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RDA Hume Newsletter June 2013

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Region receives $8M from RDAF

The Hume Region will receive more than $8 million from the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) Rounds Three and Four grants.

Two projects in the Hume Region will receive more than $900,000 from Round Three grants.

Mitchell Shire Council’s Vietnam Veterans’ Commemorative Walk received $500,000 and the Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation’s Bonegilla Boardwalk and Bike Trail just over $405,000.

Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk – Stage 3
The walk, located in Seymour, will include the installation of military artefacts, commemorative panels and pavers, landscaping, car parking and infrastructure to enable access to the site. 

Building Bonegilla Boardwalk and Bike Trail
This project involves improvements to 17 kilometres of gravel rail trail surface from Killara to Huon and the establishment of a 600 metres steel boardwalk across the Kiewa River floodplain, providing all-season access to Lake Hume and Tallangatta. 

The Hume RDA Committee played a key role in Round Three by considering Expressions of Interest from across the region and selecting five priority project to process to full application.

The Greater Shepparton City Council will receive $7.19 million towards the Greater Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct through the Regional Development Australia Fund Round Four.

All successful projects will provide important infrastructure to address regional priorities that were identified by the Regional Development Australia committees.

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Hume RDA attends national forum

Hume RDA Committee Chair, Mark Byatt and Executive Officer, Angela Verde, recently attended the 2013 RDA National Forum in Canberra on 15 and 16 June to discuss regional development challenges and opportunities.

Mark Byatt delivered a presentation on the topic of Partnerships and Planning, highlighting the Hume Strategy for sustainable communities report and Hume’s integrated regional planning. 

As part of the robust agenda, RDA Chairs, Deputy Chairs and Executive Officers shared information and case studies from across the national network and heard from regional development experts.

Further information about the national RDA network can be found

Hume region leadership gathering

Leaders event in October

The Hume RDA is sponsoring a Regional Leadership Event to be held in Wodonga in October 2013.

The focus for the event will be exploring existing and future opportunities for the Hume Region in relation to the following priority focus areas:

  • Strong regional cities, centres and towns
  • Prosperous industry supported by a capable workforce
  • Building transport capability and capacity, with a particular focus on high speed rail
  • Going global in the food industry.

Nearer the day you can find more information on the event here. Or to register your interest in attending please contact

Update on Digital Hume Strategy

In May, the Hume RDA Committee endorsed its regional digital strategy: Digital Hume – a strategy for a smart region.

The strategy aims to assist government agencies and local government to be connected, digitally empowered and innovative to help position the Hume Region as a ‘smart region’.

To meet the challenges and exploit the opportunities of the emerging digital economy, Digital Hume highlights a number of strategic directions including:

  • Maximising the impact of the NBN
  • Striving to get all online by 2017
  • Working towards transforming of public services
  • Encouraging digital enabled businesses
  • Marketing Digital Hume

You can view the final reports here.

DigitalAgriculture website

What is DigitalAgriculture?

The Hume RDA Committee, in conjunction with Loddon Mallee and Grampians RDA Committees, has funded the development of a blog, DigitalAgriculture.

This is one of a range of initiatives being undertaken to increase awareness and readiness for the emerging digital economy and rollout of NBN for the agricultural sector within communities to be most impacted by the implementation of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

DigitalAgriculture is an interactive website which provides a digital space to upload news, information and promotion of activities/events.
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Leadership in Lower Hume

Regional Development Australia has identified the need to build leadership capacity in the Lower Hume sub region. To this end three participants were sponsored to undertake the Alpine Valley’s Community Leadership Program (AVCLP) during 2012-2013.

As a result, over the next two months, the steering committee for the Rivers and Ranges Community Leadership Program (RRCLP) will host a series of briefings in ten locations covering Mitchell, Murrindindi, Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Yarra Ranges councils.

The briefings will seek to make connections to provide a foundation for the new program through sponsorship, in kind support or potential Board membership.
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Grants update

The Regional Development Australia Fund Round Five Program is currently open. You can access more details here.

Applications for Round Two of the Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund (TIRF) grants program are now being accepted. .

The Australian and Victorian governments have a range of funding programs that can be accessed by businesses, community groups and local government.


Freight Train

Freight plan for Hume

In 2012, the Hume RDA Committee funded a project which looked into the strategic direction for freight in the Hume Region.

The aim of the project has been to develop a range of strategies that can be pursued to attract investment in the Hume Region.

These strategies include:

  • Building the capacity of the Hume Freight Network
  • Improving freight efficiencies within the Hume Region
  • Supporting the development of regional freight facilities
  • Supporting a policy and planning framework that takes account of the Hume Region.

You can view the final reports here.

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REMPLAN access for councils

Economic development staff at regional councils are already very excited about Hume RDA purchasing a one year licence to REMPLAN which they can access.

REMPLAN provides detailed demographic data for the 1991 to 2011 Census years, economic data and maps for up to 111 industry sectors as well as population and employment forecasts.

Joseph Tobacco from Mitchell Shire Council is pleased to have access to the data.

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Clean Energy Map

Are you interested in clean energy projects that are underway in your neighbourhood?

On 17 May, the Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation, Greg Combet AM MP, launched the Clean Energy Map featuring more than 1200 projects cutting greenhouse gas emissions and reducing energy costs, investing in innovative new technologies and creating new jobs.

At the Clean Energy Map website, visitors can enter their postcode or use GPS functionality, to find information on projects in their region or neighbourhood.

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