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RDA Hume Newsletter April 2014

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2014 Brings New Initiatives

Mark ByattWelcome to the first edition of the Hume RDA Newsletter for 2014.

There has been a great deal achieved already this year, with the planning for a range of key strategic projects for 2014 nearing completion. The committee is looking forward to working across the region to deliver a number of key initiatives, some of which are described in this newsletter.

On behalf of the Hume RDA Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Jim O’Connor, who has recently resigned from the committee. Jim was highly valued for his passion and valued contribution. Jim joined the inaugural RDA Committee in 2009 serving as Deputy Chair and was subsequently re-appointed to the new committee in 2013. Jim also had significant involvement in the Transport, Freight and Logistics Sub Committee. Best wishes Jim!

Mark Byatt

In this issue:

High Speed Rail Study Project

Hume RDA Business Connect - Regional Engagement Series

Online Digital Readiness Tutorial

Hume RDA Engages with Federal, State and Local Government

Upcoming Projects



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High Speed Rail Study on Track

The Hume RDA Committee is undertaking a study to analyse the potential economic, social and environmental benefits to the region of the proposed High Speed Rail (HSR).

The preferred HSR route between Brisbane and Melbourne will pass through the Hume Region, potentially with two stations at Wodonga and Shepparton. The RDA study is due to be completed later this year and region wide conversations are planned to consider the report when finalised.

RDA meets with MPs

At the February Hume RDA Committee Meeting, the Member for Murray Valley, Tim McCurdy and the Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, discussed their priorities with us.

Cindy McLeish, the Member for Seymour is scheduled to attend the April meeting along with the Murrindindi Shire Mayor and Executive Officer.

A key role of the Hume RDA Committee is to support the development of local solutions for local issues as well as forging partnerships between governments, regional development organisations, the private sector and other key regional stakeholders to provide a strategic and targeted response to the region’s economic, social and environmental issues and opportunities.

The committee aims to provide a regional voice for communities by consulting with stakeholders on key issues and opportunities for the region. To assist with addressing impacts, and supporting opportunities, the committee also advocates and engages across the three tiers of government.

The Hume RDA committee meetings are held each month in a different location across the region and the local MPs, Mayors and CEOs are invited to attend to discuss opportunities and issues within their electorates.

The Member for Indi later made a speech Parliament’s Federation Chamber supporting the ongoing work of RDA.


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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Business Connect Series coming

A series of discussions will be hosted by the Hume RDA Committee during 2014, with the aim of supporting regional economic development.

Business Connect events will involve participants in short, targeted sessions where specific industry issues and opportunities will be discussed with Hume RDA Committee members.


Our 2014 Projects

The Hume RDA Committee has commenced planning for a number of key projects:

  • Understanding the Potential of the Hume Region in the Global Food Economy. This project will involve the development of a region wide food strategy and action plan.
  • Hume Workforce Development Planning Strategy and Publication. This project involves consolidating earlier workforce development material into an overarching workforce development strategy and action plan.

Future projects the Hume RDA Committee is also committed to progressing improvements to navigating the higher education pathways and preparation of an investment prospectus for the region.



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New Digital Readiness tools

A suite of new tutorials are available to support organisations, communities and businesses to become more digital ready.

Tutorials have been developed including:

The tutorials can be accessed at

Organisations are welcome to promote these tools on their own websites. For further information about the tutorials please contact Hume RDA Support on 03 5722 7106.


Feature Grant – Goulburn Valley Investment and Infrastructure Fund

The Victorian Government has committed $5 million from the Regional Growth Fund to help local businesses and industry in the Goulburn Valley grow and adapt to changing market conditions, and capitalise on strengths in food production and food processing.

The Goulburn Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund (GVIIF) will assist the Goulburn Valley to manage the challenge of structural adjustment, and reposition its economy for sustainable long term growth.

The objectives of the GVIIF are to:

  1. invest in enabling strategic infrastructure to transform and transition the Goulburn Valley economy
  2. stimulate business/industry in agriculture and related food processing sectors
  3. facilitate increased export opportunities (both domestic and international), or import substitution
  4. create or retain jobs, and stimulate economic growth through supply chain innovation and revitalisation.

The GVIIF will prioritise projects that support food processing and related manufacturing, particularly in the context of agricultural industries, but not excluding other innovative business / industry development and diversification opportunities.


Other Grants:
My Region - GrantsLink
Victorian Government grants directory


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