Past Projects

Have a look at some of our projects that we have completed over the years. If you would like any further information on any of these, please give us a call. 

Capital Region Digital Enterprise (CRDE)

RDA Southern Inland secured funding from the Australian Government to deliver Capital Region Digital Enterprise (CRDE) into the Queanbeyan, Goulburn, Palerang, Yass Valley and Cooma local government areas. This saw the delivery of 51 workshops and 180 business consultations from October 2013 until September 2015. CRDE helped approximately 350 local small businesses and community groups improve their online presence and use of digital technology.

Ag Day 2017

RDASI organised Goulburn’s first ever Ag Day BBQ on the 21st November at the Grace Millsom, with over 100 guests from Goulburn, Yass, Crookwell and the Southern Highlands attending the Ag Day BBQ. The BBQ celebrated Australia’s first ever Ag Day, which included local produce stalls, guest speakers, live music from Jamie Agius and memorabilia looking back on agriculture in the region.

Angus Taylor MP opened the event, focusing on the growth of agriculture in Australia and the exciting future ahead. RDASI Chairman, Mark Schweikert was MC for the night. Speakers for the night were: Matthew Lieschke (Local Land Services), Ted O’Kane (Department of Primary Industries), Mark Hedley (Australian Wool Network) and Kathleen Allen (Sheep Meat Council).

The BBQ comprised local produce only, including Dewsburys Free Range Pork Sausages, with a number of stalls also showcasing local produce from the Southern Tablelands. Photographs and memorabilia were also on display looking back on agriculture in Southern NSW. Live entertainment for the night was from Goulburn local, Jamie Agius.

Retail Skills Workshops

A number of Retail Skills workshops were held across the region for retail businesses. These workshops were presented by the Australian Retailers Association and provided one-on-one consultations the following day. Workshops covered Visual Merchandising, Sales and Service Excellence, Retail Marketing & Customer Loyalty and Digital Marketing.

Website building workshops

Two ‘Build your own Website’ Workshops were held in August 2017 in Yass. Another series of these workshops were also held in Bowral in February 2018. These workshops were designed to assist small businesses set up and manage their own website.

Tender Writing Workshops

RDA Southern Inland delivered four free Tender Writing Workshops in Queanbeyan, Goulburn, Cooma and Young to provide small-medium businesses with the confidence to apply for government tenders. The free workshops were run by Maurice Downing from Corfocus. Maurice is the author of the book, Winning Government Tenders.

The workshops were held from March-May 2018. 

About the workshop:

This workshop assisted small-medium businesses in the region to navigate the often complex government tender process and to develop successful tenders. 

The program content included:

  • Why bother bidding for government tenders?
  • Where to find out about projects that go to tender
  • The bid/no bid decision
  • Developing your response framework 
  • Where to go for help
  • Pitfalls to avoid when responding to tenders
  • Keys for success
  • The Tender Evaluation Panel, who are they, how do they make decisions and why this is important
  • Differentiating yourself from competitors
  • Getting tender ready – a checklist for self-assessment.


If you would like any more information on these workshops, please contact us. 

Celebrate the Southern Inland Region Photo Competition

In conjunction with the launch of our Jobs and Growth Insight Report, RDASI launched a photo competition. This competition was designed to celebrate and promote the beautiful Southern Inland Region. We wanted to showcase the region as an ideal place to live, work and/or invest. To enter, participants had to…

  • Send us a photo that they think encompasses our region
  • Tell us in a sentence or two, why do you love the Southern Inland Region?

The competition closed on the 17th August 2018. 

The winner, Josephine Gregoire from Bungendore, received a $500 voucher to spend at Milton Park in Bowral. 


Photo comp

 Terms and Conditions: 

  • All copyright remains with the photographer/entrant.
  • If RDASI uses any images through website or social media channels the photographer will be credited. Entrants consent to the use of their images in this way.
  • By entering the competition, entrants grant RDASI permission to use credited images for not-for-profit purposes through our website and social media channels 
  • The entrant whose photo is judged by the RDASI's judges (consisting of one board member and two staff members) to be the photo that best represents the region, is most original and creative will win the final prize.

Ag Day 2018

Goulburn Ag Day was again held on Wednesday, 21 November, 2018 at the Grace Milsom Function Room from 5.30pm-8pm. In 2018, we celebrated the resilience of our local farmers.

The event included..

- A number of guest speakers discussing the topic of resilience - Samantha Wan, Tara Craig, Charlie Reardon and Bill Johnson

- A BBQ with local Dewsburys Pork sausages 

- Live music with Roo Arcus 

- Stalls that showcased some local produce from the Southern Tablelands, including Kingsdale Wines, Yarralaw Spring Wines, Bent Shed Produce and Dewsburys Pork

- Lucky door prizes, including a one year annual membership with Tablelands Farming Systems valued at $550, a Lithium Jumpstarter thanks to Goulburn Produce and a $100 Bunnings voucher. 

Special thanks to our sponsors; Goulburn Post, Divalls, NSW Farmers, Local Land Services South East, Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Elders, Tablelands Farming Systems and Rotary Australia. 

Pitch Fest 2019

Goulburn's second ever Pitch Fest was hosted at The Collective from 5.30pm on the 3rd December.

Pitch Fest provides a platform for individuals, businesses or entrepreneurs to pitch their business or idea to a live audience and expert panel for the chance to win great prizes.

The winning prize included:

  • $500 cash prize
  • $300 voucher to Revolution Print 
  • Entry into the CBRIN's Lean Startup Bootcamp (full day valued at $700)
  • A complete Marketing Plan developed with Purple Thread Marketing (valued at $2000)
  • 3 hours of Business Mentoring with Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre Advisor, Andrew Haskins 
  • 3 hours of Business Mentoring with CBRIN mentor, Michael Phillips
  • Free Meeting room Hire and Hot desk hire (up to 10 days per year) at The Co.Workspace
  • Advertising on the Goulburn BDCU digital screens 
  • Small Business Financial “health check” with BDCU

Runner up prize included:

  • $300 voucher to Revolution Print
  • 3 hours of Business Mentoring with Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre Advisor, Andrew Haskins 
  • 3 hours of Business Mentoring with CBRIN mentor, Michael Phillips

There was also a 'People's Choice' Award sponsored by Goulburn Chamber of Commerce, with a cash prize of $250. 

Pitch Fest is an initiative of the Goulburn Region Innovation Network, a Committee made up of representatives from RDA Southern Inland, Goulburn Mulwaree Council, The Collective, Community Plus, Goulburn Chamber of Commerce, Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre and CBRIN. 

Special thanks to our other sponsors - Veolia, Revolution Print, Radio Goulburn and the Goulburn Post. 

Read more about the event here

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Ag Day 2019

Something a little more extravagant was this year’s aim for Regional Development Australia (RDA) Southern Inland’s annual celebration of National Ag Day. The dinner celebrated National Ag Day a week early, on the 14th of November, with the aim to raise awareness in the lead up to the National Day.

After previous years of successful and relaxed BBQs, there was change in the air as almost 140 guests were treated to a delightful evening at the Grace-Millsom Function Centre with special guest speaker Glenn McGrath. 

Read all about the evening here

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Wool Sales Relocation

Research undertaken by RDA Southern Inland has established a strong case for the relocation of the Yennora wool sales to Goulburn, including yearly savings of up to $2.6million and projected five year savings of up to $11 million.

The RDASI report: Towards a New Wool Selling Future in NSW presents options to the wool industry to relocate the wool sales including the potential for the development of a nationally significant wool education and tourism centre within a wool sales complex.

The RDASI report incorporates financial analysis by Deloitte. The full report and executive summary can be downloaded below:

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Read the full report here

Read the Executive Summary here

Letter from Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP 

The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP recently communicated his appreciation for Wool Sales Relocation report via a letter to RDA Southern Inland. A strong supporter of the wool industry and decentralisation into regional areas, Mr Joyce emphasised that regional Australia deserves its fair share of services and opportunities and thanked RDA Southern Inland for commissioning the research.

Read the letter here

Southern Inland Skills Audit

RDA Southern Inland's Skills Audit Report explores skills gaps in the Southern Inland region, training needs and opportunities for the future. 

This report has found that there are critical skills shortages in many of the Southern Inland’s growth industries, including, tourism, education, health, primary industries, IT and construction. If the region is to continue to grow and prosper, we must ensure that the people in our region have the skills and experience to work in certain industries. 

170 businesses completed the survey across the Southern Inland region.

Click here to read the report.
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Jobs and Growth Insight Report

The Jobs and Growth Insight Report provides insight into the opportunities that exist in the region, now and in the future.

It is designed to showcase the region to potential investors, businesses and workers and to demonstrate the strengths and opportunities across the seven local Councils.

This report demonstrates the liveability, appeal and opportunities available in this great region. In a time of unprecedented growth across our capital cities, souring house prices in Sydney and Melbourne and higher costs of living, the Southern Inland is great place to invest, do business and build a life.

We invite you to contact Regional Development Australia Southern Inland or any of the seven local councils in the region. If you require further information about business and lifestyle opportunities, please contact RDA Southern Inland on 4822 6397. 

Read the Report here.


You can also read a compressed version of the Report relevant to a specific Local Government Area. 

Goulburn Mulwaree

Yass Valley



Snowy Monaro

Upper Lachlan 



Your Business is Food

Food businesses in NSW throw away around 30 per cent of their food. That’s a lot of money going into the bin.

RDA Southern Inland partnered with the Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre (SRBEC) to deliver the Your Business is Food Program in the Southern Inland Region. Funded by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Your Business is Food educated and assisted cafes, restaurants and pubs across seven Local Government Areas in the Southern Inland Region to prevent and avoid food waste.

 three types of waste

The program was completed by businesses in 3 steps...

  • Measure food waste over 3-7 days
  • Develop an action plan with 3 key strategies to reduce their food waste
  • Complete another audit to determine whether the business has reduced their food waste and achieved their pledge!

Regional Development Australia Southern Inland's Your Business is Food program is supported by the NSW Government under the NSW EPA’s Love Food Hate Waste program which is part of Waste Less Recycle More, funded from the waste levy.   

Welcome to the Southern Inland

‘Welcome to the Southern Inland’ was a program of RDA Southern Inland with support from the Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre (SRBEC). This project was funded by the Department of Home Affairs Fostering Integration Grants program. The grants supported new initiatives by not-for-profit organisations that will help migrants better integrate into Australian life through employment and community participationRead the media release announcement here.  

As part of the program, RDA Southern Inland ran a successful Welcome to the Region event and three Job Ready workshops that helped to provide new migrants with the skills, confidence and understanding to find employment after settlement. 


Contact us

Phone02 4822 6397


RDA Southern Inland
PO Box 775
Goulburn NSW 2580