Rod has over 45 years’ experience as a business proprietor in printing, marketing and agribusiness. He was a partner in Sydney-based advertising, packaging and production companies, with a special interest in sustainability, which eventually saw him becoming a primary producer on the NSW North West Slopes.
Over 30 years’ community advocacy, particularly regarding Aboriginal, environmental/biodiversity and planning issues. He has served on federal, state and local boards and committees since 1992.
As a Coffs Harbour City Councillor and Deputy Mayor, he pursued his interest in the principles of good governance and ethical behaviour, especially concerning accountability, transparency and conflicts of interest in government. While on Council Rod successfully moved to permanently fly the Aboriginal flag at the Council Chambers, and to acknowledge the Gumbaynggirr people as the traditional custodians of country at meetings and functions.
He has maintained close links with governments and representatives throughout the North Coast, and continues to consult with them on behalf of the community. He is a strong advocate for professional development and responsible risk management.
Rod is Chair of the NSW NPWS North Coast Region Advisory Committee, Chair of the Coffs Coast Regional Park Trust Board, member of Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area Community Advisory Committee, and is a member of several other community-based advisory.
Qualifications: Member – Australian Institute of Company Directors
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