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Markets RDA Central West NSW

Message from the Executive Officer – Peter McMillan

Peter McMillan RDA Central WestThere has been a significant amount of coverage in the press over the past few weeks on the issue of relocation of Government entities to the regions. A Senate inquiry has been established which has enabled organisations such as ours to make a submission on how decentralisation can drive regional economic growth and build stronger regional communities. The terms of reference for this inquiry indicate that Commonwealth entities with agricultural policy or regulatory responsibilities will be the area of focus. Read more ..

2017 e-Leaders Advocate and Influence Program

e-Leaders Advocacy and Influence ProgramThe 2017 online e-leaders Advocacy and Influence Program is now open for applications through the National Rural Women’s Coalition. 

The program is FREE with 20 places available for women wanting to make a difference in their industries and communities, through influencing decision making and policy. The course provides an introduction to advocacy and influence in the context of rural, regional and remote issues and concerns.   Read more ..

Building Regional Australia Summit

Building Regional Australia SummitThe Foundation for Regional Development will he holding a Building Regional Australia Summit in Nambucca Heads on 26-28 April 2017. 

The Summit has been designed to bring together communities to listen to experts in various fields, who will provide information on how to access new markets in the digital age and learn how agriculture can be the powerhouse to provide new prosperity in country and regional New South Wales. Read more ..

Environmental Education Grants

Environmental Education GrantsGrants are available for community organisations, non-profit organisations and government authorities to support educational projects that develop or widen the community’s knowledge of, skill in and commitment to protecting the environment.

Project must be a minimum of 2 years in length with a minimum grants request of $10,000 that develops collaboration and measurable, tangible environmental outcomes. Read more ..

CSU Indigenous community grants

Chalres Sturt University logoSmall grants ($500-$1,500) are available from the CSU Indigenous Students Centre to support community or individual initiatives, through their Community-University Partnerships (CUP) program.

Initiatives include contributions to cultural, economic, sporting and related activities and build higher education aspiration and awareness – particularly among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in rural and regional communities in CSU’s campus footprint.

Applications Open:    1 May 2017
Applications Close:    31 May  2017 

For more information visit the CSU website.

Community Heritage Grants 2017

Community Heritage Grants Program 2017The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups.

The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs and audio visual material. Read more ..

Smart Cities and Suburbs Program

Smart Cities and Suburbs Program The Australian Government’s $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program is now open for applications to support projects that apply innovative technology-based solutions to urban challenges.

The program encourages eligible organisations – local governments, research organisations and not for profit bodies – to deliver collaborative smart city projects that improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of Australian cities, suburbs and towns. Read more ..

Save the Date – 2017 Agribusiness Today Forum

Agribusiness Today ForumSave the Date for the annual Agribusiness Today Forum to be held on 10th & 11th August 2017 in Orange and the surrounding area. 

The ‘Sheep in Focus’ forum and farming field trip is an opportunity for producers and agricultural students to hear from expert speaker and see demonstrations on innovation and technology in sheep production, management and markets. 

Save the Dates: 
Thursday 10 August,
2017 for the Field Trip in the Orange-Central West area
Friday 11 August, 2017 for the Forum in Orange Read more ..

Australia Post Regional Pitchfest 2017

PitchfestHave a business idea you would like to pitch?

The Regional Pitchfest competition is back with the final in Dubbo on 5th July 2017.

This is an opportunity to pitch your business or idea to a live audience and expert panel for the chance to win cash prizes, and state finalists will also get access to loads of business support including pitch training, business growth advice, support network and ecommerce skills. Read more ..

Exhibit at Fine Food Australia 2017

BiteRiot Apples, Orange producerExpressions of Interest (EOI’s) are now open for food & non-alcoholic beverage producers to co-exhibit on the Flavours of NSW stand in Sydney for the Fine Food Australia 2017 convention.

The convention will be held from 11-14 September 2017 at the International Convention Centre Sydney, Darling Harbour with the Flavours of NSW stand is being coordinated by the NSW Department of Industry.


Growing Mining, Equipment, Technology & Services forum

Rio Tinto Mining Parkes Central West NSWBe a part of this mining, equipment, technology and services (METS) industry development forum to establish support networks, overcome local challenges, gain industry insight and build innovation capacity.

The workshop will help attendees to: 

  • Identify opportunities for Growth and Collaboration
  • Identify how your strategy could be positively impacted by new insights into the future of mining and METS
  • Meet various Stakeholders/Agencies/Groups to gain increased awareness of METS support available
  • Participate in the METS Ignited Thought Leadership Series


Private Label Readiness Workshop

Private Labelling WorkshopWant to confidently assess whether Private Labelling is the right fit for your business?

FIAL (Food Innovation Australia Limited) and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science are hosting a FREE Private Labelling Workshop in Blayney, to be delivered by ShopAbility who have more than 50 years combined commercial experience in the retail sector.

When:    4 April 2017 8:30am – 1pm (half day)
Where:  Blayney Shire Community Centre
41 Church Street, Blayney