- 26 June 2020
The Australian Government commends the outstanding work of RDA Southern Inland in supporting the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Led by Chair Mr Hugh Cooke, RDA Southern Inland’s engagement with their community, businesses and all levels of Government has been vital in identifying emerging issues throughout the crisis and opportunities for the recovery phase.
This work is important to managing impacts and ensuring communities and businesses are able to get back on their feet as quickly as possible. Key activities being undertaken by RDA Southern Inland include:
• Disseminating information to stakeholders and the community via a range of media including bi-weekly newsletters, website, social media platforms and teleconferences;
• Participating in the development of recovery strategies with local chambers of commerce, the NSW and Australian Governments and other key local stakeholders;
• Collaborating with the NSW Government to pivot the STEM Industry School Partnership Project into an online platform, allowing continuation of its delivery during lockdown; and
• Assisting business to source grants and funding through bushfire and COVID-19 support programs.
Regional Development Australia Committees (RDAs) have played and continue to play an important role in delivering sustainable infrastructure and services to their region. These Committees deliver important work in consulting with communities, promoting and participating in regional initiatives, and providing information and advice on their region to all levels of Government.
Since late March I have been holding regular teleconferences with RDA representatives three times a week. These conversations provided first-hand insights into how local communities are coping, and the impact and effectiveness of Government response measures. This local intelligence is provided directly to Government ministers and agencies to inform policymaking.
I want to thank the RDA Southern Inland committee members and staff for their work in driving positive change in your local communities.
If you would like to learn more about how RDA Southern Inland is able to assist you, visit its website at www.rdasi.org.au. Further information about the RDA program is available at www.rda.gov.au.
The Hon Nola Marino MP
Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, Federal Member for Forrest