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Wheatbelt Skills Needs

Priority 1: Regional Plan

A current three to five-year plan that focusses on economic development of the Wheatbelt region.

What skills/experience would be useful from future committee members to achieve this priority?

  • Engagement with stakeholders
  • Participation in the review process of the region
  • Strategic planning/economic development experience
  • Business experience
  • Experience with a range of regional stakeholder groups and organisations

Priority 2: Critical issues

Advice to the Commonwealth Government on critical issues affecting the Wheatbelt region.

What skills/experience would be useful from future committee members to achieve this priority?

  • Service delivery experience in essential services. (e.g. aged care, child care, health)
  • Experience in workforce development planning
  • Understanding of key workforce development challenges in the region
  • Background in aged care, child care, education and health.
  • Transport, including freight, lime routes and rail
  • Telecommunications experience
  • Involvement in or links with regional groups
  • Experience in regional marketing
  • Experience on reference groups or similar
  • Experience with Indigenous programs and disadvantage
  • Strategic planning experience and/or qualifications
  • Good relationship building and networking skills

Priority 3: Priority activities

Advice to the Commonwealth Government on priority activities that will drive regional economic development, on future economic opportunities and on the region's comparative advantages, based on consultation and engagement with community leaders.

What skills/experience would be useful from future committee members to achieve this priority?

  • Understanding of regional transport infrastructure priorities
  • Leader in adoption of digital technology in own business/personal life
  • An interest in Community Enterprise
  • Small business and innovation

Priority 4: Project proposals

Assistance to local community stakeholders in order for them to develop project proposals; and referral of stakeholders to appropriate public and/or private funding sources—including the nearly $500 million Building Better Regions Fund.

What skills/experience would be useful from future committee members to achieve this priority?

  • Engagement with community stakeholders on identified infrastructure priorities
  • Understanding of economic modelling and cost benefit analysis
  • Understanding of the funding and grant application processes
  • Networks within the business community of the region
  • Ongoing commitment to improving the facilities and services within the Wheatbelt

Priority 5: Promote Australian Government Programs

Increased awareness of Australian Government programs in the Wheatbelt.

What skills/experience would be useful from future committee members to achieve this priority?

  • Engagement with community stakeholders
  • Identification of opportunities to present to targeted groups
  • Awareness of eligibility processes for Programmes

Geography

Is geographic representation important to achieve the RDA committee's priorities?

  • Yes

Which geographic areas require greater representation from future members?

  • Northern Wheatbelt (e.g. Dandaragan, Moora, Dalwallinu, and Wongan Hills )
  • North eastern Wheatbelt (e.g. Koorda, Mt Marshall, Mukinbudin, and Westonia)
  • South eastern Wheatbelt (e.g. Williams, West Arthur, Dumbleyung, and Lake Grace)

Other Comments

  • New Members are not expected to have experience in all the priority topics, but selection may be influenced to ensure all priorities are covered by the Committee.
  • RDA Wheatbelt is looking to increase our membership from a range of stakeholder groups covering a range of skills and experiences.
  • Experience working at a regional/sub-regional level within the Wheatbelt is desirable.

We need members with a regional focus, who can attend meetings on a regular basis, and are prepared to engage with our key stakeholders.