Who are we and what do we do?

RDA – Far South Coast (RDA FSC) is part of a national network of RDA committees serving rural, regional, remote and urban communities across Australia.

RDAs in NSW are jointly funded by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (Australian Government) and NSW Department of Trade and Investment.

RDA – Far South Coast staff act on the directives of the RDA – Far South Coast Committee. The Committee meets regularly to consider strategies and initiatives for regional growth and to assess and give advice to the Australian and State Governments as requested.

RDA FSC works with all sectors of the community, including women, young people, Indigenous Australians and people from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

A key focus of RDA FSC is on the economic, social and environmental issues affecting communities. RDA FSC is an important contributor to and driver of:

  • regional business growth plans and strategies, which will help support economic development, the creation of new jobs, skills development and business investment
  • social inclusion strategies, which will bring together and support all members of the community
  • environmental solutions, which will support ongoing sustainability and the management of climate change (including the impact of drought, flood or bushfires), and

RDA FSC, in consultation with the community, business, non profit organisations and all levels of government, articulates local priorities, identifies and aligns resources, engages stakeholders and promotes solutions. In doing this, RDA FSC supports the growth and development of regional communities across the country.

RDA FSC also supports, promotes and disseminates information on government policy initiatives for the benefit of local communities. To this end, the RDA FSC Committee and Chair has a strong understanding of federal, state and local government policies and initiatives, and the ways in which local communities can engage with them.

RDA FSC, as the Far South Coast peak regional development body, takes a leadership role in bringing together organisations to take advantage of government programmes, policies and initiatives.

RDA FSC is an effective conduit between government and our regional community. It enables our entire community to provide input to government about the strengths and weaknesses of regional Australia.

RDA committees have 5 key roles which, collectively, ensure that they achieve the outcomes required by governments:-

  1. Consultation and Engagement with the Community
  2. Informed Regional planning
  3. Whole – of – Government Activities
  4. Promotion of Government Programs
  5. Community & Economic Development

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