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Cross Regional Collaborative Projects
The RDA Wheatbelt Chair, Deputy Chair, Director Regional Development and Research, Evaluation, Project Support Officer recently travelled to Geraldton to meet with RDA Midwest Gascoyne, Midwest Development Commission, Geraldton University as well as representatives from other organisations.

This visit was in response to initial discussions around cross-regional collaborative projects in tourism, aged care and Grant Guru. A visit to the Geraldton University ‘Study Hub Centre’ was of great value in assessing potential opportunities within the Wheatbelt region.

The visit was very successful with all organisations taking away new ideas as well as further progressing collaborative initiatives, such as supporting Astro Tourism. 
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Call for Wheatbelt Leaders with Vision
One week left to go! Would you like to give something back to your community? Are you interested in contributing to a committee of motivated locals who will focus on driving economic and social development in your region?

RDA Wheatbelt is seeking regional leaders with vision, drive and business experience who are able to facilitate economic development opportunities and investment for our regional communities and create jobs and growth. Your networking skills will help build forums which enable consultation between business, industry Community and all levels of government and develop solutions for regional economic development.

RDA Wheatbelt meets four times a year with opportunities to attend/represent at events, activities and organisations across the region. All travel costs and expenses are reimbursed. To find out more about how we assist our community please go to our website or download the 2018-19 Annual Report. For more information please contact the Administration office or telephone (08) 9575 1888

 
EOIs close 31 March 2020
Download the Committee Member Information Pack
Download the Application for Committee Position Form
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RDA Wheatbelt Activities
Whilst acknowledging the COVID19 situation, RDA Wheatbelt will still be accessible to our stakeholders. We are cancelling non-essential ‘in person’ meetings and moving to the use of video and telephone conferencing. 

RDA Wheatbelt has always been an advocate for ‘working from home’, with most of our staff employed under this structure for many years. A review of benefits for the organisation and staff was completed in 2010 for the Department of Communications and whilst we are aware of the benefits, once translated to a dollar value the outcomes were astounding. Employers and employees should be aware that there are still responsibilities with authorising staff to work from home. As such, the RDA Wheatbelt Committee has agreed to release a template version of the RDA Wheatbelt ‘Work from Home Policy’ to help our businesses.

Currently our Gingin office is still attended as usual, but if that changes the contacts will be as follows –
Mandy Walker T: 0428 372 179 E: mandy.walker@rdawheatbelt.com.au
Chris Evans T: 0404 656 997 E: chris.evans@rdawheatbelt.com.au
Pippa Harris T: 0409 290 663 E: admin@rdawheatbelt.com.au
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Government and Community News

AUSkey and Manage ABN connections will retire at the end of March 2020. Businesses must transition to MyGovID.  
 
Asset write-offs for small businesses. Up to $30,000. Assets must cost less than the instant asset write-off threshold and be purchased and used in the year that the write-off is claimed. Purchase the assets before the end of June for the 2019-20 year.  

The Australia Government Department of Health. COVID-19. Monitoring and responding to the outbreak, the latest official medical advice, case numbers, how you can help slow the spread and what to do if you have symptoms. 

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Grants and Funding Opportunities

Boosting Female Founders Initiative. Up to 50% of eligible costs. Targeted support for female founders of startup businesses (startups) to launch and scale their businesses into domestic and global markets. Closing 14 April. 

Australian Geographic Project Sponsorships. Up to $10,000 in four categories, science, environment, adventure, community. Closing 30 April.
 
Financial wellbeing and ageing well. Funding for organisations representing or engaging with older consumers. A focus is on practical assistance and resources that actively engage and support older Australians on money matters. The total grant pool is $1,000,000.  Closing 30 April.
 
Screenrights Cultural Fund.  Up to $50,000 to support people with exciting and innovative new initiatives that foster the creation and appreciation of screen content  Closing 29 April. 
 
Community Heritage Grants. Up to $15,000 for community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections. Closing 4 May.  
 
Dream it Forward. Up to $7000 for identifying, strengthening, sustaining, or adding value to grassroots, community-led projects. Open to community groups or leaders, Elders, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations or any community member with a healing-focused initiative meeting the intent of the program and provides a culturally responsive approach. Closing 7 May. 
 
KidSport enables eligible WA children 5 to 18 years to participate in community sport by offering financial assistance of up to $150 per calendar year towards club fees. Ongoing.  

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