Destination Rutherglen elects new board

RUTHERGLEN is set to make its mark over the next year following the introduction of a new tourism board just days after the town received a federal government funding boost.

Destination Rutherglen welcomed three new board members to carry on the work of last year's leaders.

FRESH FACES: Destination Rutherglen's Gavin Swalwell, Darryn Arnold, Simon Killeen, Jane Campbell and Rob Whyte who will work to improve the region.

FRESH FACES: Destination Rutherglen's Gavin Swalwell, Darryn Arnold, Simon Killeen, Jane Campbell and Rob Whyte who will work to improve the region.

Executive Officer for Wine and Tourism Natalie Ajay said they would work to put the town “back on the map”.

"It's a very exciting time for us, the change comes at a time when Rutherglen is on the doorstep of new and exciting things," she said.

"The board will work together to grow young business, support tourism and large events in town.”

A $900,000 grant for the town’s $1.8 million Main Street Revitalisation Project was announced on Monday.

Rob Whyte of Gooramadda Olives will take over the top role from outgoing chair Marion Hansford.

He will work with continuing board members from the wine sector Mandy Jones and Jane Campbell and new members Darryn Arnold of Motel Woongarra, Simon Killeen of Simao and Co Wines and Gavin Swalwell of Taste at Rutherglen and Rutherglen Brewery.

Mr Whyte said it will be a big task to drive economic development and tourism but hoped new members would bring new ideas for the region.

"With representatives of such diverse interests in the area the board has a spectacular mix of skills which Rutherglen can only benefit from,” he said.

"A lot of people in the Border region don’t know that some of Australia’s most awarded wineries and food producers are right here under their nose."