Media Release: RDA Yorke and Mid North Supporting Communities During COVID-19




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 Yorke and Mid North in supporting the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Led by Chair Mr William Vandepeer, RDA Yorke and Mid 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 Yorke and Mid North include:

  •  Launching additional workforce activities to service more than 250 individuals who have been displaced by the pandemic;
  • Working with eight major projects, which were well advanced before the pandemic, to achieve financial closure and commencement;
  •  Promoting ‘buy local’ campaigns through use of the RDA’s database of over 8,000 stakeholders and through the development of ‘Yorke Peninsula Shopping’, a buy local e-commerce platform; and
  •  Increasing tourism marketing and product development, including coordination of five new experiences across a new national park precinct in the Southern Flinders.

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 Yorke and Mid 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 Yorke and Mid 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