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RDA Gold Coast supporting communities during COVID-19

RDA Gold Coast supporting communities during COVID-19

Media Release from The Hon Nola Marino MP
Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories

The Australian Government commends the outstanding work of RDA Gold Coast in supporting the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Led by Chair Mr Nick Scott, RDA Gold Coast’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 Gold Coast include:

  • Conducting a business impact survey which provided valuable insights to inform the Gold Coast’s recovery
  • Using the survey to develop, with a number of proactive industry groups and committees, a roadmap which will guide the region’s response and highlight its strengths, economic drivers and innovators
  • Leading and running a manufacturing, business and investment project which will identify and showcase the region’s 2,700 manufacturing businesses that have diversified to adapt
  • Providing valuable feedback to government on the effectiveness of stimulus measures.

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 Gold Coast committee members and staff for their work in driving positive change in your local communities.


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