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RDA National Forum
This year the forum hosted over 150 delegates from RDA Committees and Federal and State Government departments. 

RDA Wheatbelt Chair Tuck Waldron, Deputy Chair Karen Strange and Director Regional Development Mandy Walker, attended. This event was a valuable opportunity to hear what is happening in other regions with new initiatives and activities, network with representatives of the other 51 RDAs across Australia and hear from the Department of Regional Development.

RDA Wheatbelt participated in the forum agenda with Tuck being a member of a panel discussing how to have influence and impact amongst decision makers and stakeholders; and Mandy joined the 11 member elevator pitch session and delivered a case study of the Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network place-based regional collaboration model across the 42 Shires, community groups, state and federal representatives.

The team connected with interstate RDAs and our WA neighbouring regions to discuss tourism, aged care, migration and business development.  Mandy said “It was worth the time to travel to Canberra to hear about how other RDAs are tackling similar issues to ours. We have actions and people to follow up with in the new year to progress our Wheatbelt agenda.”

Whilst in Canberra the team were also able to schedule a number of meetings with Ministers, Advisors, Department representatives and other stakeholders including, Assistant Minister for Regional Development Nola Marino MP and Advisor Sam Shirley (Dep’t of Regional Development), Paul Segrott Assistant Director (Dep’t Social Services), Kerrynne Liddle Advisor to Minister Ruston (Dep’t Social Services), Senator Colbeck (Minister for Aged Care), Senator Dean Smith (Senator for WA), Mark Holdsworth Executive Officer and Yvonne Messina Chair RDA Mid-West Gascoyne, and Andy Evans (RDA management team). A sincere thank you to all that managed to adjust their schedules to allow the team to achieve so much in so few days.

Photo: L to R Deputy Chair Karen Strange, Hon Nola Marino Assistant Minister for Regional Development, DRD Mandy Walker, Chair Tuck Waldron, background Hon Michael McCormack Deputy PM and Minister for Regional Development. 
Regional Development Survey 2019 - Extension to 23 Dec
Dear RDA Wheatbelt stakeholder, You are invited to complete the 2019 RDA survey. The survey should only take a few minutes to complete and the closing date is now the 23rd of December.

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development is conducting a short survey to obtain feedback about the effectiveness of the Regional Development Australia Committees (RDA) program in supporting economic development. As an RDA program stakeholder, your feedback would be greatly appreciated and will be used to drive improvements in the program, and in the services that your RDA provides.

ARTD Consultants has been engaged by the Department to conduct the survey. If you are having any difficulties accessing the survey, please contact ARTD directly, If you have any concerns about the survey questions, please contact the Department,
Please note: The admin office will be closed from 3 pm 19th Dec to 8 am 6th Jan
Wishing you a safe and happy Christmas and New Year

RDA Wheatbelt


Government and Community News

National Awards for Local Government celebrate the best of local government achievements. Highlighting innovative and resourceful solutions implemented to make a difference to their local communities. 10 Categories, closing 7 Feb 2020.  
New gift card laws for businesses came into effect from 1 November, includes a compulsory 3 year expiry period.  

Tax deductions for employee’s non-compulsory uniform. Employers can register their non-compulsory uniform and accessories. This provides employees with tax deductions for the cost of renting, buying or maintaining their clothing. Employers are eligible for FBT concessions on contributions they make towards their employees’ uniforms. 

Defence Industry Advisory and Facilitation Services. 10 days of free advisory and facilitation services to improve business capabilities, extend networks and take advantage of opportunities in the defence sector.   

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Grants and Funding Opportunities

Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation Program. Finding to improve and/or maintain access to overseas markets for Aust agricultural products. Closing 31 Jan.
National Road Safety Week. Up to $5,000 for the development and implementation of sustainable projects and one-off community activities that promote road safety messages. Closing 31 Jan. 
Flying Start Program. $15,000 cash and $15,000 in flights. Community groups and organisations across Australia can apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community. Closing 31 March.
Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program. Up to $10,000 or $150,000 streams available for commemorative projects and activities. Closing 31 March.
Hyundai Goals for Grassroots. $1,000 grant plus an additional $1,000 for every goal that the Hyundai A-League season home team scores at a nominated game (up to max of $10,000 per game). Ongoing.  
Active Regional Communities Grants. Three streams with up to $5000 each, Event Hosting, Capacity Building, Participation to increase opportunities for regional people. Ongoing.  

Dep't Infrastructure & Regional Dev't Programs

9th-12th - LANCELIN - Ocean Classic
Please note, this event is a late cancellation for 2020
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