Regional Development Australia - Wheatbelt
An Australian Government Initiative

RDA Wheatbelt - Enterprising Communities Program

RDA Wheatbelt - Enterprising Communities Initiative Receives Lotterywest Funding of $86,804 towards a total project of $143,881.

The Enterprising Communities program aims to encourage Wheatbelt communities to develop community enterprises and community driven funding options for the enterprises. The objective of the program is to encourage a culture of community enterprise development and innovation, working towards cohesiveness and self-reliance within communities and the broader region.

By showcasing a range of successful community enterprises and in particular, their community motivation, organisation, and management and how this translated to successful outcomes we hope to inspire some copycat activity! Delivery of the program will involve the provision of films of two successful community enterprise examples in regional WA along with four other examples drawn under licence from the ABC BackRoads and Landline programs to be used in promoting the concept in regional locations. The program will be delivered via film events with follow up facilitated community meetings.

24 Wheatbelt communities within the Shires of Brookton, Bruce Rock, Cuballing, Cunderdin, Dowerin, Goomalling, Lake Grace, Pingelly, Tammin, Wagin, Wandering, West Arthur, Wickepin, Williams and Wongan Hills will benefit from the Lotterywest grant.

This program will raise awareness of innovative local economic development opportunities independent of Gov’t funding and encourage communities to be inspired to invest in themselves. For example, in the Kulin Shire the Kulin Bush Races have contributed almost $ 1 million to community projects since their inception in 1995. Ultimately the overarching objective is to increase economic development and small town sustainability within the region.

In facilitating the program RDA Wheatbelt conducted a crowd funding initiative and with the financial support of another nine RDAs across three states raised funds to complete one film on Nyabing and have nearly sufficient funding to complete a second film in the spring of 2016, in Kulin. To fund the small film shortfall and the community film nights and meetings across the Wheatbelt, RDA Wheatbelt submitted a funding application to Lotterywest. The positive outcome ensures this valuable program can be delivered in 2017 to those communities that completed the EOI to support the application.

For more information contact admin@rdawheatbelt.com.au or Tel: 9575 1888