RDA Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday has managed and/or participated in on-ground projects which were identified as key focus areas for the region by consultation and community engagement.
These projects have ranged in both scale (regional, cross-regional, broader) as well as domain (social, economic and environmental themes). Each project has contributed to the knowledge base that is used to prioritise and pursue regional projects.
The Queensland Government has partnered with Regional Development Australia Brisbane for the Trade 2018 Queensland and Commonwealth Collaboration and Showcase. This includes a special edition of Queensland’s Regions Trading Globally to highlight the key sectors and industries with investment and export potential.
The Inland Queensland Roads Action Plan (IQ-RAP) has been developed by the collaborative partnership of 47 organisations across regional Queensland. The purpose of the plan is achieve more strategic, long term planning and funding for inland roads to form a stronger network, better safety outcomes, more efficient supply chains, greater resilience to cope with weather events and to sustain regional communities and industries.
The Northern RDA Alliance (NRDAA) is comprised of eight Regional Development Australia Committees whose regions make up Northern Australia. This network, representing three jurisdictions from the Gascoyne in Western Australia across the Northern Territory to Gladstone in Central Queensland, has been meeting regularly and providing input to the Australian Government on issues pertaining to Developing Northern Australia. This has included the development of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia and the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.
The goal of the Northern Queensland Strategy (NQS) is to leverage wider inter-regional priorities for the benefit of the region. Whilst the NQS is an initiative of the Commonwealth and Queensland governments, it is also a joint collaborative effort between RDA Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday, RDA Far North Queensland and Torres Strait, RDA Townsville and North West and RDA Fitzroy and Central West.
RDA MIW, RDA Fitzroy and Central West and RDA Wide Bay Burnett (Queensland) in collaboration with Central Queensland University conducted research including surveying over 108 regional stakeholders to better understand and plan for the key pressures resulting from the rapid growth of the resource sector.
The purpose of the project was to canvass regional organisations on their workforce development projects and programs, and to collate information on the impacts of the growth in the resource sector on other industry sectors in the region including tourism, retail and agriculture. This was a joint project between RDA MIW and RDA Fitzroy and Central West. Over nine Local Governments were involved in the engagement project with many key stakeholders contributing to the data and solutions.
RDA MIW investigated the social wellbeing issues in the region by surveying over 47 key stakeholders and community organisations. The purpose of the project was to understand key issues and solutions in community development to enhance wellbeing in the region. The key challenges for the region included cost of living, housing affordability, pressures associated with mining operations in townships, homeless, provision of mental health services, access to public transport, social isolation, alcohol and drug use, large and disperse geographical nature of the region, lack of community and health services.
The objective of the Rural Futures Project was to develop a Rural Futures Statement articulating the importance of rural communities as strong and viable sustainable economies, and their contribution to the health, character, liveability and wealth of the region. The project identified the MIW region as one of high capacity and skill, borne of its historical roots as an agricultural economy. Nevertheless, there is further opportunity for the rural sector to grow capacity utilising additional regional infrastructure, logistical systems, skilled workforce and expanded supply chains. In particular, the region is well-placed as a central commodities hub; and targeted investment in workbased training and education programs would benefit all rural industries in the regional footprint. The region also already exhibits several examples of innovative and sustainable practices, and these could provide a basis for an innovation network, designed to boost rural industries’ profitability, productivity, and export potential.