The Regional Development Australia (RDA) Loddon Mallee committee welcomes the Commonwealth Government’s renewed commitment to the RDA Network and regional economic recovery.
The Australian Government has announced a new 4.5 year funding agreement for the RDA Network, including RDA Loddon Mallee, and a refreshed Charter (PDF 33 kB) that will emphasise greater alignment across all levels of government, supporting regional planning that identifies and advocates for strategic long-term investment priorities.
The announcement follows the 2020-21 Commonwealth Budget, which heavily invests in regional communities.
The Budget includes $200 million for Round Five of the Building Better Regions Fund. With a total investment of $1 billion from 2017-8 to 2023-24, the fund supports the Australian Government's commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.
RDA Loddon Mallee Chair Linda Beilharz encouraged businesses and community organisations to review opportunities arising from the boost to Commonwealth funding programs, infrastructure, new job creation and industry support initiatives.
RDA Committees play an important role in delivering sustainable infrastructure and services to their region, including through consulting with communities, promoting and participating in regional initiatives, and providing information and advice to all levels of government.
Quotes attributable to RDA Loddon Mallee Chair Linda Beilharz
“Earlier opportunities from Commonwealth funding have benefitted the Loddon Mallee Region which received over $3.3 million in June 2020, from Round Four of the Building Better Regions Fund Infrastructure Projects Stream.
“The funding involved the construction, upgrade or extension of infrastructure to stimulate the economy in our region.”