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Wimmera Development Association (WDA) is the peak economic development organisation for the Wimmera Southern-Mallee region supporting existing local businesses, and promoting economic development opportunities to investors.
WDA is a vital link between industry and government; lobbying for improved regional infrastructure, and advocating for regional priority issues. Wimmera Development Association is fortunate to have ACE Radio Broadcasters as a valued patron, and the generous support of GWMWater.

Murra Warra Wind Farm Community Grants Program

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A NEW community grants fund opens for applications next month.   

The Murra Warra Wind Farm 1 Sustainable Community Grants Fund will provide financial support to promote social and environmental sustainability initiatives for the benefit of communities within the Horsham Rural City, Hindmarsh and Yarriambiack shire councils.  

It is part of the wind farm’s community investment program.  

Wimmera Development Association project manager Vernetta Taylor said $55,000 was available across the three municipalities. Not-for-profit groups or organisations can apply for small grants of up to $5000 or large grants of up to $20,000.  

“The fund aims to provide an opportunity for community groups and organisations to develop innovative and sustainable environmental projects; and to provide an opportunity for improved health and education across the community by developing long-term partnerships and cohesive community projects,” Vernetta Taylor said.  

“It also aims to strengthen community connections and social wellbeing in developing projects focusing on long-term sustainability; to develop projects that enhance and encourage healthy and active communities; and to develop projects which enhance cultural diversity, creative community activities and projects.”  

Applications open on March 1 and close at 5pm on April 12.  

Applications forms are available via www.murrawarrawindfarm.com or www.wda.org.au  

Hard copy application forms are available on request.  

For more information please phone Vernetta Taylor on 0419 114 274.




Fit for Business Retail Skills Webinar Series

Wimmera Development Association and the Wimmera Business Centre with support from the Victorian State Government

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The Retail Doctor - Retrain for the Retail Revolution Webinar Series

This regionally focussed webinar series will include;

  • Managing inventory to sales forecasts
  • Driving worth/value for your business
  • Understanding your numbers, cashflow and margins
  • Understanding who you customer is
  • Training and coaching staff

and discuss how to build your local market brand including web and social media, merchandising (windows and instore) displays, a more valuable business and your point of difference.


  • Session 1 - 10 March 8-9am
  • Session 2 - 17 March 8-9am
  • Session 3 - 24 March 8-9am
  • Session 4 - 31 March 8-9am


  • Session 5 - 21 April 8-9am
  • Session 6 - 28 April 8-9am
  • Session 7 - 5 May 8-9am

For further information contact Vernetta Taylor 0419 114 274 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CLICK HERE to go to our bookings page

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Fostering local leadership

2021 BLG Roses Gap a


February 23, 2021

LEADERSHIP Wimmera’s 2021 flagship programs have officially begun. 

More than 30 Wimmera Southern Mallee people will take on formal and experiential learning opportunities across the next 10 months – learning more about themselves, others and the region and unlocking new avenues to provide leadership and contribute effectively andpositivelyin their workplace, community and personal lives. 

Eighteen people have accepted an offer to complete Leadership Wimmera’s Business Leaders program, designed for people who own or run a business, lead a team and have influence in their workplace. They spent the weekend at Roses Gap on an opening retreat. 

A further 1people will complete the Regional Skills program, designed for people wanting to build skills to enhance participation in workplace, community and personal arenas. Participants apply their learnings through development of a community project as part of their program year. The group’s retreat was delayed due to the COVID-19 Circuit-Breaker Lockdown and was scheduled to March. 

Leadership Wimmera program manager Jessica Grimble said 20 Wimmera Southern Mallee workplaces, and many more community groups, were represented among this year’s cohort.

“Leadership Wimmera offers this region a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth, in a local setting and with like-minded locals who become an important network during and after programs,” she said. 

“Our flagship community leadership programs have very strong support from many local businesses and organisations, who recognise an opportunity to invest in their people and grow and develop skills locally. 

“Including discussion and education about regional challenges and opportunities, along with more program days, are exciting additions to our long-running programs this year

Then, through the Leadership Wimmera Graduate Network, people and businesses can seek specific skills and advice that will apply to businesses or community groups – or everyday life. Last year these initiatives ranged from best practice community engagement and change management, to building resilience in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, to sought-after governance courses with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.” 

Ms Grimble welcomed confirmation that the Victorian government would continue supporting community leadership programs in 2021. 

“The state government’s support helps Leadership Wimmera to offer subsidised opportunities for people to participate in a range of opportunities that will boost their knowledge of community leadership – including our year-long program and other initiatives to support local leaders and learning locally,” she said. 

Major sponsor ACE Radio will continue its sponsorship of Leadership Wimmera. 

Financial and in-kind support from Leading Teams Australia, Agriculture Victoria, the Minerals Council of Australia, The Hugh Williamson Foundation, Robyn and Des Lardner, Wimmera Business Centre, Horsham Rotary Club and Wimmera Development Association enables individuals to participate in the program; and ensure Leadership Wimmera’s offerings are robust, timely and relevant. 

Leadership Wimmera began in 2002 and has supported the development of almost 600 emerging leaders in the Wimmera Southern Mallee through its flagship programs alone. 

Leading Teams will facilitate theprograms and Wimmera Development Association is the auspice organisation.

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