The Hon Nola Marino MP

Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories
Federal Member for Forrest



The Australian Government commends the outstanding work of RDA Tropical North in supporting the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Led by Chair Mr David Kempton, RDA Tropical North’s engagement with their community, businesses and all levels of Government has been vital in identifying emerging issues throughout the crisis and opportunities for the recovery phase.

This work is important to managing impacts and ensuring communities and businesses are able to get back on their feet as quickly as possible. Key activities being undertaken by RDA Tropical North include:

• Developing an economic recovery and reconstruction strategy, which focuses on stimulating the region’s tourism, small business, education and agricultural sectors;

• Collaborating with stakeholders and governments to assist development of the Cairns Pathway to Recovery from COVID-19 strategy;

• Engaging with stakeholders, and conducing a survey to determine the impacts of the pandemic and the Government’s stimulus packages and providing this information to policymakers; and

• Regularly disseminating information regarding grants, funding, health notifications and other topics through social media, electronic communications and a designated web page.

Regional Development Australia Committees (RDAs) have played and continue to play an important role in delivering sustainable infrastructure and services to their region. These Committees deliver important work in consulting with communities, promoting and participating in regional initiatives, and providing information and advice on their region to all levels of Government.

Since late March I have been holding regular teleconferences with RDA representatives three times a week. These conversations provided first-hand insights into how local communities are coping, and the impact and effectiveness of Government response measures. This local intelligence is provided directly to Government ministers and agencies to inform policymaking.

I want to thank the RDA Tropical North committee members and staff for their work in driving positive change in your local communities.

If you would like to learn more about how RDA Tropical North is able to assist you, visit its website at

Further information about the RDA program is available at

The Hon Nola Marino MP
Parliament House Canberra |(02) 6277 4293 |
PO Box 2028 BUNBURY WA 6231