A LIBERAL state government would increase core funding to Regional Development Australia (RDA) bodies from $1.4 million to $3 million.
The state's seven RDAs currently receive up to $200,000 a year from the state government's Regional Development Fund with a further $1.6 million available for regional projects on a competitive basis through the Creating Competitive Regions funding stream
The Liberal Party has promised to increase core funding to $400,000 a year if elected at the March state election but is yet to make an announcement about the future of the Creating Competitive Regions fund.
Opposition regional development spokesperson Steven Griffiths said the $3 million core funding announced this week was a long-term, yearly commitment
Mr Griffiths said RDAs had been struggling to retain staff because of uncertainty over funding since the government cut funding from $4.1 million to $1.4 million last year.
"The RDAs have done good work and we want them to be able to continue to do good work," he said.