Regional Development VictoriaRDA Loddon Mallee

State Government of Victoria

About RDA Loddon Mallee

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a partnership between all three levels of the Australian Government – Federal, State and Territory, and local government - to support the growth and development of Australia's regions.

A national network of 55 RDA committees has been established to provide a strategic framework for economic growth in each region.

The RDA committees work to:

  • Support informed regional planning.
  • Consult and engage with the community on economic, social and environmental issues, solutions and priorities.
  • Liaise with governments and local communities about government programs, services, grants and initiatives for regional development.
  • Contribute to business growth plans and investment strategies, environmental solutions and social inclusion strategies in their region.

Regional Development Victoria is managing and co-coordinating the operation of RDA activities in Victoria. There are nine RDA committees in Victoria covering all parts of the state:

Each committee comprises local leaders with broad and diverse skills and experience, as well as demonstrated networks within their region. Committee members are individuals who understand the challenges, opportunities and priorities within their local community.

Appointments to RDA committees have been made by the:

  • Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and local government
  • State government minister responsible for regional development

These appointments have involved an open and public Expression of Interest process.

The Australian Government provides funding to support the establishment and operation of the committees. In Victoria, the State Government provides funding and other forms of support to the committees.

RDA Loddon Mallee Committee

The RDA Loddon Mallee has the following five key roles:

  1. Consultation and engagement with the community
  2. Informed regional planning
  3. Whole-of-government activities
  4. Promotion of government programs
  5. Community and economic development.

We fulfil our roles by researching and identifying issues to help drive change, holding and supporting forums on key regional issues and priorities to identify and progress solutions, providing advice on funding opportunities and identifying and advocating in support of current regional projects or issues that align with Regional Development Australia (RDA) key performance indicators and priorities listed in our two Regional Strategic Plans.

You can contact the Loddon Mallee RDA by calling Regional Development Victoria’s Bendigo office on (03) 4433 8001 or via email at

RDA Loddon Mallee Committee Members


Jenny Dawson

Jenny Dawson - Bendigo

Jenny is the inaugural Chair of the RDA Loddon Mallee Committee, a Non-Executive Director of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd and Chairs their Audit Committee. She also Chairs Sandhurst Trustees Limited, is a Trustee for the Anglican Diocese of Bendigo and has recently retired from the Board of Goulburn-Murray Water. Jenny is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Deputy Chair

Stuart McLean

Stuart McLean - Councillor, Buloke Shire, Wycheproof

Stuart has been a Councillor with the Buloke Shire for 15 years, including 2 terms as Mayor. He is the Chair of the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) - Sheep Identification Implementation Committee for Victoria, a Board Member of the North Central Catchment Management Authority, Electric Line Clearance Consultative Member for Energy Safe Victoria and President of the Livestock Saleyards Association of Victoria.

Committee members

Kerry Anderson 

Kerry Anderson - Projects Manager, Community Leadership Loddon Mallee Inc, Castlemaine

Kerry is the Projects Manager for Community Leadership Loddon Murray Inc. working on innovative projects such as The Next Gen Ag Road Show for young farmers, The Big Conversation for Northern Irrigators and Women on Boards forums. Kerry recently self-funded a study tour of rural Nebraska to develop a project entitled Operation Next Gen aimed at encouraging entrepreneurism in rural areas.

Linda Beilharz 

Linda Beilharz - Executive Officer, Womens Health Loddon Mallee, Bendigo

Linda is the Executive Officer of Women's Health Loddon Mallee, with a keen interest in building community capacity and resilience. She has been included in the
Victorian Women’s Honour Roll and named Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2010. Linda is the first (and so far only) Australian woman to have reached the north and south poles, on foot.

 Hayden Cock

Hayden Cock - CEO, Committee for Echuca Moama, Echuca

Hayden was appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Committee for Echuca Moama in January 2012. This organisation was established in 2011 and is a membership-based organisation advocating for the issues and initiatives that will make Echuca Moama a better place to live, work and play.

Jenny Collins

Jenny Collins - CEO, Mallee Catchment Management Authority

Jenny is the Chief Executive Officer of the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) situated in north-west Victoria. Jenny has experience working with commonwealth and state governments on policy development, funding submissions and community consultation and has developed partnerships with landholders, government agencies, local government and organisations such as the Murray Darling Basin Authority.

 Greg Cruickshank

Greg Cruickshank - Councillor, Swan Hill Rural City Council, Lake Boga

Greg is a Councillor with the Swan Hill Rural City Council, as well as a Director of the Murray Regional Tourism Board and Swan Hill Incorporated. With a strong interest in sport and community, Greg is involved with a number of Swan Hill's sporting clubs and community organisations. Greg owns and operates Greg Cruickshank Photographics.

Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston - CEO, Central Goldfields Shire

Mark is the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Goldfields Shire. Prior to this appointment, Mark was the CEO of the former Shire of East Loddon. Mark has been heavily involved in local community organisations and activities including Chair of the Bendigo Football League Board of Management in 2003-04 and since 2006 has been a Director on the Board of the Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE.

Craig Niemann

Craig Niemann - CEO, Greater Bendigo City Council

Craig was appointed as CEO at City of Greater Bendigo in 2007, having joined as Director Organisation Support in 2005. Prior to this appointment Craig was CEO of the Shire of Loddon and has over 25 years experience working in local government. He has played a key role in facilitating and encouraging the self reliance of local communities and has a strong focus on community engagement and improving services.

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Last Updated: 25 June 2015