Collab – the new quarterly RegionalCollab newsletter.

Welcome to the first edition of ‘Collab’ – our new quarterly newsletter to keep you in the loop with all things RegionalCollab.

It’s been a very busy first quarter, and despite the impact of Covid on our ability to travel, it seems things are starting to move again and confidence is being rediscovered throughout the ecosystem.

The resilience of #RRR Australians (and in particular, women) is shining through.


You may remember that we announced a hiatus for RegionalCollab at the end of last year and in that time we’ve made changes to our operations. Annie has established Marble Hill Consulting and we wish her all the best. If you need support on the HR side, you won’t find anyone better, and we’ll be happy to do a warm introduction.
We’d also like to introduce you to Sarah Thurn (pictured above) who joins us as Chief Operations Officer (and it’s certainly a coup getting her involved – see what we did there haha!).

Sarah will be responsible for scheduling resources and managing RegionalCollab behind the scenes and I’m sure you’ll enjoy working with her as much as we do.

You can catch her at

Announcing new Channel Partners.
We’ve been working with Ed Campbell and his company, Seek+Deploy, for some time and we are delighted to welcome him as Channel Partner – Digital Marketing & Content.

He’s a creative superstar and you’ll see his work first hand over the coming months.

If you need to make inroads into your digital marketing strategy, Seek+Deploy is your first port of call (and he’s offering all readers a 10% discount on new projects – just let us know and we’ll do the introduction for you).

Success by Design (aka SUCCESSxDESIGN)

And speaking of Seek+Deploy, our first collaborative project has been announced (tickets here). The (un)Conference – read more about that here – was developed specifically for the Hunter Innovation Festival ‘21 and will be held in Muswellbrook on May 11 from 2-5 pm at the Muswellbrook Workers Club.

The output of the event is a roadmap for female leadership in the Upper Hunter, developed by future leaders.

We’re really excited to be helping communities build a blueprint for future success and we’d love you to join us.
This event is also significant for us in another facet as it marks the official launch of the #notjustaruralwoman joint initiative – you’ll hear much in the coming months.

On the ‘To Do’ list …

We mentioned earlier that it has been a big first quarter to 2021:

CEO Rechelle has been appointed in a mentoring role through the Boosting Female Founders Initiative, supporting some of the 50+ Round 1 Grant Recipients through the Dept of Industry Science, Energy & Resources;

we’re continuing to provide advice to the State Emergency Service in procurement and tender management;

The Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has appointed us as an expert advisor on procurement and probity;

The Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network has announced RegionalCollab as a partner to work on strategic projects in the not-for-profit sector for rural women;

Rechelle represented Australia at the Commission on the Status of Women (via the United Nations in New York – remotely in March) CSW65; and

The first Armidale Mentor Walk was a great success (we were genuinely surprised at the positive feedback) and our second event kicks off this week. It is a great feeling to be able to drive this initiative and connect women locally and very thankful to the Honorable Bronnie Taylor for funding this program and to Bobbie Mahlab and Adina Jacobs the co-founders for working with us and believing in rural, regional and remote women.
And lastly, thanks for being a valued collaborator. We’re looking forward to talking to you again soon. As this is our first edition, we’d love your feedback. Please send it through to

Rechelle and the RegionalCollab Crew

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