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SEQ in the Asian Century report

Joint SEQ RDA project positions region for new Asian Century

Coordinators for an initiative involving the seven RDAs in South-East Queensland and hosted by RDA Brisbane have developed an SEQ Regional Development Framework as a first step in positioning the region for the new 'Asian Century'.

The South-East Queensland Regional Development Initiative, coordinated by Tracy Scott-Rimington and Michael Lockwood, has identified six themes under the new development framework:

  • Smart Manufacturing Specialisations
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Digital Capacit
  • Regional Indicators
  • Human Capital
  • Cross Border Projects

The themes (and related goals) will help position the South-East Queensland region to seize emerging opportunities as outlined in the Asian Century White Paper. The themes also the address the key determinants of long-term regional economic growth identified by the COAG Standing Council on Regional Australia in 2012.

The SEQ Coordinators are now conducting a series of stakeholder workshops to help develop consortia delivery strategies for the six key themes. They'll then broker consortia actions and joint projects with cross-regional benefits, including working with RDAs in northern NSW. The Coordinators will also represent the interests of SEQ RDAs – Brisbane, Logan & Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, Ipswich & West Moreton and Darling Downs & South West – in SEQ planning processes across all levels of government during the life of the project.

RDA Brisbane is the host RDA for the project, which is overseen by the SEQ Coordinator Steering Committee chaired by Professor Max Standage, Chair of RDA Sunshine Coast, and of which RDA Brisbane EO Margaret Blade is Secretary.

The project is expected to be completed by August 2013. For more information contact Tracy Scott-Rimington on 0433 346 344 or

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