Remote Area Boards (RABs) undertake regional development activities in remote regions of Queensland. RABs bring together key economic development stakeholders to provide a single voice on strategic issues, and act as a forum for the community to decide on economic priorities and advocate for those priorities.
The department is providing $1 million (GST exclusive) funding for the period July 2016 to June 2018 to support delivery of economic development projects, services and activities in remote regional communities.
The funding is used by RABs to fill the gaps—usually either at the broad level such as long-term economic development plans, or at the very specific level where a capability gap exists (such as working with Indigenous communities to identify business opportunities for further development).
There are five RABs:
- Cape York Sustainable Futures (CYSF)
- Gulf Savannah Development (GSD)
- Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Development Zone (MITEZ)
- Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD)
- South West Regional Economic Development (SWRED)
Local government areas represented by Remote Area Boards.