Regions Rising

Regions Rising

RDA’s Regions Rising was a series of events aimed at connecting and strengthening regional businesses.

RDA delivered a series of events across our region, delivering networking and connection opportunities and helping build business resilience.

Business owners and managers gained knowledge and understanding around government support available to them. Forging new connections to help them succeed and grow.

Featuring rugby league legend Johnathan Thurston and Townsville-born Olympic gold medallist, beach volleyball star Natalie Cook, the events were a huge success.

Johnathan Thurston and Nat Cook RDA Regions Rising

Opportunity to seek advice and assistance from Industry and government experts

Regional Development Australia Townsville and North West QLD

National Indigenous Australians Agency

Premiers Department

Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

National Recovery and Resilience Agency


Department of Educations, Skills and Employment

Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

Smart Precinct NQ

Various Local Business Representatives

Department of Regional Development and Manufacturing


Business Station

Events were held

Charters Towers
Monday 22nd November

Wednesday 24th November

Thursday 25th November

Friday 26th November

What we delivered

Each event included a chance to speak to industry and government experts to gain valuable business assistance and connections. 

Each event also included a dinner (or lunch in Normanton), where Jonathan Thurston and Natalie Cook delivered inspiring talks about their experiences and the crossovers between sport and business.

Note: These were 18+ events.

Regions Rising was jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).