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Welcome to the August  2021 RDA Midwest Gascoyne Newsletter. 

RDA Charter

(a) Facilitate regional economic development outcomes, investment, jobs and local procurement

(b) Promote greater regional awareness of an engagement with Australian Government policies, grant programs and research

(c) Improve Commonwealth regional policy making by providing intelligence and evidence-based advice to the Australian Government on regional development issues

(d) Co-ordinate the development of a strategic regional plan, or with suitable existing regional plans that align with the Commonwealth’s regional priorities.

Current projects
 
Gascoyne Infrastructure Priorities: RDAMWG engaged GFG Consulting group to help identify the infrastructure priorities that will deliver the greatest return to the Gascoyne and the state in terms of business investment and jobs growth. It is envisaged that with the support of the Shires of Upper Gascoyne, Carnarvon, Exmouth, Shark Bay, Meekatharra, and Wiluna the Gascoyne Infrastructure Priorities Statement will align with the Federal and WA State Infrastructure strategies and promote a collaborative regional approach.

Mining Company & Community Partnerships: Originating from many discussions and feedback from our regional communities this project found that there are a range of agreements and commitments in place.  There are opportunities to develop ‘best practice’ templates from current initiatives and to further identify the ways that best practice in mining and community engagement can delivery successful social sustainability outcomes.

Growth Strategies for Small Shires: Acknowledging that many of the shires in our region are experiencing a multidecade trend of population decline RDAMWG has initiated a project that examines the strategies that are being used to square up to the challenge and how the lessons can be used more broadly.

Conferences and Events
RDA National Forum: In June RDA Chair (Yvonne Messina), Deputy Chair (Tom Maina) and EO (Mark Holdsworth) attended the RDA National Forum in Canberra which was great opportunity to meet the RDA's from other parts of Australia who were able to travel.  We took the opportunity to visit Parliament House and meet Hon. Melissa Price, Hon. Nola Marino and the Hon. Keith Pitt.  A visit to the Kenya High Commission concluded a very successful week and we hope to see the High Commissioner in Geraldton soon.

Upcoming Conferences of Interest

Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) Kalgoorlie-Boulder, 16 to 18 November 2021. Unearthing diversification and adapting to a new tomorrow. Connect and engage with regional, rural and remote economic, environmental, community and governance changemakers. www.segra.com.au 

Regional Transformation – An Evolution of the Circular Economy. (EDA). October 13-15. Delivered as a 100% virtual event. The 2021 conference Host is Mackay Regional Council. www.edaustralia.com.au.

A Summary of Current Grants
(For up-to-date information on Funding & Grants relevant to your organisation visit the RDA MidWest Gascoyne and Wheatbelt Grant portal at rdawa.grantguru.com.au)

Women and Leadership Australia – Healthcare Sector Women’s Leadership Scholarship. To encourage more women to step into leadership roles across the health sector. Three streams: $1,000. $3,000 & $5,000. Closing 10 September 2021

Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. To support young people who are working, employed, or studying. 12 categories up to $22,000 Closing 1 October 2021.

JobMaker Hiring Credit.  To employ additional young job seekers. $200 per week for each eligible employee aged 16 to 29. $100 per week for each eligible employee aged 30 to 35. Apply before 6 October 2021.

Local Capability Fund. To assist local businesses to increase their capability and competitiveness to secure contract opportunities. Aboriginal Business, National & International Standards Compliance, and Supplying Key Major Projects  Closing 20 September 2021.
An Opportunity to Review & Respond
The Regional Telecommunications Review An opportunity for people living and working in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia to share their views and experiences using telecommunications services. (www.rtirc.gov.au) Closes 30 September 2021.

Infrastructure WA: State Infrastructure Strategy – Foundations for a Stronger Tomorrow: Draft for Public Comment. Outlines the State's significant infrastructure needs and priorities over the next 20 years and addresses a broad range of sectors and cross-cutting themes to identify both non-build solutions such as policy reforms as well as priority projects and programs. (www.consultation.infrastructure.wa.gov.au) Closes 20 September 2021
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WHO IS WHO?

BOARD
Chairwoman - Yvonne Messina
Deputy Chair - Tom Mwangi Maina
Board Member - Tony Turner
Board Member - Tami Maitre
Board Member - Jackie Brooks
Board Member - Rossco Foulkes-Taylor
Board Member - Jim Sandy
Board Member - Ray Moir

STAFF
Executive Officer - Mark Holdsworth
Project Manager - Karin Grima
 


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Geraldton Western Australia 6531

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