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July 13, 2017

Whoever takes over her role will be ‘‘very lucky to work here’’, according to Intereach CEO Sue Mathieson.

After serving at the helm of the regional not-for-profit organisation for the last five years, Ms Mathieson has announced she will be returning ‘‘back home’’ to Sydney in September.

Recruitment for a new CEO has begun, and Ms Mathieson, who is based at Intereach’s Deniliquin Neighbourhood Centre, says the successful candidate will be joining a dynamic and hard working team.

‘‘I have felt very fortunate to work here at Intereach,’’ she said.

‘‘Intereach has a tremendous team; I have worked a long time in this area and this would be one of the most professional teams I have ever worked with.

‘‘It is an important job (being CEO of Intereach) and it is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to work with a high performing team.

‘‘From a practice perspective, we have grown and developed ourselves and I believe (whoever is selected for the job) will be very lucky to come here, as I have been.’’

In Ms Mathieson’s time leading the organisation, Intereach has expanded its service delivery, regional footprint and its staff.

She says the growth has been necessary to satisfy what the community identifies as its priorities.

‘‘I think our Reconciliation Action Plan has been an enormous achievement and is important in terms of our responsibility to live side by side with the first peoples of this nation,’’ she said.

‘‘We’ve also had great success in tendering for programs that enhance lives in our communities, like the NewAccess program designed by beyondblue, and the Local Area Coordination and Early Childhood Intervention services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

‘‘ROAR (Reach Out and Relax) is another big one, for young people dealing with mental health issues.

‘‘These are all things people have told us they want during annual community consultation, which is another important part of what we do.’’

In terms of the organisation itself, Ms Mathieson says funding has grown 300 per cent in the five years she’s been at the helm and ‘‘we have now nearly 200 more jobs in the communities we live and work in’’.

She says the future looks ‘‘very positive’’.

‘‘What is so great about the organisation is the range of jobs, and the career opportunities for people locally.

‘‘What is also great about Intereach is that it’s led by women.

‘‘It is a great time for the organisation, which continues to build on its strength and values.

‘‘There is such pressure to grow for the sake of growth, but instead we are a values based business that seeks growth based on those values and it is pleasing that those values have been so successful.’’

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