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Welcome to our first edition of the RDA Midwest Gascoyne Newsletter. 
We have recently moved to 283 Marine Terrace in the West End, in the old Harbourmasters Cottage. Please feel free to call into our new office to say ‘hello’ or take some time out to catch up on your emails while in town.
You will be made very welcome by the RDA team!
A message from our Chair Yvonne Messina
Welcome to the first edition of the 2020 RDAMWG newsletter. For those who might not be aware Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a national network of 52 committees made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the development of their regions. Over the coming year our staff and the Board will be focused on partnerships that develop strategies along with the delivery of sustainable infrastructure and services to the Mid West and Gascoyne communities. We look forward to working with you.
Murchison Cup in Cue
L-R  Ross Pigdon Shire President Richard Towell Deputy CEO, Les Price Deputy President, and Rob Madson CEO -  Shire of Cue 
It was off and racing when RDA MWG, the Shire of Cue and the Cue CRC successfully hosted the Murchison Cup in Cue prior to the Murchison Zone WALGA  meeting. The event brought delegates, visitors and locals alike together to enjoy a great networking opportunity. Funds raised were donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).
The Murchison Cup was once again designed, manufactured & donated by D-Trans using a recycled gas bottle! 
The winner of the Murchison Cup was Tim Lane from WALGA.
RDA Wheatbelt and Midwest Gascoyne working cross regionally
L-R  Morawa Rob Paull & Ellie Cuthbert, Nil Hays Mingenew Barbara Thompson RDA MWG, Gavin Treasure MWDC, Carol Redford Astro Girl, Karen Morrisey Mt Magnet, Donna Vanzetti, Beam Me Up Media, Yvonne Messina RDA MWG, Mandy Walker, Karen Strange, Chris Evans & Tuck Waldron RDA Wheatbelt & Adam Murszeski MWDC.
RDAMWG recently welcomed a visit from RDA Wheatbelt to Geraldton where discussions were held in conjunction with MWDC,  LGA's, regional representation & 'Astro Girl' to explore opportunities to work together cross-regionally strengthening the AstroTourism initiative potentially extending from the Wheatbelt, across the  Midlands, the Murchison and including the Gascoyne region and build capacity for local businesses and organizations.
A wonderful alliance to share knowledge and strengthen our networks as we work together.  
Gascoyne Business Awards 2020
RDA Midwest Gascoyne is proud to be assisting in coordinating the delivery of this year's Gascoyne Business Awards in conjunction with the Carnarvon CCI, the Carnarvon Shire and the Gascoyne Development Commission. Save the date: Saturday, November 14th 2020 and join us in Carnarvon as we celebrate our local Gascoyne businesses! Contact Barbara Thompson for further details at or call 0438 461 798.
Getting Great with Grants
RDA Midwest Gascoyne is busy talking with 21 Local Government authorities on how to be successful in sourcing and applying for grants. We all know how important grants are to our local communities across the Midwest and Gascoyne. Recently RDA MWG delivered a Grants Writing Workshop in Mingenew which was a great success and well supported by the community.
Join us at Morawa on Wednesday 25th March for the next workshop RSVP to E: Contact us if you would like us to visit your community to do the same. To find what Federal grants are available please check here.
RDA Midwest Gascoyne is in the early stages of investigating the potential for a regional MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME).
We are also in the early stages of discussion around the potential for a designated area migration scheme (DAMA) arrangement.
RDAMWG Website

Chairperson - Yvonne Messina
Deputy Chair - vacant
Board member - Colin Bastow
Board member - Liz Jones
Board Member - Tammy Maitre
Board Member - Jackie Brooks
Board member - Tony Turner

Executive Officer - Mark Holdsworth
Manager of Entrepreneurship & Engagement - Barbara Thompson

Our mailing address is:
PO Box 1517
Geraldton Western Australia 6531

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