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RDA Sydney Committee Members
RDA Sydney Chair Dr Robert Lang welcomes the appointment of twelve new members to the RDA Sydney Committee. The new Members are:
  • Dr Jim Taggart (Deputy Chair)
  • Paul Tosi (Local Government)
  • Frank Gelonesi (Economics)
  • Gerry O’Sullivan (Adult Vocational Education and Workplace/Corporate Training)
  • Jonathon Wolfe (Start Up and Fast Growth Businesses)
  • Narelle Kennedy (Innovation, Manufacturing, Entrepreneurship and Regions)
  • Barry Alchin (New Age Manufacturing)
  • Tony Higgins (Property Development Industry)
  • Ross Fowler (Local Government & Professional Business Services)
  • Jan Murrell (Planning)
  • Karin Bishop (Journalist, State & Local Government Policy)
  • Charlotte Stanfield (Transport Infrastructure)
Dr Lang and his Deputy Chair Dr Taggart will be convening round table discussions with industry and government leaders across Sydney in the coming months.
RDA Sydney Strategic Goals
The Committee participated in a strategic planning session and developed the following four strategic goals for 2016 -2018 for RDA Sydney:
  1. Nurture innovation and industry development to get the right jobs in the right places.
  2. Seek to influence government policy to make Sydney a liveable city with affordable housing, amenity and improved well-being and social equity.
  3. Develop and promote ‘Whole of Metropolitan Sydney’ integrated planning capacity and tools.
  4. Develop RDA Sydney’s organisational capacity to deliver successful outcomes through partnerships.
Click to view RDA Sydney's Economic Baseline Assessment

Protecting Agricultural Land
in Peri Urban Areas

The Sydney Agriculture Strategic Approaches (SASA) working group is a partnership of state and local governments and institutions, formed in 2014 by RDA Sydney and the Department of Primary Industries to ensure agricultural development options in the Sydney basin are recognised and strategically planned.

What Manufacturers Want

Competition from imported, unregulated, cheaper products is challenging the sustainability of Australian manufacturing, according to the manufacturers that attended five focus groups held across Sydney. Forty one manufacturers had an opportunity to share experiences, the challenges they encounter on a daily basis and the types of information and assistance they need.

A Portal for Manufacturers

RDA Sydney has been working with Manufacturing Skills Australia and a number of stakeholders to explore opportunities to develop a one-stop shop for manufacturers to connect with the right service, program or research organization through a digital web-based platform, that aggregates fragmented and disparate information into one single site.

SADIG welcomes new ARC Grants
for research at UNSW
in Advanced Composite Structures 

The Sydney  Aerospace Defence Interest Group (SADIG), established by RDA Sydney, has welcomed the latest round of federal government funding for industry-linked research projects and a centre to transform Australia's high-performance manufacturing sector.

Shared Home Ownership Working Group Expands its Membership

While other States and Territories have funded shared home ownership schemes, so far the NSW Government has been resistant to do so, due to bad experiences in the past. The Shared Home Ownership Working Group was formed to promote these schemes as part of a broader housing affordability strategy.

A Seminar on Shared Home Ownership

We invite you to attend a Shared Homeownership seminar to take place on 18th July at 9.30am at the NSW Business Chamber, Level 12, 100 George Street, Parramatta. Please contact Olga Yoldi on or 0411 604 270

Smart Innovation Centre
in Western Sydney

The NSW Government announced the formation of a Smart Innovation Centre in Western Sydney. Announced on 18th April 2016, this Centre will be a research and development hub for emerging transport and road technology. It will bring together industry, investors, researchers, government agencies, vehicle manufacturers, technology providers and data analysts to maximise opportunities.
For more information contact Mark Wigley on or 0411 558 205.

Recent Grant and Policy Amendments

The Federal Government has announced the Incubator Support Programme initiative under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.
This programme will commence from 1 July 2016. The Incubator Support Programme will offer competitive matched funding to:
  • support development of new incubators and accelerators in regions or sectoral areas with high innovation potential
  • boost the effectiveness of high performing incubators including support to expand their services and engage a Commercialisation Adviser to help them access other government services and programmes
  • coordinate and promote support for entrepreneurs and startups through the Australian Innovation Network—an online portal will help entrepreneurs to access information on startup support opportunities, activities and events across Australia.
For more information please contact Mark Wigley on or 0411 558 205.
Click to view RDA Sydney's Latest Grants

Easier to Access Crowd Funding

Crowd-sourced Equity Funding is a new fundraising approach that:
  • Allows entrepreneurs to raise funds — up to $5 million per year — from a large number of individuals in return for equity in their company
  • Gives companies, that become a public company access to CSEF, a five year exemption from the normal reporting and disclosure requirements that apply to public companies.
For other initiatives under the National Innovation and Science Agenda click here.

For more information contact Mark Wigley  on or 0411 558 205. 

The NSW Government’s Green Globe Awards are the leading environmental recognition program, celebrating excellence, leadership and innovation in sustainability.

The Green Globe Awards celebrate the work of organisations and individuals who are leading the way in making NSW a place where people and nature thrive.

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For more information please contact Mark Wigley on or 0411 558 205.

VIVID Sydney

Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring an outdoor 'gallery' of extraordinary lighting sculptures, a cutting-edge contemporary music program, some of the world's most important creative industry forums and, of course, the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails. VIVID Sydney is lighting up our city until 18th June 2016.
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