What we do
Our focus is on creating a strong, confident and vibrant Kimberley region.
Working in close partnership all levels of government and the private sector we:
Collaborate with relevant stakeholders to identify economic opportunities and leverage private and public sector investment
businesses, councils and industry sectors with international trade partners, financial
markets and potential investors
Promote and disseminates information on Australian Government policies and grant programs to state and local governments and industry, business and community sectors
Support community stakeholders to develop project proposals to access funding.
Develop and maintain positive working relationships with the local government bodies in the Kimberley.
Facilitate public and private sector decentralisation.
Assist in the delivery of Australian Government programs, where relevant and where requested by the Minister.
Engage with regional entrepreneurs and emerging business leaders to explore new opportunities to grow local jobs.
Provide information on the Kimberley regions activities and competitive advantages to all levels of government, industry, business and community sectors.
RDA Kimberley is guided by eight committee members representative of the community, local and state government, appointed by the Minister for Regional Development and Infrastructure.
The Committee has an active and facilitative role in our community and a clear focus on growing a strong and confident Kimberley regional economy that harnesses our competitive advantages, seizes on economic opportunity and attracts investment.
Elsia Archer OAM
Well known Derby resident Elsia Archer OAM is a Justice of the Peace and served on the Shire of Derby West Kimberley Council for 28 years – 18 as Shire President. Elsia has served on many Kimberley, state and national committees and boards across a wide range of industries as well as being RDAK Deputy Chair prior to her appointment as Chair.
Peter lives and works in Kununurra and is the Area Manager for Project Sea Dragon. Peter previously worked as Director for Major Projects, Department of Regional Development and Primary Industry and as CEO for the Shires of Wyndham East Kimberley and Moora.
Living in the Kimberley since 1986 Garry has a background in education –working in Looma, Derby and Broome
as well as for Notre Dame University and Panoramic Resources in the East Kimberley. Most recently he was the WAEC, Returning Officer for the Kimberley.
Susan Bradley OAM
A Kimberley resident for over 40 years, Susan is the Manager of Dunkeld Pastoral Company’s pastoral properties, Doongan and Theda in the north Kimberley. Susan has served on numerous Kimberley organisations as a committee member, chair, director and councillor over several decades.
Susan has an extensive background in housing, youth, land and welfare and has long been an advocate for Aboriginal people across the state, holding a series of advisory positions at local and state levels. Susan is the CEO of Winun Ngari Aboriginal Corporation providing services to communities across the West Kimberley.
Lynette arrived in Halls Creek as an Australian Inland Mission nurse around 30 years ago and has since worked as a nurse, hospital administrator and pastoralist. Lynette has been an active member of various projects and community associations including the Isolated Children’s Parents Association and has served as the Shire of Halls Creek President.
Broome based, Jodie has a background in education, politics and the energy sector. She is currently Retail & Community Manager with Horizon Power and chairs the Kimberley Ports Authority and Community Consultative Committee. Jodie is a Life Member of the Broome Surf Life Saving Club.
Michele is a long-term resident of the Kimberley and was involved in Local Government as a Shire Councillor for seven and a half years, during three of which she held the position of Shire President of the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley. She has extensive experience in strategic and regional planning and has held several regional positions including chair of the RDA Kimberley, board member of Kimberley Development Commission, Vice chair of the East Kimberley Chamber of Commerce and board member of Kimberley TAFE.
Danelle moved to the Kimberley in 2003 and has a vast understanding and great love of the region. She holds a Diploma Business (Gov) and has an strong background in tourism and economic development with a demonstrated history in marketing, communications, and project development. With a focus on training and education, investment, and business development, she is passionate about creating regional development opportunities that will benefit the whole community.
Kim moved to the Kimberley in 2016 and has over ten years’ experience working in the tourism sector practicing across a variety of settings. Passionate about what the Kimberley has to offer, she holds a Bachelors Degree in Business and brings highly developed business skills including developing new business, creating and driving business and marketing plans, writing award submissions and revenue analysis.
RDA Kimberley plays an active role in supporting our regional community and businesses to apply for State and Federal funding and accessing information on local government funding opportunities.
Find a Grant
At RDA Kimberley, we provide advice and assistance on grants and funding opportunities that your organisation or business located in the Kimberley region may be eligible for.
We have developed several resources to help you understand how to best prepare a successful grant application for your organisation or project.