RDA Hume brings together local leaders who work to champion projects and initiatives that contribute to the economic prosperity of the Hume region.
RDA Hume’s vision is to prioritise and facilitate regional opportunities by actively advocating the Hume region’s interests and supporting the implementation of regional priorities. This will be achieved by encouraging greater connection between all levels of government, business, industry and the broader community to strengthen opportunities and facilitate growth and development opportunities.
Established in 2010, RDA Hume plays a key role in advocating for investment into the region, as well as developing a single, unified voice and actively working to align government funding with regional priorities.
As an integrated body, RDA Hume plays a key role in directing State and Federal investment to the right infrastructure and community projects, ensuring there are strong sources of investment into the region.
Backed by both the State and Federal governments, RDA Hume is supported by Regional Development Victoria, the Victorian Government’s lead agency responsible for rural and regional economic development.
Taking a whole-of-region approach, RDA Hume has a bird’s eye view of the challenges and opportunities that exist within the Hume region and is uniquely placed to leverage and coordinate regional effort and influence policy decisions from within state and federal government.
Our Committee members
RDA Hume Committee Chair
Cr Amanda McClaren
Cr McClaren is the Mayor of Strathbogie Shire Council, having been elected in 2016.
Prior to this she was the CEO of Goulburn Murray Community Leadership and held roles with both the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and North Central Catchment Management Authority.
She is passionate about the continual development of regional Victoria and has a strong reputation for addressing issues affecting rural and regional communities
RDA Hume Committee
Amelia Hartney is the founder and director of My Round Table, an organisation developed to help support businesses and organisations with strategy, transformation and growth solutions both in Australia and abroad.
She has also worked for Crowe Horwath, Findex and KPMG and brings a great deal of knowledge about supporting and advocating for the agriculture and manufacturing industries.
Craig Lloyd is the CEO of Murrindindi shire Council and is responsible for council’s operations including community planning, financial government, infrastructure planning, maintenance and major projects.
He has held senior positions at the City of Greater Bendigo, Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board and Ambulance WA.
He is dedicated to working with the Hume community to build confidence and capacity and provide an advocacy voice.
Elise Armitage has been the Economic Development Officer for Falls Creek Resort Management since 2016 and is also a director of Small Creative, a cultural development consultancy.
She has also held roles with the City of Wodonga, Murray Arts and the Southern Grampians and Glenelg Primary Care Partnership.
She is passionate about culture, community and the outdoors and enjoys contributing to the community creatively.
Geraldine Christou is the Sustainable Development Director of Greater Shepparton City Council and responsible for economic development, tourism, events, strategic and statutory planning and environment and sustainability.
She is passionate about bringing people and ideas together to identify opportunities and consolidate strengths.
Grant Jones is the Executive Advisor and Technical Director with GHD Pty Ltd specialising in infrastructure planning, options assessments, business case development and technical investigations.
He co-founded Malt Shed Brewery in Wangaratta and is the Managing Director and head brewer.
He is committed to building a vibrant and sustainable region by undertaking leadership roles with an approachable, balanced, strategic and motivated work ethic.
Kirsten Williams has been the Strategic Advisor to the Officer of the Assistant Police Commissioner since 2012, preparing strategic analysis reports and identifying trends and emerging issues that inform business and operational planning.
She has also held roles with the Office of the Deputy Police Commissioner, Victoria Police Traffic and Transit Safety Department, Intelligence and Covert Support Command and Licensing Services Division and the Department of Justice.
She has been awarded multiple awards for service across these organisations
The role of RDA Hume is predominately facilitation, engagement and communication - getting key people and organisations around the table to ensure the region capitalises on opportunities.
RDA Hume collaborates with businesses, not-for-profits, and industry bodies to coordinate regional priorities and foster comparative advantages, while directing public and private sector investment into impactful infrastructure projects.
Bringing people and ideas together, RDA Hume fosters comparative advantages in agriculture, food processing and other regionally significant industries.
One of six committees that operate within Victoria, RDA Hume borders RDA Gippsland and RDA Loddon Mallee in Victoria and RDA Far South Coast, RDA Murray and RDA Southern Inland in NSW.
RDA Hume works across these neighbouring borders and throughout Victoria’s RDA regions, as well as the Goulburn and Ovens Murray Regional Partnerships to identify opportunities to leverage regional effort and boost economic activity.
- 114,710 jobs in the Hume region.
- 19.8 per cent of regional Victoria’s jobs represented in the Hume region.
- Two national transport corridors and direct access to four capital cities within 24 hours by road or rail.
- Agriculture and forestry, manufacturing, and health care and social assistance are Hume’s top three industries.
RDA Hume covers the Goulburn and Ovens Murray regions in Victoria, which includes the local government areas of Alpine, Benalla, Greater Shepparton, Indigo, Mansfield, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi, Strathbogie, Towong, Wangaratta and Wodonga.
Hume is a fast-growing region of Victoria with a social and cultural fabric and heritage to match its natural beauty. The region is renowned for world-class wines, gourmet food, and is part of the food bowl of Australia. The Murray, Goulburn, Broken, Ovens, King and Kiewa rivers are important to the region for environmental, lifestyle and business. The Strathbogie Ranges are a gateway for the famous High Country and the region is renowned for nature-based and cycle tourism.
The region’s diversity and new opportunities in key industries will continue to ensure steady economic development and jobs growth. This is reflected by Hume’s growing population, which is projected to increase by more than 38 per cent by 2031.