Regional Development Australia - Wheatbelt
An Australian Government Initiative

Minister Appoints new RDA Wheatbelt Chairman

Terry Waldron to take over the reins as we Thank Graham Cooper

RDA Wheatbelt is pleased at the recent announcement by the Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, the Hon. John McVeigh MP, on the appointment of Mr Terry (Tuck)  Waldron to the position of Chairman.

"I welcome the appointment of Mr Waldron as Chair of RDA Wheatbelt. Mr Waldron’s demonstrated commitment to the local area, leadership skills and experience in the State Government sector makes him the perfect candidate to lead RDA Wheatbelt" said Minister McVeigh.
Minister McVeigh further commented "RDAs are key contributors to regional economic development. RDA committees are highly valued facilitators of initiatives that grow local economies, promote opportunities and attract investment; this in turn provides confidence to regional areas. In addition, I would like to thank the 500-plus volunteer board members that serve on our 55 RDA committees across Australia for their ongoing support".

Mr Waldron brings a range of experience to the Committee as the Nationals Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly from 2001 to 2017 (Including as Minister for 6.5 years) and previously in the rural real estate industry, sports administration & development and farming. Mr Waldron expresses keen interest in maintaining strong rural communities in WA, advocating that these communities should be able to provide excellent facilities, services, opportunities and security for families.

“I am honoured and delighted to be offered the opportunity to steer RDA Wheatbelt forward. My interests in the region align with the new RDA charter and I am keen to strengthen economic development and investment within the Wheatbelt” said Mr Waldron. “I urge interested persons to consider a volunteer Committee position with RDA Wheatbelt for a rewarding way to give back to your community and to grow the Wheatbelt”

Outgoing Chairman Mr Graham Cooper OAM has been on the committee for 8 years, 4 as Deputy Chair and another 4 as Chair. Graham has brought a wealth of experience to the RDA Wheatbelt Committee from the WA Dept of Agriculture in Soil and Water Conservation and Farmways, his local rural merchandise business in Cunderdin. Graham’s voluntary contributions to the region include being a Board Member for the Wheatbelt Development Commission, Cunderdin Shire Councillor and President, South East Avon Voluntary Regional Council and with an advisory group for Elders rural services WA. Graham is a committed advocate for the region and continues to develop his interests in transport, health and small business.

Mr Waldron said “I sincerely thank Graham Cooper for his great commitment to, and his outstanding work for the region, both through his role with RDA Wheatbelt and numerous other organisations. Under this leadership RDA Wheatbelt has achieved  many ‘wins’ for the region and I feel that we are in a strong position to continue delivering positive outcomes for the Wheatbelt”