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Working on the region’s development… RDANI Senior Project Officer David Thompson and Executive Officer Nathan Axelsson.
Working on the region’s development… RDANI Senior Project Officer David Thompson and Executive Officer Nathan Axelsson.

“Knowledge is power and Regional Development Australia Northern Inland has the resources to really make the difference for local project developers,” Chair Russell Stewart advised. “We are providing evidence-based research and analytical consultancy services and it is important for our region that we get the word out. RDA Northern Inland can be the linchpin, spokes or glue that makes an application or project successful. I’m talking about projects that bring millions of dollars into our economies and make a difference at the community level.”

The not-for-profit organisation is an independent Federal and State Government funded body. It is now providing a cost-effective regional consulting service that can support Local Councils, organisations, businesses and individuals. “From the Liverpool Plains to Moree Plains, Walcha to Tenterfield, we’re here to help enhance the professionalism of local projects in an increasingly competitive environment,” said Mr Stewart. “Why not make the most of it?”.

RDANI can conduct or facilitate research and economic analysis, including stakeholder and broad community consultation, surveys and anonymous focus group studies. The organisation can also assist in the identification of infrastructure or program funding opportunities and provides project-supporting submissions that increase credibility through critical demographic and economic data.

“We have invested in comprehensive research and data provision services, namely REMPLAN economic modelling software and IBIS World, which provides access to over 700 industry reports. This data does not come cheaply and it is not a viable option for many of our smaller individual Councils,” said RDANI Executive Officer Nathan Axelsson. “As a regional level service provider, we now have access to the statistical facts and figures, a veteran local researcher / economic development analyst in David Thompson and an independent, collaborative regional approach that has Government appeal.”

“RDANI conducts a range of projects to support the economic growth of our region. Our latest consulting and support service has the potential to make a big difference.”

“We are now fully equipped and ideally placed to assist in preparing funding submissions, economic impact assessments, cost-benefit analysis, strategic plans and much more.”

“There might be the best of intentions, genuine need, or community support, but the ability to draw on data and support your case with a true evidence-base can be absolutely critical for a successful application and delivery of the project,” Mr. Axelsson said.

The Namoi Joint Organisation of Councils has already taken the initiative to work towards regional outcomes with Regional Development Australia Northern. “We were pleased to support the Namoi JOC in developing the Namoi Investment Prospectus and work with Walcha council to assess the economic impacts of securing a larger local water supply for the town and industry,” Mr Axelsson said.

“Providing a regional data and analysis service to government and private sector bodies is a very practical way by which we can support the region’s development.”

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