September 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to our September newsletter.

Since our last newsletter I attended the annual National RDA Forum in Canberra where the theme of the Forum was ‘Collaborating and networking to grow regional economies’. Then Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, the Hon John McVeigh MP, said the theme of the Forum highlighted the importance of regional partnerships to continue the growth of these strong and diverse regional communities.

RDA MIW are proud of our collaboration both within the MIW region and outside the MIW region, highlighted by our work with the Northern RDA Alliance.
RDA MIW CEO Ben Wearmouth at the National RDA Forum with colleagues from our neighbouring region RDA Fitzroy and Central West. Director of Regional Development – Tony Gambling, Chair – Grant Cassidy & Deputy Chair – John Lever
As another example of intra-region collaboration, RDA MIW and Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3) together with support from the Hail Creek Community Development Fund have recently launched our inaugural Regional Projects Development Register. This Register clearly demonstrates the depth our region’s economy and will be an important attraction tool for the region. We were thrilled to be able to collaborate with GW3 on this Register which will be updated and released quarterly. A copy of the Register is available to download by clicking here.

August saw a visit from the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) team to our region. NAIF CEO, Laurie Walker, was joined by Board Members, Barry Coulter and Bill Shannon, and Executive Director, Origination, Amanda Copping to meet with key regional stakeholders and give an insight into how the NAIF can assist projects in the north.

Discussion focussed on the NAIF’s New Investment Mandate and the Streamlined Eligibility Criteria which are shown below:

Mandatory Eligibility Criteria

The project must:
  1. Involve the construction or enhancement of infrastructure.
  2. Be of public benefit.
  3. Be located in, or have significant benefit for, northern Australia.
  4. Be able to repay or refinance NAIF’s debt.
  5. Have an Indigenous Engagement Strategy.
Laurie also spoke about a current local project that is in due diligence, Signature Onfarm, and their greenfield on-farm beef processing facility in the Isaac. This project represents an important piece of multi-user supply chain infrastructure for the northern beef industry and is an example of the type of projects that are now captured under the new Investment Mandate.
If any project proponents would like an introduction to the NAIF team, please do not hesitate to contact our office and we would be happy to facilitate.

Finally, on the 31st August the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Michael McCormack MP, announced the outcome of Round Six of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program and we were pleased to see the region receive almost $4M of funding for critical road infrastructure (details below).

Until next time
Ben Wearmouth
Chief Executive Officer

Get Playing Places and Spaces
Get Playing Places and Spaces provides funding for infrastructure development so that more Queenslanders can be involved in sport and active recreation. Eligible organisations can apply for up to $150,000 (GST exclusive).
Organisations eligible to apply are:
  • Queensland local or regional not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations and not-for-profit local community organisations (with a primary objective of sport or active recreation) incorporated under the:
    • Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Qld)
    • Corporations Act 2001 (Cwlth)
    • Cooperatives Act 1997 (Qld)
    • Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cwlth)
  • An incorporated State level sport or recreation organisation managing infrastructure for local community use
  • A sport or recreation club incorporated within a Queensland university
  • Queensland local governments with a population of less than 40,000 people.
Closing Date: 28 September 2018

Rural Economic Development Grants
Rural Economic Development Grants are available to fund rural economic development projects that contribute to primary production related economic development and job creation in rural areas. The Queensland Government program offers emerging projects up to $250,000 in co-contributions to build industry and grow employment opportunities across the agricultural sector.
To be eligible for a grant, applicants must:
  • propose a rural economic development project in a rural area in Queensland;
  • demonstrate an ability to provide a sufficient cash contribution to fund their portion of the project;
  • propose a project that has not already received approval or acceptance under another government scheme;
Eligible projects may include those which:
  • implement new technologies and innovations that enhance productivity
  • add value to agricultural products, including developing new markets for value-added products
  • assist with business development and expansion
  • work to achieve economies of scale
  • enable businesses to become investment and export ready
  • improve energy use efficiencies, including transition to renewable energy sources.
Closing Date: 26 October 2018

Safer Communities Fund Round 3 - Infrastructure Grants

The Safer Communities Fund provides grants of up to $1 million to community organisations and local governments for local crime prevention and security infrastructure activities and to protect community organisations that may be facing security risks associated with racial and /or religious intolerance. Project activities can include:
  • installation of fixed or mobile CCTV cameras
  • installation of security lighting
  • installation of bollards
  • installation of security and alarm systems, intercoms and swipe access attached to a public or community space
  • crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) including changing environmental characteristics in public or community spaces, such as a lack of lighting or poor natural surveillance, that can facilitate street crime and violence.
Grants of up to $1 million will be available to fund up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs.

Projects must be completed by 31 March 2020.

Closing Date: 25 September 2018

Stronger Communities Programme - Round 4

The Stronger Communities Programme provides each of the 150 federal electorates with $150,000 to fund small capital projects that improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant viable communities. In consultation with their community, each Federal Member of Parliament must identify potential applicants and projects in their electorate and invite them to apply for a grant.

The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage).
  • The minimum grant amount is $2,500.
  • The maximum grant amount is $20,000.
Total funding for the project from the Commonwealth cannot exceed 50 per cent of the total eligible project expenditure. You can fund your share of eligible project costs from any source including from state and local government. Your contribution can be either cash or in-kind. Where you provide in-kind contributions, you must calculate the dollar value.

Closing Date: 18 October 2018

Industry 4.0 Breakfast Seminar - 18 September 2018

 The Introduction to Industry 4.0 (i4.0) Breakfast Seminars is aimed at introducing and demystifying the concept of industry 4.0 for manufacturers.
  • Learn about the nature and scope of i4.0, highlighting the current and future role of i4.0 in manufacturing, including opportunities and challenges.
  • Hear from a local manufacturer who has adopted i4.0 technologies to improve their growth and competitiveness.

SEGRA Conference 2018 - 22-25 October

SEGRA is Australia’s most credible, independent voice on issues affecting regional Australia.

SEGRA, Australia’s premier conference on regional issues, is about assisting regional, rural and remote Australia to source and identify the techniques, skills and issues they need to address to achieve successful economic growth and development. The SEGRA conference, established in 1997, provides a unique opportunity for all sections of the Australian community (rural and urban) to explore the key issues affecting regional, rural and remote Australia and be part of providing positive sustainable outcomes to ensure future prosperity.

View the full conference program via this link.

Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia

With special thanks to Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation and their Let’s Shape Up! Program Jamie's Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen is coming to Mackay!

Educate, empower and inspire the love of good food. Learn to make delicious, simple and affordable meals from scratch through hands on cooking.  Join in for a fun and engaging cooking course where you will learn to cook simple, healthy and tasty meals using fresh ingredients.

Click here to book in your 5 Week Cooking Course
Monday 8th September 2018 – Thursday 8th November

5 week hands on cooking course (1 x 90 min cooking class per week), all ingredients, recipes and a meal in class each week. PLUS a meal for two to take home.

Jamie Oliver will not be presenting this course and participants will be learning from expert food trainers. The course is open to people aged 12 years and over,who want to learn the basics of cooking and have fun in the kitchen.

               [PH] 04 4957 6160
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