LATEST NEWS FOR THE REGION
Regional Growth Fund
The Australian Government's Regional Growth Fund was extremely well supported in the RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Area. This $272 million national grant program attracted over $181 million of seeking grant funding coming to over $434 million total project cost for our region.
Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz MP said 'The Regional Growth Fund has given industry and local councils the opportunity to transform their area and build stronger regional communities with employment opportunities into the future. This Australia wide 'investment-ready' funding program is highly competitive that will be judged against the extensive eligibility criteria'.
'This is not a small biscuit and cheese grant', said Mr Buchholz, 'This funding program will be rigorously assessed where only the best of the best across Australia will have the opportunity to proceed to stage two. I will certainly fight for all the applicants in my region, but again there is only so much funding available'.
RDAIWM Chair, Cr Janice Holstein supported all known projects for the region. 'The standard of applications that we assisted with were of a high quality and I wish them all the success. I will certainly in my role as Chair advocate on behalf of the proponents' said Cr Holstein.
RDAIWM Chair, Cr Janice Holstein discusses the Regional Growth Fund with Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz MP
RDAIWM Funding Newsletter - May 2018
The May 2018 RDAIWM Funding Newsletter has been compiled and released, consisting of the latest funding news articles and media announcements as advised by the Australian Government through their Media Releases australia.gov.au as well as other Australian Government funding sources.
Project Status Report
On behalf of the RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Committee, I am pleased to present our regional Project Status Report (January - June 2018).
This report highlights the demographics and developments occurring in Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Lockyer Valley. With our region having a combined Gross Regional Product of $12.9 billion, the prospect of investment to increase further growth via population and infrastructure continues to gather pace.
In 2018 alone our region collectively will commerce $8.09 billion worth of private and government construction. Such significant investment is a contributing driver to both employment and lifestyle opportunities for the Ipswich & West Moreton region.
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New Chair Appointment
RDAIWM – New Chair Appointment
Regional Development Australia Ipswich & West Moreton is proud to announce the appointment by the Hon Dr John McVeigh, Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, of Cr Janice Holstein as the newly appointed Chair of the committee and we would like to openly welcome Cr Holstein into her new and exciting role.
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said Cr Holstein’s experience and knowledge of the area made her an excellent choice for the role: “I welcome Cr Holstein to the position of Chair of the Ipswich & West Moreton Regional Development Australia and I look forward to working together for the future of our region.”
Cr Holstein has been an RDAIWM Committee member since October 2015. Contributing ideas and suggestions which have been invaluable in this time, and has already been an integral part of the RDAIWM committee. We are proud to be represented by such a fantastic candidate and look forward to all the positive influences and information that Janice has to offer.
Cr Holstein is a councillor on Lockyer Valley Regional Council, with over 15 years Council experience. Cr Holstein said: "I am passionate about the region, having grown up in the area on a farming family, and I am dedicated to the entire Ipswich and West Moreton region.”
As a former business owner, editor, and publisher, Janice has involved herself in many community groups, including Lockyer Valley Crime Stoppers, Withcott Progress Association, Lockyer Valley Tourism, and Spring Bluff Railway Station Trust. Cr Holstein's Council portfolio is infrastructure, with which she has a real focus on promoting and supporting tourism in the region.
Cr Holstein and Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz.