RDA CENTRAL WEST SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES DURING COVID-19

Christine Weston, RDA Central West

T h e H o n N o l a M a r i n o M P

Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Federal Member for Forrest

The Australian Government commends the outstanding work of RDA Central West in supporting the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Led by Chair Ms Christine Weston, RDA Central West’s engagement with their community, businesses and all levels of Government has been vital in identifying emerging issues throughout the crisis and opportunities for the recovery phase.

This work is important to managing impacts and ensuring communities and businesses are able to get back on their feet as quickly as possible. Key activities being undertaken by RDA Central West include:

  • Hosting weekly Business Leaders Breakfasts to connect the community with the region’s key decision makers;
  • Delivering fortnightly news updates about the latest stimulus measures from the NSW and Australian Governments;
  • Delivering webinars on social media and digital marketing, to support small businesses develop their digital literacy to adapt to an increasingly online business environment; and
  • Hosting fortnightly video calls with the region’s economic development managers, allowing for the distribution and collection of communications and localised intelligence.

Regional Development Australia Committees (RDAs) have played and continue to play an important role in delivering sustainable infrastructure and services to their region. These Committees deliver important work in consulting with communities, promoting and participating in regional initiatives, and providing information and advice on their region to all levels of Government.

Since late March I have been holding regular teleconferences with RDA representatives three times a week. These conversations provided first-hand insights into how local communities are coping, and the impact and effectiveness of Government response measures. This local intelligence is provided directly to Government ministers and agencies to inform policymaking.

I want to thank the RDA Central West committee members and staff for their work in driving positive change in your local communities.

If you would like to learn more about how RDA Central West is able to assist you, visit its website at www.rdacentralwest.org.au.

Further information about the RDA program is available at www.rda.gov.au.

The Hon Nola Marino MP

Parliament House Canberra |(02) 6277 4293 |minister.marino@infrastructure.gov.au PO Box 2028 BUNBURY WA 6231