RDA facilitates and advocates for sustainable economic development by collaborating with regional stakeholders

Regional Development Australia is an Australian Government initiative that encourages all levels of government to collaborate to enhance the growth and development of Australia’s regions. The national network is made up of 52 committees.

Regional Development Australia Townsville and North West Queensland (RDA) operates as a not-for-profit incorporated association across north and north west Queensland.  

Our Committee members have diverse skills and broad experience, as well as demonstrated networks within our region. They understand local challenges, opportunities and priorities and are dedicated to strengthening the communities within the region.

RDA’s region consists of 15 Local Government Areas.


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This week, we had the pleasure of hosting Regional Development Australia CEOs Sonja Johnson from RDA Tropical North, Tony Gambling from RDA Central and Western Queensland, and Robert Cocco from RDA Greater Whitsundays right here in Townsville for a two-day visit 🌴 During their stay, we had the chance to showcase some of our city's outstanding infrastructure, thriving businesses, and upcoming projects. We took them on a tour of the Queensland Country Bank Stadium and the North Queensland Cowboys' Community, Training and High-Performance Centre, for a firsthand look at the cutting-edge facilities. We also visited the Port of Townsville, where we heard from their team about ongoing initiatives and future projects – and how the North West plays a pivotal role in the growth of our region 💪Beyond exploring our wonderful city, we engaged in meaningful discussions to tackle the pressing issues that Queensland is facing in population and skills attraction, housing, connectivity, advocacy gaps, transportation infrastructure, water resources, and workforce planning. As four RDAs in the Northern RDA Alliance, this collaboration is invaluable. We are committed to fostering ongoing cooperation, as we recognise the immense potential in learning from one another and harnessing the strengths of each of our regions.Huge thanks to Sonja, Rob, and Tony for visiting our #rda!#rdanorthernalliancer#collaborationl#economicgrowtho#townsvilleshinesiRegional Development Australia Tropical NorthiRegional Development Australia Greater WhitsundayshRegional Development Australia - Central and Western QueenslandQueensland ... See MoreSee Less
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Check out these fantastic shots from last week’s Multicultural Jobs Expo! 👏 Thanks again to everyone who supported and attended this event. 🗓️ Make sure to add Thursday the 5th of October to your calendar for the First Nations Youth Development Expo at Aitkenvale PCYC. ➡️ whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au/events/first-nations-youth-development-expo📸 by Jermaine Chong #rda #multicultural #employment #townsvilleThe Townsville Regional Jobs Committee (Jobs Townsville North Queensland) is proudly supported and funded by the Queensland Government. ... See MoreSee Less
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The Australian Government’s $400 million regional Precincts and Partnerships Program is now open for applications 🙌 This grant seeks to support transformative investment in regional, rural and remote Australia to unify regional places, grow economies and serve communities.Unlike traditional grant programs, this program will focus on a partnership approach, bringing together governments and communities to deliver regional precincts that are tailored to local needs and have a shared vision for how that precinct connects to the region. The program will provide funding through two grant streams:Stream 1️⃣ Precinct development and planning. Stream 2️⃣ Precinct delivery.The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts will be facilitating a webinar about the program and its application process on Tuesday 19 September at 10:00AM to 11:00AM (AEST). Access webinar here: www.infrastructure.gov.au/territories-regions-cities/regional-australia/regional-and-community-pr...#rda #grant #regional #queensland ... See MoreSee Less
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Join us at the First Nations Youth Development Expo to connect with companies looking to hire, discover organisations offering work experience and training opportunities, and be inspired by personal journeys to help you uncover your dream career path 👷‍♀️ 👨‍⚕️ 👩‍💻 👮‍♀‍ 👨‍🏫 👩‍🍳 There will be a free BBQ, activities, art, and music throughout the day. And the opportunity to engage with support organisations, and members of the Townsville First Nation Youth Council.Free Event - No Registrations Required - Families Welcome! 📣More Information: whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au/events/first-nations-youth-development-expo#rda #firstnations #townsville #jobs ... See MoreSee Less
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