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Markets RDA Central West NSW

Media Release: New Report Identifies Current and Future Skills Gaps in Agriculture

Agricultural Innnovation Skills Analysis ReportA report commissioned by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Central West has identified a range of skills gaps considered of high importance for the current and future competitiveness of agricultural small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in Central West NSW.

With a contribution to Gross Regional Product (GRP) of $709 million, agriculture is the third largest industry in the NSW Central West economy. A total of 5,100 businesses actively trade in agriculture, representing the majority of all business in the region. Read more ..

Message from the Executive Officer – Peter McMillan

Peter McMillan RDA Central WestOne of the most enjoyable aspects of working in regional development is the opportunity to meet with a range of entrepreneurs and businesses and discuss the exciting plans they have to start, expand or relocate a business in the Central West region.

It is vitally important that communities have the right capabilities and conditions to encourage new business development, start-ups, innovation and growth. This is especially the case in regional communities, many of which are dependent on one or two significant industries (or employers) for their economic prosperity. Read more ..

Collaborative Farming Workshops

Collaborative Farming Workshop Bathurst Wholefood Co-operative, supported by NSW Department of Industry, are holding two events to help small enterprise farmers become more productive and to market what they produce.

The two 1-day events hear from local experts using collaborative and cooperative business practices, on finding and nurturing local markets, on energy, labour, other farming inputs and more. Read more ..

Digital Marketing Masterclass

Digital Marketing MasterclassBusinesses, organisations and individuals are invited to this FREE 3 hour workshop on Digital Marketing and Social Media, delivered by CSU’s CenWest Innovate program and supported by Bathurst Regional Council.

The workshop will cover ways to integrate offline and online tactical plans, engagement and data analysis, content fit and audience need and more. Read more ..

2017 NAIDOC Grants Funding

NAIDOC WeekFunding is available under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) Culture and Capability Programme to help communities to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2017.

The NAIDOC local grant funding round is now open and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet  invites eligible applicants to submit applications for funding.

The NAIDOC grant funding round aims to support activities being held during NAIDOC Week 2017 (2-9 July) that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, achievements and continuing contributions to our country and society. Read more ..

Regional Work Placement Program

PACE ProgramMacquarie University’s PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) program provides opportunities for partner organisations in the region to host capable and work-ready students  (in-situ or via distance), as well as connect with  academics form the University. 

Local businesses and organisations in the Central West can become a partner of the PACE program, aimed at developing well rounded graduates who have developed the attributes, skills and knowledge that our workforce needs as well as introducing young professionals to regional communities.  Read more ..

2017 Regional Environment Conference

Regional Environment Conference 2017This conference is jointly hosted by the Nature Conservation Council (NCC) and Lithgow Environment Group and will be held at the Lithgow Uniting Church on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4. Including a full day program on the Saturday, a conference dinner on the Saturday night and two optional field trips and a lunch on the Sunday.

NCC are also hosting a FREE training day for member groups on Friday before the conference. Read more ..

Shaping Our Futures Together – 2 Day Workshop

Rural Women's NetworkNSW Department of Primary Industries are hosting a FREE workshop designed for women living in regional, rural and remote NSW to develop their self-esteem, goal setting, leadership, networking and communication skills.

Held on Thurs 27 April & Friday 28 April 2017 from 9am till 4pm at the Condo Ag Research Station, Fifield Road, Condobolin

Optional dinner on Thurs 27 April 6.30pm at the Condobolin Motor Inn Read more ..

Central West Business Summit 2017

Central West Business SummitWant to grow your business in one day?

The Central West Business Summit will be held on Tuesday 30 May 2017, 9am till 5pm at the Pit Complex Mount Panorama, Bathurst. This year the Summit will focus on Strategy and Sales.

This is an event for innovative business leaders and forward thinking organisations to come together to discuss the big issues impacting regional businesses. Read more ..

Investing in Women Funding Program

Investing in Women Funding ProgramLocal councils, not-for-profit organisations, industry bodies, community groups and other NSW Government Agencies are invited to apply for their share of $200,000 in NSW Government funding, administered by Women NSW, to implement projects that support the economic empowerment and leadership of women.

Grants of up to $25,000 are available through the 2017 Investing in Women Funding Program. Read more ..

Heywire Project Ideas Funding

FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants ProgramFRRR (Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal) and donor partners are offering $100,000 in seed funding to assist not-for-profit community-based organisations in rural, regional and remote Australia.

Community groups are encouraged to apply for funding of up to $10,000 to implement or pilot one of the seven innovative ABC Heywire project ideas developed at the 2017 Regional Youth Summit Read more ..

Media Release: Strong Support in Central West for Decentralisation

DecentralisationRegional Development Australia Central West has expressed strong support for the Federal Government’s decentralisation program.

At the National Press Club in Canberra yesterday, Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash, announced she would be creating a template for government Ministers to access which departments would be suitable for decentralisation by mid-2017. Read more ..