Regional business meetings and a VIP dinner keynote from former Coalition leader and economist John Hewson were just two of the highlights from RDA Southern Inland’s in-region visit and board meeting, held last week in Wingecarribee.
Board members visited and spoke to a range of businesses in the Wingecarribee region including Screen Technics, Dux Hot Water, Joy Global and Ki Media. Wingecarribee Deputy Mayor Ian Scandrett and Southern Highlands Chamber President Steve Horton attended the VIP dinner, along with local business and educational leaders. The Board’s bi-monthly meeting was held at Chevalier College the following day.
The recent release of RDA Southern Inland’s Yennora Wool Sales relocation report Towards a new wool selling future in NSW was discussed by the Board at the meeting, with a focus on the cost savings businesses can achieve through relocation to regional NSW.
“The RDA Southern Inland research has been provided to industry for consideration and showed up to $2.6million per annum in savings by relocating, and up to $11million over five years,” RDA Southern Inland Chair Mark Schweikert said.
“We have distributed the report widely to industry, grower groups, brokers and buyers for consideration and it is now up to industry to consider options, including relocation should they wish.
“We hope that the report informs decision making and, in the longer term, the industry considers relocation to a regional area, such as Goulburn within the Southern Inland.”
Mr Schweikert said the RDA Southern Inland research shows just how industry – not just the wool industry – can benefit from decentralisation out of metropolitan areas to regional areas.
Among other items discussed by the RDA Southern Inland committee were the NSW Government’s new RESTART NSW: Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism fund, the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, RDA Southern Inland Board vacancies, an industry tourism proposal and the South-Eastern Transport Strategy (SEATS).
RDA Southern Inland is part of a national network of 55 Regional Development Australia committees across Australia. These committees are made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the development of regional Australia.
RDA Southern Inland is a State and Federally funded non-government body encompassing seven Local Government Areas – Hilltops, Upper Lachlan, Yass Valley, Wingecarribee, Goulburn Mulwaree, Queanbeyan Palerang and Snowy Monaro.
RDA Southern Inland promotes economic development in the region by identifying opportunities for business development and linking businesses and community organisations with government grants, programs and infrastructure investments, creating jobs and encouraging prosperity for the region’s population.
For more information about RDA Southern Inland, including grant assistance and support visit: www.RDASI.org.au
Pictured: Chevalier College Principal welcomes RDA Southern Inland Board members. L-R: Mark Schweikert, RDASI Chair; RDASI Board Member Allan Carpenter; Chris McDermott, Chevalier College Principal; RDASI Board Members Ben Maguire, Andrew Heath, Barry McDonald, John Bell, Anthony Goonan. Siting: RDASI Board Members Terry Oakes-Ash OAM, Sue Whelan OAM.