Engagement

RDA engages and collaborates with a variety of economic development focussed alliances, committees and organisations. This list below provides an overview of the committees and networks in which RDA regularly participates.

Jobs Townsville North
Queensland (JTNQ)

what do they do?

The Jobs Townsville North Queensland  Advisory Board (JTNQ) was initially established as Jobs Townsville to guide the implementation of the workforce development plan that was delivered under the Townsville City Deal. The scope has since expanded, with the support of the Queensland Government’s Department of Employment, Small Business and Training to include the five councils of the North Queensland region. The purpose of JTNQ is to support jobs growth in a strategic manner across priority industry sectors resulting in the benefit of a stronger, more capable and better skilled local labour pool that can positively impact the regional workforce. RDA CEO Glenys Schuntner is a member.

Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce

what do they do?

The Australian Government’s Local Jobs Program runs to 30 June 2022 in 25 regions throughout Australia. It brings together expertise, resources and access to funding at the local level to focus on reskilling, upskilling and employment pathways for people in each region. The program is part of supporting Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. RDA CEO Glenys Schuntner is a member of the Townsville Jobs and Skills Taskforce.

Northern RDA Alliance
(NRDAA)

what do they do?

The Northern RDA Alliance (NRDAA) comprises of eight Regional Development Australia Committees which cover Northern Australia, from the Gascoyne in Western Australia to Gladstone in Central Queensland. The Alliance has been collaborating and providing input to the Australian Government on the development and delivery of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia.  Our aim is to inform and support policy development and its implementation, and to prioritise investment opportunities to ensure the sustainable development of Northern Australia. RDA Chairman Frank Beveridge and CEO Glenys Schuntner are members in this Alliance.

Taskforce NQ

what do they do?

The purpose of the Taskforce is to coordinate and accelerate the health, social and economic recovery of Townsville and the greater North Queensland region from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. RDA CEO Glenys Schuntner is an observer of the NQ Recovery Acceleration Projects sub-committee.

 

The Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Development Zone (MITEZ)

what do they do?

The Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Development Zone (MITEZ) is a regional economic development organisation covering seven local government areas – Mount Isa, Cloncurry, McKinlay, Richmond, Flinders, Charters Towers and Townsville. RDA attends meetings as an observer to keep abreast of the work MITEZ is doing and support and contribute as required. RDA CEO Glenys Schuntner attends these meetings.

The North and North West Queensland Regional Managers’ Coordination Networks
(NQ and NWQ RMCN)

what do they do?

The North and North West Queensland Regional Managers’ Coordination Networks (RMCNs) meet regularly to share information on Queensland Government priorities and cross-government collaborative opportunities. RDA CEO Glenys Schuntner is a participant in these networks.

The North Queensland Trade and Investment Group
(NQ TIG)

what do they do?

The North Queensland Trade and Investment Group was established by Trade and Invest Queensland, RDA, regional councils in North Queensland, Townsville Enterprise and other key stakeholders to share information on inward investment and export development opportunities in the North Queensland region.  RDA CEO Glenys Schuntner co-chairs this group with the Trade and Investment Queensland General Manager.

The North West Mineral Province (NWMP) Stakeholder Advisory Committee


what do they do?

The North West Mineral Province Stakeholder Advisory Committee (NWMP SAC)  was established by the Queensland Government to oversee the implementation of the initiatives identified in the Strategic Blueprint for Queensland’s NWMP (the blueprint). The NWMP SAC is a high-level forum to discuss and resolve strategic issues relating to the blueprint and its implementation.

The Small Business Recovery Advisory Council SBRAC

what do they do?

The Small Business Recovery Advisory Council was established by the Queensland Government through the Department of Small Business, to guide recovery from the 2019 monsoon flood event. The Council meets regularly to provide advice on the implementation of flood recovery programs, monitor outputs and measures. In alignment with the flood impact, 14 local government areas across parts of North, North West, Outback and Far North Queensland are included. RDA Deputy Chair David Donohue represents RDA on this Committee.