A 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
One 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
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
Businesses, 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
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
Macquarie 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
This 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
NSW 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
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
Local 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
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
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