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Cowra farming RDA Central West

About Us

RDA Central West is an Australian Government-funded not-for-profit organisation responsible for the sustainable economic development of the NSW Central West region. Our organisation is overseen by a Committee of dedicated local leaders who possess a wide cross section of professional skills and experience.

We work in partnership with governments, local communities and other stakeholders to develop initiatives that enable the Central West region to grow sustainably. Our key activities include; promoting investment and economic development opportunities, providing advice and information to the Australian, State and local governments on regional development issues and priorities and raising awareness of programs and services available to regional communities.

Our Vision

To be recognised leaders of sustainable regional development across Central West NSW.

Our Mission

To promote new thinking and partnerships across government, industry and community to realise the region’s vision and economic potential.

Together with regional leaders we aim, specifically, to drive business growth, new jobs, skills development and business investment across the 11 local government areas of Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.

Our key roles

Following an Australian Government review completed in August 2017, a new Charter outlines the role of RDA Committees.

Working in close partnership with fellow RDA Committees, all levels of government, and the private sector, RDA Committees will:

  1. Collaborate with relevant stakeholders to identify economic opportunities and leverage
    private and public sector investment to the regions;
  2. Connect regional businesses, councils and industry sectors with international trade partners, financial markets and potential investors;
  3. Promote and disseminate information on Australian Government policies and grant
    programs to state and local governments and industry, business and community sectors;
  4. Support community stakeholders to develop project proposals to access funding;
  5. Develop and maintain positive working relationships with the local government bodies in
    their regions
  6. Facilitate public and private sector decentralisation;
  7. Assist in the delivery of Australian Government programs, where relevant and where
    requested by the Minister;
  8. Engage with regional entrepreneurs and emerging business leaders to explore new
    opportunities to grow local jobs in their regions;
  9. Provide information on their region’s activities and competitive advantages to all levels of
    government, industry, business and community sectors; and
  10. Provide evidence-based advice to the Australian Government on critical regional
    development issues positively and negatively affecting their regions

Our Priority Activities

Our Strategic Framework 2017-2020  underpins the priority activities and issues that we believe require priority for regional economic development. It is developed in conjunction with key regional stakeholders, local government, community and business organisations.

Read more about the RDA National network at www.rda.gov.au