An Australian Government Initiative

Regional Development Australia

RDA Wheatbelt—Enterprising Communities Programme

19 November 2016

The RDA Wheatbelt Enterprising Communities programme aims to encourage Wheatbelt communities to develop community enterprises, supported by community driven funding options for the enterprises. The objective of the program is to encourage a culture of community enterprise development and innovation, working towards cohesiveness and self-reliance within communities and the broader region.

Delivery of the RDA Wheatbelt Enterprising Communities programme will involve the provision of films of two successful community enterprise examples in regional WA along with four other examples drawn under licence from the ABC BackRoads and Landline programs. The RDA Wheatbelt Enterprising Communities programme will be delivered via film events with follow up facilitated community meetings.

RDA Wheatbelt conducted a crowd funding initiative and received financial support of another nine RDAs across three states. The crowd funding initiative raised funds to complete one film on Nyabing. There is nearly sufficient funding to complete a second film in the spring of 2016, in Kulin.

To fund the small film shortfall and to promote the RDA Wheatbelt Enterprising Communities programme through community film nights and meetings across the Wheatbelt, RDA Wheatbelt submitted a funding application to Lotterywest. RDA Wheatbelt Enterprising Communities programme has received Lotterywest Funding of $86,804, towards a total project of $143,881.

To assist with developing the Enterprising Communities programme, RDA Lodden Mallee shared their Transitioning Towns Toolbox with RDA Wheatbelt. The Toolbox can be downloaded from loddonmallee.com.au/toolbox/

For more information about the RDA Wheatbelt Enterprising Communities programme, including how to establish a similar programme, please contact admin@rdawheatbelt.com.au or call 08 9575 1888

Left Hon Terry Waldron MLA & Right Mr Graham Cooper RDA Wheatbelt Chairman.