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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.


Peter McMillan RDA Central WestPeter McMillan
Executive Officer

Peter McMillan joined RDA Central West in April 2013.  Prior to that, he worked in supply chain management and headed up the planning and logistics team at Simplot’s value added seafood plant in Bathurst.  Over the past 20 years, Peter has held management roles with Simplot in Melbourne and with BHP Billiton in the Illawarra region and Northern Territory.

Peter completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of New South Wales, including a secondment to Copenhagen to undertake an International Business Studies Program. During his time in Europe, Peter witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall. He enjoys travelling, cycling and reading.


Julia Andrews RDA Central WestJulia Andrews
Project Officer

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 RDA Central West Amelia Haigh
Project Officer

Amelia has 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, such as the Trangie Charity Ball.

Amelia is passionate about development at the local and international scale, particularly after living and studying abroad for 18 months. She enjoys learning new languages and discovering new regions of Australia.

Cindy Cook Cindy Cook
Administration Officer

Cindy has joined RDA Central West having previously worked with Local Government and has owned a small business in Orange for the past 9 years. She has a wealth of experience in Accounting and has recently extended her qualifications in the sector.

Cindy grew up in nearby Blayney and enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with friends.