Happy New Year and welcome to 2021.
The Australian Government has recognised the importance of the ongoing work of the Regional Development Australia Network in driving economic development and growth across regional Australia. In late October 2020 the Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, the Hon Nola Marino MP, announced the Australian Government’s recommitment to the Network, including RDA Logan and Redlands under a new 4.5 year funding agreement and refreshed Charter.
In December 2020 I was delighted to be advised by Assistant Minister Marino of my reappointment to 30 June 2025 to the position of Chair of RDA Logan & Redlands.
RDA Logan & Redlands will continue its efforts to ensure the voice of the Region is heard. We have a determined corporate goal to ensure the Region will be at the centre of economic and employment growth for South East Queensland, statewide Queensland and Australia wide.
To this end in October 2020 we released Logan and Redlands: The Centre of Economic and Employment Growth for Queensland. The purpose of this document is to promote discussion and provoke commentary about the economic and social future of the Logan and Redlands Region and the wider South East Queensland region. It is hoped its release will generate public interest and debate.
There is still much to be done and, as always, I encourage all in the community to contact me or our director Steve McDonald to discuss topics of interest.
If there is any information you wish to draw to the attention of the RDA in relation to the above, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hon. Gary Hardgrave
Regional Development Australia Logan & Redlands
The refreshed RDA Charter provides an emphasis on greater alignment across all levels of government and regional planning that identifies and advocates strategic long-term investment priorities. The Charter is as follows:
Strong, Confident and Vibrant Regions
Regional Development Australia Charter
Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a national network of Committees made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the economic development of their regions.
Collaborating with other RDA Committees, all levels of government, and the private sector, RDA Committees will:
(a) Facilitate regional economic development outcomes, investment, local procurement and jobs.
(b) Promote greater regional awareness of and engagement with Australian Government policies, grant programs and research.
(c) Improve Commonwealth regional policy making by providing intelligence and evidence-based advice to the Australian Government on regional development issues.
(d) Co-ordinate the development of a strategic regional plan, or work with suitable existing regional plans that will align with the Commonwealth’s regional priorities.
Assistant Minister for Regional Development
The Australian Government Budget: 2020-2021 provides support for regional Australia as it continues to drive our nation’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Included in the Budget is a further $200 million towards a fifth round of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), including:
Round 5 opened on 12 January 2021 and closes on 5 March 2021, with the funding guidelines having been released in December 2020.
Infrastructure Project Stream
Projects can be either construction of new infrastructure or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure.
Grants of $20,000 to $10 million to cover 50% or more of eligible project costs.
Community Investment Stream
You can use this mapping tool to see if you are in an eligible area.
RDA Logan & Redlands will be holding information sessions in early 2021 - watch for details in upcoming bulletins.
Logan and Redlands residents and businesses can continue to get the latest information on COVID-19 at these links:
Each of these sites provide links that navigate to other relevant sites.
Building on the new 4.5 year funding agreement and refreshed Charter, RDA Logan & Redlands will hold its strategic meeting on 27 January 2021. The meeting will develop a clear direction of achievements to be pursued over the next 12 months and into each of the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 calendar years consistent with the strategic document Logan and Redlands: The Centre of Economic and Employment Growth for Queensland released in October 2020.
The Logan and Redlands Region is served by the following Chambers of Commerce:
Throughout the pandemic these organisations have provided information and advice on the impacts of the pandemic on the Logan and Redlands Region. They have been critical sources of intelligence and have represented their constituents’ needs through participation on key regional groups in partnership with governments at all levels.
Chambers are kick starting 2021 including:
The Redlands Regional Jobs Committee (RJC) is led by the Redlands Coast Chamber of Commerce and is supported and funded by the Queensland Government. It was a busy and fruitful year for the RJC which delivered many significant Redlands initiatives. Here are a few highlights worth mentioning:
If you are interested in becoming a Redlands Coast Champion, email email@example.com and ask for a copy of the CRC Champions Guide.
If you have a major project or new jobs creation initiative on the cards over the coming decade, please add it to the project pipeline for inclusion in the CRC initiatives in 2021 by completing the Project Pipeline Survey.
The RJC and CRC are hosting the inaugural Futures Forum on Wednesday 17 February 2021. If you are a major employer in the Redlands, have upcoming projects or business expansion on the cards that will create new jobs in the Redlands, you represent a Redlands based Social Enterprise, or you work for a RTO that is delivering training in the Redlands; then please contact Kate Adams firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about the Futures Forum event.
The next meeting of the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton Community Consultative Committee is expected to be held in February 2021. Detail of the date, time and venue will be available closer to the event.
In the meantime, information relating to key dates, publications and the project timeline is available at inlandrail.artc.com.au/K2ARB. The Agendas, Minutes and Chair’s summaries from each of the previous meetings of the Committee are available here.
Despite the impacts of COVID-19 the Committee is continuing to actively engage with its community and stakeholders, via the ARTC website, social media, email and telephone. The project team can be contacted on 1800 732 761 and via email at email@example.com
South East Queensland and adjacent areas are served by several Regional Development Australia Committees including for:
These RDAs communicate regularly to discuss issues across the South East Queensland Region and how best to work together in the interests of the broader South East Queensland region. On 4 to 5 February 2021 the RDAs will meet in the Ipswich and West Moreton Region to focus on the refreshed RDA Charter.
In October 2020, RDA Logan & Redlands:
In November 2020, RDA Logan & Redlands:
In December 2020, RDA Logan & Redlands:
When searching for funding, keep in mind that you’ll generally need to meet certain criteria to be eligible. Aside from funding assistance, many programs can help your business by building your skills and knowledge.
GrantConnect [Aust Govt]
GrantConnect publishes forecast and current Australian Government grant opportunities and grants awarded.
Grants Finder [Qld Govt]
Find a grant or assistance in Queensland including information on grants, rebates, loans, subsidies or training.
The Australian Government's business.gov.au site has information on grants and assistance for business from all levels of Government.
Austrade Export Grants
The Export Market Development Grants scheme is a financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters.
Are you an innovator? Browse the range of grants and assistance from Advance Queensland for startups and entrepreneurs.
Logan City Council
Logan City Council offers a range of grants to community organisations, individuals, clubs and services.
Redland City Council
Redland City Council provides grants and sponsorship to individuals and organisations for projects that benefit the local community.
More details are available at our funding portal here.
We are here to work for the Logan and Redlands Region. We welcome being contacted on any issue any member of the community wishes to raise. Please feel free to directly contact us with your comment at firstname.lastname@example.org