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Bruce Mellett: Regional Development Manager, Regional Development Australia

Bruce Mellett was born and bred in Broken Hill NSW, where his great grandfather, grandfather and father all worked in the mines – and then Bruce bucked the trend. After a varied career path, Bruce began his journalism journey in newspapers and then radio before joining the ABC in the late 80’s.

Bruce is currently a Regional Development Manager with Regional Development Australia, Murraylands and Riverland. Until recently, he was also the national co-ordinator for an ABC Regional Disability Scholarship, which aims to promote opportunities for people with a disability in regional areas within the ABC structure.  Bruce was previously the Regional Manager with the ABC in the Riverland for 25 years until his early retirement in 2016.

Bruce is passionate about Regional Australia, especially the Riverland. He has worked closely with many community, sporting and service organisations across the Riverland and Mallee for the past 30 years. He was recognised in the Australia Day Honours in 2017 for his extensive work in the community as well as his role in the media and broadcasting. Bruce remains strongly committed to mentoring, having won a national award with the ABC for developing a program aimed at supporting young broadcasters in rural and remote locations, and was head of the Riverland Youth Mentoring Alliance for many years as it delivered targeted mentoring within the school system.

He is also on the executive of the Riverland Local Drug Action Team, having helped secure rehab facilities and a state- first pilot program for the region to continue the battle against the impact of drug misuse within the community.

He and his wife also manage a small vineyard.


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