RDA Goldfields Esperance Committee

The committee of RDA Goldfields Esperance is comprised of eight volunteer members drawn from community, business, government and not-for-profit organisations across the region. The Chairperson is appointed by the Minister for Regional Development.

Our committee members have a broad and diverse skills base and bring leadership and experiences from across our region.


Chairperson: Lee Jacobsen, Kalgoorlie

Lee has lived in the region for over 20 years, and in that time owned and operated a retail business in Kalgoorlie-Boulder for 16 years. Lee served the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry for 5 years, 2 as Vice President and 3 years as President. Following her appointment as the Business Local Advisor, Lee spent time travelling across our vast region working with other local businesses and has lived in the Pilbara and Wheatbelt.

She believes in being involved in the community and understands many of the challenges of living in the regions.


Acting Deputy Chairperson: Laura Dwyer, Kalgoorlie

Hailing from Kookynie in the Northern Goldfields Laura has deep connections with the regional communities in the RDAGE boundaries. Having worked in the mining sector in manganese, iron ore and gold, as well as local government, she is aware of the challenges communities face to retain populations and services.

It is Laura’s passion and commitment to the region to encourage new ways for developing integrated communities for long term sustainability in our region.


Priscilla Davies, Esperance

Priscilla has lived in Esperance for 27 years and has a passion for building capacity and connections in her regional area.

Priscilla worked in Local Government for 12 years and currently sits on the Esperance Chamber of Commerce Board.

Working as a consultant recently has highlighted areas where local businesses need more support in strategic planning and resourcing, both difficult when business owners are often very time poor and under-resourced. Priscilla is committed to seeing regional communities being given similar opportunities to urban areas and to identify ways to attract private and public investment for sustainable growth in the regions.


Patrick Hill, Laverton

Patrick lives in Laverton and is the Chairman of the Outback Highway Development Council.  Patrick is currently Shire President of the Shire of Laverton and has spent many years in the role of Councillor.

photo_of_brian_joiner___cropped.pngBrian Joiner, Menzies

Brian grew up in the Pilbara in the early days of iron ore mining. He moved to Paraburdoo in the 80's and spent four years working in breakdown maintenance for Rio Tinto. In the late 80's, Brian went into Air Traffic Control and from that point he worked in a multitude of aviation roles including commercial projects, overseas project delivery, air traffic management and airport management. This has meant traversing across the country living in cities and smaller regional areas. Brian has worked in corporations spanning local and federal government as well as private enterprise.

Development of regional areas and a move away from increasing urbanisation around a few major cities is what drives Brian to work in local government, especially in smaller towns. As the CEO for the Shire of Menzies, Brian is passionate about bringing growth to the shire and the greater Goldfields region. This is also why he wants to be involved in organisations promoting growth within the region.


Shaun Meares, Esperance

Shaun is the Managing Director of Bluemar Consulting Engineers in Esperance. He is a Chartered Engineer with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Applied Thermodynamics. Shaun is also on the executive committee of the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In addition to practicing technical engineering, Shaun has project managed large economic developments in mining and agriculture in regional WA and NSW.

Shaun lives in Esperance with his wife, young son and assortment of goats, sheep, chickens and a super dog. He enjoys surfing, diving, fishing and jogging along the spectacular Esperance coast.

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Peter Rampellini, Kalgoorlie

Peter is currently the Local Content Adviser for the Goldfields-Esperance region, working for the State Government. He is also the Deputy Chairperson of the Bayswater Child Care Association, a major not for profit organisation in the Perth metropolitan area, having been in this position for several years. Peter has a background in grant administration, procurement, regional development, aviation and public transport.

Peter is passionate about helping small to medium businesses in the region develop business opportunities, access support and connect with each other.


Shane Reilly, Norseman

A local resident, born in WA and raised in Kalgoorlie and on the Trans-Australian rail line, Shane has a firm commitment to the Goldfields Esperance Region and the communities within it.

Shane is a member of the ECCI, Norseman Men’s Shed and Norseman Visitor Centre Inc and a local business owner in Norseman. Combining his Diplomas of Business Management and Competitive Manufacturing with over 35 years of practical business experience (in mining services, process control, maintenance, manufacturing and sales), Shane spends his time travelling the region supporting and mentoring people to develop their business ideas in his role as Microenterprise Development Manager for Many Rivers.

Shane has a genuine respect for people and is passionate about helping clients to grow personally and financially.


Travis Tucker, Kalgoorlie

Travis lives in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and has strong connections to lore, culture and country, spanning across the Goldfields-Esperance and Nagaanyatjarra Lands regions. His passion lies with developing opportunities for Aboriginal people in these regions. Travis is a member of a number of Native Title/Future Acts Boards, managing native title land use negotiations and associated opportunities.

Travis started his own successful business in 2016, Tucker Dust & Diesel, with a vision which included providing appropriate, positive, and successful employment experiences for Aboriginal youth through professional employment opportunities, traineeships, mentoring, and apprenticeships.


Our Staff


Raz Ion
Director of Regional Development


Peta Griffiths
Administration & Project Officer