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Welcome to the July 2020 RDA Midwest Gascoyne Newsletter. 
RDA Midwest Gascoyne is pleased to advise that we have reopened our doors at 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!
MidWest and Gascoyne Local Government Shires Win Federal Funding
Four Local Government Shires in the Upper Gascoyne and MidWest region have been successful in winning 43% of Western Australia’s Building Better Regions Funding, Round 4. Yvonne Messina Chair of Regional Development Australia MidWest Gascoyne said ‘ the $7 million of Federal funding received by the Shires of Upper Gascoyne, Meekatharra, Carnarvon and Mingenew would make an important contribution to tourism, transport and water infrastructure.’ Yvonne stated that regional communities rely heavily on Grants for infrastructure and community development that support jobs and the tourist industry.
The $841.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) has funded more than 163 projects in Regional Australia and supports the Australian Government's commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.
Shire of Upper Gascoyne: Construction of Gascoyne Visitors Stop.  $2,398,500
Shire of Meekatharra: Upgrade 28km section of Landor road between Meekatharra and Carnarvon. $4,049,254
Shire of Mingenew: Restoration of the iconic 125-year-old Mingenew Railway station as a cultural hub for the community: $108,257
Shire of Carnarvon: Upgrade of the Carnarvon Recycled Water Pipeline. $465,000.
Total Funding: BBRF Infrastructure Fund: $16,473,918
MidWest and Gascoyne Shires: $7,021,011
RDAMWG in conjunction with RDA Wheatbelt, RDA Goldfields Esperance and RDA Kimberley proudly presented a series of Webinars in April 2020 as a pivotal response to COVID 19 for regional businesses. Professional experts provided an overview of many of the relief packages and Federal support initiatives such as Jobkeeper which was made available across Australia as a stimulus-response to the COVID 19 virus. Professional experts included representatives from HR, Accounting, Rural Financial Counselling Services recently rebranded as  Rural West, the WA Regional Chamber of Commerce, Banking Experts, AusIndustry. They all shared their industry ‘know-how’ by supporting our regional businesses and organisations during the COVID crisis. Federal, State & local support services and information were extensively disseminated and promoted.
New Strategic Plan and Direction for RDAMWG
RDA Midwest Gascoyne will soon release its new strategic plan. RDAMWG remains committed to facilitating a strong regional economy through economic opportunity & investment. The Board has a vision for a strong and prosperous Midwest Gascoyne region with an enhanced identity, prosperity, and quality of life.

RDA MWG’s six strategic directions for 2020-2021 are focused on:
  1. Business Capacity, opportunity, and growth,
  2. Regional skills and training needs,
  3. Sustainability,
  4. Facilitation of Access to Grants  
  5. Collaboration
  6. Innovation and entrepreneurship.

Grant Writing Workshops in the Regions
RDA MWG’s Manager of Entrepreneurship & Engagement Barbara Thompson facilitated a grant writing workshop in Morawa on the 24 June 2020 in conjunction with the Morawa CRC. This workshop proved to be popular and was well attended. It is the third successfully delivered workshop in the regions to date.
Team of Business Support Professionals to Visit Lower Gascoyne
RDAMWG is planning to visit Carnarvon & Shark Bay during August with a team of business experts to offer one-on-one confidential appointments as part of RDAMWG’s COVID 19  focus on ‘Taking Care of Business’.
We are all acutely aware of the immense impact this pandemic is having on our businesses. We are also acutely conscious that businesses and people are the heartbeat of our regions. To combat some of the effects this is having on our community we are building a team of professional experts to offer assistance and knowledge in the lower Gascoyne region. 
WA Regional Achievement & Community Awards. Nominate an individual, business or community group into one of ten categories. Closing August 7, 2020. 

Applications are now open for the
ABC’s Trailblazers program in 2021, which showcases the stories of regional Australia’s brightest new leaders. Open to anyone aged 18 – 28, who is driving positive social change projects.

Australian Gov't free and confidential financial counselling for small regional businesses affected by COVID-19 with access to free and confidential financial counselling.
RDAMWG Website

Chairperson - Yvonne Messina
Deputy Chair - Tom Mwangi Maina
Board member - Colin Bastow
Board member - Liz Jones
Board Member - Tami 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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