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RDA Hume Newsletter February 2013

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Welcome to the February edition of the Hume RDA Newsletter.

It has been a busy January for the committee, assessing Expression of Interests (EOI) for the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) Rounds Three and Four.

The high standard of projects that were presented showed how our region continues to strive for innovative facilities that will meet the communities' and the region's needs. A number of EOIs have been selected to proceed to full application including:

  • Towong Shire Council - Tallangatta Eco-community and Integrated Services Hub
  • Moira Shire Council - Cobram Urban Design Framework - Stage 2
  • Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation Inc - Building Bonegilla Boardwalk and Bike Trail
  • Alpine Shire Council - The Bright AMP
  • Mitchell Shire Council - Vietnam Veterans Commorative Walk
  • Wodonga City Council - Creating Wodonga’s City Heart
  • Greater Shepparton City Council - Greater Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct

A feature of the newsletter this month includes a Q & A session with Sara Quon from Tourism North East. Sara discusses a recently completed tourism product gap analysis project and highlights where to now. Continuing with the tourism theme, we also have an update on the Kelly Centre at Glenrowan.

Hume RDA continues to work closely with RDAs Loddon Mallee and Grampians following the announcement of the Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program, a full update can be found below.

As part of the development of promotional material for RDAs across Australia, Hume RDA recently contributed a detailed piece on our ongoing support of workforce development in the region. Further details on our partnership with the Hume Workforce Development Committee, to progress workforce development planning can be found below or on our website.

It has been an exciting couple of months and I look forward to the Hume RDA assisting to drive regional development across our Hume Region.

Mark Byatt





19 projects submitted

There was significant interest in the Regional Development Australia Fund Rounds Three and Four, with the Hume Region putting forward 12 EOIs for Round Three and seven EOIs for Round Four.

Round Three will provide $50 million for projects in small towns, while Round Four will provide $175 million for strategic infrastructure projects in regional Australia.

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Murray Darling Basin

$100m to support MDB plan

The final Murray Darling Basin (MDB) Plan was unveiled by Minister Burke in November 2012, together with the announcement of the $100 million Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program by Minister Crean.

The Program funding will be directed to economic diversification projects that assist Basin communities to strengthen their economic base and support the long-term viability of our rivers and regions.
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Tourism gap findings guide Board

Sarah Quon, CEO Tourism North East and Mark Francis, CEO Murray Region Tourism Board presented on the findings from their respective Tourism Gap Analysis projects to the committee in November 2012.

In this edition we interview Sara to provide an overview of Tourism North East and the project's outcomes.

You can read the interview with Sara Quon here.

Both organisations continue to work with Hume RDA to establish the next steps for progressing their Boards' key priorities.

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Study: viable idea for Ned Kelly Centre

The re-scoping study for the Ned Kelly Interpretive Centre at Glenrowan has produced a viable proposal for a nationally significant tourism product which could produce economic benefits for a number of the Hume's sub regions.

The Rural City of Wangaratta is now exploring opportunities to seek support from both the Victorian Government and Australian Government in assisting with a capital investment that will build on the legacy of this unique element of Australian folklore.
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Feature grant

T-QUAL grants is a competitive merit-based grants program aimed at stimulating sustainable economic growth in the Australian tourism industry.

Up to $100,000 in funding is available for innovative tourism projects. Next round to open soon.

Other grants available

The Satellite Phone Subsidy Scheme
Digital Futures Fund
Grants Finder

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Workforce workshops in April

Hume RDA is partnering with the Hume Workforce Development Committee to deliver Workforce Planning Workshops in Shepparton and Wodonga as part of the Hume Workforce Planning Program which is a major component of the workforce development and planning project currently underway in the region.

The workforce planning workshops are practical and interactive sessions aimed at building, implementing and monitoring workforce planning as a continual business process. Sponsored by the Hume RDA Committee, the one day workshops are being offered in Shepparton and Wodonga in April 2013 at no cost to small business operators located in the Hume Region.
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Digital economy tool now live

How prepared is your organisation for the changing needs of a digital economy?

For many business owners, while change is a certainty they don’t know exactly where to start. We have put together an Organisational Readiness diagnostic tool to help get you thinking about the changes you will need to make.

Our diagnostic contains 25 questions, and is designed to help you to assess your organisation’s readiness under six categories.
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Contact us

Hume RDA Committee

Office: Level 1, 62 Ovens St, Wangaratta VIC 3677

Phone: 03 5722 7101
Fax: 03 5722 7109

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