Media Release: RDACWQ Supporting Communities During COVID-19

Media Release: RDACWQ Supporting Communities During COVID-19

24 June, 2020

The Hon Nola Marino MP – Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Federal Member for Forrest


The Australian Government commends the outstanding work of RDA Central and Western Queensland in supporting the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Led by Chair Mr Grant Cassidy OAM, RDA Central and Western Queensland’s engagement with their community, businesses and all levels of Government has been vital in identifying emerging issues throughout the crisis and opportunities for the recovery phase.

This work is important to managing impacts and ensuring communities and businesses are able to get back on their feet as quickly as possible. Key activities being undertaken by RDA Central and Western Queensland include:

• Collection and dissemination of data to various stakeholders regarding the impact of the pandemic on local businesses;

• Digital publication of regular updates and announcements about support measures being provided by all three levels of government;

• Working with individual businesses to help them determine their eligibility for government support and assist them in completing applications; and

• Participating in a number of stakeholder recovery groups, all of which are focussed on developing meaningful actions for the region’s recovery.

Regional Development Australia Committees (RDAs) have played and continue to play an important role in delivering sustainable infrastructure and services to their region. These Committees deliver important work in consulting with communities, promoting and participating in regional initiatives, and providing information and advice on their region to all levels of Government.

Since late March I have been holding regular teleconferences with RDA representatives three times a week. These conversations provided first-hand insights into how local communities are coping, and the impact and effectiveness of Government response measures. This local intelligence is provided directly to Government ministers and agencies to inform policymaking.

I want to thank the RDA Central and Western Queensland committee members and staff for their work in driving positive change in your local communities.

If you would like to learn more about how RDA Central and Western Queensland is able to assist you, visit its website at

Further information about the RDA program is available at


The Hon Nola Marino MP Parliament House Canberra |(02) 6277 4293 | PO Box 2028 BUNBURY WA 6231

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