RDA Hume brings together local leaders who work to champion projects and initiatives that contribute to the economic prosperity of the Hume region.
RDA Hume’s vision is to prioritise and facilitate regional opportunities by actively advocating the Hume region’s interests and supporting the implementation of regional priorities. This will be achieved by encouraging greater connection between all levels of government, business, industry and the broader community to strengthen opportunities and facilitate growth and development opportunities.
Established in 2010, RDA Hume plays a key role in advocating for investment into the region, as well as developing a single, unified voice and actively working to align government funding with regional priorities.
As an integrated body, RDA Hume plays a key role in directing State and Federal investment to the right infrastructure and community projects, ensuring there are strong sources of investment into the region.
Backed by both the State and Federal governments, RDA Hume is supported by Regional Development Victoria, the Victorian Government’s lead agency responsible for rural and regional economic development.
Taking a whole-of-region approach, RDA Hume has a bird’s eye view of the challenges and opportunities that exist within the Hume region and is uniquely placed to leverage and coordinate regional effort and influence policy decisions from within state and federal government.
RDA Hume Chair, Susan Benedyka
Susan Benedyka joined the RDA Hume committee in 2015 and has been Chair since January 2017. She uses her knowledge and experience of regional challenges to advocate for economic development opportunities in the Hume region.
Susan is the Managing Director of The Regional Development Company, a business she established in 1997. Susan also runs a second business, an award-winning serviced office facility in Wangaratta, established in 2011.
She has an extensive background in rural and regional development, as well as professional qualifications in business and experience in regional community services, and strategic planning and delivery.
Passionate about regional development, Susan is involved in all aspects of planning, developing, and facilitating positive futures for rural communities. She has created a solid foundation for bringing government and non-government agencies and regional communities together, to work productively towards common goals.
Susan is a member of the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership; Chair, North East Integrated Water Management Forum; and Chair of The Executive Connection in Albury Wodonga. She spent eight years as a Director of the Telstra Foundation, a philanthropic organisation granting over $6 million per annum targeting the wellbeing of young people aged up to 25 years and Chair of the Telstra Kids Fund – a position she held for five years.
- Graduate Diploma in Business
- Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training
- IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator
- Fellow of Australian Institute of Professional Facilitators
- International Association of Public Participation
Areas of expertise:
- Strategic planning
- Executive mentoring
- Regional planning and development
- Stakeholder engagement
- Local government
- State and Federal government and agencies
- Private sector
The role of RDA Hume is predominately facilitation, engagement and communication - getting key people and organisations around the table to ensure the region capitalises on opportunities.
RDA Hume collaborates with businesses, not-for-profits, and industry bodies to coordinate regional priorities and foster comparative advantages, while directing public and private sector investment into impactful infrastructure projects.
Bringing people and ideas together, RDA Hume fosters comparative advantages in agriculture, food processing and other regionally significant industries.
One of six committees that operate within Victoria, RDA Hume borders RDA Gippsland and RDA Loddon Mallee in Victoria and RDA Far South Coast, RDA Murray and RDA Southern Inland in NSW.
RDA Hume works across these neighbouring borders and throughout Victoria’s RDA regions, as well as the Goulburn and Ovens Murray Regional Partnerships to identify opportunities to leverage regional effort and boost economic activity.
- 114,710 jobs in the Hume region.
- 19.8 per cent of regional Victoria’s jobs represented in the Hume region.
- Two national transport corridors and direct access to four capital cities within 24 hours by road or rail.
- Agriculture and forestry, manufacturing, and health care and social assistance are Hume’s top three industries.
RDA Hume covers the Goulburn and Ovens Murray regions in Victoria, which includes the local government areas of Alpine, Benalla, Greater Shepparton, Indigo, Mansfield, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi, Strathbogie, Towong, Wangaratta and Wodonga.
Hume is a fast-growing region of Victoria with a social and cultural fabric and heritage to match its natural beauty. The region is renowned for world-class wines, gourmet food, and is part of the food bowl of Australia. The Murray, Goulburn, Broken, Ovens, King and Kiewa rivers are important to the region for environmental, lifestyle and business. The Strathbogie Ranges are a gateway for the famous High Country and the region is renowned for nature-based and cycle tourism.
The region’s diversity and new opportunities in key industries will continue to ensure steady economic development and jobs growth. This is reflected by Hume’s growing population, which is projected to increase by more than 38 per cent by 2031.