RDA Goldfields Esperance Newsletter - April to June 2016
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Renewed Focus for Regional Fund

The Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash,  will re-brand and re-direct the billion dollar National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) to increase its focus on rural communities. Senator Nash said the NSRF would be renamed the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) to focus on funding programs for regional, rural and remote areas and not major capital cities.
Senator Nash said the changes were considered after she came into the Regional Development portfolio earlier this year. She said under the newly renamed BBRF, funding would no longer be going to major capital cities. The Senator also said there would be a fairer assessment between major, medium sized and smaller projects, to improve outcomes and introduced a community investment scheme for non-infrastructure projects.

Futures Forum

The future of Kalgoorlie-Boulder was discussed by keynote speakers and interested community members during two interactive events on 3 - 4 May 2016. The Futures Forum was facilitated in order to engage the community to share their ideas about ‘Growing Kalgoorlie-Boulder’. The forum acted as a catalyst to stimulate enthusiasm, innovation and creativity about the future growth and development of the City.
RDA Goldfields Esperance support of the Futures Forum ensured that the demographer Bernard Salt, who is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading social commentators, was able to provide the keynote address. The futurist and author encouraged a ‘festival of enterprise’ mentality where entrepreneurs were encouraged, celebrated, admired and copied in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The other guest speakers were:
  • Joanne Jacobs, managing partner of the Disrupters Handbook, who spoke about digital innovation and enterprise
  • Christopher Saunders from Renew Newcastle, who shed light on how to enable growth in the City
  • Elaine Carbine, chief executive of the Geelong Alliance, who delved into economic prosperity
  • Scott Lang, Director of UDLA, who talked about people, community and place.
Over 300 people attended both Futures Forum events with about 170 participants joining the conversation at the forum by using the interactive App. The App enabled attendees to add their ideas and feedback to the collective discussion during the forum and increased engagement by adding a local perspective to presentations. The ideas, feedback and comments collected during the forum will contribute to the Growth Plan for Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Building Your Community

Participants from as far away as Wiluna, Laverton, Leonora and Menzies attended the Community Building workshop delivered by RDA Goldfields Esperance in Kalgoorlie on 20th May.
The one day training workshop provided an exclusive opportunity for those attending to learn about the emerging field of Asset Based Community Development philosophies and methodologies. The dymanic workshop facilitator, Jim Diers, who is the founding director of the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighbourhood, asked participants how they could use their projects to reach out to the whole community.
Those who attended the workshop were given a new way of looking at their communities and the assets within. Participants were asked to shift their mindset from needs and deficiencies, to assets and capacities; were shown how to map, connect and celebrate the diverse range of assets within their communities; and were encouraged to harness those assets for action that can enhance places and strengthen communities.
RDA Goldfields Esperance hopes to bring Jim back to the region to conduct another workshop later in 2016.

Working in Partnership

Working in Partnership (WIP) is an initiative of the Department of Industry, Innovation & Science that aims to support and encourage cultural change in relations between the mining industry and Indigenous communities through the establishment of mutually beneficial and effective partnerships.
The Goldfields-Esperance Working in Partnership workshop was held in Kalgoorlie on the 25 & 26 May 2016, and was attended by more than 55 participants from across the Goldfields Esperance region. Representatives from as far away as Wiluna, Laverton, Menzies, Coolgardie and Esperance, came to share and contribute ideas, information and solutions.
RDA Goldfields Esperance assisted in facilitating the workshop, which provided a comfortable environment for stakeholders to discuss issues, challenges and opportunities for their organisations and/or businesses. The broad aims of the workshop were to:
  • share information and highlight issues, ideas and good practice initiatives from across the Goldfield Esperance region
  • assist in the development of local partnerships to drive initiatives, innovation and efforts in addressing issues affecting local Aboriginal communities.
Over the two days, workshop participants were encouraged to network with other stakeholders to gain a better understanding of their respective organisations and roles. Participants agreed that the range of presentations provided an insight into the issues that impact on Aboriginal community development and highlighted ways to increase business and employment opportunities across the Goldfields-Esperance region.

Sounds of the Goldfields

RDA Goldfields Esperance was a key supporter of the Sounds of the Goldfields project, which culminated in an uplifting concert at the Goldfields Arts Centre in Kalgoorlie on Saturday 28 May. The concert marked the official launch of the Sounds of the Goldfields compilation album which highlights the rich vein of music talent in the Goldfields. The concert featured live performances from nine of the ten diverse artists on the CD, plus special guests Eskimo Joe who played an acoustic set.
Sounds of the Goldfields project coordinator Nigel Bird said that regional WA has an outstanding array of songwriters and musicians. The Goldfields artists on the CD cover everything from country to indie rock, hip hop, rock and roll, blues and roots, electro-pop and gospel. West Australian Music (WAM) will be promoting the CD to ensure the tracks are played by radio stations across Australia. The launch of the album will also mean more support for local original music and more air-play of material by Goldfields musicians.

Women’s Leadership Forum

RDA Goldfields Esperance is a key sponsor of the inaugural Women’s Leadership Forum which will be held in Kalgoorlie on Saturday 30 July 2016. Guest speakers will include: Turia Pitt, Kyra Bonney, Nicolle Jenkins and the Hon. Liza Harvey MLA. The forum will be emceed by Kitty Prodonovish and feature local speakers such as Dahpne Hahn, Fleur McDonald, Alicia Verbeeten and Chelsea Hunter.
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Make a Film for SEGRA

Registrations are open for the 2016 Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) Conference which will be held in Albany on 26-28 October. The Conference theme of Naturally Stronger Regions: Realising the Potential will focus on factors that enable regions to transform their natural assets and drive growth.
Communities have an opportunity to enter a 90 second film highlighting who or what makes their community naturally stronger and why. Shortlisted films will be shown at SEGRA with the winner announced at the Conference. A first prize of $1000 and a runner-up prize of $500 will be awarded. Films must be submitted by 30 September 2016.
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For more information please contact:
Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance
171 Piccadilly Street, PO Box 10331, Kalgoorlie WA 6433
Phone: (08) 9091 6051 | Fax: (08) 9022 9151

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