RDAGE Events



Grant and Tender Writing Workshops

In February 2022 we worked together with Goldfields Esperance Development Commission to bring a series of workshops on Grant and Tender Writing to the region. For further information click here.



Goldfields Girl 2021

RDAGE were proud to sponsor the beautiful bouquets presented to some of the participants at the Goldfields Girl Showcase Event in December 2021. We are so proud to hear of their achievements and wish all the participants the best for their future.



Future Leaders Program Esperance Windup

We are so proud of our Future Leaders graduates in Esperance who celebrated their completion of the program at an event night where they were presented with memorabilia of the participation including an engraved pen and pen holders made by Cindy Poole Glass Gallery. We would like to thank our amazing Coordinator, Priscilla Davies, without whom the program would never have gotten underway. We would also like to thank the lecturer and staff at South Regional TAFE and the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry for all of their hard work in making the program such a success. We are excited that the Esperance Young Professionals network has now been established as an outcome of the program and look forward to supporting the professionals in the region through the future.



SEGRA 2021 - Kalgoorlie-Boulder, 16 - 18 November 2021

SEGRA (Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia) is Australia’s most credible, independent voice on issues affecting regional, rural and remote Australia. RDAGE are proud to be Gold Sponsors for this important national conference. View the Program here.

Australia’s premier conference on regional issues, is about assisting regional, rural and remote Australia to source and identify the techniques, skills and issues they need to address to achieve successful economic growth and development. The SEGRA conference, established in 1997, provides a unique opportunity for all sections of the Australian community (rural and urban) to explore the key issues affecting regional, rural and remote Australia and be part of providing positive sustainable outcomes to ensure future prosperity.

See our media release for further info.




ECCI Celebration Evening 2021

Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance were proud to sponsor the Innovation & Excellence Award at the 2021 Esperance Chamber of Commerce & Industry's Celebration Evening held on Saturday 30 October 2021. Raz Ion, Director of Regional Development, presented the Award to Cindy Poole of Cindy Poole Glass Gallery for her recycling work. Cindy has a vision around creating value through repurposing and recycling glass waste through a circular economy process.

Congratulations to Cindy, her fellow nominees Kim Maslin - Digital Technologies Educator, Lucky Bay Brewing, Cloud Eleven Coffee + Tea, South East Petroleum and indeed all of the nominees and winners of the evening.

It was a wonderful evening, we look forward to the next Celebration Evening in 2022.




KBCCI Goldfields Business Awards 2021

The KBCCI Goldfields Business Awards are a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate our local business community and its contribution to our region's econmy. We would like to again offer our congratulations to all of the Nominees and Winners, as well as to KBCCI for putting on a spectacular evening.

RDA Goldfields Esperance was particularly thrilled to sponsor the Business Person of the Year category again this year, in recognition of the importance of strong local leaders within our community. Congratulations to Tim Topham, who was awarded not only Business Person of the Year but also Business of the Year for Topdrill. 

We were also delighted to see so many representatives from the Future Leaders Program Goldfields cohort involved in the evening. If you'd like to know more please take a look at our summary here.




Welcome to the Region Wilson Tucker, MLC

Raz and Peta organised some tours and meetings for our newly elected Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region, the Honourable Wilson Tucker, MLC during his first official visit to the region in August 2021 including meeting with Our GEMS, the Shire of Menzies, a Superpit Tour, lunch at Beaten Track, a visit to the BMG Gaming Lounge and ending the day with a beautiful (but chilly) Golf Course Sunset.

We look forward to seeing you again soon!



Future Leaders Program Goldfields - Welcome Night

Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance, in partnership with KBCCI and Central Regional TAFE, welcomed the 20 successful participants along with their sponsors and potential mentors in an evening hosted at KBCCI. 



Coolgardie Rodeo & Ute Muster

The Coolgardie Rodeo and Ute Muster was held on Saturday 21 August 2021 in Coolgardie. The event, run by Outback Rodeos Inc, was a great success and a fun family day out. We can't wait for the next Rodeo Yee-haw!



Future Leaders Program Goldfields - Info Session

Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance worked in partnership with KBCCI and Central Regional TAFE to offer the Future Leaders Program to the Goldfields region, following the success of the Esperance program which launched earlier in the year. An Information Session was held on 27 July 2021 at TAFE with a great turnout.



Committee Meeting in Menzies

Our committee were hosted by the Shire of Menzies in July 2021.



Women's Leadership Forum

Presented by Evolution Mining, the 2021 Women's Leadership Forum was held on 16 July 2021. The annual forum celebrates women, provides strategies for career development and is a conduit for increased representation of female leadership in the Goldfields. The theme for 2021 was “Empower, Inspire, Nurture, Succeed!”



Curtin University Students - Commerce Study Tour - Kalgoorlie

A cohort of Curtin University students from a variety of disciplines travelled to Kalgoorlie-Boulder for a week where they were able to meet and engage with a number of community stakeholders, building their networks in the Kalgoorlie-Goldfields region.

The students were set a project brief by RDA Goldfields Esperance to research, prepare and present a Tourism Report at an Industry Evening. The evening also provided an opportunity for industry to showcase their business to the students. We were very impressed with some of the ideas generated by the students and look forward to seeing them back in our region soon!




2021 Goldfields Cyclassic & Community Fondo

Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance were proud to sponsor the 2021 Goldfields Cyclassic event as part of our mission to develop the economy for the benefit of those living, visiting and investing in the Goldfields Esperance Region.

Congratulations to the organisers, to everyone who took part in the event and a huge thank you to all the volunteers who help make the event happen. Deb Miles, the Event Coordinator, said "the atmosphere was amzaing with a tremendous community spirit and sportsmanship".

Raz Ion, our Director of Regional Development, attended the presentation ceremony on behalf of RDA Goldfields Esperance.




RDA National Forum

The Regional Development Australia (RDA) National Forum was held in Canberra in June 2021.

Lee Jacobsen, our Chairperson, and Raz Ion, our Director of Regional Development, were able to sort out their G2G passes and attend the conference where they caught up with, amongst others, Rick Wilson MP (pictured). Lee presented to the Forum on the challenges of attracting population and business to remote Australia, where she gave examples such as the lack of housing, cost of land and cost of wages in competing with the mining sector.



The Outback Way

Raz Ion, our new Director of Regional Development, spent his first weeks in the role touring the Outback Way visiting Menzies, Leonora and Laverton where he met with a variety of local stakeholders.



Esperance Jetty Grand Opening

On Sunday 28 March 2021 the new Esperance Jetty was officially opened. RDAGE were proud to support the building of the new jetty and enjoy fishing off it whenever we get the opportunity!



Future Leaders Program Esperance - Launch Night

In February 2021 Lee Jacobsen, Chairperson, attended the launch of the Future Leaders Program in Esperance. The launch was a mix of Mentors and Mentees for a workshop hosted by Happiness Co.



Goldfields Girl 2020

Lee Jacobsen, Chairperson, and Travis Tucker, Committee Member, attended the Goldfields Girl Showcase Event in December 2020. RDAGE were proud to sponsor the beautiful bouquets presented to some of the participants on the evening.



Asset Based Community Development Workshops Tour

Throughout November, RDA Goldfields Esperance an Our Gems WA partnered to bring Peter Kenyon, a "community enthusiast" from Bank of I.D.E.A.S., to the region where he presented his Asset Based Community Development and Engaging Community workshops in Esperance, Norseman and Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The workshops are designed to improve community development and engagement through the power of focusing on a town's assets, capacity and opportunities rather than focusing on needs, deficiencies and limitations. We think everyone who attended one of Peter's workshops took away some great ideas and a sense of positivity to strengthen our amazing regional community.

For anyone who attended, or missed out, there is a wealth of resources available on his website: www.bankofideas.com.au/resources.




What's Down the Track 2020

Almost the whole 2020 RDAGE Committee attended the 2020 What's Down the Track conference in November 2020. RDAGE partnered with KBCCI and Our Gems to sponsor Peter Kenyon from Bank of I.D.E.A.S. as the keynote speaker. We also prepared a hamper of regional produce as a prize to a very lucky winner.