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From the Director's Desk
Welcome to our May E-news.  The second half of 2019 is shaping up to be an interesting and busy time for us at RDAW.  We will continue our involvement in the Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network working group which will see the commencement of project planning in earnest thanks to the Federal, State and Local Government funds allocated to this project.  We also have had a paper accepted at the Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) conference in August that showcases the Wheatbelt’s ability to collaborate and partner on regional wide issues.  Ricky Storer, Shire of Koorda, and I will be presenting at the conference and look forward to sharing this important achievement with our national counterparts.
RDAW is partnering with the Shire of Northam, thanks to State funding through the Regional Economic Development grants to design and deploy an online booking system and store at Bilya Koort Boodja.  This platform will enable customers to book cultural experiences and purchase art and other products online.  It is a fantastic opportunity for participants in our Noongar Enterprise Development project to be able to sell their products and services without the need to have a shop front or create their own website.  Wheatbelt Noongar businesses interested in using the platform are encouraged to give me a call to discuss how to get involved. 
My Committee and I are looking forward to our joint meeting with the Wheatbelt Development Commission Board in June.  These meetings are our way of sharing responsibility for projects and identifying how we can work together on shared interests for the benefit of the region.   We’ve made some fantastic inroads into understanding the economic profile of the region thanks to Emily Comber at WDC who has provided us with REMPLAN data to support our decision making and intelligence gathering.
Now that we are out of caretaker mode, I will be working with my Federal colleagues to get an understanding of potential timelines for the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) and Stronger Communities Program (SCP).  The Federal Government has committed an additional $200 million to a fourth round of the BBRF and $22.7 million for a fifth round of the SCP in the 2019-20 budget.  Although we have no details on timelines right now and if you are considering applying, the best thing you can do is to refine the business case for projects and look at getting a cost-benefit analysis done so that you can maximise your chances of being eligible, competitive and ultimately successful. 
The investment in a business case and cost-benefit analysis before a funding round is called has proven beneficial to many of our grant recipients in the Wheatbelt.  We’ve also found that if you have the documentation prepared you can customise it to fit a variety of funding pathways.  The Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network is the perfect example of using this approach.  The key is to have the documents and evidence prepared and to let us know what your project is about.  We are keeping a list of projects that we know about so that when programs come across our desk, we can be a matchmaker please contact Chris in the Gingin office to get your project on the list and also tips on business case preparation.
And lastly, I’d like to remind everyone in local and state government, community groups, business and industry across the Wheatbelt that RDAW is not only a pathway to funding programs but also your partner in regional development.  I had the best phone call this week from a local government looking to scope out a concept for their area and them being pleasantly surprised to learn that RDAW can assist with facilitating discussions, connecting stakeholders and partnering on projects.  We may not be first to mind in a lot of instances, but just give me a call or email to let me know what you are looking for and how you think RDAW can be helpful to you.
Have a great month and I hope you manage to stay warm! 
Mandy Walker - Director Regional Development - RDA Wheatbelt

RDA Wheatbelt


Government and Community News

Pasture to Pocket Workshop. A comprehensive introduction to regenerative grazing land management. In 2.5 days producers will gain the knowledge and tools to improve the productivity of grazing country and livestock in an ecologically sound and financially viable manner. Muresk 26th June. Bookings required.

Find Cancer Early website, targeted toward people over 40 living in regional WA aims to improve awareness of the early symptoms of the most common cancers. Read about the 10 early symptoms of the five most common cancers. The Local Stories section higlights the experiences and advice of regional cancer survivors.
Horticulture Innovation Australia. $8000 towards building capacity in people in the horticultural industry to ensure the development of leaders for the industry in the future. Ongoing.
P2D Cross-industry survey. This survey would address the needs and issues regarding digital technology! If you are interested in taking part in the survey, you can phone (02 9191 9844) or email KG2 ( and the survey company will contact you. Please provide your name, phone number and the type of farming operation you are involved.

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Grants and Funding Opportunities

Women’s Leadership and Development Program. Two grant streams: Project Grants and Advocacy Grants  to deliver a range of projects specifically  to improve outcomes for Australian women in five key focus areas. Closing 28 June.
Harcourts Foundation Grants. Varying amounts providing support for a specific event, project, item, or initiative that helps, grows, and enriches our communities Closing 30 June.
Grants for Women. Up to $10,000 is available for local governments and community service organisations to implement projects that focus on addressing the unique issues faced by women. Closing 30 June.

Safe Work Australia Sponsorship Program. Under $10,000 and over $10,000 for improving work health and safety and workers' compensation arrangements and providing support to the initiatives of individuals. Closing 30 June. 
One Voice Community Choir Seed Funding. A limited number of seed funding grants of $10,000. Successful applicants will receive the seed grant and join a 12-month intensive mentoring program. Closing 30 June.

Be Connected Activation Grant. $2000 to get you started in the Be Connected Network, required to register at least 30 older people over 10 months (15 in outer regional) to gain digital skills. Closing 30 August.

Adventure Grant. A $8000 cash grant plus $2000 worth of The North Face gear to help inspiring applicants to turn their expedition dreams into a reality. Opening 1 July Currently no closing date. 

Cyber Security Small Business Program. Up to $2100 (with matching co-contribution) to small businesses (with 19 or fewer employees) to access a micro, small or standard certified small business check.  Ongoing. 
Regional New Industries Fund. Two streams. Up to $300,000 per region to support venture creation, accelerate small-medium enterprise growth and seed innovation initiatives. Currently no closing date. 
Supply Chain Facilitation. Up to $20,000 for businesses to access independent business advice and a supplier improvement plan to strengthen opportunities, improvements and linkages within an identified supply chain opportunity. Ongoing.

CSIRO Kick-Start. $10,000 to $50,000. NEW initiative for innovative Australian start-ups and small SMEs, providing funding support and access to CSIRO’s research expertise and capabilities to help grow and develop.  

Dep't Infrastructure & Regional Dev't Programs

2nd - TOODYAY - Fibre Festival
See the streets of Toodyay awash with colour, movement and fibre!
28th - PERTH - Supanova Comic Con/Gaming
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Australia's biggest pop culture convention, showcasing the very best in film, television, comic books, video games and more.
12th - PERTH - Regions Rising WA
Regions Rising – Western Australia, is part of the Regional Australia Institute’s (RAI’s) groundbreaking national roadshow for 2019. The RAI use evidence-based research to present the facts, bring key regional stakeholders together, and work to change the narrative of regional Australia. Be part of the conversation about Regional Economic Diversification and Jobs. Be part of Regions Rising
17th to 21st - NORTHAM (MURESK) - The HARVEST Accelerator Bootcamp.
This residential intensive program features expert presenters, panel discussions, interactive workshops, individual reflection time, networking activities and access to the Muresk Smart Farm event on the 19th June. The program is FREE for successful applicants, who will all receive expert mentoring, new networks, and exposure to investment opportunities. All meals and accommodation will be provided for successful applicants. Regional based companies will be given priority. The program will culminate in a Regional Showcase where participants have the opportunity to pitch to investors and display their innovation at the expo-style event. 
To discuss the program please contact Tash Ayers: or phone 0418913379
Applications close Monday 3rd June. Apply here
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