Subcommittee update May 2019

Subcommittee update May 2019 



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. 


Supply chain mapping 

Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3) have been working with regional stakeholders to identify detailed information on regional agri-food production mapping and export supply chains to support the establishment of a Regional Export Distribution Centre in the Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday (MIW) region. 

The Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday Agribusiness Export Supply Chain Mapping Study will: 

  • Map the current capacity and export supply chains of the MIW agriculture sector to develop a plan to optimise the region’s capacity to supply to international markets. 

  • Complete a MIW agribusiness configuration and capacity assessment including a full literature review, desktop analysis of available data sources and validation of the data through producer and stakeholder interviews and engagement 

  • Complete a detailed analysis that identifies opportunities to enhance export opportunities and efficiencies across MIW agricultural export supply chain. 


ACIL Allen have recently been awarded the contract for the completion of the study. 


MIW METS SME Export Hub 

The development of the Mackay Isaac Whitsunday Mining Equipment Technical Services SME Export Hub will be moving into Stage 2 of the project – following a total investment of $706,840. Half of the funding was achieved through an Australian Government grant dedicated to establishing Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs, with the rest coming in matched funding from the Local Buying Foundation and Queensland Government. 

Find out more about what Stage 2 entails. 


Regional roads 

The LNP have announced that they will commit $1.5 billion to repairing roads of strategic importance, through the Inland Roads Queensland Project. ALP have also made a pre-election promise to fund the Inland Roads Action Plan with $500 million over four years. For more information on the project, visit their site.