The Northern RDA Alliance (NRDAA) comprises eight RDA’s whose regions make up Northern Australia. This network, representing the Gascoyne in Western Australia to Gladstone in Central Queensland, has been meeting to explore common interests and issues. Our aim is to support policies and to prioritise investment opportunities to ensure the sustainable development of Northern Australia.
Key points about RDA’s in the Alliance:
- All independent, apolitical, not for profit organisations.
- Funded by the Australia Government to deliver regional economic development activities and outcomes.
- Willing to facilitate activities across government boundaries and portfolios.
- Flexible, adaptive, efficient and effective at delivering new initiatives.
- Committee members and staff have been appointed on the basis of their extensive networks across governments, industry and communities.
- RDAs have regularly contributed to regional planning in partnership with key stakeholders.
- Have on-the-ground knowledge of how to facilitate and advocate for outcomes in Northern Australia.
The NRDAA can continue to greatly assist the Government’s policy on Northern Australia. Our concern is to explore the key ground-breaking reforms and investments needed to secure our future through the implementation of ideas outlined in the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia. In collaboration, RDA’s in the NRDAA are already delivering:
- Inland Queensland Roads Action Plan (IQ-RAP)
- Northern Western Australia Prospectus
- Investigation of Alternative Solutions to Shortfalls in Regional Telecommunications Delivering the High Speed Wireless Technology Pilot to test the potential of long-distance point-to-point microwave links as a low-cost strategy to expand the benefits of existing fibre infrastructure.
Other priorities for the NRDAA include:
- Development of a Northern Australian Energy Strategy
- Development of a Northern Australian Water Security Program
Development of a Policy Position of Delivering Incentives for Northern Development