- 30 October 2018
On Monday 29th October, RDA Southern Inland and RDA ACT formalised their agreement to collaborate.
The two RDAs have recently developed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), designed to establish a framework for implementing a program of cooperation on mutually-determined activities, related to regional economic development.
There are 52 RDA Committees in Australia, working to maximise economic development opportunities for their respective regions. RDA ACT covers the entire ACT whilst RDA Southern Inland covers seven Local Government Areas that border the ACT.
The MoU will formalise and strengthen the relationship between the two RDAS, in order to better promote the wider region both entities have responsibility for under the RDA Charter.
RDA Southern Inland and RDA ACT are excited to formalise this collaborative arrangement and to work together on relevant cross border plans and initiatives, including the opportunity to facilitate international export amongst local producers.
The Chairs, Board Members and CEOs of both groups met at the RDA Office in Goulburn to sign the MoU. Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor and Rhonda Lawrie from the Department of Premier and Cabinet were also in attendance.
Ross MacDiarmid, Chair of RDA ACT, and Hugh Cooke, Chair of RDA Southern Inland briefly spoke, emphasising the importance of unlocking the region’s capacity and capitalising on the unprecedented investment occurring in regional NSW.
“Our focus is to grow strong communities and maximise their development within the ACT and southern region,” Mr Cooke said.
“This means attracting new businesses and growing them, which creates new jobs and products in the area.”
RDA ACT Chair Ross MacDiarmid said Canberra relies on the Southern Inland region and vice versa.
“It is critical that we have these relationships, whether it be around energy policy or agricultural and export.
Minister Taylor spoke about the corridor between Sydney and Canberra and how it presents some of the best opportunities in the country. Minister Taylor expressed that there were two parts to this huge opportunity; the unprecedented investment from the Federal Government at Badgery’s Creek and the changing nature of Canberra.
“There are phenomenal opportunities as you see industries having to leave Sydney because of land prices.
“If you can buy land for about $1000 per sq metre then that means $500,000 before you lay the first brick.
“Converting industrial land to residential land is a long-term trend that is happening now - so these businesses have to move and we are seeing that in Goulburn and Yass - with some really good industries moving here, but we are hoping to see a lot more of it and we have to capture them.”
He also spoke about a booming tourism industry in the area, particularly agri-tourism and the region’s economic performance.
“Of all the federal electorates across Australia, we now have the fourth lowest unemployment rate - other three are near the centre of Sydney. That tells you this crazy story is happening now and we need to capitalise on it.”