RDA Wide Bay Burnett Newsletter - March 2017
RDA Wide Bay Burnett is one of 55 non-for-profit organisations across the country funded by the Australian Government to help strengthen our regions. RDA's work with business, the community and all levels of government to promote economic development.

Business achievers join RDA committee

Experienced business leader Kerren Smith and award-winning rural businesswoman Stephanie Whitaker have joined the committee of Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett.

Mr Smith, who lives in Gympie, is formerly the Managing Director of mining and transport equipment company J. Smith & Sons and currently Managing Director of Smith Global Pty Ltd.

Mr Smith boasts more than 40 years business experience and is well respected in the transport, construction, engineering and mining industries domestically and internationally. In addition to his role in his family’s companies, Mr Smith is a current Director of Queensland Cricket and the past Chairman of Wide Bay TAFE. Mr Smith is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Whitaker, from the Burnett, has lived and worked in the Wide Bay-Burnett region for the past two decades. Her family breeds beef cattle on their South Burnett property, have operated the Biggenden Saleyards and since 2007 and own Burnett Livestock and Realty where Ms Whitaker manages the administration and marketing.

Ms Whitaker is an active community volunteer and brings a d diverse knowledge in business, health and community care, community services and community development to the RDA committee.

She is also currently secretary of the Biggenden Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

RDA has say on Decentralisation of Govt Departments

RDA Wide Bay-Burnett has completed a submission to the Senate Inquiry investigating the proposed decentralisation of government departments to regional areas. 

The inquiry sought feedback on the operation, effectiveness and consequences of relocating corporate Commonwealth entities, as well as the economic, environment and capability implications.

The RDA Wide Bay Burnett submission highlighted the natural beauty, affordability, geographic and economic advantages of the region as the perfect place for government departments and employees to relocate.

Being based in a regional community would give the government greater knowledge and access to issues and problems facing regional Australia and better inform and shape government policies.

Submissions to the inquiry closed on March 10 with a final report due to be tabled to the Senate on May 9.

Building Better Regions Fund closes March 31

The Commonwealth Government’s $300m Building Better Regions Fund provides funding for infrastructure projects and community investments that will create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger rural and regional communities.

The Community Investments Stream, open to local governments and not-for-profit organisations, funds community building activities including new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, leadership and capability building activities.

Applications for the Community Investments Stream close at 5pm on March 31 and eligible groups are encouraged to contact RDA Wide Bay Burnett on 4124 2526 for a copy of the guidelines and for submission feedback.

For more information click here

RDA joins push to fund missing highway link

RDA Wide Bay-Burnett has prepared an advocacy document to push the case to State and Federal Governments to fund the “missing link” Section D upgrade of the Bruce Highway.
The 26km Section D upgrade and bypass of Gympie would eliminate at least eight sets of traffic lights and extensive sections of 60kph and 80kph areas of the highway for North/South bound traffic resulting in travel times reduced, cost savings to industry, safety improvements and reduction in city through traffic.
The funding push, initiated by Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien, has secured support from local, state and federal politicians and industry stakeholders from the Sunshine Coast to Gladstone. It will include a mayoral delegation to Canberra to put the case to the Federal Transport Minister.

Aquatic Centre set to make a splash

 The $22.5m Gympie Aquatic Centre is due to be officially opened on April 1. 

The facility boasts a 50 metre outdoor competition pool, a 25 metre indoor heated pool, gymnasium, a leisure pool and splash pad, a children’s activity zone with tipping bucket and dual waterslides. 

The Australian Government committed $5 million to the project through the National Stronger Regions Fund, along with $100,000 from the Queensland Government and $17.15 million from Gympie Regional Council.

The state-of-the-art facility has the ability to hold more than 1000 patrons and will meet community demand for a local recreation facility that can host regional and state competitions.

The 50 metre pool will feature 600 spectator seats set to guarantee regional competitions and aquatic events for the city.

During construction 270 jobs were created and 12 of those jobs are expected to be ongoing upon opening.

Upcoming Events March 2017
Build a Better Business - Workshop and Mentoring
In the age of innovation, change and disruption have become the new constants. To survive – and thrive, you need to know how to compete in a crowded market, innovate to stay front of mind with customers, and build a better business.

Dates:                  9th March 2017 to 6th April 2017 (consecutive Thursdays)
Time:                    5pm- 8pm
Venue:                 BEC, Cnr Quay St & Tantitha St, Bundaberg Central QLD 4670
Cost:                     $400
Click Here to download the flyer for more details and registration
Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (BIEDO)
Durong Open House – Meet and Greet….Come and Connect
Date:                    Tuesday 21st March 2017
Time:                    12.00pm – 4.00pm
Location:              Durong Hall
                              Chinchilla Hwy, Durong
Cost:                     Free
Department of State Development
Tendering for Government Business Workshop - Bundaberg

Date:                    Tuesday 21st March 2017
Time:                    10.00am – 2.00pm
Location:              Level 1, 7 Takalvan Street
Cost:                     $50.00 (incl. GST)
Light refreshments provided: Tea and coffee on arrival & a light lunch
Register Here
Department of State Development
Tendering for Government Business Workshop – Maryborough

Date:                    Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Time:                    10.00am – 2.00pm
Location:              Conference Room, Ground Floor
                              319-325 Kent Street
Cost:                     $50.00 (incl. GST)
Light refreshments provided: Tea and coffee on arrival & a light lunch
Register Here
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