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3 January 2018: QRIDA's Bill Fletcher bids farewell to the South Burnett

3 January 2018

The South Burnett region will miss the friendly face and helpful nature of Bill Fletcher, the long-time regional representative of the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA), who has announced his retirement after recently clocking up 10 years of service for the organisation.

A former banker, Bill started his stint with QRIDA (formerly known as QRAA) in 2007 as a Client Liaison Officer based in Longreach servicing the Western Queensland region, before moving to the Kingaroy office in 2010, servicing the South Burnett, Gympie and Sunshine Coast.

During his time with QRIDA, Bill has seen many changes and developments within the agricultural sector and the South Burnett region, as well as with QRIDA itself and the financial assistance programs it delivers. However, the highlight has been his interaction with primary producers and clients and seeing firsthand the benefits that QRIDA’s assistance has provided the South Burnett.

“During my time with QRIDA I’ve been honoured that primary producers are willing to share their journey in agriculture with me, share their lives, where they’ve been and where they wish their journey to go,” Bill said.

“I have gained the greatest satisfaction from seeing clients I’ve helped be approved the financial assistance they have applied for – to see their applications come to fruition and achieve the farming goals they have set reinforces the value of my role in the region and the value of QRIDA to Queensland agriculture and industry.”

“Through my role as Regional Area Manager, time and time again I have been reminded of how genuine, caring and hardworking primary producers are. When I retire I think this is what I will miss the most – dealing with such genuine people and helping them achieve their business goals.”

Acting QRIDA Chief Executive Officer, Tony O’Dea, said Bill has been an asset to the organisation and the South Burnett community is better for his contribution servicing the region.

“Bill’s put his heart and soul into his role as Regional Area Manager for the South Burnett. His personable approach to dealing with our clients and assisting applicants with our range of financial assistance programs will be sorely missed,” he said.

“On behalf of all at QRIDA, we wish Bill all the best for his retirement and hope that after years on the road he enjoys a well-deserved break and spending more time with his family.”

Mr O’Dea said a new Regional Area Manager for the South Burnett region will be announced shortly.

QRIDA has eight other Regional Area Managers in Queensland, based in Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Mackay, Innisfail, Cloncurry, Emerald (with an office in Longreach) and Roma.

To talk to your local Regional Area Manager or find out more about the loans and grants available through QRIDA Freecall 1800 623 946 or

Last updated
3 January 2018