RDA FNQ&TS is led by a voluntary Committee, made up of 16 community leaders and experts who know and understand the region. Each of these members has a unique set of skills and knowledge, and together they create a strong, unified committee with a vast experience of private enterprise, education, local government, Indigenous engagement, natural resources, management and regional development.
The Committee works with existing regional development structures and organisations, creating synergies between the high level strategic, macro and micro social, environmental and economic development perspectives of the region through an inclusive, collaborative model (see diagram below).
While our role is to be a driver, supporter, implementer and community advocate, our goals, issues, regional priorities and initiatives are owned by our key regional stakeholders and the communities of Far North Queensland and Torres Strait.
Your Regional Roadmap
The Committee has developed a Regional Roadmap that guides the strategic development of the region. The Regional Roadmap:
• Profiles the region, its attributes, industry and employment base and key advantages.
• Identifies key strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and constraints of the region.
• Highlights the relationship of existing local, state and Commonwealth policies.
• Lists economic, social and environmental goals and priorities for action.
Implementation of the Regional Roadmap is driven by the Committee through collaboration with a network of key regional partners, stakeholders and agents for action. This network includes regional development organisations, Natural Resource Management (NRM) bodies, regional organisations’ of councils, private sector companies, Traditional Owner groups, local, state and Commonwealth governments and multiple social service delivery and not-for-profit organisations.
Our Values and Responsibilities
Align, Advocate and Support – Through our position as an impartial trusted advisor, we frame priorities from our regional Road Map, shape relevant issues into strong campaigns, vigorously promote them for action, and walk beside the community to help them realise their long-term goals.
Unify and Enable – By bringing key players to the table, we assist them to meet their priorities, share information with them, facilitate, encourage and develop collective action, and forcefully champion our regional story.
Respect and Connect – By identifying and valuing the disparate views and needs of our region, we create full, open and transparent debate, evaluated against demonstrable evidence.
Position and Promote – By shaping the ‘helicopter views’, direction and thinking of our region, and through our structured relationships with government and its budget cycles, we influence public policy by engaging in frank and fearless dialogue, to provide a cohesive response on behalf of our stakeholders.
Reinforce – We promote the many positive attributes of our region, and tenaciously pursue the interests of its people.
Our Engagement Model
RDA FNQ&TS is committed to enhancing genuine community engagement in the design of policy and projects. Therefore, we use a model of engagement that provides opportunities to align business objectives with the needs and expectations of our communities, while also helping to drive long-term sustainability and community value.
The diagram below depicts the Engagement Model for RDA FNQ&TS:
Progressing Regional Priorities
RDA FNQ&TS continues to work closely with all levels of government to address key directions focussing on implementation through the following:
Involvement in the Queensland Economic Recovery
Through our Climate Adaptation Package and leadership group, specifically focussing on a longer term response to disaster preparedness in Far North Queensland and Torres Strait.
Capitalising on the National Broadband Network
Through our Regional Connectivity Package and leadership group, specifically focussing on securing improved regional capacity for technology use in advance of the NBN rollout.
Progressing the regionalisation agenda
Through our place-based approach (also known as the Northern Queensland Regional Development Initiative (NQRDI)) to implementation of the Road Map, working closely with the State and Commonwealth governments and neighbouring Regional Development Australia organisations as a trial to structured Road Map implementation.
Developing regional workforces
Working with the DEEWR Local Employment Coordinator, Fly In Fly Out Coordinator and Vocational Training and Education sector to drive a strong Package focussed on this issue in the context of the resources boom.
Promoting energy efficiency
Through the Energy and Water Transformation Package and leadership group, leverage current programs to realise smart energy solutions and ‘waste to energy’ initiatives.
Developing a cohesive social sector
Working with Queensland Council of Social Services, The Cairns Institute and not-for-profit organisations, deliver cluster-based strategies to tackle social issues in the region as part of the Social and Cultural Planning and Development Package.
RDA FNQ&TS is a one-stop shop for all regional development brokerage. Working with the community, we are making a difference.
We have been instrumental in delivering the second stage of the National Broadband Network roll-out for Cairns through high level collaboration with the Cairns Regional Council.
Our work with Ministers and Torres Strait development bodies resulted in much anticipated Sea Wall funding for two Torres Strait communities ($12m).
We provided community policy responses into the NQRDI including Natural Disaster Relief and Response Arrangements reform, disaster preparedness, progression of issues raised in the freight strategy and employment policy issues including apprenticeship reform.
We have provided community input into the Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Bruce Highway Upgrade Plan and Queensland Regionalisation Strategy.