Chair’s Message
The Regional Development Australia Ipswich & West Moreton (RDAIWM) Committee is proud to release their inaugural 2017 Project Status Report. This report contains the latest information available including highly anticipated statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2016 Census.

The RDAIWM Committee and staff hope that this report will be used to assist decision makers in regards to infrastructure needs, investment, development and future planning for our region.

Our region now annually produces close to $13bn Gross Regional Product to the National and State economy, which is an increase of $1.36bn (11.7%) on June 2015 financial year figures. We also have one of the fastest growing regions in Queensland, so we need infrastructure to keep up with demand.

Access the Project Status Report screen preview PDF (7.3Mb).


Advance Queensland - TWiG

Testing Within Government provides funding of $25,000 to support Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to improve the positioning of their ICT products to address business problems, while collaborating with the Queensland Government. The 12-week program starts from early June 2017.

Small Business Digital Grants

Provides small businesses with access to digital technologies and services to enable them to work smarter.
Matching funding of up to $10,000 (excluding GST).

Round 2  Opens - 8 March 2017 Closes - 10 April 2017

Maker Projects

The Maker Project grants offered by Inspiring Australia are now open.

Maker Projects aims to foster creativity and inquiry based learning in Australian schools and communities through two streams offering up to $5,000 per school and $20,000 per community application.

If you would like to be notified of programme updates, please register your interest:

$5 million to strengthen agricultural leadership

Applications open on 5 April for the Coalition Government’s $5 million Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund to develop leadership capacity and capability within agricultural industries.   Australian agricultural peak industry representative bodies can apply for funding to support initiatives that build leadership skills within their sector. Applications close Wednesday 17 May, 2017.

Bridges Renewal Programme

Round Three opened 17 March 2017 and closes 15 May 2017. This round is open to state, territory and local governments. The Australian Government will contribute up to 50 per cent of the total project cost to successful projects. 

Get Started Vouchers

Round 9 is now open for voucher applications.

Round 9 will close when all available vouchers are issued. If the voucher allocation is not reached the round will close on
29 March 2017.

Vouchers must be presented to a registered club by 12 May 2017.

More information here



Building our Regions

Building our Regions is a program for local government projects with the primary purpose to provide funding for critical infrastructure in regional areas of the state, while also supporting jobs, fostering economic development and improving the liveability of regional communities.

Round 3
Opens for applications Monday 30 January 2017
This round is open to all regional councils eligible under the:

Regional Capital Fund

Royalties for Resource Producing Communities Fund 

Remote and Indigenous Communities Fund




IWM Jobs NewsRDA Ipswich & West Moreton in partnership with the Ipswich City, Lockyer Valley and Somerset Regional Councils recently promoted the joint IWMJobs initiative. IWMJobs has currently 415 registered members.

Since the launch of this program in September 2016, the IWMJobs website has attracted 3,230 users with over 34,000 page views. 

If you are currently looking for staff or wish to apply for a job vacancy in the region, please visit



Bromelton on track

ScottJUST past 3am on January 23, as many of us slept, the first haul of freight arrived at the $30 million SCT Logistics hub at Bromelton.

They handled about 3000 tonnes of freight on that day alone, so it was significant for all involved.

The official opening is still a way off – they’re expecting about mid-year - but January 23 was a landmark occasion for SCT Logistics, local company Trade Alliance and all the workers.

The Federal Government is pleased to have invested $9.6 million under the National Stronger Regions Fund towards making the Bromelton freight terminal a reality.