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Energy Metals and Power Storage
The RDA Wheatbelt Chair Mr Terry Waldron recently attended the launch of the ‘Establishing the Case for Energy Metals and Battery Manufacturing in Western Australia’ hosted by the US Counsel General and Tesla. This important issue has gained much media attention recently and the Wheatbelt is keen to maintain the impetus for this project.

This study has been led by RDA Perth in partnership with Curtin University and selected industry stakeholders and with the support of RDAs across WA.

The Study was released on the 13th July at the Celebrating Energy Metals event. The Study is available electronically on the RDA Perth website or a hardcopy can be picked up from the RDA Perth office Contact Thea Verrall or contact

RDA Wheatbelt Quarterly Report April-June
We are pleased to provide the second update on the activities and achievements of RDA Wheatbelt. This publication is to introduce new activities, update on ongoing projects and to answer some of the questions as to what RDA Wheatbelt does. For more information on any of the activities please contact the Administration Office on 08 9575 1888 or 

Download the April-June quarterly report
Regional Early Education and Development Inc.
RDA Wheatbelt congratulates Regional Early Education and Development Inc. (REED) which is leading the innovative regional governance model project and developing leadership capability building in the Wheatbelt’s child care sector.

Many people are aware of the huge commitment to get any project developed but with this project the people on the ground are truly remarkable for committing hundreds of hours liaising, planning, winning hearts and minds to get this commitment to a new way of working and ensuring sustainability of this important service.

This project is an exemplar of work at a cross community, local, regional, state and federal level to support this initiative. RDA Wheatbelt support has been through the Regional Children’s Services Plan, assistance with the BBRF application and awarding a five month Build Your Business scholarship to the General Manager Kylie Helgesen. The Wheatbelt Development Commission has been involved in this project with a position on the State regional child care committee, Royalties for Regions investment and funding support for the feasibility/business plan, ensuring this project became a pilot for new governance structures. 

For more information please contact Kylie Helgesen (General Manager).

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Government and Community News

Lifting the weight. A new report on understanding young people’s mental health and service needs in regional and remote Australia tells the story of young people in regional and remote areas and their mental health and service needs. 

A team of My Health Record experts will be visiting community resource centres (CRCs) in Williams, Darkan, Boddington, Narrogin, Pingelly, Wickepin, Kulin, Lake Grace, Hyden and Kondinin to inform the community about the benefits of My Health Record, and how to opt-out, if they wish. Contact Nienke Rozendaal  My Health Record WA Communication Coordinator (08) 6278 7942 or 0429 680 167.
2018 Regional Telecommunications Review. Submissions have been called on services in regional, rural and remote Aust. Closing 5 August.  

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 WA and ask for help from regional business owners / operators by completing a 10-15 minute survey. Survey link

Horticulture 90-Day Regulatory Mapping and Reform Project. To identify and reduce the regulatory burden for new and existing horticulture businesses involved in the intensive and commercial cultivation of horticulture crops in WA. Online survey open until 19 Aug. 
Heywire for regional Australia. 40 annual winners have the chance to take an all-expenses-paid trip to the Heywire Regional Youth Summit, at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, to develop ideas to make regional Australia a better place for young people. Closing 16 Sept. 

AgriFutures Australia, who want to make sure their work continues to have a positive impact on stakeholders and rural industries ask for 10 mins of your time to share your views. Survey link.  

Export Finance and Insurance Corporation. Now available, new brochure for Australian tourism businesses (or suppliers) seeking loan finance to enhance/expand their offerings to grow international customers. 

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Grants and Funding Opportunities

WA History Foundation. Up to $10,000 for projects that meet one or more of the Foundation’s Objects, will result in some public outcome which encourages, promotes or assists Western Australian history and will produce historical material (or other public outcome) of good quality. Closing 3 Aug. 

Community Stewardship Program Grants. For community-based projects that help conserve, restore, rehabilitate or enhance a local natural area, conserve WA’s biodiversity and maintain or build the capability of Natural Resource Management (NRM) community groups across the state. Closing 6 Aug 2018. Small $1,000 - $25,000 and Large $25,000 - $450,000

Children’s Week Grants. Up to $1,000 (excl GST) to support NFP community organisations and local governments in regional, remote & metro areas to hold their own Children’s Week event in 2018. Closing 17 Aug. 
The Project Fund is designed to benefit regional and remote artists, arts workers, audiences and communities by supporting and promoting participation in, and access to, art and culture. Up to $15,000 individuals and $30,000 organisations. Closing 17 Aug. 
Small Grants for Rural Communities. Up to $5,000 for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities  in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority  to communities of 10,000 or fewer. Opening Aug. 
Health Promotion Project Grants. Organisations may apply for a range of grants to fund new approaches to promoting healthy lifestyles through changing community attitudes and behaviour, and creating environments that support people to make healthier choices. Ongoing. 

Dep't Infrastructure & Regional Dev't Programs

26th - YORK Motor Show 
Cars from the turn of the Century to Modern Classics. Live music, food and entertainment.
29th-30th - DOWERIN Machinery Field Days
See it all, tractors to cheese, water tanks to stud rams, fencing to wines, equestrian to music.
View our online calendar of events
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