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RDA Northern Inland Supporting Communities During Covid-19

The RDA Northern Inland team.
The RDA Northern Inland team.

The following article was distributed by The Hon. Nola Marino MP, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories (early June 2020).

The Australian Government commends 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.

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 Northern Inland include:
• 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 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 Northern Inland 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 Northern Inland is able to assist you, visit its website at www.rdani.org.au

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

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