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Venning returns to region for new role

Venning returns to region for new role

Nearly 12 months after retiring from politics, former Member for Schubert Mr Ivan Venning returns to the region after being appointed chairman of Regional Development Australia Barossa.

Bringing to the role more than 20 years’ experience in State Government, in addition to a great understanding and networks at Local and Federal Government level, Mr Venning said he is looking forward to the new challenge.

“Regional development is about what I have been doing for the last 23 years,” said Mr Venning.

“It is great to come in at this level… I am quite impressed with the people who are on the board and it is great to be back in the Barossa.”

Mr Venning told The Leader last week, he realises there’s a job to do and an expectation of performance.

“Rather than talk fests, we have to be outcome driven,” said Mr Venning.

“I am not saying we haven’t been but we have to sell what we do to the people more, share our successes and be accessible.”

Mr Venning, who now lives on the family farm at Crystal Brook said he intends to be a hands on chairman, working closely with staff and CEO, Ms Anne Moroney.

“I can see there will be challenges and I will meet them with vigor and professionalism,” said Mr Venning.

“The most important thing will be to make the board relevant and a necessity in the community… our core business is to bring business to country regions.”

Mr Venning is keen to “cut through the bureaucracy”, to come up with ideas and carry them out with his can do attitude.

“I want to keep people informed via The Leader on what we are doing and why and support local business,” said Mr Venning.

Mr Venning replaces Mr Ian O’Loan, who has held the role for a number of years and is based at Mallala.

Regional Development Australia is an initiative of the Federal Government.

Member for Barker, Mr Tony Pasin congratulated Mr Venning on his appointment as they enhance the region’s economic opportunities.

“Regional Development Boards provide a crucial link between government and business and by having someone who understands that crucial relationship like Ivan Venning as chair will help drive future economic development in the region,” said Mr Pasin.

“Regional Development boards are local people developing local solutions to local issues. They build partnerships to deliver strategies and sustainable infrastructure and services to their regions.”