BBAMZ is a subcommittee of Regional Development Tasmania (RDA), which is a partnership between the Australian, state and territory, and local governments to support the growth and development of Australia’s regions. RDA Tasmania is a not-for-profit organisation. The BBAMZ subcommittee includes representatives from more than a dozen precinct businesses which are financial members of BBAMZ, as well as representation from George Town Council, George Town Chamber of Commerce, Launceston City Council, TasPorts, TasRail, RDA Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government’s Department of State Growth Coordinator-General’s office. There is also a place reserved for a community representative on the subcommittee.

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“One of the success factors of the BBAMZ is that it is private sector led, and supported by government (State and local). It is not the private sector saying ‘government has to solve our problems”
Craig Perkins, RDA – Tasmania CEO

The BBAMZ subcommittee is chaired by Leigh Darcy, principal adviser Energy and Power Supply, Bell Bay Aluminium. Leigh was appointed as chair in May, 2018.

In 2017, RDA Tasmania employed Susie Bower as project officer for BBAMZ. This part-time position is funded through the membership base, George Town Council and the Tasmanian Government.

In 2018 BBAMZ was instrumental in establishing a group training organisation in George Town, as well as coordinating a Commonwealth funded employment trial for long-term unemployed. Planning for a jobs fair in the region is also underway. BBAMZ has also developed a comprehensive brand strategy to market the region, economically and socially.

From mid-2017 to October 2018, BBAMZ members reported a joint increase of 67 full-time equivalent positions within their businesses. With results such as this, BBAMZ is proud of its contribution to economic development in the region.

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