RDAMIW’s 2019-2020 Business Plan

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;

Developing infrastructure to enable regional prosperity and desired liveability

Regional Water and Energy Security Infrastructure

  • Development of respective regional water and energy security plans, which includes understanding of current water and energy availability and future demands in support of capacity to increase gross regional production across key industry sectors while supporting low costs for production and thus improved commodity sector and regional profitability.

  • Assessment of innovative approaches and solutions for increased water and energy use efficiencies and reduction of waste associated with these vital resources.

  • Identification of best bet infrastructure construction solutions to ensure availability of suitable cost-effective quantities of water and energy to support current and future growth and development.

Transportation Infrastructure (road, rail, air and sea)

  • Continue support toward road, port, airport and rail infrastructure upgrades and new developments designed to enhance both freight and people transport and improve production consistency of supply, e.g. overcome impacts of natural disasters via flood mitigation on roads and generally lower cost of supply of goods and services by ensuring travel is more effective and efficient.

Safety and Resilience Infrastructure

  • Infrastructure to support a community’s ability to prevent a potential threat, withstand the impact of a threat, positively react from any impact and recover functionality and learn from the experience.  

  • Focus toward the construction of emergency centres that offer additional value in the form of innovation centres or hubs and community support spaces.

Public Space and Culture Infrastructure

  • RDA to support stakeholders in the identification and development of infrastructure projects that promote shared meaning, sense of community and democracy. Focus toward public space increasing interaction of diversity of people, which in turn encourages social cohesion and promotes a sense of identity.

Technology Infrastructure

  • Complete regional digital infrastructure plans inclusive of connectivity and asset infrastructure audits and skills and knowledge audits pertaining to MIW digital capacity and capability.

  • Assessment of future digital capacity needs to support business improvement, products and service and jobs for the future.

Environmental Infrastructure - engineering and construction practice and hardware that provides safe water supply, waste disposal and pollution control to protect human health and safeguard the environment.

  • Work with local governments to identify infrastructure upgrade opportunities and access grants support where able.

Providing opportunities for sustainable and diversified economic growth

  • Development of a regional economy driven by multiple industries and the development of new services and products within existing industries which leverage additional value from current capabilities and capacities, and support new market penetration.

  • Advocate, plan and support for investment in MIW Bio-Futures via development of strategy plans, investment prospectus portals and products and supporting trade and investment service providers.

  • Support and, where appropriate, lead development of Centre of Excellence and Cluster Hubs aligned to METS, Agriculture and Marine Services.

  • Support development of MIW VET and tertiary education sector - including international markets.

  • Facilitate the identification of waste processing opportunities, markets, products and services within agriculture, mining, and local government sectors.

Generating and enabling trade and investment opportunities for growth

  • Build capacity within respective industries and the MIW as a whole to take advantage of trade and investment opportunities - includes the establishment of advisory groups and support networks to facilitate trade and investment activity and outcomes.

  • Develop investment and trade information products for private domestic and global interest groups that support MIW region.

  • Complete supply chain mapping studies for agribusiness/food/waste and mining/METS sectors where the focus is to identify supply chain gaps and opportunities in MIW.

  • Focus toward the development of new services and products that are desired by customers and where the MIW region has a competitive advantage over its competitors and/or where MIW can partner with other regions to realise trade and investment solutions.

Skilling and empowering our people to fulfil business needs, jobs, and workforces for the future

  • Identification of current, emerging and future industries and jobs across all major sectors. Understanding the types of skills and knowledge that will be required to support advancements in products and services provision within heritage and new industries both for domestic and global markets.

  • Enable education infrastructure and community innovation hubs - a focus toward empowering regional start-ups and business entrepreneurs.

Building strong connected, vibrant and sustainable regional communities

  • Continue the establishment of a regional MIW or Greater Whitsunday regional identity.

  • Reduce the impact of inhibitors to MIW community and business development such as energy prices and insurance costs.

  • Improve community and NFP sector organisation capacity via skills and capacity development.

  • Support social infrastructure development, including hospital, sports areas, city centres and other amenity and general community landscapes – focus toward creating an area where people want to live, learn and play.

  • Work with community and stakeholders to enhance regional community tolerance of diversity regarding social, cultural and environmental values and ideals.

  • Support community groups, focused at managing living affordability, cultural and social cohesiveness and sustainable landscapes.

Summary of top 5 key business activities for FY19/20

  1. Diversify the MIW regional economy – where the MIW economy is supported by multiple industries and where this diversity within and across industries allows the region to be resilient to respective downturns in industry sectors.

  2. Create, maximise and extend local supply chain opportunities – where local SME business become more globally competitive.

  3. Secure key infrastructure development to support diversity of industries – where the MIW region is understanding of its major infrastructure needs to support producer to customer supply via connected road, rail, air and sea assets.

  4. Reliable safe and sustainable water and energy supply – where the MIW region is fully understanding of its water and energy needs, both now and into the future, and how we best ensure adequate, sustainable and cost-effective access to these primary resources.

  5. A regional workforce that is skilled and prepared for future jobs – where the MIW region understand likely workforce, skills and training needs for various industries into the future. Includes understanding of the role of technology infrastructure will have in supporting regional skills and jobs.