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Ageing in the Wheatbelt
Since 2012, RDA Wheatbelt has continued working with partners to develop innovative models that enable older people to remain in their communities across regional WA. It is the aspiration of RDA Wheatbelt to negotiate a Regional Deal with the Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development to:
  1. Develop and implement a regional solution to allow ageing residents to remain in their communities for as long as possible; and
  2. Grow economic and jobs opportunities in this emerging industry.
Addressing current and impending needs for aged care services presents real opportunities for economic and jobs growth across regional WA. If we can get it right, the social and economic dividends are considerable.
  • Regional WA has an older population profile than the State and is encountering the increasing need for aged care. Contextual issues include:
    • sparse and geographically dispersed ageing populations;
    • shifts in policy and funding at a State and Federal level including the consumer-directed care model; and
    • significant and sustained demand for aged and home care services from a regional aged population growing at faster rates than metropolitan Perth.
  • Key issues identified throughout regional WA include:
    • projected growth and the impact on community;
    • viability of regional aged care service providers in ‘market failure’ settings;
    • widespread unmet demand for residential care and older persons housing;
    • uneven availability of support and care in the home including respite care;
    • varied circumstances across rural WA in relation to the context in which care may be provided for older Aboriginal people;
    • the importance of transport services to access services; and
    • the criticality of strong telecommunication systems to deliver tele-health and easy access to information to facilitate consumer choice
  • A number of possible models to address state-wide issues have been developed, these include:
    • bundling’ of services (including aged and NDIS) across a geographic ‘footprint’ to ensure service sustainability;
    • housing cluster model to facilitate efficient and effective care delivery and blunt the demand for high-cost residential care;
    • refreshing the Multi-Purpose Services model to meet contemporary standards delivery costs in rural and remote settings; and 
    • innovative Aboriginal care solutions
For more information on this initiative please contact Mandy Walker, Director Regional Development on 0428 372 179 or
Congratulations Kulin
Kulin, you certainly outdid yourself with the 25th Kulin Bush Races held on the first weekend in October. This is the fifth year that I have attended and can say I am already looking forward to 2020. The huge effort from such a small community in hosting this fantastic event is to be commended, congratulations to the Kulin Bush Races Committee and volunteers for an amazing effort. So many activities, live music, entertainment as well as the races make this a weekend to remember. Mandy Walker

Kulin Bush Races

RDA Wheatbelt

Government and Community News

Biosecurity Blitz. Discover, photograph and record as many interesting or damaging pests as possible (e.g. weeds, insects, feral animals, and diseases) between 19 Oct to 16 Nov. Register and download the App.

AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship. Annual $10,000 bursary over two years and professional development opportunities. Students studying an agriculture-related degree or STEM degree in their last two years of study are eligible. Closing 22 Nov. 

Infrastructure Australia. Help shape the future and the 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan. Inviting government, stakeholders and the community to provide feedback and submissions on the Australian Infrastructure Audit 2019. Closing 31 Oct. 

Future-Proofing the WA Economy. The roadmap to industrial diversification and regional growth report recommends the implementation of a ‘smart specialisation’ approach to regional diversification, to ensure that new development opportunities build on existing regional capabilities and capitalise on local conditions and networks.
Free online Wheatbelt mental health toolkit. Containing strategies and resources to assist people with the management and support of mental health issues that might arise in their lifetime at work, at home or in their community.   
FitsME – An Essential guide to business funding gives small business operators information they need about the types of funding available and how to increase their chances. An easy-to-read overview of the range of funding products on the market to help small business operators make the best choice for their business. 

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Grants and Funding Opportunities

Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program. Up to $3 million for remote and very remote aerodrome owners and operators to enhance safety and accessibility. Closing 12 Nov.

Digital Farm Grants program. Up to $500,000 ($1 for $1 co-contribution required) to expand broadband connectivity across regional WA to improve productivity of regional agribusinesses and increase access to new smart farming technologies. Closing 4 Dec.
Regional Events Scheme. $5,000 to $40,000 for smaller and emerging events. The scheme assists with the development of events as tourist attractions. Closing 11 Dec.
Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program. Up to $500,000 available to regional show societies for the maintenance and upgrade of existing infrastructure and the building, purchase, rent or construction of new infrastructure. Closing 13 Dec.  
Inspiring Australia - Science Engagement Programme. $1,000 to $20,000 to sponsor Aust students under 18 yrs to attend or participate in STEM-related events, activities and competitions in Aust and overseas.  Open until funding runs out. 
Arts Projects  for Organisations. From $10,000 to $100,000 to fund a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Closing 4 Feb 2020. 
Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups. $10,000 - $50,000. Closing 4 Feb 2020.
Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS Round). Provides up to $20,000 to small to medium WA businesses to improve their competitiveness and better prepare them to win State and local Gov't supply contracts. Ongoing.     

Dep't Infrastructure & Regional Dev't Programs

1st to 3rd WONGAN HILLS - Wildflowers Festival
Market stalls, wildflower displays, art exhibition, bus tours to Reynoldson Reserve, rides & activities for the kids.
9th - JURIEN BAY - Indian Ocean Festival
Entertainment for the whole family with music, amusement rides, side show, beach games, entertainment and more.
15th to 16th - NARROGIN Rev Heads Weekend
Show ‘N’ Shine, burnouts, Miss Rev-Heads, stereo blast off, rev n esky, freestyle motocross and live bands.
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