a large number of local community organisations.

Cr. Andrew Martin  | Board Member

Cr. Andrew Martin

Board Member

Andrew is the Mayor of Blackall-Tambo Regional Council. Andrew is a fourth generation grazier and is an Executive Member of the National Farmers Federation. In addition to his role as Mayor, Andrew has extensive experience in rural and remote business operations and it currently Chair of Red Ridge Interior and a Committee Member of the Outback Queensland Tourism Association.

David Arnold | Board Member

David Arnold

Board Member

David is the General Manager of Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) and Deputy Chair of the Central West Hospital and Health Service (CWHHS). Additionally, David is the Director of RAPAD Employment Services Queensland, Chair of RAPAD Employment Services Queensland Plus, and Chair of the Executive Committee, Member of Finance and Audit and Risk Committee, CWHHS.

Robert Gibb | Board Member

Robert Gibb

Board Member

Robert is the Manager Communities & Sustainable Development for the Australia Pacific LNG Project, Robert leads the ConocoPhillips stakeholder engagement and social performance team. Robert’s experience and specific expertise is focused on social impact assessment, frontline community relations and leading community development practice.

Bronwyn Roberts | Board Member

Bronwyn Roberts

Board Member

Bronwyn is an experienced small business manager and has held senior management positions in non-government organisations. Bronwyn also currently holds board positions with Central Highlands Development Corporation, Central Highlands Science Centre and the Department of Premier and Cabinet Central Queensland Regional Community Forum.

Business Plans

Vision – a shared vision to strengthen the perspective of regional Australia in government decision making, including bottom-up regional thinking as an integral part of government policy development processes, to create a sense of community ownership.

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