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.


Promoting RDAIWM Project Status Report

Whilst attending the Trade 2018 Queensland and Commonwealth Collaboration and Showcase during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, RDAIWM CEO Rees Banks presented the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk with the latest Ipswich and West Moreton Project Status Report.

During the event, a special edition of Queensland's Regions Trading Globally publication was also released. The Queensland Government has partnered with the RDAs in Queensland to highlight the key sectors and industries with investment and export potential.

The Ipswich and West Moreton region has a combined gross regional product (GRP) of $12.9 billion with investment and population continuing to increase. In 2018, private and government construction valued at $8.09 billion will commence within the region. Such significant investment is a contributing driver to both employment and lifestyle opportunities.


Rees Premier PSR 2018

Advance Queensland - TWiG

Testing Within Government provides funding of $25,000 to support Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to improve the positioning of their ICT products to address business problems, while collaborating with the Queensland Government. The 12-week program starts from early June 2017.

Small Business Digital Grants

Provides small businesses with access to digital technologies and services to enable them to work smarter.
Matching funding of up to $10,000 (excluding GST).

Round 2  Opens - 8 March 2017 Closes - 10 April 2017

Maker Projects

The Maker Project grants offered by Inspiring Australia are now open.

Maker Projects aims to foster creativity and inquiry based learning in Australian schools and communities through two streams offering up to $5,000 per school and $20,000 per community application.

If you would like to be notified of programme updates, please register your interest:

$5 million to strengthen agricultural leadership

Applications open on 5 April for the Coalition Government’s $5 million Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund to develop leadership capacity and capability within agricultural industries.   Australian agricultural peak industry representative bodies can apply for funding to support initiatives that build leadership skills within their sector. Applications close Wednesday 17 May, 2017.

Bridges Renewal Programme

Round Three opened 17 March 2017 and closes 15 May 2017. This round is open to state, territory and local governments. The Australian Government will contribute up to 50 per cent of the total project cost to successful projects. 

Get Started Vouchers

Round 9 is now open for voucher applications.

Round 9 will close when all available vouchers are issued. If the voucher allocation is not reached the round will close on
29 March 2017.

Vouchers must be presented to a registered club by 12 May 2017.

More information here



Building our Regions

Building our Regions is a program for local government projects with the primary purpose to provide funding for critical infrastructure in regional areas of the state, while also supporting jobs, fostering economic development and improving the liveability of regional communities.

Round 3
Opens for applications Monday 30 January 2017
This round is open to all regional councils eligible under the:

Regional Capital Fund

Royalties for Resource Producing Communities Fund 

Remote and Indigenous Communities Fund




IWM Jobs NewsRDA Ipswich & West Moreton in partnership with the Ipswich City, Lockyer Valley and Somerset Regional Councils recently promoted the joint IWMJobs initiative. IWMJobs has currently 415 registered members.

Since the launch of this program in September 2016, the IWMJobs website has attracted 3,230 users with over 34,000 page views. 

If you are currently looking for staff or wish to apply for a job vacancy in the region, please visit