Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Regional partnership first of its kind

Media Release

MM131/2019

17 August 2018

  • MoU signed by RDA Tasmania and RDA South West, Western Australia
  • The collaborative working relationship is set to enhance regional growth
  • Exclusive partnership expected to benefit both RDA communities

The Tasmanian and south-west Western Australian members of the national Regional Development Australia (RDA) network have formally agreed to establish a collaborative working relationship designed to support economic growth in their regions.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said today's signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by representatives of RDA Tasmania and RDA South West marks a significant shift in the way the RDA network operates.

“For the first time in Regional Development Australia's history an MoU will be signed to connect two RDA committees together in an exclusive partnership that will enhance regional growth in both communities,” Dr McVeigh said.

“Despite being on opposite sides of the country, these regions have similarities such as the range of products they produce, the industries in each region, and tourism. The ongoing communication and exchanges about potential business opportunities between RDA Tasmania and RDA South West will benefit both communities.

“The key to this arrangement is that, due to the large distance separating them, the two regions rarely compete in the same markets.

“As a result, those involved in sharing information and ideas would not be undermining their competitive advantage.

“This landmark MoU is set to be a major win-win for the industries and communities RDA Tasmania and RDA South West represent.

“If successful this could be the first of many cross-country RDA partnerships.”

The 2018 National Regional Development Australia Forum is currently being held in Canberra. Further information about RDA Committees can be found at https://rda.gov.au/