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).



Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester announced this week funding under the Black Spot Programme for three projects in the Lockyer Valley. A total of $164,000 was awarded to build safer roads in Summerholm, Crowley Vale and Gatton.
The Australian government would like to thank the panel, which reviews priorities for the Black Spot programme. The panel includes representatives from the Queensland Police Service, Royal Automobile Club of Queensland, Queensland Trucking Association, Bicycle Queensland, Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety (Queensland University of Technology) and state and local government.
For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Programme, or to nominate a black spot, visit


Unlocking Opportunities with RDAIWM – Regions 2030

RDAIWM Chair Kathy Bensted welcomes the release of the Australian Government’s ‘Regions 2030 – Unlocking Opportunities’ to grow and develop regional Australia.

The regions of Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Scenic Rim will greatly benefit from the policies developed within this document.

The RDAIWM region contributes $11.6 billion towards the national GDP and the programs outlined will only assist with the further development of our region.

A copy of Regions 2030 can be found at

On 18th May 2017 the Minister for Regional Development, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, launched the Australian Government's vision statement for rural, regional and remote Australia: Regions 2030: Unlocking Opportunity.

The Regions 2030 statement sets out a vision for regional Australia, highlights investments and achievements and also the future direction for regional Australia towards 2030.

Activity is being focused across five key areas:
    •    Jobs and economic development
    •    Infrastructure
    •    Health
    •    Education
    •    Communications

Government initiatives including Regional Development Australia committees, provide a vital link between local community stakeholders and government, advising the Australian Government on critical issues affecting economic development in regions and enhancing awareness of Australian Government programs.

This document has introduced the Australian Government’s Regions 2030 agenda: putting the aspirations of regional Australians at the heart of Government decision making.


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