Mid-Western Regional Council general manager Brad Cam has an ambitious agenda for his first term as chairman of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana.
Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Nola Marino has announced Mr Cam's appointment as chairman to June 30, 2025.
Mr Cam, who stood in for John Walkom after he stepped down from the position of chairman in 2020, responded with a long list of priorities.
"My priorities in the next four years are getting our workforce issues sorted for all employers, strengthening the education system in the Orana to support business growth, facilitating new partnerships across the region and leveraging opportunities from major government initiatives like the NSW government's Renewable Energy Zone and the Commonwealth government's Inland Rail Project," he said.
"I will also aim to support the growth of our member-based sister organisation, the Orana Opportunity Network."
RDA Orana reports Mr Cam is "already a key figure in regional development" through his position as general manager of Mid-Western Regional Council.
"..he is passionate about growing industry, expanding the economy, creating opportunities and helping businesses overcome the obstacles they may face across the Orana," an RDA Orana spokeswoman said.
"RDA Orana provides the foundations and assistance required to help nurture these needs."
Mr Cam is also chairman of Housing Plus, a community housing provider for the Central West, Orana and Far West regions, and a member of the Sport and Recreation Advisory Board for the Central West and Orana regions.
He sits on the board of Mudgee Regional Tourism, Mudgee Health Council, the Orana Water Utilities Alliance and is interim executive officer of the Orana Joint Organisation.
Under Mr Cam's leadership last year, RDA Orana received a "very high ranking" in a national survey conducted by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.
"We were ranked as number one by our respondents as being responsible for regional development ahead of local government and the overall satisfaction with our RDA was 90.9 per cent with an average of 83.6 per cent in NSW and 84.8 per cent in Australia," the new chairman said.