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Markets RDA Central West NSW
Julia Andrews

Message from the Executive Officer – Julia Andrews

It is exciting times here in Central West NSW with the launch of the new Global Ag-Tech Ecosystem (GATE) hub in Orange this month – a collaborative research and technology site specifically designed to cultivate and develop ag-tech ideas.

The Orange Agricultural Institute will be redeveloped to accommodate the new Ag-tech accelerator SparkLabs Cultiv8 which will be funded by Asian venture capital giant SparkLabs and supported by the NSW Department of Primary Industries. (more…)

DPI- Rural Assistance Authority

Drought Assistance Concessional Loans

T he Farm Business Concessional Loan Scheme 2017 -2018 has opened for applications with $20 million is being provided through the NSW Rural Assistance Authority.

Drought Assistance Concessional Loans are available to assist eligible farm businesses in NSW that have experienced significant financial impacts as a result of drought to continue to operate through drought conditions, recover once the season breaks and prepare for future droughts. (more…)

Networking Event

Agribuzz Networking Event

The Farm Writers’ Association of NSW is holding an upcoming Agribuzz networking event on 5th October 2017 in Orange.

Agribuzz is a smart-casual event that facilitates professional networking and provides career development opportunities in an intimate, relaxed atmosphere.   (more…)

Parkes Rail

Business Cases for Faster Rail

The Australian Government has committed $20 million towards the development of business cases for faster and improved rail connections between our cities and surrounding regional areas.

Business cases are expected to investigate options for faster travel times, rail upgrades and new infrastructure.  (more…)

Interim Satellite Service switch off, nbn

nbn SkyMuster Data Increases

The Australian Government has announced that from early October 2017, nbn SkyMuster satellite users can receive 50% more data at peaks times and double data during off-peak times.

In order to take advantage of these data increases, households and businesses can contact their preferred internet retail provider to review their plan or sign up for a service. (more…)

Rural Women

Rural Women’s Award 2018

Applications are now open for the 2018 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award, Australia’s leading award acknowledging and supporting the essential role women play in rural industries, businesses and communities. 

The award is open to all women involved in rural industries, rural and regional businesses and rural and regional communities. (more…)