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RDA Hume Newsletter October 2012

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Message from the Chair


Welcome to the October 2012 edition of the Hume RDA Newsletter.

I am very pleased to be launching the first e-newsletter which I anticipate will provide a readable format to a wide audience and regular updates for the Hume region.

It is also my pleasure as the incoming Chair to introduce the current RDA Committee, including both continuing members and new members, for the next three year term from 2012 to 2015.

Can I also take the opportunity to thank former RDA Committee members for their commitment and contribution between 2009 and 2012, as it is their work that has provided a strong foundation for the current Committee as we move forward.

Our continuing focus will be to engage with local communities and business, and continue to work with all levels of government to support the development of the Hume Region. This includes working with a range of stakeholders and other RDA Committees to achieve high priority outcomes that cross regional boundaries.

Our commitment to regional planning remains strong and we will maintain a key role in supporting projects and activities that align with priorities identified in the Hume Strategy for Sustainable Communities 2010-2020 (Hume Strategy) regional plan.

I am confident that the new committee will build its role as a partner, together with the Hume Regional Management Forum and the Hume Region Local Government Network, and with the support of the Hume Alliance. I look forward to the RDA Committee engaging with a broad range of government, business and community stakeholders as we move forward together.

Note that you can find more good news stories about the Hume RDA here.

Mark Byatt

Mark Byatt

Meet Mark and the team

Mark Byatt, Chair - Mark has lived in the region for the majority of his life. He is an executive leader with extensive and wide-ranging experience in both public and private business sectors.

The Committee members are:

Hayley Cail, Deputy Chair,
Ben Hardman,
Colin Elliott,
Doug Sharp,
Elizabeth Mellor,
Janelle Boynton,
Jim O’Connor,
Rowena Allen,
Steve Crawcour
, and
Tony Thompson.

You can learn more about the Committee here.

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Leaders gather for Hume Strategy

Over 200 regional leaders from business, community and government came together in Wangaratta last month for the Hume Strategy Regional Leadership Gathering.

A key focus for the gathering was to provide participants with an update on progress of the Hume Strategy for Sustainable Communities 2010-2020 (Hume Strategy) regional plan, which was supported by the launch and distribution of the State of the Hume Region 2010-2012 progress report on Hume Strategy implementation. Read more.

RDA Hume to play key role in new RDAF rounds

RDA committees have a key role to play in shaping infrastructure investment to meet regional needs during Rounds Three and Four of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF).

The Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Simon Crean MP, announced the funding rounds last week, inviting applicants to submit Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for projects that will support local economies, build dynamic communities and enhance liveability across the country. Read more here.

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Update on State of the Region

The State of the Hume Region 2010-2012 report highlights priorities, actions and results related to Hume Strategy implementation and is evidence of a regional commitment to evaluation and reporting on outcomes relating to the regional plan.

The State of the Hume Region 2010-2012 (August 2012) progress report on implementation of the Hume Strategy for Sustainable Communities 2010-2020 (Hume Strategy) regional plan was produced jointly by the Hume Regional Development Australia (RDA) Committee, Hume Regional Management Forum (RMF) and the Hume Region Local Government Network (HRLGN).

Feature grant

In each edition of this newsletter we will include information about a Feature grant. This edition's Feature grant is the Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund. .

Funding available

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


$25,000 to get Hume NBN ready

The Hume Regional Development Australia (RDA) Committee has received $25,000 in Federal funding to support Digital Economy and NBN Readiness Planning for the Hume Region.

Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean made the announcement on 24 October 2012 that 20 RDA committees would benefit from about $500,000 in Federal funding for 14 projects.

The Digital Economy and NBN Readiness Planning for the Hume Region will be utilised to support a number of digital readiness initiatives currently underway such as ‘digitalhume’ blog and other social media communication tools and to assist with building awareness/educational initiatives to be rolled out in the near future. Read more.

The Minister's release contains details of the funded projects.

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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