In April 2019, Regional Development Australia Mackay Isaac Whitsunday (RDAMIW) helped to secure funding for the development of the MIW Mining Equipment Technical Services (METS) Export Hub, alongside Greater Whitsunday Alliance, Mackay Regional Council, Trade and Investment Queensland and Resource Industry Network. The next stage of this project is to secure an Export Hub Manager to further this region’s export potential and successfully manage the MIW METS Export Hub Program for three years.
Five key priority areas for regional development have been identified as part of the FY19/20 Regional Development Australia Mackay Isaac Whitsunday (RDAMIW) business plan. RDAMIW CEO Robert Cocco said the business plan focused on how the organisation would support these priorities, in collaboration with stakeholders across the region.
The 2019-2020 RDAMIW Business Plan was recently developed with a focus toward continuing the regional momentum commenced in 2018/19 associated with MIW growth, development, trade and investment facilitated through the delivery of strategies, planning, business proposals, research, advocacy and effective partnerships. The region’s focus toward achieving ongoing delivery and momentum aligns with the following focus areas and operations;
FY18/19 was a busy year for regional development in the Mackay Isaac Whitsunday region. Regional Development Australia Mackay Isaac Whitsunday (RDAMIW) CEO Robert Cocco accredited much of the progress in the region to a focus on stakeholder relationships.
Regional Development Australia Mackay Isaac Whitsunday (RDAMIW) has launched its latest venture, an online platform called MackayBusiness Beacon. The custom-built platform is the first of its kind and will be piloted in the Mackay region to provide a vehicle for business professionals to learn about all the workshops, conferences, networking and business events in the region – in one spot.
On June 28th, Regional Development Australia Mackay Isaac Whitsunday (RDAMIW) launched new venture Mackay Business Beacon, an online platform designed to strengthen the local business community. With local industry thriving in the Mackay region, a dynamic business scene is also growing at a rapid pace. In recent years, organisations have appeared and expanded, constantly broadening the provision of events and learning opportunities for people in the area.
Regional Development Australia Mackay Isaac Whitsunday (RDAMIW) has again expanded, welcoming three new members to its committee. The new committee members; Stephen Cutting, Natassia Wheeler, and Janet Clifford, bring a wealth of experience to RDAMIW. At the top of their respective fields, their insight and expertise provide an important, fresh perspective to the committee.
We are at the dawn of a new space age, driven by a transition from government to commercial launch and satellite operations, and buoyed by $17.4 billion of investment in space start-ups over the last decade1. Globally, commercial launch revenue is dominated by Europe (45%), Russia (25%) and the USA (19%), with the remainder shared amongst China, Japan, India, Iran, Israel and North Korea.
To assist in development initiatives across our region, RDAMIW’s CEO Robert Cocco sits on a number of steering committees for new and exciting projects. Here is a snapshot of recent developments so far on three of those projects.
Welcome to the RDAMIW May/June eNews. I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Easter period. At the time of drafting this update, I have been in the CEO role for RDAMIW for a bit over four months. I would like to thank all those who have made me feel welcome, and engaged and involved me and RDAMIW in regional development and growth activities. It is refreshing to see the level of partnership and collaboration across our region within the Economic and Development sector. This focus on shared activity bodes well for the region’s future success in meeting growth, investment and development aspirations.
RDAMIW is pleased to announce the appointment of Rob Cocco as CEO. Rob commenced in in early Mid-January 2019 and has already been in contact with most of the region’s stakeholders along with government agencies and local MP’s
In recent weeks, RDA MIW were thrilled to see the Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack announce that Mackay Cricket Association were successful in getting through to Stage 2 of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) assessment process with their Harrup Park Sporting Facilities Project. The RGF was designed to provide grants of $10 million or more for major projects that support long-term economic growth and create jobs in regional areas.
In the last few days the region has had significant success in Round Two of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund with 3 regional proponents attracting funding of $95.5K from the Community Investments Stream and 7 regional proponents attracting funding of $14.9M from the Infrastructure Projects Stream.