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Board Members

RDA Limestone Coast Board Members

Peter Gandolfi

Chair

Mr Gandolfi has been an active board member of the Limestone Coast Local Government Association and a small business owner for more than 13 years, he also spent eight years working as a ministerial advisor for territory, state and federal governments and was Mayor of Wattle Range Council for eight years.

Alan Richardson

Alan Richardson

Deputy Chair

Alan has been Deputy Chair of the Board for over 4 years.  His training and background are in agriculture and, after studying at Roseworthy Agricultural College, he spent 10 years jackarooing, overseeing and managing grazing properties, mainly in the South East of SA. 

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Erika Vickery OAM

Erika Vickery

Erika is the current Mayor of the Naracoorte Lucindale Council and President of the Limestone Coast Local Government Association. 

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Scott Whicker

scott whicker

Scott completed a Degree in Chemical Engineering with Honours at Adelaide University in 1984.  He worked as a Production Control Engineer for Worsley Alumina in WA for  nearly 4 year and Kimberly-Clark Clark Australia Millicent Mill for 31 years until June 2019, 11 years as the Mill Manager (more…)

Judy Nagy

Judy Nagy

Judy is General Manager City Growth with the City of Mount Gambier and her responsibilities include the visitor economy, economic development and building and planning. (more…)

Darren Turner

Darren has over 35 years’ experience in leading one of Australia’s premium branded wool bedding companies Minijumbuk and has undertaken numerous business and management courses throughout his career including the Global CEO Program completed in 2016

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Lew Parsons

Lew Parsons

Lew has vast experience within the forestry industry over many years and is currently self employed as a forestry consultant for local logging contractors, wood producers and forest owners.  

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Liz McKinnon

Liz has extensive leadership experience and has worked in the media industry for many years including a stint as media advisor to former Victorian Premier Denis Napthine.  

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Dennis Jackson

Dennis has been in the media industry for over 25 years with News limited, APN and now as General Manager of The Border Watch Pty Ltd.

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Simone Kain

Simone Kain is co-owner of creative agency Hello Friday and co-founder and author of award-winning educational brand, George the Farmer, which teaches children about farming practices along with how food and fibre is produced through picture books, music, videos, apps, performance, free curriculum-aligned educator guides and live action episodes appearing on ABC TV.

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Alan's background and training is in Agriculture. He spent four years studying at Roseworthy Agricultural College (graduating as Dux), then spent the next 10 years jackarooing, overseeing and managing grazing properties, mainly in the South East of SA.

In 1983, he decided to apply to the ABC to become a Rural Reporter on regional radio. He was posted for three years to Orange in Central West NSW as trainee Rural Reporter, then was lucky enough to gain the position of Rural Reporter for the South East of SA, replacing the legendary Peter Collins.

Alan, his wife and family of 3 children spent 5 happy years in Mount Gambier, but then decided to take up the challenge of moving to Perth where Alan was appointed head of the ABC Rural Department in WA, responsible for the state "Country Hour" and the 6 regional Rural Reports.

After 7 years in Perth, the opportunity arose to come back to Mount Gambier as Regional Manager for ABC South East. Alan continued in that position until mid 2012, when he retired.

He is now actively involved in RDA Limestone Coast, the Limestone Coast Economic Diversification Forum, The Rotary Club of Mount Gambier, Roseworthy Old Collegian's Association, babysitting duties with his grand-daughter and many "shed and hobby-farm based activities"!