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RDA-NI Commended by the Australian Government

The Australian Government has commended the outstanding work of RDA Northern Inland in supporting the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Led by Chair Mr Russell Stewart, RDA Northern Inland’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.” Said the Hon. Nola Marino MP, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories. “This work is important to managing impacts and ensuring communities and businesses are able to get back on their feet as quickly as possible.”

Minister Marino highlighted our activities to support the Northern Inland region including:

  • Conducting a survey of impacts of the pandemic on the region’s business community;
  • Running ‘Go Digital’ workshops, in conjunction with local councils, to help businesses move to online sales channels; and
  • Hosting regular meetings with the region’s councils to share ideas and strategies for recovery.

“Regional Development Australia Committees (RDAs) have played and continue to play an important role in delivering sustainable infrastructure and services to their regions. 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.” she said

“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 Northern Inland committee members and staff for their work in driving positive change in your local communities.” she said.

RDANI wish to extend their thanks to everyone that have participated in each survey commissioned by the team. Your input has directly impacted our region and has managed to reach the Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories. Your voice is heard so continue to help us through these initiatives.

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