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RDA Wheatbelt REDS Funding Success
$28,000 for online booking project
RDA Wheatbelt is thrilled at our recent success in the Regional Economic Development Fund with $28,000 for an online booking platform project that was recently announced by Minister MacTiernan in Northam. 

The platform is to manage online bookings, an online store, customer interactions and service provider database for enterprises through Bilya Koort Boodja (BKB) centre for Nyoongar culture and environmental knowledge in Northam. Initially to be designed and deployed at BKB, the intent is for the system to be a gateway for Aboriginal enterprises in additional locations throughout the Wheatbelt.

This project will provide sole operators and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) with an online outlet for their art, artefacts, tours, education and training services. BKB benefits by having a collective of businesses supplying services and products through the centre and thus a greater market offering. Business’s participating in the RDA Wheatbelt Noongar Enterprise Development Support projects will also benefit by having a regional shop front from which to sell their products and services.

This platform will be used to manage:
  • Tour bookings – at Bilya Koort Boodja and on country;
  • Educational and training session bookings;
  • Merchandise sales;
  • Art and artefact sales;
  • Customer interactions – continued contact via e-news, online store specials etc;
  • Vendor management – set up of commissions and automatic notifications of bookings;
  • Service provider details – tour operators, educators;
  • Product suppliers – artists, artefacts, merchandise;
  • Allied service providers – transport, accommodation, catering;
  • Website and social media interactions; and
  • Online payment ability compatible with other tourism platforms
For more information contact Director, Regional Development Mandy Walker
Photo credit Bilya Koort Boodja

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Small Environmental Grant Scheme. Usually up to $10,000 to support  projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban. Now open, closes when enough applications received.
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Heywire Youth Innovation Grants. Up to $10,000 to help communities take action on the ideas generated by young Australians who attend the annual Heywire Regional Youth Summit. Closing 14 May.
Youth Innovation Grants. Up to $10,000 to help improve regional Australia for young people. Seven project themes, CEO – Conquer Every Opportunity, Walk and Talk, Shed Happens, Bridge, Ask Away, Adulting, Our Place. Closing 14 May.
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Strengthening Rural Communities - Small and Vital. Up to $10,000 for a wide range of purposes including: delivering activities, programs and services; purchasing or hiring equipment and materials and community infrastructure projects. Closing 25 June.  

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