RDA NT has four staff, equating to three full-time positions. While RDA NT operates out of an office in Darwin, a senior Project Officer is based in Alice Springs to ensure good regional coverage in respect to stakeholder liaison and project support.
Chief Executive Office
Kate was born in Darwin. On completing an anthropology degree at the Northern Territory University she commenced employment with the Northern Territory Government. She worked for a range of Territory agencies, primarily in the areas of regional development and local government, for ten years. She was the Regional Manager for Local Government in East Arnhem, based in Nhulunbuy, for two years prior to resigning in 2008. Since leaving government she has worked in youth services with Red Cross and as Executive Officer for the Northern Territory Horticultural Association. Kate was also an army reservist with Norforce, a predominantly indigenous Northern Australian surveillance unit, for four years.
Kate commenced with RDA NT in May 2012. She has wide networks across the Territory’s government, agricultural and environmental sectors. She is the Treasurer of the NT Farmers Association, a member of the Territory NRM Board, a member of the NT Catchments Advisory Committee as wells as several water allocation planning committees, and she participates in many other regional networking forums with the aim of having as broad an understanding of the NT’s regional development drivers as possible. Kate is a passionate advocate for the Northern Territory, its landscape and its residents.
Central Australia Project Officer
Robin has lived in the Territory for over twenty years. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, including for Indigenous not-for-profits. Much of her work has been undertaken with individuals and communities in regional and remote areas of the NT and WA. Robin has a strong professional background in heritage research, conservation and management planning. In the last few years she has also undertaken social research regarding transitional housing and homelessness, and was recently part of the Home Internet Project. This collaborative research project between the Centre for Appropriate Technology, Central Land Council and Swinburne University of Technology investigated the feasibility of home internet in remote communities.
Robin commenced with RDA NT in February 2014. As a result of her previous employment, including running her own consultancy business, Robin brings to RDA NT considerable experience in project facilitation and management, provision of grant advice and assistance, and connecting people and organisations.
Leah Garnett (Part Time)
Leah returned to Darwin at the start of 2019 after 8 years living in regional NSW. She previously worked for Australian Rice Industry as an extension officer, where she facilitated the on-farm adoption of research and innovation, focussing particularly on improving water use and upskilling of women within in the industry. She joined RDA NT because she wanted to expand her skills beyond agriculture and contribute more broadly to regional economies and communities. She has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons) from Charles Sturt University and is currently completing a Master of Regional and Economic Development through the University of New England.
Office Manager (Part Time)
Originating from a small beach side community in Queensland, Sarina was fortunate enough to travel across Australia for work in Administration and Management positions within the Hospitality & Tourism sector. She originally settled in Darwin in 2010 and has lived here for over 6 years total.