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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Entries for the 2024 National Awards for Local Government are open!The National Awards highlight initiatives implemented by local governments that are:💡innovative🙌make a difference to their local communities⭐️display excellence🌏and have outcomes that are replicable across the country.Local councils can enter their initiatives into 11 different categories. Entry is free and simple via the online platform: www.infrastructure.gov.au/territories-regions-cities/local-government/national-awards-local-gover...#rda #nalg2024 AusGov Infrastructure ... See MoreSee Less
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This month, we headed to Mackay ✈ to catch up with our Northern RDA friends, Sonja Johnson from Regional Development Australia Tropical North, Tony Gambling from Regional Development Australia - Central and Western Queensland, and Robert Cocco from Regional Development Australia Greater Whitsundays.During our visit, we toured the three-year-old Resources Centre of Excellence, offering incredible simulation training, testing and evaluation for the resources sector ⚒ 🔬 We also checked out the Mackay Aquatic Recreation Complex where we were lucky enough to meet Linda Single (nee Mackenzie), Mackay Regional Council’s Sport and Recreation Officer and Olympic Gold Medal Winner in the 4x200-metre women’s relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics! 🏊‍♂️ 🏅 These visits play a pivotal role in our ongoing commitment to collaboration and collective progress. As an alliance, we know that by harnessing the unique strengths of each region we can better advance the potential across North and Central Queensland.Thank you to Robert and the RDA Greater Whitsunday team for hosting us, and we look forward to the next catchup! #rda #mackay #queensland #collaboration ... See MoreSee Less
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Delivered through the FRRR (Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal) Strengthening Rural Communities program, grants of up to 💵 $50,000 are available to support local organisations to uplift their communities, following significant disruption from COVID-19.This funding is specifically aimed at supporting small-scale projects, including initiatives to enhance equipment and facilities at community hubs, as well as workshops and educational programs designed to foster greater community engagement 🏀 🎭 🎨 💡Applications for the final round of the Rebuilding Regional Communities stream close 5pm AEDT 26 February 2024 ➡ frrr.org.au/funding/place/src-rebuilding-regional-communities/#rda #grantopportunity #covid19 #funding ... See MoreSee Less
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Join the MITEZ (Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Development Zone Inc.) team in Townsville, register now to avoid disappointment (limited stakeholder spots remain)Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from all the big players in the Water sector 💧 Register: lnkd.in/e-CWTgGe ... See MoreSee Less
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Heads up, North West Queensland 🌧️ A tropical low has developed over the western Gulf of Carpentaria and the Bureau of Meteorology is warning of a moderate chance of the system developing into a tropical cyclone Thursday night or Friday. Periods of heavy rain could develop along the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast tomorrow and gales, with damaging wind gusts, could develop early Friday morning. Our crews are on the ground and ready to assist when needed, but you can do your bit by staying up to date with warnings and keeping an eye on your local council disaster dashboards: www.disaster.qld.gov.au/warnings. ... See MoreSee Less
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