RDA Goldfields Esperance Newsletter - January to March 2016
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Ministerial Changes

The following Ministerial changes have occurred within the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development as a result of the recent retirement of the Hon. Warren Truss MP, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and Leader of the National Party.
The new Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development are:
  • Senator the Hon. Fiona Nash – Minister for Regional Development: Minister for Rural Health; Minister for Regional Communications; and, Deputy Leader of the National Party
  • The Hon. Darren Chester MP – Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
  • The Hon. Paul Fletcher MP – Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government.

Sounds of the Goldfields

Forty-five musical acts applied to West Australian Music (WAM) to have their songs recorded for the Sounds of the Goldfields project. Ten applicants were selected to record and showcase the outstanding talent spread throughout the Goldfields region, with the chosen applicants representing many musical genres, experience levels, communities and cultural backgrounds.
The artists selected were: The Picture Gardens (Laverton), Not Without My Band (Kalgoorlie/Laverton); The Brownley Gospel Singers (Kalgoorlie), Kado Muir (Leonora), Darren Forster (Kalgoorlie), Tiahn Dillon (Kalgoorlie), The Desert All Stars (Tjuntjuntjarra), Ruben Wills (Kambalda), Marcus Maguire (Kalgoorlie) and Jennifer Renee (Kalgoorlie).
Nigel Bird and the sound recording team from WAM will be in Kalgoorlie for three weeks in March to record the chosen artists. Participants of Sounds of the Goldfields will also have the chance to perform in front of a live audience on 28th May when the CD will be launched. Sounds of the Goldfields is proudly supported by RDA Goldfields Esperance.

Over the Horizon 2016

RDA Goldfields Esperance was pleased to support the eighth annual Over the Horizon forum, held in Esperance on Thursday 10 March. The forum promotes what is happening in Esperance and the south-east section of the region - to businesses, members of the public and potential investors.
Kitty Prodonovich, Chair of the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) provided the keynote speech. Kitty provided attendees with an overview of the current trends and predictions for small business in WA and emphasised the importance of small businesses in regional communities, with 70 percent of jobs in WA generated by small to medium businesses.
Other companies and organisations that made presentations at the forum included: the Southern Ports Authority; Horizon Power; Independence Group; Mineral Resources; General Mining; Southern Pacific Fibre; the WA Fishing Industry Council; Lucky Bay Brewing; and, the Shires of Esperance and Ravensthorpe.
Tori Castledine, the Corporate Manager of the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry noted that living in a community with diverse economic drivers meant that, whilst some sectors of the business community are currently experiencing a downturn, there are several exciting projects coming up that will stimulate the local economy and support local businesses.

Project Planning Workshop

Thirty participants representing twenty-one organisations and community groups attended the Simple Steps to Project Planning workshop conducted in Kalgoorlie on Wednesday 16 March.
Representatives from community groups with creative ideas were among those who attended the workshop conducted by RDA Goldfields Esperance. The workshop presenter, Jodie Mortadza, gave training and tips to attendees who were planning an event or project and looking for grant funding.
The types of projects being developed by participants included: a multicultural festival; a book about the history of a local arts group; restoring railway carriages for community use; an visual arts revitalisation project; an event for drones; a music project for the Northern Goldfields; and, a health retreat for local women.

Getting Ready for Grants Workshop

RDA Goldfields Esperance will be conducting the Getting Ready for Grants workshop in Esperance.
The workshop will be held on:
Date:           Thursday 7 April
Time:           9.00 am to 1.00 pm
Venue:        Ocean Room, Esperance Bay Yacht Club.
To register, please email

Futures Forum for Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Kalgoorlie-Boulder is embarking on an exciting process aimed at securing a thriving economic future. The City is one of nine regional centres in Western Australia that will be developing a Growth Plan to support the growth of Kalgoorlie-Boulder as a sustainable, modern and competitive regional centre.
As part of the growth planning process, a Futures Forum will be held in Kalgoorlie on 3 & 4 May 2016. The objective of the Forum is to positively influence the future of the City in a way that reflects the needs and aspirations of local residents and businesses.
The Forum will provide an opportunity for all stakeholders to inspire a future that is sustainable, inclusive and prosperous. The key audience is the people who live and work in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the broader Goldfields region.
On the evening of Tuesday 3rd May, a free community evening event will take place at the WMC Conference Centre and on Wednesday 4th May, a full day forum will be held with a line-up of renowned speakers to inspire, ignite conversations and generate ideas about the future of our city. Futurist and demographer, Bernard Salt, will provide the keynote address.
RDA Goldfields Esperance is a key sponsor of this important event. Further information about registrations and the final program will be circulated soon.

Working in Partnership Workshop

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science through its Working in Partnership (WIP) initiative will soon be holding a workshop in Kalgoorlie.
The Working in Partnership workshop will focus on developing partnership-based local solutions for local and regional specific challenges faced in creating and growing businesses, employment opportunities and economic growth for Aboriginal communities through the mining and related industries in the Goldfields-Esperance region.
This is a must attend event for Aboriginal businesses and entrepreneurs and local industry seeking to include Aboriginal businesses in their supply chain.
Date:      Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 May 2016
Venue:    to be confirmed
Cost:       Free of charge
To register your interest or to find out more please email Jessica Bloomfield at: or call 02 6243 7343.

We Love KB

As part of the #Makethemove campaign, the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) asked communities to share examples of locally led initiatives that entice people to ‘live and stay in regional Australia’.
We Love KB, a business initiative created by Paula Fletcher, was featured on the RAI website as an example of a successful innovation project. We Love KB is a printed and digital map showcasing the businesses and community organisations that Kalgoorlie-Boulder has to offer.
Copy of the #Makethemove article

Regional Resource

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has released the latest Progress in Australian RegionsYearbook which provides a statistical resource that includes comparisons between the Goldfields Esperance region and other parts of the nation. The Yearbook helps us understand how we're progressing against economic, social, environmental and governance indicators. It brings together information from a range of sources and presents that data in a consistent format over time, using local government and sometimes RDA boundaries.

For organisations seeking reliable data to put forward business cases and funding submissions, the Yearbook is invaluable and can be downloaded by clicking on the button below:
Progress in Australian Regions - Yearbook

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