RDA Grampians delivers and supports regional initiatives that drive economic development by working closely with all levels of government, business and community organisations and other local stakeholders.
Below are some of the committee’s current or previous projects.
Grampians New Energy Taskforce
Grampians New Energy Taskforce (GNeT) was formed in December 2017 and is made up of state and local government representatives, regional partnership members, industry and community groups.
The taskforce, chaired by RDA Grampians Chair Stuart Benjamin, supports and delivers a range of initiatives to help guide the Grampians regions transition to a low carbon, energy efficient and sustainable economy.
GNeT was established to identify issues surrounding energy security, the electricity supply capacity of the grid, gas supply and cost, as well as the potential impacts that these present for the region, particularly local industries.
In 2018, the Victorian Government funded two projects in the Grampians region, $500,000 funding for the development of a Roadmap to Zero Carbon and $50,000 for the development of a business case for an Asia Pacific Renewable Energy Training Centre in Ballarat.
Regional Incubator for Social and Economic Research (RISER)
The Regional Incubator for Social and Economic Research (RISER) is a collaboration between RDA Grampians, Federation University, the Wimmera Development Association and local governments in the Grampians region.
Based in Horsham, RISER undertakes social and economic development research in fields that impact on communities in rural and regional Victoria.
Established to support sustainable growth and development in regional communities, the work undertaken is applied in nature and utilised directly by government, private enterprise and the not-for-profit sector.
RDA Grampians supported the establishment of RISER in 2016 due to the direct benefits of its research.
RISER work with communities to develop funding applications to Commonwealth and State Government and the philanthropic sector.
Partners for this project include Federation University and the Wimmera Development Association.
If you would like to know more about this project, email RDA Grampians.