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(2) ERP develops policy and strategy on, and coordinates responses to, cross border and regional issues. Economic, environmental and community development considerations are factored into this work as required.

BID’s regional work focuses around the RDA ACT Priority Areas. These are:

supporting and encouraging innovation at all levels;

promoting regional relationships through economic development;

supporting community infrastructure; and

promoting social inclusion.

(3) It is estimated that regional issues involve the equivalent of one full-time equivalent position within ERP, although given the location of the ACT within the region, cross border and regional issues are often relevant across a wider spectrum of policies and initiatives.

It is estimated that servicing the Deed of Grant between RDA ACT and the ACT Government and managing other regional issues requires one full-time equivalent position within BID.

(4) With respect to regional issues, ERP carries out a range of activates including:

coordinating relations between NSW and the ACT on regional and cross border issues;

providing secretariat support to the Regional Leaders’ Forum;

providing advice on regional strategy and policy, including supporting my participation in the Regional Development Council and agency involvement in its sub committees; and

supporting me, as Chief Minister, and the Chief Executive in discussions with the NSW Government and local governments in the region.

With respect to regional issues, BID has responsibility for servicing the Deed of Grant between the ACT Government and RDA ACT under which the funding is provided. This involves:

attending monthly RDA ACT Committee meetings;

delivering on action items and responsibilities delegated to the ACT Government from Committee meetings;

coordinating EOI and selection process for the RDA ACT Committee and engaging with the Federal Government to ensure proper Corporate Governance.

Other relevant activities include:

communicating with the NSW State Government to coordinate regional development activities; and

promoting the ACT and surrounding region as a centre of excellence for Green Economic development.

(5) ERP has responsibility for:

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