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Welcome to the January 2021 RDA Midwest Gascoyne Newsletter. 

New Charter and Funding Agreement to 2025
The Australian Government has recognised the importance of the ongoing work of the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Network in driving economic development and growth across regional Australia.

In late 2020 the Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, the Hon Nola Marino MP, announced the Australian Government’s recommitment to the RDA Network, including RDA Midwest Gascoyne under a new 4.5 year funding agreement and refreshed Charter.
Assistant Minister for Regional Development Re-Appoints Yvonne Messina as Chair
On 23 December 2020 Assistant Minister Marino advised the reappointment of Yvonne Messina to the position of Chair of RDA Midwest Gascoyne to 30 June 2025. In making this announcement, Assistant Minister Marino said: “Yvonne has provided strong leadership for RDA Midwest Gascoyne during her time as Chair, having successfully steered the committee through the challenges of 2020 and, along with the members and staff, provided great support for the region’s business community and future economic development.”

“Yvonne will lead RDA Midwest Gascoyne under a refreshed Charter that focuses its role on driving investment and local procurement opportunities and through this, creating jobs and economic growth for our regions.”

RDAMWG Murchison Cup
Residents of the Murchison shires, business owners, local government employees and representatives of Water Corporation and Midwest Development Commission gathered at the historic Cue Community Resource Centre for the annual Murchison Cup.  Sponsored by Water Corporation the virtual race call decided a proud winner of the highly coveted trophy.

RDA Grant Hub Officially Launched

A new centralised and funding and grants hub will empower local business, local government, community groups, sporting clubs and not-for-profit organisations to easily find and successfully apply for grants – all in one place.

Delivered by RDAMWG and RDA Wheatbelt, Defence Industry Minister and Durack MP Melissa Price said that the "RDA initiative responded to a widely recognised need for improved awareness and access to grant funding".

RDAMWG chairwoman Yvonne Messina said “regional communities relied heavily on grants and the grant hub is a time-saving and easy way to source funding. The hub is free to use and local governments can register to access a council portal that shows funding steams which are only available to local government”.

More information: go to   

BBRF Round Five Now Open - Closes 5 March

The Australian Government has announced $200 million in the 2020-21 Budget towards the fifth round of the BBRF. 

Round Five will be delivered like the previous four rounds with Infrastructure Project and Community Investment streams.
- The Infrastructure Project Steam supports projects that involve construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure.
- The Community Investments Stream funds community development activities.

The difference of Round Five, is that whilst the Australian Government is again targeting investment in shovel ready projects:
- $100 million will be dedicated to supporting tourism related infrastructure projects, and
- $100 million will support regional and remote Australia more broadly, by funding Infrastructure projects and Community Investment projects.

Strengthening Rural Communities Program. Gives small remote, rural and regional communities the opportunity to access funds that benefit local communities. Closing February 23, 2021. 

New Business Assistance with New Enterprise Incentive Scheme. This program aims to support individuals who are interested in running a small business.

Details on these programs and more can be found in the RDAMWG Funding & Grants Hub at
RDAMWG Website

Chairwoman - Yvonne Messina
Deputy Chair - Tom Mwangi Maina
Board member - Liz Jones
Board Member - Tami Maitre
Board Member - Jackie Brooks
Board member - Tony Turner

Executive Officer - Mark Holdsworth

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

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