RDA Committees plan for the future of Queensland roads

qld roads rda1RDA Townsville and North West Queensland (RDA TNWQ) are playing a lead role in facilitating the development of the Inland Queensland Roads Action Plan (IQ-RAP).

IQ-RAP is the first of its type in Australia, which has been developed through a collaboration of 47 funding partners, including several RDA committees.

RDA TNWQ first considered the concept of such a plan, after the success of the Bruce Highway Action Plan in securing funding commitments from the Australian and Queensland governments.

In December 2013, RDA TNWQ engaged with other RDAs in central, north and south west Queensland and held a forum in Longreach, where the Interim Working Group was formed and RDA TNWQ took on the role of Secretariat.

The other RDA committees involved are Far North Queensland and Torres Strait, Darling Downs South West, Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday and Fitzroy and Central West.

IQ-RAP Secretariat and RDA TNWQ Chief Executive Officer Glenys Schuntner said there was an opportunity for achieving regional economic development outcomes through greater investment on inland roads through greater cross-regional collaboration.

“Common goals to create jobs, develop and sustain our regional communities, improve productivity for all industries and businesses and safety for all using the inland Queensland road network, have resulted in a strategic alliance of RDA committees, 33 councils, eight Regional Roads and Transport Groups and RACQ,” Ms Schuntner said.

IQ-RAP Working Group Chair Cr Peter Maguire said the plan identifies the road network and prioritises upgrades over the next 18 years. Click here to read more.


Synergies for regional development and agriculture

regional development Fiona nashNewly appointed Regional Development, Health and Communications Minister Fiona Nash says she won’t forget her agricultural roots after a major promotion in last week’s ministry reshuffle and is excited about the opportunity to work not only in rural health but also in regional development.

In a recent interview Minister Fiona Nash says “I don’t see that I’ll ever stop being a champion for agriculture; particularly around the new area of regional development,” she said.

“I believe there are some real synergies between regional development and agriculture, as indeed there is in communications.

Senator Nash said she was “very humbled” to be chosen by her party colleagues to be National Party deputy leader and the first female leader in its 95-year history.

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Economic opportunities for WA’s Great Southern Region considered at State of the Regions forum

WA great southern regionKey opportunities in Western Australia’s Great Southern region will be in the spotlight today as part of the State of the Regions forum in Albany.

The Minister for Regional Development, Terry Redman, will deliver a keynote presentation.

The Albany conference will cover community development, infrastructure and future industries in the region. Agriculture is expected to remain vital for the Great Southern region’s prosperity for many years.

The Committee for Economic Development of Australia’s acting state director, Alana Joske says with world-leading free-range meat production enterprises, sandalwood production and UWA’s centre for natural resource management in Albany, there is a lot happening in agriculture within that space.

Director Alana Joske also says “The Great Southern region wants to be known for its innovation and that’s one of the key areas the region wants to focus on, so by bringing all these different people together you are actually getting new ideas and new perspectives.”

The Australian Regional Development Conference will be held in Canberra in September 2016.

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