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RDAW  Heartened with Strong Response
for the Deputy and Committee Positions
With the opportunity to apply for these positions having closed on the 25th June, RDA Wheatbelt is pleased with the number and quality of applicants for the positions. In total 12 applications have been received for 6 positions.
Chairman Mr Terry Waldron said “The applications were of a very high standard and the difficult task of selecting the most suitable applicants was based on ensuring a good coverage across all requirements, including the RDA Charter, meeting the RDA selection criteria, geographical coverage, networks, skills and experience”.
As the only Federal conduit in the region, the RDA Wheatbelt Committee aims to have experience covering all major issues and opportunities, including transport, education, infrastructure, aged care, health, business, telecommunications, early years, youth, Aboriginal affairs, tourism, corporate, finance, agriculture and Local Gov’t.
A report detailing the recruitment process and recommendations will now be forwarded to Minister McVeigh for review, with appointments to be made following approval from the Minister’s Office.
Regional Telecommunications Review - Community Submissions
The Regional Telecommunications Review Committee has released an issues paper which provides an outline of key interest areas and invites submissions from individuals, businesses, peak bodies and other interested organisations. Closes 5 August. 
As part of the review, the Review Committee will consider:
- how regional communities can maximise the economic benefits of digital technologies
- how regional consumers use their broadband services and how they might derive further benefit from it
- the outcomes achieved through the Mobile Black Spot Program, and examine the extent of the existing gaps in mobile coverage in regional Australia.
WA SuperNet proposal and Survey request
WA SuperNet (supported by Innovation Central Midlands Inc, CBH and Arc infrastructure) are embarking on a plan to deliver enterprise grade broadband to regional areas of Western Australia. To understand the feasibility of their solution, they are asking for help from regional business owners / operators by completing a 10-15 minute survey. This could be a great step forward in connectivity for regional areas, so please take the time to complete it if you can. All survey responses will remain confidential and will not be specifically linked to you. Click this link to start survey. To read the West news article on WA SuperNet please follow this link
RDA Wheatbelt supports the investigation of telecommunications options for the region.
Photo credit - Wheatbelt Development Commission

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Government and Community News

Regional Achievement & Community Awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout regional and rural Western Australia. Closing 24 July. 
AgriFutures Australia Report. 26 high potential rural industries have been identified, offering insight into the industries that can meet changing demand and make a strong contribution to Australia’s economy. Opportunities from sheep milk to jackfruit. 
A new initiative to reduce red tape for horticulture businesses making it easier to commence and operate a business. Follow the link for more information and a link to an online survey.  Businesses that would like to participate in telephone interviews or possibly take part in an on-site visit program to horticultural regions can contact the project team at 

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Grants and Funding Opportunities

Dreams for a Better World small business grants for small business owners or social-change maker with a dream to make a positive change to help communities. $15,000 closing 29 June.   
Try, Test and Learn Fund. Tranche 2 will finance small-scale trials of new or innovative approaches to support people at risk of long term welfare dependence. Total funding of $50 m. Closing 28 Sept. 
H&R Block. $10,000 to 20 small businesses. The winners of this grant will receive $4,000 in Cash, $5,000 in H&R Block services and $1,000 in Officeworks gift cards. Closing 30 Sept. 
Youth Engagement Grants of up to $10,000 are available for local governments and community service organisations to implement projects that engage young people (10–18 years old) in creative ways and help achieve positive outcomes. Closing 31 Dec.  
WA Road Safety Commission. Supporting the development and implementation of sustainable projects and one-off community activities related to road safety. Assessed bi-monthly. Contact the Grants Officer 1300 999 772 or 
Industry Facilitation and Support Program. Provides WA steel fabricators, galvanisers and finishers with funding of up to $10,000 to cover 75% of the certification costs required to meet the Steelwork Fabrication and Erection Standard (AS/NZS 5131). Ongoing. 

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