During 2023 to 2024, the RDA Logan & Redlands (the RDA) Board’s priority is to take forward the Strategic Regional Plan Logan and Redlands: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Growth released in February 2023 . The detail of this work is being guided by the RDA’s 2023 to 2024 Business Plan as accepted by the Australian Government. To coin an old phrase, this is where the rubber hits the road.
The Business Plan encapsulates the four identified themes from the RDA’s To 2042 and Beyond: Investing in SEQ Summit held in September 2022 as captured in the Strategic Regional Plan. These 4 themes are:
In pursuing its priority, the RDA Board’s focus is on longer term (20+ years), strategic enabling issues. This reflects the RDA’s role is not to duplicate or compete on specific local initiatives but rather to identify and advocate on behalf of the Logan and Redlands Region and the broader South East Queensland Region.
This includes ensuring the identification of intended and unintended consequences of plans and decisions within and impacting the Logan and Redlands Region and more broadly.
The strategic challenge is to make sure the current and future pipeline of activity across the Logan and Redlands Region is nourished, delivers benefits as expected and/or is as sustainable as should be the case due to the surrounding environment being considered and planned. It is this role the RDA pursues in its commitment not to duplicate or compete on specific local initiatives but rather to identify and advocate on behalf of the Logan and Redlands Region and the broader South East Queensland Region.
It is within this context the RDA welcomes the 24 August 2023 release of the Australian Government’s 2023 Intergenerational Report which projects the outlook of the economy and the Australian Government’s budget to 2062 to 2063.
The implementation of the 2023 to 2024 Business Plan has commenced with a series of key stakeholder focus group meetings across the Logan and Redlands Region with the Board looking forward to receiving feedback at its 17 October 2023 meeting.
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The Hon. Gary Hardgrave
Regional Development Australia Logan & Redlands Inc
Working Future: The Australian Government’s White Paper on Jobs and Opportunities was released in September 2023. The White Paper outlines the Government’s vision for a dynamic and inclusive labour market.
The vision aims to provide opportunities for secure and fairly paid work, fostering growth for individuals, businesses and communities. The five objectives which will contribute to achieving the Government’s vision are:
This White Paper provides a Roadmap to position the Australian labour market for the future. It outlines the practical actions being taken and the further reform directions required to achieve this potential.
Under the RDA Charter released by the Australian Government in July 2023 the RDAs play a role in helping to drive economic growth, innovation and entrepreneurship in regions through facilitating investment in community, industry and the environment. RDAs assist to bridge the regional development gaps in regions by working with a broad range of stakeholders across sectors and supporting the delivery of identified Australian Government strategic priorities.
Specifically guided by the Charter, over the period July to September 2023, the RDA:
South East Queensland and adjacent areas are served by several Regional Development Australia Committees including for:
The RDAs met on 15 to 16 May 2023 in Mount Cotton to discuss, amongst other things:
The South East Queensland RDAs next meeting is yet to be scheduled.
In late June 2023 the following advice was received from the Australian Government Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, The Hon Kristy McBain MP.
The Department is to conduct a review of the effectiveness of New South Wales (NSW), Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Jervis Bay Territory (JBT) and Queensland Regional Development Australia Committee (RDA) boundaries. The review is limited to these jurisdictions given:
The review included consultation with RDAs, state governments and local governments in these areas with the outcome expected to be announced later in the year.
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