RDA Wide Bay Burnett Supporting Communities During COVID-19

Thursday, 11 June, 2020

The Australian Government commends the outstanding work of RDA Wide Bay Burnett in supporting the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Led by Chair Cr William Trevor OAM, RDA Wide Bay Burnett’s engagement with their community, businesses and all levels of Government has been vital in identifying emerging issues throughout the crisis and opportunities for the recovery phase.


This work is important to managing impacts and ensuring communities and businesses are able to get back on their feet as quickly as possible. Key activities being undertaken by RDA Wide Bay Burnett include:

  • Collecting and disseminating credible regional intelligence and information to government, industry and the community;
  • Participating on local government disaster management economic recovery groups to advise, plan and help implement responses to challenges caused by the pandemic;
  • Centrally collating and compiling a regional infrastructure list, as well as short and medium-term private job-enabling projects; and
  • Aggregating data from a range of surveys and collating it into a regional data base, identifying similarities and differences, helping local leaders and policy makers shape responses and stimulus measures.


Regional Development Australia Committees (RDAs) have played and continue to play an important role in delivering sustainable infrastructure and services to their region. These Committees deliver important work in consulting with communities, promoting and participating in regional initiatives, and providing information and advice on their region to all levels of Government.


Since late March I have been holding regular teleconferences with RDA representatives three times a week. These conversations provided first-hand insights into how local communities are coping, and the impact and effectiveness of Government response measures. This local intelligence is provided directly to Government ministers and agencies to inform policymaking.


I want to thank the RDA Wide Bay Burnett committee members and staff for their work in driving positive change in your local communities.


The Hon Nola Marino MP

Parliament House Canberra