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Community & Business

20 November, 2020

Government renews support for RDA

THE Regional Development Australia (RDA) Network has been recognised by the Australian Government for their work in driving economic growth, with the government recommitting to the network.

By Rhys Thomas

Pictured is the Regional Development Australia Tropical North Committee that will be implement- ing a strategy over the next three years to drive economic growth in the region.

THE Regional Development Australia (RDA) Network has been recognised by the Australian Government for their work in driving economic growth, with the government recommitting to the network. 

The Network involves 52 RDAs across Australia including one in the far north operating under RDA Tropical North (RDATN). 

RDAs work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support economic and workforce development, local procurement, strategic regional planning and to inform programs and infrastructure investments. 

 A new 4.5 year funding agreement and refreshed charter is in store for the network which was announced by the Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, the Hon Nola Marino MP last week. 

“RDA Tropical North will continue to play an important role supporting the economic recovery of the region as it emerges from COVID,” she said. 

“RDAs are a highly valued and respected network of volunteers and staff who drive economic development in our regions. 

“They provide critical intelligence back to the Australian Government about key issues impacting local communities.” 

RDATN Chair David Kempton believes that his board will be able to restore, develop and drive growth within the region. 

“The value in RDA Tropical North is to advocate regional growth and economic development to the Federal Government,” he said.

“Our board identifies and promotes to all levels of Government those key projects that will restore, develop and drive the growth in our region. 

“RDA Tropical North’s Economic Recovery and Reconstruction Strategy will not only see us through the pandemic, but onto stronger economic future with the creation of 3812 jobs and $1.665 billion in annual economic benefit within three years.”


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