Close window

Regional Development Victoria

Activities and Projects

Current Focus

Regional Growth Plans Honest broker to ensure key stakeholders are engaged in the process
NBN Advocacy and facilitation of business case for region to have accelerated roll out
Major Infrastructure Development Identify, assess and advise government on key infrastructure priorities
Support business case development / strengthening and regional collaboration
Water Understand impacts and views of region and advise government. Advocate for and facilitate projects that help the region to adjust and/or adapt to changes in water policy
Education / Workforce Planning Identify key regional projects to improve higher participation and provide advice to government. Engage regional stakeholders in the development of a Regional Education, Skills and Jobs Plan
Small Towns Service Delivery and enhancing the sustainability of dryland farming based communities To research and facilitate initiatives to improve service delivery of small towns. To facilitate research into significant change projects to improve the sustainability and well being of dryland farming based communities
Tourism Investment Research potential tourism development and infrastructure projects, assist to make ‘project ready’ and advise government on priorities
Cross Border Collaboration Scope cross border issues, focussing on emergency management and essential services, and work with Department of Premier and Cabinet, regional stakeholders and other RDA’s to address issues.
Renewable Energy Investment Monitor activity in the region, advise government as appropriate, consider actions to help LGA’s to become ‘solar investment ready’.
Boosting Leadership Capacity Facilitate greater participation and ownership of the RSP’s and their priorities. Boost the capacity of organisations in the region to deliver leadership programs and initiatives
Indigenous Development Identification of a key project/s and facilitation of business case development and funding applications to boost indigenous employment outcomes
Communication Website enhancement, communications strategy development and implementation

Transitioning Towns Toolbox

The Transitioning Towns Toolbox, an innovative set of tools to guide small township adaptation to change, was developed out of the Transformative Towns regional priority Identified from the Loddon Mallee Regional Strategic Plans.

Small towns dominate the Loddon Mallee landscape and the majority of them are undergoing significant social or economic change. The Toolbox recognises the vital contribution of small towns to the region, and provides them with a variety of tools to assist communities to make positive and sustainable changes.

The Toolbox is designed to support communities to understand and respond to changes and challenges in small towns, take an objective view of their circumstances and identify opportunities for change.

Whilst developed for the Loddon Mallee, the Toolbox is a resource able to be applied across all regions.

The interactive Toolbox is available online at

Download Transitioning Towns Toolbox document (PDF 1.3 MB)


Regional Strategic Plans website

The Loddon Mallee RDA Committee is pleased to announce the new online hub that connects you with the progress of our Regional Strategic Plans and Priorities. presents the up-to-date, integrated regional story about some of our important priorities and invites others to join us in acting on our plans.

The site is designed to be a simple, effective ongoing platform that promotes our regional opportunities with pride and highlights our needs.

Use it to:

  • Learn more about the progress of some of our regional priorities:
    • Bendigo: a Networked Regional City;
    • Digital Infrastructure;
    • Go Goldfields;
    • Innovative Farming;
    • Ports of the Murray River;
    • Railing Ahead and Transformative Towns
  • Re/discover what happened at the 2013 Regional Strategic Priorities Forum
  • Access the 2013 regional statistics and summary
  • Find out more about our strategic plans and aspirations
  • Direct others to key resources and advocacy documents
  • Download the Transitioning Towns Toolbox and 2013 Loddon Mallee Investment Prospectus

National Broadband Network Roll-out

The roll-out of the National Broadband Network (NBN) has been identified as a priority in the Northern and Southern Loddon Mallee Regional Strategic Plans.

The NBN aims to transform Australia into one of the world’s leading digital economies by providing affordable, high-speed internet access across 93 per cent of the country. Economic modeling has shown regional areas to benefit more than metropolitan areas from increased internet connectivity through the NBN. On average, a 10 per cent increase in connectivity is predicted to raise regional output by 0.53 per cent compared with 0.38 per cent in metropolitan areas.

For more information on the National Broadband Network visit the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

return to top

Murray Darling Basin Plan

The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) released the proposed plan on Monday 28 November 2011. The Hume, Loddon Mallee and the Grampians Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees commissioned consultants to examine the impacts of the proposed plan on their communities and agricultural industries. A copy of the report is available below.

Socio-economic impacts of the proposed Murray-Darling Basin Plan on Victoria – February 2012 (PDF 6.3 MB)

Download the Murray Darling Basin Authority Map (PDF )

The RDA Committees are working with key local government, community and industry organisations to ensure concerns and pertinent information are effectively represented and communicated to the Murray Darling Basin Authority. For more information please visit the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

return to top


Victoria experienced heavy rainfall and flash flooding during the later half of 2010 and beginning of 2011. Flooding resulted in extensive damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure.

Assistance has been made available in 27 Local Government Areas including nine shires in the Loddon Mallee Region: Buloke, Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Gunnawarra, Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mildura and Mount Aexander.

The following hardship and distress is available in all areas:

  • Emergency Grants of up to $1,067 to provide assistance to meet immediate basic needs.
  • Temporary living expense grants of up to $8,650 to assist households with the cost of temporary accommodation and living expenses.
  • Re-establishment grants of up to $8.650 for repairs to structural damage to a residence and $8,650 to replace essential household contents such as furnishings and electrical goods.

For more information regarding NDRRA visit Emergency Management Australia.

return to top

© Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, State Government of Victoria

Last Updated: 15 April 2016