Regional Development Victoria

Stronger Regional Communities Plan delivers projects for Gippsland


RDV has helped Gippsland to secure $226,000 in local projects and initiatives under the Stronger Regional Community Plan – a state-wide small grants program that supports rural and regional towns to create opportunities and grow local jobs.

RMIT received a $45,200 Stronger Regional Community Plan grant for SWIFT App Development – a new training program for students that aims to improve digital literacy in Gippsland.

SWIFT is a coding language developed by Apple that has become a universal programming language for building apps for iOS. Training in SWIFT will provide students with work-ready skills that can be applied in the growing industry of app development.

The training program will be led and piloted through RMIT University along with other networks including Apple, Federation Training, Gippsland LLENS, Gippsland Learn Locals and six Local Government Areas across Gippsland.

Marking the beginning of a new collaboration between RMIT and Federation University, the SWIFT App Development training program has the potential to lead to other digital related education across Gippsland.

The Stronger Regional Community Plan has also provided funding to the following local projects:

  • $50,000 towards the Baromi Park Community Space development in South Gippsland. The permanent performing arts space will enable the community to participate in live park performances and create a vibrant place for people to gather and be involved.
  • $50,000 towards ‘Live like a Local’ – a campaign aimed to attract skilled people to work and live in East Gippsland.
  • $45,000 towards a Good Governance Toolkit for business and tourism associations in South Gippsland to build community capability and bridge a knowledge gap in governance and administrative expertise.
  • $21,000 towards a business case for the Snowy River Floodplain Rail Bridge Restoration in Orbost.
  • $15,000 towards two workshops in the major centres of Bass Coast Shire for community groups, businesses and volunteers to collaborate to develop off season tourism opportunities in the region.

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