New era of growth and change begins


New era of growth and change begins

A new era will begin for Regional Development Australia in 2018, with restructures at a national level heralding a period of growth and change.

RDA Orana Chair John Walkom said that the new year will bring the newly-created role of Director of Regional Development to steer the organisation under a new charter.

“The new charter outlines how RDAs, including the Orana,will continue to drive regional areas to create strong, confident and vibrant communities,” he said.

RDA Committees, composed of local business and community leaders, will continue to play an important role in collaboration, connection, promotion and engagement.

“RDA Committees have an active and facilitative role in their communities and a clear focus on growing strong and confident regional economies that harness their competitive advantages, seize on economic opportunity and attract investment.”

“The independent review of RDAs earlier this year showed that under the right leadership, communities are able to drive themselves. Soft infrastructure such as networking and facilitation, has more bearing than management and development which often overlaps with government activities.”

Mr Walkom said this year has also been marked by investment of more than $1billion in regional infrastructure, population growth in the regional centres of Mudgee and Dubbo and development of carbon farming, bio-industries and renewable energy resources.

“Important milestones for RDA Orana have included the launch of our dual freight studies on transport feasibility, completion of the Skills Outlook Survey focusing on local workforce and training challenges, case studies into gaps in telecommunications services and provision of the skills migration program for new Australians.

“We have also maintained our partnerships with government departments, education providers, regional stakeholders and business owners and will continue to keep these lines of communication open in the future.”

“Regular meaningful engagement with our stakeholders assists us in facilitating long term development to secure a vibrant and sustainable regional economy.”


“We have a clear role in the region and are well-positioned to continue in the future.”/ENDS

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