18 June 2020
THE HON NOLA MARINO MP
RDA Murraylands and Riverland Supporting Communities During COVID-19
The Australian Government commends the outstanding work of RDA Murraylands and Riverland in supporting the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Led by Chair Mr Neil Martinson, RDA Murraylands and Riverland’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 Murraylands and Riverland include:
• Coordinating the #WeAreHere local business campaign, resulting in intelligence about the impacts of the pandemic being provided by 450 businesses, which then informed decision making by key stakeholders, including industry and government;
• Launching an information campaign on the impacts and responses which supported regional media reporting and improved community understanding of the effects of COVID-19; and
• Commencing development of a regional recovery plan in conjunction with the SA Government.
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 Murraylands and Riverland committee members and staff for their work in driving positive change in your local communities.
If you would like to learn more about how RDA Murraylands and Riverland is able to assist you, visit its website at www.rdamr.com.au.
Further information about the RDA program is available at www.rda.gov.au.
The Hon Nola Marino MP
Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, Federal Member for Forrest
Analise Gates, RDAMR Marketing and Communications Executive
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