$480,000 boost to Queensland Regional Development Australia committees

Queensland’s Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees will receive an extra $480,000 from the Federal and State Governments over the next year.

Federal Minister for Regional Australia Simon Crean and Queensland Minister for Agriculture, Food and Regional Economies Tim Mulherin announced the funding boost at the inaugural Queensland RDA Committee Forum in Brisbane last week.

The twelve RDA committees which cover Queensland will have access to an extra $480,000 – $240,000 from the State Government and $240, 000 from the Australian Government. The extra funds will help Queensland RDAs strengthen their ability to participate fully in priority issues impacting their local areas.

Minister Crean, Minister Mulherin and the RDA Sunshine Coast EO at Parliament House in Brisbane 2011

The inaugural Queensland RDA Committee Forum was held at Parliament House in Brisbane and attended by Chairs and Executive Officers of the 12 RDAs that cover the state.

This additional funding will help RDA Sunshine Coast to build capacity and progress priorities identified in our regional roadmap including health, economic development, high speed broadband and other infrastructure.

Mr Crean said the new funding injection for the Queensland RDAs was part of on-going drive to strengthen and better resource the national RDA network.

“The Australian Government is building a new national framework that will capture local solutions to local issues. This place-based approach is crucial to help the Federal Government respond better to local opportunities and challenges.”

“We want to identify the creative, strategic local solutions that will drive growth across the regions of Queensland and also boost the national economy,” Mr Crean said

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