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RDA Northern Rivers has been commended by the Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories and Federal Member for Forrest, The Hon Nola Marino MP for our outstanding work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The RDA Northern Rivers Committee welcomes the recognition for our efforts to support Northern Rivers businesses and the community in this challenging time.

You can read the Ministers media release below.


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



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

Led by Chair the Hon Donald Page, RDA Northern Rivers’ 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 Northern Rivers include:

  • Providing one-on-one business assistance to businesses with major projects, to ensure investments are maintained throughout the crisis and the recovery period;
  • Co-development (with RDA Mid North Coast) of an innovative online platform to ensure the region’s job seekers are aware of learning and employment opportunities, and employers can identify qualified and skilled staff;
  • Development of scenarios to understand potential economic stresses across the region which will inform targeted and effective recovery programs; and
  • Collaboration with councils and NSW Government agencies to identify shovel-ready projects which can drive economic recovery and develop an agreed regional recovery plan.

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 thank the RDA Northern Rivers 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 Northern Rivers is able to assist you, visit its website at www.rdanorthernrivers.org.au/.

Further information about the RDA program is available at www.rda.gov.au.

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