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Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network Group
Project Presented to Deputy Prime Minister McCormack
The Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network Group were pleased to be able to have the opportunity to meet with the Deputy Prime Minister Hon Michael McCormack who is the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development. The meeting, arranged by local MP Mia Davies, was to brief the Minister on the vital importance of the project for the region and the outcomes of activities to date.
The Business Case, including the Cost Benefit Analysis has been completed. A funding application for the BBRF Round 3 is being developed and the potential for the project to be included in the Australian Government’s Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative is being investigated.

The Australian Government will invest $3.5 billion through its new ROSI initiative, to improve productivity and efficiency on Australia’s key freight roads, providing better connections between agricultural regions and ports, airports and other transport hubs and better access for tourism, mining and other sectors.

ROSI will deliver works such as road sealing, flood immunity, strengthening and widening, pavement rehabilitation, bridge and culvert upgrades and road realignments. Opening up corridors to provide a more reliable and safe road network, improve access for higher capacity vehicles, better connect regional communities, and facilitate tourism opportunities. 
Photo - Deputy PM Michael McCormack, Garrick Yandle, Mandy Walker,  Ricky Storer, Katrina Crute, Hon Mia Davies MLA
RDA Wheatbelt Annual Report Released
The Regional Development Australia (RDA) Wheatbelt Inc Annual Report 2017-18 provides an overview of activities and programs from the past year. Highlights include -
  • Regional priorities update
  • Wheatbelt emerging issues
  • New Committee Members and Staff
  • The 'Noongar Enterprise Development Support' Projects
  • Secondary Freight Route Network Group
  • Implementing Lithium & Rare Minerals Study
  • Enterprising Communities
  • Wheatbelt Digital Action Plan
  • NEWROC Telecommunications project
  • Bruce Rock P&C True Blue Dreaming Mentoring Program
  • Federal funding with BBRF and Regional Growth Fund
Download the 2017-18 Annual Report  -  For more information on any of the initiatives please contact the office on 9575 1888 or
The RDAW July to September quarterly report is also available to download.

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RDA Wheatbelt Team Regional Road Trip
27th – 28th September
The Chair Tuck Waldron, Director Mandy Walker and Research, Evaluation, Project Support Officer Chris Evans recently took the opportunity to combine the opening of the Lions Park in Williams with a visit to several towns in the Wheatbelt South region.

Over the two days they were able to meet with Noel Mason and Taryn Scadding at Shire of Kulin; Denise Gobbart at Shire of Lake Grace; Nicole Taylor at Shire of Dumbleyung, Alison and Paige at the Dumbleyung CRC; and Dale Stewart at Shire of Narrogin.  It was a great opportunity to check in with Local Government to discuss regional projects and issues.  Mandy said the trip was of value both for meeting our regional colleagues in person as well as discussing how RDAW can work with LGAs to assist with developing initiatives, partnerships and identifying possible funding streams. 

Whilst on the road Tuck, Mandy and Chris stopped at a number of our Wheatbelt natural assets for the obligatory selfie to Tweet on the DRD’s new Twitter Feed. You can follow Mandy on Twitter using @DrdRdaw. 

The trip finished in Williams where RDAW was warmly welcomed and acknowledged amongst many funders for their role in access Building Better Regions Funding that contributed to the Lions Park project, an impressive stop over for families looking to break up the drive along the Albany Highway.

The team looks forward to undertaking road trips on a regular basis to ensure RDAW remains connected with the region’s projects, opportunities and characters.

Photo - Mandy, Tuck and Chris selfie at the Lake Grace Lookout.
Twitter @RDAWheatbelt  @DrdRdaw

Government and Community News

Regional Growth Fund. 16 projects invited to progress to Stage Two of assessment (Full Business Case), includes 3 WA projects. 

The Native Title Registrar has now registered all six South West Native Title Settlement Indigenous Land Use Agreements. 
Department of Communities Age Friendly Communities: A WA Approach (the toolkit) review and update. Input is invited from LGAs, consultants, researchers, seniors, carers, service providers, businesses, professional associations and NFP organisations. The current toolkit was designed for use by LGAs to create age-friendly communities. Closing 29 Oct.
Participate in the annual Biosecurity Blitz and help discover as many interesting or damaging pests (animals, insects, diseases and weeds) as possible across WA. Your efforts to report pests via mobile apps will protect WAs agri-food industries and the natural environment from harmful exotic pests. Closing 16 Nov. 
Country Ambulance Strategy open for consultation. Call for country people to provide comment. The Strategy makes a range of recommendations including increasing investment in community paramedics, measures to retain volunteers, and improved consistency of response times. Closing 10 Dec. 
STEM scholarships. Gov't funded scholarships of up to $18,000 are available to help regional and remote students to study a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) course. The scholarships may also include internships. Closing 14 Dec.  

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Grants and Funding Opportunities

Partners In Innovation. Red meat industry projects targeting business issues can apply for matching funding. Potential applicants include producers, lot feeders, live exporters, meat processing companies, retail butchers, value adding companies, supermarkets, and food services operators. Projects can cover aspects of production, processing, storage, transport, retailing and marketing. Companies wishing to apply may make initial contact and submit a brief (1-2 page) project concept paper.
Community Crime Prevention Fund. Up to $25,000 to support projects that work to address local crime issues across WA including prevention and early intervention to address the needs of children and families, contributing to preventing and combating family violence, reducing youth offending, reducing Aboriginal offending and victimisation, addressing and reducing drug and alcohol related crime. Closing 7 Nov. 
National Science Week Grants. Provides individuals and organisations with grants between $2,000 and $20,000 to support the delivery of science engagement activities during National Science Week 10 - 18 August 2019.  Closing 20 Nov. 

Drug Aware YCulture Regional Grants. Up to $4000 for young people aged 12-26 to fund community arts projects in regional WA across all art forms. Closing 2 Dec. 
Tourism WA's Regional Events Scheme.  Funding of between $5,000 and $40,000 for events held between 1/7/19 and 30/6/2020 for regional events in WA that bring additional tourism income to regional communities, help raise the profile of the region as a tourist destination,  involve and inspire the local community, improve the vibrancy and vitality of the State and support job creation in regional WA. Closing 11 Dec. 
Local Capability Fund. Two streams – The WA Industry Participation Strategy. Aims to provide local businesses with full, fair and reasonable opportunity to access and win State Gov’t supply contracts. Focuses on small and medium sized enterprises. Regional Aboriginal Business. Up to $20,000 in funding to help secure procurement opportunities in the public and private sectors. Closing 31 Dec. 

Regional New Industries Fund. Seeding local initiatives that build a community innovation pipeline and drive long term impact. Up to $300,000 is available to each region. Currently no set closing date. 

Regional Development Community Programs

11th - NORTHAM - Family Remembrance Day
Free event. Family day in honour of Remembrance Day. Sausage sizzle, miniature train rides, kids games etc
18th - CHITTERING - Veteran Car Day
Family fun with cars, traditional afternoon tea, stalls, children's activities, music, food, coffee, icecream.
View our online calendar of events
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