RDA-Riverina support for Riverina projects

RDA-Riverina is involved in the development and implementation of projects across the region. This involvement may be as an initiator, facilitator, supporter or implementer depending on the nature of the project. RDA Riverina values community driven, innovative, inclusive and sustainable initiatives.

RDA-Riverina develops close partnerships with many stakeholders from the three tiers of Government, business, industry and communities when working on projects in the Riverina.

Do you have a regionally significant project that you think RDA-Riverina might be able to assist? Fill out the Project Outline Form with more details and submit to RDA-Riverina Executive Officer, Rachel Whiting - eo@rdariverina.org.au                

Current Projects

RDA-Riverina supports a wide range of projects across the Riverina region. Find out more below and see how you can get involved.

Building Better Regions Fund Applications Are Open

RDA Riverina are assisting with the applications for the Building Better Regions Fund.

The Building Better Regions Fund provides funding for infrastructure projects and community investment that will create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. There are two streams The Infrastructure Projects Stream and the Community Investment Stream. Both have separate guidelines so make sure you read the correct guidelines for your project. 

Click here for information and to apply for the fund.


Access the attached PDF for guidelines supplied by RDA Riverina.

Riverina Regional Business Accelerator Program

Businesses that invest in their futures grow and create new, sustainable jobs.  How does business find the support it needs to grow?

Click here for full flyer. 

Register on eventbrite: 

- Griffith

- Wagga Wagga

Riverina Development Officer (RDO) Network Forums

RDA-Riverina hosts three Riverina Development Officer (RDO) Network Forums each year, bringing together development officers from across the Riverina region. Development Officer is a broad term and can include attendees such as community & economic development officers from local government, government departments and agencies, business/industry representatives (arts, culture, tourism, health, education, environment), regional organisations, NGO's and community members.

The Forums provide an opportunity for these groups and organisations to promote programs, services and funding. There is always a presentation from a Council representative highlighting activities within that particular Local Government Area where the forum is being hosted. The forums also showcase community projects and provide time for networking, collaboration and a partnership approach to addressing the opportunities and challenges facing the communities across the region.

Please see the Upcoming Events page to see the agendas & presentations from previous RDO Network Forums.

• West Wyalong Presentations: 
- Agenda
- Framework for Regional Development
- Deloittes: Purpose of Place
- CSIRO SME Connect
- Majors Mulch 

Contact for inquiries: RDA Riverina Project Officer, Marg Couch po@rdariverina.org.au

Riverina Top Plates

RIVERINA TOP PLATES is an RDA Riverina initiative for TASTE Riverina Food Festival. It is also an eat local campaign to be launched online in September 2016 to coincide with Riverina’s flagship event TASTE Riverina Festival. The concept is designed to attract visitors ravenous for new culinary tourism experiences to the door of Riverina food retailers who serve or sell Riverina grown or produced food during the month of October. This encourages  a rigorous regional food economy. Those who agree to the criteria for participation will have their regional signature menu included on www.tasteriverina.com.au

Contact for inquiries: RDA Riverina Project Officer, Marg Couch po@rdariverina.org.au

Softwood Plantation Expansion - Business Case

This project funded under the Energise Enterprise Fund supports the development of a business case to identify the financial and economic returns in establishing softwood plantations which support the expansion and growth of timber processing facilities.

The timber industry across the south west slopes of NSW (Tumut, Gundagai, Tumbarumba, Greater Hume, Albury and Wagga LGA's) is a significant component of the regional economy, is valued at approximately $970 million/year and supports a regional workforce of approximately 5000 employees.

 It is of critical importance that a plan of potential action be developed to provide a coordinated and pragmatic approach to ensure regional growth and prosperity and the creation of new jobs

For more information contact: RDA Riverina Executive Officer Rachel Whiting E: eo@rdariverina.org.au

Grant Writing Workshops

RDA-Riverina offers grant writing workshops to community groups and individuals across the Riverina region throughout the year to provide advice and tips on how to produce a high-quality grant application. The popular workshops assist participants with their writing skills, provide advice on how to locate relevant grants, share the importance of producing a comprehensive application and why you need to have a plan of attack. 

Want to brush up on your grant writing skills or learn new ones? Visit the Upcoming Events page to find a workshop in your area. or contact Marg Couch E: po@rdariverina.org.au

Western Riverina - Grow Our Own

The Western Riverina Grow Our Own initiative is a national partnership lead by Bendigo Bank and Deakin University in partnership with RDA Riverina, TAFE Riverina Institute, local councils and other organisations and networks across the Western Riverina.

The partnership aims to transform communities through education to develop, mentor and retain local skills.

The working party have been focusing on  building the capacity of local employers to attract and retain local talent by developing pathways into their industry ( through traineeships, cadetships, engagement with schools) by showcasing good practice models which are currently successful in the region.

The vision by 2020 is:

·       Greater local access to a broad choice of tertiary education courses with diverse delivery models

·       Attraction of locally qualified workers into growth industries

·       Development of local pathways to access education and training that leads to sustainable jobs

·       Scholarship support for under represented groups

·       Economic growth from increased human capital due to improved educational access.

·        Click here to watch video 

Contact for inquiries: RDA Riverina Project Officer, Marg Couch po@rdariverina.org.au

Review of current industry, regional and farm workforce development activities and human resource practices on farms

Review of current industry, regional and farm workforce development activities and human resource practices on farms-Prepared by Dr Jennifer Moffatt and Associate Professor Ruth Nettle, The University of Melbourne


Funded by-Cotton Research and Development Corporation

RDA Riverina is committed to ensuring the economic sustainability of the Riverina Region. Industries need to ensure access to a skilled and reliable workforce for continued economic growth. Additional employee education and training is also critical to continued capacity building and long term viability.

RDA Riverina supports various projects across the Riverina and has recently been a co sponsor of the “Riverina agriculture workforce: finding, training and retaining” workshop in Griffith. This workshop was facilitated by the University of Melbourne as part of their review into regional and farm workforce development activities for the Cotton Industry.

To view the Review of current industry, regional and farm workforce development activities and human resource practices on farms please click here.

Country Change

Looking for a tree change? Country Change can help you make the move to the Riverina region. Providing information on career and business opportunities, affordable housing, tourism, infrastructure and the like, the Country Change website is your portal for change.

Country Change is made up of a collection of communities or Local Government Areas (LGAs) that are working together to promote the wonderful opportunities on offer by relocating to the country. The Country Change project is under the auspices of RDA-Riverina and exists purely to help you make the move to the Riverina, not to make a profit. The project also works in conjunction with the Evocities NSW program.

Want to make the move to the Riverina? Visit the Country Change website for further information.