RDA Perth

About Us

RDA PERTH

About the RDA Network

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a partnership between the Australian, state and territory and local governments to support the growth and development of Australia’s regions. RDA Perth, previously part of the area consultative committees, was established in 2012 to focus on the Perth region.

Our committee works to build partnerships between governments, regional development organisations, local businesses, community groups and key regional stakeholders to provide strategic and targeted responses to economic, environmental and social issues affecting the regions of Australia.

Further information about the RDA Network can be found here.

REGIONAL PLAN

A key task of each RDA Committee is to develop regional plans and make them available to the community for review and discussion.

RDA Perth has based its regional plan on its “Driving Change” report which can be accessed here. Our aim is to lead the way in assisting Perth to be Australia’s most desirable destination for living, working, visiting and investing. We want Perth to be a city renowned for its vibrant, cohesive community, exceptional physical environment and robust and dynamic economy.

Our mission is to focus on being an effective and respected collaborator within the community and across all levels of government. We aim to harness all opportunities through collaboration and partnerships, aligning ourselves with stakeholders and working together to achieve success that benefits all our communities.

Our committee membership comprises people with a broad range of skills and expertise in dealing with the issues highlighted within the regional plan. Together they have endorsed the five key priority areas to address over the life of the current plan including:

  • Environment;
  • Transport;
  • Economic development, education and training;
  • Social Inclusion; and
  • Collaboration and regional cooperation.

Contact us to find out more and involve yourself in making Perth the best city in Australia.

REGIONAL PLAN

A key task of each RDA Committee is to develop regional plans and make them available to the community for review and discussion.

RDA Perth has based its regional plan on its “Driving Change” report which can be accessed here. Our aim is to lead the way in assisting Perth to be Australia’s most desirable destination for living, working, visiting and investing. We want Perth to be a city renowned for its vibrant, cohesive community, exceptional physical environment and robust and dynamic economy.

Our mission is to focus on being an effective and respected collaborator within the community and across all levels of government. We aim to harness all opportunities through collaboration and partnerships, aligning ourselves with stakeholders and working together to achieve success that benefits all our communities.

Our committee membership comprises people with a broad range of skills and expertise in dealing with the issues highlighted within the regional plan. Together they have endorsed the five key priority areas to address over the life of the current plan including:

  • Environment;
  • Transport;
  • Economic development, education and training;
  • Social Inclusion; and
  • Collaboration and regional cooperation.

Contact us to find out more and involve yourself in making Perth the best city in Australia.

MEET THE TEAM

Members & Staff

Keith Ellis
Chair

A former Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale President and Councillor, Keith Ellis is a well known marketing agent within the Perth community, specialising in TV production and marketing.

Keith is an avid sportsman, as past captain of the Royal Perth Golf Club, former Deputy Chairman of Greyhound WA, and has been assoicated with tennis, hockey and surf clubs over the years.

With a commitment to the local community, Keith is the President of the Darling Downs Resident’s Association and a past State President of the Local Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a board member and current patron.

Travis Burrows
Deputy Chair

Project and Commercial Management Professional with over 30 years’ experience in the Australian and Asia Pacific Region including more than 15 years’ experience in senior leadership positions. Currently engaged by Amman Mineral on the Batu Hijau Process Expansion Project and prior to that a senior leadership role with one of Australia’s leading engineering, contracting and service providers in the infrastructure, building, energy, resources and transport sectors.

He is a board member of Regional Development Australia Perth and the Perth Football Club.

Travis is a Mechanical Engineer and has substantial project delivery, commercial and governance experience across most market segments.

Catherine Bowen
Member

Catherine is an experienced management and communications professional and lecturer with a PhD from Curtin University. She is regionally based and commutes to the city for professional commitments. She has an extensive background in education and a lifetime of experience in agriculture, agribusiness, natural resources management and regional development at a local level.

Michelle Sewell
Member

Michelle is passionate in the sports arena having played, taught and coached many sports in her life. She is an experienced educator and program co-ordinator in the field and currently oversees the AFL Auskick Program, AFL Nines and AFL Superkick across Western Australia at the West Australian Football Commission. Michelle has also run two successful businesses involved in developing coaching and training programs with the aim to engage all children in sports as well as supporting young and emerging sports stars of the future. She brings energy, strategic direction and operational delivery experience to RDA Perth.

Terry Evans
Member

Terry has a strong background in marketing having run his own successful advertising agency and being the Marketing Director of a prominent large building company for over 17 years.

A long term resident of Darlington, Terry is passionate about the Perth Hills. He is the Chair of Perth Hills Future, a community peak body working to build a strong economic future for the Perth Hills whilst protecting and enhancing the environment and culture of the area.

Previously, Terry has held Directorships at Freedom Marine and Western Australian Maritime

Alex MacKenzie
Member

Alex has 18 years’ private and public sector experience working in property, planning and economic development in some six regions across WA.

His roles have included working with the City of Perth to build key sector capacity and position our State as a competitive investment and lifestyle destination.

Alex is currently leading a number of regional development initiatives aimed at increasing housing supply and choice.

Originally from a farm in the Wheatbelt, Alex has post-graduate qualifications in both town planning and regional development.

Colleen Yates
CEO

Colleen is an accomplished leader who motivates others to achieve what they previously thought to be unachievable. Her leadership style is inclusive and she possesses stellar strategic thinking ability and down-to-earth communication skills with the capacity to deliver on outcomes. She is a firm believer that change is exciting when you successfully ‘sell’ the vision of the new future and gain the full buy-in of all affected stakeholders.

Having worked for the past 35 years in a number of multi-faceted, composite and challenging positions and situations within the private, government and not-for-profit sectors, Colleen has become highly skilled at making decisions based on sound policy and consultation while applying common sense and simplicity to complex tasks.