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Cowra farming RDA Central West

Our Staff

RDA Central West is staffed by a small and dedicated team of people with the ability to work with different levels of government, business and other stakeholders. We work across many different industries and issues in order to cater for the various needs and priorities affecting the Central West region.

Julia AndrewsJulia Andrews
CEO and Director of Regional Development

Julia brings to RDA Central West fifteen years experience in Central Western NSW working in Local Government, regional development, advocacy, media, tourism and the wine industry. Most recently, Julia was employed as a consultant with Central NSW Councils (Centroc) on a number of projects including the Beyond the Range regional health workforce recruitment campaign and the Regional Priority Infrastructure Multi Criteria Analysis.

Julia moved to Canowindra from Sydney in the late 1990’s to establish Hamilton’s Bluff Vineyard with her husband James. In 2005, she established The Canowindra Phoenix newspaper with a vision to encourage the local community to “shop locally first”.

Julia was educated at the Australian National University in Canberra and also has a Graduate Degree in Communications from the Queensland University of Technology. She moved to Orange with her family in 2014.

Amelia Haigh Amelia Haigh
Projects Manager

Amelia has worked on a number of regional projects with RDA Central West, including establishing a regional approach to Telecommunications improvements, the Agribusiness Today Forum and most recently a Farm to Institution project.

Amelia returned to the Central West after studying a Bachelor of International Studies (Hons) from the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Amelia has a background in research and analysis put to use as an intern for various policy organisations and think tanks, as well as working for an Open News community newspaper. She has also been involved with encouraging youth engagement in grassroots community initiatives and is passionate about development both locally and abroad.

Sharon Rabey 
Regional Visa Officer 

Sharon was born and bred in Central West NSW, and has worked extensively in regional development over this time.

Sharon has a wealth of experience and keen interest in developing solutions to skill shortage issues in the region.