Whyalla gets on board

VOICE: New RDAWEP board member Cr Tom Antonio (far right) has joined returning members Cr Clare MCLaughlin and Cr Colin Carter.
VOICE: New RDAWEP board member Cr Tom Antonio (far right) has joined returning members Cr Clare MCLaughlin and Cr Colin Carter.

The Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula now features a stronger Whyalla voice with four representatives from the steel city on board.

New member Councillor Tom Antonio joins returning members Cr Clare McLaughlin, Cr Colin Carter, and Whyalla Football League President Jack Velthuizen.

RDAWEP Chair Bryan Trigg announced the appointment of the organisation’s new board this week.

Endorsed by Federal and State Governments, the board also includes returning members Mr Trigg, Malcolm Catt (Deputy Chair), Allan Suter, Heather Baldock and the second new member Ricky Trenberth.

“The new Board brings to the table an impressive and diverse range of background disciplines and a wealth of experiences and knowledge,” Mr Trigg said.

“The new Board members are great assets in continuing to develop and deliver collaborative projects which support economic development on Eyre Peninsula.”

A former deputy mayor and acting mayor of Whyalla, Cr Antonio also owns four electrical retail businesses in Whyalla, Port Lincoln, Port Augusta and Port Pirie. 

“I joined the RDAWEP Board to play a key role in driving economic development opportunities and investment in the region,” he said.

“I hope to be able to use my 40 years of experience as a business director to provide positive input during my tenure with RDAWEP that will benefit the Board, CEO and staff.”

Mr Trenberth is operations manager for a large machinery dealership at Tumby Bay. He has broad experience and comprehensive knowledge of operations and finance.

“I plan to do my best to preserve the way of life that we all enjoy here on the Eyre Peninsula and Far West Coast and ensure that any development happens in a way that is sustainable for those here today,” he said.

“It’s a privilege to have been chosen to join the RDA and I hope to contribute towards the good work already done by the RDAWEP in driving sustainable development in our region.”

RDAWEP is the lead agency for driving economic, business and tourism development in the Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula region.