Building Better Regions Fund

This program provides funding for infrastructure and community investment projects that will create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

Applications for both streams open: 18 January 2017

Please see the mapping tool to see if you are in an eligible area
BBR Mapping Tool

This fund is split in to two funding streams as per below:

Infrastructure Projects Stream - Guidelines here

Community Investments Stream - Guidelines here

IWMJobs Update

Albert de Ruiter Mayor Graeme LehmannSomerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann and RDAIWM committee member Albert de Ruiter were proud to launch the IWMJobs initiative. This free service is now available for all local business and job seekers in the Somerset region. This joint partnership also includes the Ipswich City Council and Lockyer Valley Regional Council.

IWMJobs link here


Regional Priorities

Simon Warner Scott BuchholzFederal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz MP was given a briefing by RDAIWM committee member Simon Warner on the regional priorities for Ipswich & West Moreton while in Canberra. These initiatives included the Inland Rail project, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, water infrastructure for the Lockyer Valley and the Bromelton State Development Area. All these projects are discussed in the RDAIWM Regional Roadmap.

Copy of RDAIWM Regional Roadmap


Invest Ipswich

Kathy Michael Whiting Paul Hodgson Invest IpswichThe Queensland Department of State Development, Ipswich City Council and RDAIWM held their second joint seminar to attract new businesses to the Ipswich region. This initiative is to promote Invest Ipswich as the leading platform to encourage the development of infrastructure by attracting public and private investment and the relocation of businesses and industries to the region.

Copy of Advance Ipswich



Kathy AgFuturesWhile attending the AgFutures Innovation & Investment Conference, RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Chair Ms Kathy Bensted discussed the agricultural prospects for the area with the Queensland Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Hon Bill Byrne MP. This included the future IWM Agricultural Opportunities project which will identify and improve agricultural infrastructure for individuals and communities across the region.

AgFutures conference presentations are now available by clicking here


RDAIWM Business Plan for 2015-2016

Business PlanRDA Ipswich & West Moreton Chair Kathy Bensted and Deputy Chair Michael Krafft have announced the release of the RDAIWM Business Plan for 2015-2016. Based on extensive community and local government partnerships and consultations, five key priority groups have been identified: food and agriculture, infrastructure, growth sectors, intelligent region and tourism.

Download your copy here

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Viaduct – Works Start

Works began today on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) viaduct – an 800m-long road bridge that will extend from the Lockyer Valley and cut through the Toowoomba Range at Mount Kynoch.

More information...

Export Made Easy - New App

Export Essentials is the new app to help Australian businesses become exporters, containing information from an introduction to exporting to managing currency risk, finance solutions and export licences and regulations.

There are also templates and key contacts to help small businesses develop and implement their export strategies, as well as a contact list of organisations to help businesses achieve their export goals.

This app is available for Apple and Android devices through app stores.

RedEye Small Business Mentoring

RedEye RDAIWMRDAIWM Chair Kathy Bensted was the guest speaker at a women’s mentoring luncheon hosted by a leading cloud and technology company RedEye.

These luncheons are an opportunity for women to business to discuss what they have learned along the way in their career, what have been the key differentiators that have enabled them to become successful and what challenges they have faced.


Resilient Regions Luncheon - USQ

USQ Resilient Regions Program RDAIWMRDAIWM Chair Kathy Bensted recently attended the Resilient Regions Forum hosted by the University of Southern Queensland.

The Institute for Resilient Regions has been designed to tackle national and global challenges in regional social and economic development.

See the Institute for Resilient Regions latest report here:
Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR) (PDF 250KB)