Join our local RDA Great Southern Committee

Applications are invited for Deputy Chair and Committee Member positions on the RDA Great Southern Committee. Read more ...


RDA Great Southern E-News - January-March 2018

Please read our January-March 2018 edition of our newsletter. To subscribe please contact admin@rdagreatsouthern.com.au


RDA Great Southern welcomes new Chairperson

RDA Great Southern is pleased to welcome Mr Andrus Budrikis as its new Chairperson. Read more ...


Regional Growth Fund - Now open

The Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, the Hon Dr John McVeigh MP, has announced that the $272.2 milltion Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is now open for Initial Applications.  Applications close on 27 April 2018. Read more...


Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors Course

RDA Great Southern and the Australian Institute of Company Directors partnered to provide a Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors course in Katanning on 25-26 February 2018.  Subsidized by RDA Great Southern and Lotterywest ... Read more ...


Building Better Regions Fund - Round Two Closed

The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Acting Minister for Regional Development and Acting Minister for Local Government and Territories, the Hon Darren Chester MP announced the opening of Round Two of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) on 7 November 2017. Applications closed for both streams at 5pm AEDST on 19 December 2017.


The BBRF is a competitive, merit based grant program with two streams:


  • The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provides economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.
  • The Community Investments Stream funds new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability strengthening activities that deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities. Infrastructure activities are not eligible for the Community Investments Stream.


Applications are open to local governing bodies and not-for-profit organisations that have an ABN.


More information on the BBRF program is available from https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/building-better-regions-fund


If you have any questions, please ring the Contact Centre on 13 28 46 or contact Simon Lyas, Executive Officer at RDA Great Southern on 08 9842 5800.


Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)

RDA Great Southern is delighted with the BBRF Infrastructure Projects Stream announcement by Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, Minister for Regional Development. $219.5 million will be invested in 110 projects across rural, regional and remote Australia, worth a total of $467.9 million.


Congratulations to the Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup and the other eight LGA's for their successful application of $10,000,000 to develop the Great Southern Housing Initiative (GSHI). This project will address the shortage of quality, affordable housing across the Great Southern region.  The GSHI will deliver a total of 79 housing units, comprising 43 units for independent seniors and 36 units for regional employees.  The housing units with be built across the nine Shires of Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kent, Kojonup, Plantagenet and Woodanilling. This project is an excellent example how a genuine need within a region can be significantly addressed through multiple funding partners and a collaborative approach.


The BBRF program supports the Australian Government's commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and building stronger regional communities into the future. There are two Streams of funding available under the program, the Infrastructure Projects Stream and the Community Investments Stream. It is hoped that the Community Investments Stream will be announced in the very near future.


The complete list of successful applicants that have been offered funding under the Infrastructure Projects Stream can be viewed Here.


Read more information about the BBRF at the RDA Great Southern Grants and Funding page.


Survey of Food Production and Processing in the Great Southern Region of WA report launched

The Survey of Food Production and Processing in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia project was an initiative developed by the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) and Regional Development Australia Great Southern WA Inc (RDA).


The main purpose of the project was to develop an understanding of the current and future capacity of the region's food production and processing capabilities. The information was gathered through a survey and interviews with farmers and food processors. You can find out more information and download the report Here.


Albany Education Hub concept under discussion

Representatives from key organisations in the great southern region have joined together to discuss the future of further education in Albany.

Read more ...

WA RDA Network News

Read about how individual Western Australian RDA Committees are tailoring initiatives to target regional significant issues and leverage opportunities in the 6th Edition of the RDA Network News.


The latest Edition’s topics include:

  • RDA Goldfield-Esperance helping to build community
  • The Great Southern Mapping Food Production and Processing project
  • RDA Kimberley's development of the new Royal Flying Doctor Service facility
  • The Ningaloo Centre in Mid West Gascoyne
  • Telecommunications in the NT
  • Peel valuing leadership
  • Growing and diversifying the economy of the Perth region
  • Mid and North Western Australia Investment Portfolio
    And much more, to read click here

    For media releases click here..


RDA Great Southern News

January-March 2018


December 2017


September 2017


August 2017


May 2017


April 2017


WA RDA Network News


October 2016


September 2015


April 2015