Regional Development VictoriaRDA Barwon South West

State Government of Victoria

RDA Barwon South West

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is hosting a series of Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) information sessions in Colac, Ballarat, Traralgon, Bendigo and Wodonga during January 2017 and they are strongly encouraging interested parties to register at:

At these free information sessions RDA committee members and clients will find out about:

  • how the regional investment program can support regional, remote and very remote communities through locally initiated infrastructure, events and capacity building activities
  • the Building Better Regions Fund - the grant funding available and how to apply
  • opportunities to connect with other local people and organisations from regional, remote and very remote communities interested in harnessing the potential of Australia's regions

If people can’t make the session in their area, a webinar will be made available in mid-January 2017.

View the BBRF Information sessions presentation

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The RDA Barwon South West Committee works in partnership with community, business and all levels of government to support and contribute to strategic regional development across the local government areas of Greater Geelong, Queenscliffe, Surf Coast, Colac Otway, Corangamite, Moyne, Warrnambool, Southern Grampians and Glenelg, in south western Victoria.

The Committee comprises of ten representatives from business, industry, government, education and training. Committee members come from various locations throughout the region. Its membership includes cross-representation with other regional organisations such as G21 Geelong Region Alliance, Committee for Geelong, the Committee for Portland and the Great South Coast leadership group to achieve maximum input and consultation.

The Committee’s core responsibilities are:

  • to be a key facilitator of strategic change and economic, social and environmental development in the region;
  • to be the link between government, business and the community; and 
  • to facilitate whole of government responses to opportunities in the community.


RDA Barwon South West will host FREE workshops in Geelong, Colac & Warrnambool in January / February 2017 to support applications for the Building Better Regions Fund opening on January 18th.

The workshops have been designed to assist you to:

  • Understand the requirements of the 2 streams of the Building Better Regions Fund
  • Develop your proposal and accompanying documentation including a business case and project plan
  • Gather ideas on how to provide / build evidence to support your application, and
  • Get the most out of your partnerships.


Karingal – Eastern Hub
285a McKillop Street corner of Humble Street, East Geelong
Date: Monday 23rd January
Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm Community Investments StreamBook Here
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm Infrastructure Projects Stream - Book Here
Cost: FREE

Light refreshments provided


Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre
97 Gellibrand Street, Colac Vic 3250
Date: Monday 30th January
Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm Community Investments Stream - Book Here
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm Infrastructure Projects Stream - Book Here
Cost: FREE

Light Refreshments provided


La Bella Function Room
The Pavilion 50 Viaduct Road, Warrnambool
Date: Wednesday 1st February
Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm Community Investments Stream - Book Here
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm Infrastructure Projects Stream - Book Here
Cost: FREE

Light Refreshments provided


For more information, please contact Lyn Moore at the RDA BSW Regional Office Phone: (03) 5215 6062 or Email:

Vision Statement

The Regional Development Australia Barwon South West Committee will facilitate regional activity by progressing projects that are underpinned by a solid evidence base.

With a reputation for results, it will have credibility within the region and will be a respected source of advice to the Victorian and Australian Governments.

By its willingness and capacity to cut across boundaries the Committee will add value to G21, Great South Coast and other regional voices. It will demonstrate leadership across the full breadth of regional issues.

Download the RDA Barwon South West Business Plan, 2014 - 2015 (PDF 683.9 KB)


Since the establishment of the RDA Barwon South West Committee in December 2009, the Committee has made significant progress. Key achievements to date include:

  • engaged with a range of regional stakeholder groups
  • lead regional consensus around the top three Barwon South Region priority projects
  • delivered the Barwon South West Region: Advice to Government document
  • assisted the development of the Great South Coast Regional Strategic Plan
  • worked with the G21 Geelong Region Alliance to identify priority projects critical to the sustainable growth of the region
  • started work with regional stakeholders to lead and progress tourism and higher education initiatives.

Contact details

Level 2
Harrison Place
237 Ryrie Street
Geelong VIC 3220
Tel: (+61 3) 5215 6000
Fax: (+61 3) 5222 1112



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Last Updated: 21 December 2016