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Markets RDA Central West NSW
Julia Andrews Executive Officer RDA Central West

Message from the Executive Officer – Julia Andrews

Having just returned from a highly productive work trip to China investigating E-commerce pathways and opportunities for our regional SMEs (watch this space – a detailed toolkit and free masterclass will be held on this subject in March 2018! Register interest here), I have to say, there is no place like home! China is an exciting culture and economy, but our significant comparative advantage here in regional NSW, and indeed across Australia, is our quality of lifestyle, our ample space and our clean, green environment. We have much to learn and gain from China, especially in the brave new world of E-Commerce, but we also have much to offer. (more…)


Export Development Grants

The Export Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is an Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters, administered by Austrade.

The Scheme reimburses up to 50 percent of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided the total expenses are at least $15,000. Applicants can receive up to eight grants each.  (more…)

Food Waste

Reducing Food Waste Grants

Love Food Hate Waste grants, worth a total of $1.6 million are now open in the fifth Round of funding managed by the NSW Environmental Protection Authority. The grants are targeted at delivering projects that help households and businesses reduce the amount of edible food they waste. (more…)

Regional Conferencing

NSW Regional Conferencing Grants

The Regional Conferencing Development Grants Pilot Program is designed to assist stakeholders to create new business events to be staged in regional NSW and/or attract existing business events to regional NSW locations.

Funding up to a maximum of $100,000 per event is available through Destination NSW, to be matched dollar for dollar by local communities, entrepreneurs, associations and professional conference organisers. (more…)


Regional Wellbeing Survey

The Regional Wellbeing Survey, conducted annually by the University of Canberra, is one of the most comprehensive surveys of wellbeing of residents living in Australia’s rural and regional areas.

The results of the survey enable the provision of insights that support the development of strategies to build wellbeing, resilience and adaptive capacity in rural and regional Australia.  (more…)