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Western Plains Regional Development Staff

Jessica Loftus – Executive Officer

Jess joined the WPRD team in 2018 as the Executive Administration Officer. Jess relocated back to Condobolin in 2012 from the Hunter Valley and has as background of experience in Hospitality, accounts/payroll, secretarial, customer service and Employment Services, Jess has brought a wealth of knowledge and personality to the role.

In 2019, Jess commenced in the position of Executive Officer of Western Plains Regional Development INC

Wendy Shoemark – Finance Officer/Treasurer

Commenced employment in 2017 as a Finance Officer, in 2019 commenced the role as Finance Officer/Treasurer for Western Plains Regional Development
Previous to commencement with WPRD Wendy was a self employed bookkeeper for 20 years also Office Manager for Forbes Livestock Agents at the Central West Livestock Exchange for 7 years.

Wendy Brings long term experience, knowledge, education & skills with regards to small business bookkeeping.

Heather Blackley – Manager of Youth Services / Senior Project Officer

Heather joined the WPRD team in 2002 as project officer and manager of the work for the Dole Team [WFTD]. With a background in welfare work and childcare, Heather has brought an incredible amount of experience and knowledge to her role. The WFTD team formed many partnerships with local service groups, annual event s, activities and regular functions. The program assisted many unemployed people to gain confidence, learn new skills and find employment.

As the WFTD program finished, Heather was appointed to manager of Youth Services and Project Officers. Lachlan Shire Youth Services provides activities program and Co-ordination of Youth Centres in Condo, Lake Cargelligo, Tulli & Tottenham. Project officer covers many different projects and assists in the community. Some of these are ; The Coordination of Condobolin Interagency, International Women’s Day function, International Day for Disability, Seniors Week, Youth Week, Naidoc Celebration and Domestic Violence Committee. Heather works in partnership with many different services and strives for a better quality of life for families in our community; Heather believes in equality amongst people and has a strong sense of social Justice.

Amanda Brick – Customer Service Officer/Centrelink/Bendigo Bank

Amanda commenced with WPRD in 2018 and is a part time customer service agent of our centrelink Agency and relief for Bendigo Bank Agency, Administration and The Visitor Information Centre.

Amanda brings a smile, a helping hand and a sounding board for the many people and staff that come through our doors.

Elizabeth Riley – Customer Service Officer/Centrelink/Bendigo Bank

Elizabeths’s position at Western Plains Regional Development is casual Admin, Centrelink and Bendigo Bank Relief. I have previously worked in both the banking and newspaper industry and am enjoying being involved in the many varied and interesting programs developed and run through Western Plains Regional Development.

Isabel Coe – TAP Coordinator

Isabel is a local Wiradjuri lady who was born and raised in Condobolin. Isabel has worked in various education facilities in Condobolin for 15 years and is now the Training As Parents Coordinator.

Isabel support families with Aboriginal children to engage with and improve attendance rates in educational facilities in the Condobolin area.

Roslyn Patton – Senior Project Officer, Suicide Prevention Project

Recently joined WPRD as the Senior Project officer in Late 20019. Position is to supervise and support two Project Officers 1 each based in Lachlan and Weddin Shires.

Promoting the integration of suicide prevention planning, service design and delivery across relevant health and human services, emergency services, schools and community settings. Building the knowledge, confidence and capacity of services and community representatives to work together to plan and deliver high quality, evidence based suicide prevention, crisis intervention and post-vention services in response to local needs.

Undertaking work in alignment with the Lifespan model/systems-based approach to suicide prevention. Collecting evidence and contributing to the development of knowledge about what strategies are effective in preventing suicide at a local level and with higher risk groups.

History – Condobolin resident, farming locally. Previously worked with Lachlan Shire Council, & WPRD, in community and economic development. Qualities – Affinity for local needs, and priorities. Motivated to improve delivery of services to our communities.

Julie Hague – Co-ordinator Workforce Capacity building Scholarship program

Julie Hague commenced WPRD in 2018, under the Suicide Prevention capacity Building Project as the workforce Training Co-ordinator. WPRD were commissioned by the Primary Health Network to organize and oversee training for 15 scholarship students in completing a Certificate 4 In Community Services. Some of the duties my job involves is interviewing prospective scholarship students from 6 different trial sites Walgett, Bourke, Cobar, Brewarrina, Condo Bolin, Grenfell, organizing equipment needed for students, organizing additional training and supporting them throughout their studies.

Previous to my employment with WPRD I was an Enrolled Nurse in many different areas. I enjoy working at WPRD and find my job very rewarding.

Bonita Leighton – Lachlan Shire Project Officer, Suicide Prevention Project

Bonnie commenced employment with WPRD in 2019 as the Project Officer for the Lachlan Suicide Prevention Project Trial.

My aim in this position is to raise awareness of suicide and how our community can help reduce the suicide rate and risk. This is achieved through training opportunities, attending, and holding events that raise awareness and help to break down the stigma associated with suicide and mental health issues. The events and training are chosen though consultation and direction from the Local Working Party which is made up of community members and service providers.

Before starting work with the WPRD team Bonnie was studying full time, successfully completing her Bachelor of Human Services in 2019. Bonnie brings enthusiasm and empathy both which goes a long way when connecting with community members and looks forward to meeting you when your paths cross.

Chad White – Weddin Shire project Officer, Suicide Prevention Project

Chad commenced employment with WPRD in 2018, as the project officer for the Suicide Prevention Project, funded by Western NSW PHN. In this role Chad provides a service to the Weddin Shire community implementing strategic planning, training and awareness raising for suicide prevention of the Weddin Shire.

Chads career path prior to is, 10yrs nursing back ground and 4yrs food and beverage manager for some of our 5 star resorts in Australia. Chad brings and open mind, a can do attitude and lived experience with (suicide), and cultural sensitivity to WPRD to help form the team in assisting the community.

Lee-Anne Denyer – Drought Support Officer

Lee-Anne Denyer is a local Condobolin Girl has a background in Nursing working at our Local Nursing Home, Hospital and Medical Practice in many areas of nursing. Continuing on to Medical Practice Management. Passionate about her local community and health care needs within the communities. Lee-Anne has joined WPRD recently and is working as our drought support officer.

Helping our farming communities with applications for grants and assistance in these tough times also focusing on mental health and wellbeing issues and helping farming families with a holistic approach to their needs.

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