- 15 December 2016
RDA Southern Inland (RDASI) Board members held their meeting in Yass yesterday, following visits to Yass businesses and a VIP dinner on Tuesday evening attended by Yass Valley Council Deputy Mayor Kim Turner and councillors, Yass Valley Business Chamber President Michael Pilbrow and local businesses.
The Board also focused on a number of new and existing projects in the region including the Yennora Wool Sales Relocation Proposal, agri-tourism and tourism initiatives and ways to work with regional industry to maximize international freight opportunities at Canberra Airport.
On Tuesday, the Board visited the Poachers Pantry and Majestic Mushrooms before a business dinner at Ewe’n Me Restaurant in Yass. Following dinner, Mayfield Mews, a tourism/restaurant facility located in Bowning, spoke on how it had benefited from participation in RDASI programmes. Mayfield Mews was a participant in the RDASI Business Accelerator and Retail Skills Workshop programmes in 2015-2016.
On Wednesday, the Board toured the Yass Saleyards in front of their meeting at Mayfield Mews.
"It was an extremely busy agenda for RDASI, and one that allowed the Board to focus on the Yass region’s businesses,” RDASI Chair Mark Schweikert said.
“I think the Board was able to gain a greater understanding of the issues facing Yass, including how the programmes we’ve delivered in the past are benefiting local participating businesses, ” he added.
The December meeting is the last Board meeting for the 2016 calendar year and Mr Schweikert took the opportunity to thank RDASI networks and partnerships, and extend the Board’s best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
“We value our networks and partnerships and thank them for their assistance in 2016 and, with their continued assistance, we look forward to achieving continued gains for the Southern Inland region in 2017,” Mr Schweikert said.
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