Opportunity knocks



Unique opportunity opens up as Bruce Rodda leaves RDALC

Investment Attraction Manager, Bruce Rodda, finished his position with Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) at the end of the financial year.

Mr Rodda has played an integral role in promoting international awareness of the Limestone Coast as an investment destination and trading partner since late 2015. RDALC is now looking for a new candidate to continue the role, which is unique to this region.

“Investment supports the development of our region’s key sectors and attracts new economic agents who can support job creation and new business opportunities – whether it’s from over the border or from foreign sources.” Mr Rodda says.

Developing a China Investment Strategy for the Limestone Coast has been a key focus of the job, with Mr Rodda building on his previous 13-year role as an export adviser with Austrade. In March, he was invited by the Mount Gambier City Council to participate in the Lu’an/Baotou delegation, which resulted in the signing of a friendship city agreement in Baotou. In April 2016, Mr Rodda accompanied delegates from the region to the Shandong province in China, as part of the Department of State Development program. RDALC extended this trip to include a visit to Shanghai.

“I see this as critical for this region, as we are dealing with premium products and premium services; we’re seeing that we really need to have that person on the ground with whom we have already established relationships.”

Mr Rodda has also assisted Councils to host a number of inbound delegations from China – including return visits from the Shandong province, Luan and Baotou. He explains. “We are leading the state with the work that we have done here in the region through the RDA, attracting business migrants who are high net worth individuals that are committed to achieving export results and linking in with some of the premium end markets in China.”

Mr Rodda plans to continue collaborating with regional and state stakeholders in a new independent consulting role, with the City of Mount Gambier and RDALC already confirmed as future clients.

RDALC chief executive officer, David Wheaton, says the work Bruce has undertaken is part of a broad plan to ensure a systematic and professional approach to investment activities to drive regional growth.

“The 2015 China-Australia Free Trade Agreement kicked off an exciting era of international business in Australia, so having Bruce as an advocate and leader in this field has been a great coup for the region,” he says.

“We are delighted Bruce has agreed to continue to work with us to mentor and support his replacement.”

Mr Wheaton says continuing this work presents an excellent opportunity for a motivated up-and-comer to learn about international business from one of the best in the business.

“If you have an international outlook and the ability to develop strong regional networks with business and industry, we want to hear from you.”


For further Information contact:-

Mr David Wheaton, Chief Executive Officer

Ph: 87231057 

Mobile 0417 885 920

Date: 30th June 2017