July 2018 Newsletter


July Newsletter

Welcome to our July newsletter.

In the last few days the region has had significant success in Round Two of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund with 3 regional proponents attracting funding of $95.5K from the Community Investments Stream and 7 regional proponents attracting funding of $14.9M from the Infrastructure Projects Stream. The strong results are a credit to the applicants from across the region who put in significant effort to ensure their applications rose to the top of the list. If any project proponents are interested in applying in Round Three (not yet open), please feel free to contact RDA MIW for assistance.

For a full list of successful applicants, click here.

Below is the list of successful MIW applicants:

The CQ Rescue project is highlighted in our grants success story section later in the newsletter.

In recent months RDA MIW have also been busy working with other key regional stakeholders including Greater Whitsunday Alliance, Mackay Regional Council, Mackay Airport and CQ University on the Qantas Pilot Training Academy bid and we were thrilled to make the shortlist of 9 venues around the country. We subsequently hosted a visit from Qantas Group Pilot Academy Executive Manager, Wes Nobelius and the Qantas team in early July to further push our strong case for the Academy to be based in Mackay. Anyone can show their support for the bid by using the #MackaywantsyouQantas hashtag.

RDA MIW also spent some time in Canberra in recent months as part of the Northern RDA Alliance where we were able to hold a number of key meetings advocating for our fair share of the $1.5B earmarked for Northern Australia in the broader $3.5B Roads of Strategic Importance Initiative announced by the Australian Government in its May Budget.

The region also hosted the Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack in June, which saw another chance to advocate for key regional projects such as the Mackay Port Access Road (Mackay Ring Road Stage 2) and Goorganga and Hamilton Plains.

We were also pleased to be able to work with other key regional stakeholders including Greater Whitsunday Alliance, the three local councils, Mackay Tourism and Tourism Whitsundays on a regional submission into the Senate Inquiry into Regional Inequality in Australia. Our submission highlighted a number of key issues including but not limited to:
  • Flow of school leavers away from the regions;
  • Issues with air connectivity and/or prohibitive cost of air connectivity;
  • Lack of diversification in regional economies.
For access to our submission and for more details on the Inquiry please click here
Key regional stakeholders with Qantas Group Pilot Academy Executive Manager, Wes Nobelius and the Qantas team in Mackay.
The Northern RDA Alliance in Canberra with The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Michael McCormack MP.
RDA MIW Chair, Graham Smith, with the Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon Michael McCormack, Ben Wearmouth and George Christensen MP.
Until next time.

Ben Wearmouth
Help Chart our Innovation Ecosystem

Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3) and partners, through the Advancing Regional Innovation Program, are working to chart the size and shape of the INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM in our region.
GW3 needs to reach out to everyone so appropriate support can be provided, the right pathways to commercialisation can be developed, funding sourced, but above all supportive connections can be made to advance innovators and innovation in our region.

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With the announcement of successful applicants under Round Two of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) there were a number of grant successes that we could be highlighting in this edition of the newsletter, however I wanted to focus on RACQ CQ Rescue and their success as it provides some valuable learnings for other potential grant applicants.

The RACQ CQ Rescue project first came to our attention in Round One of the BBRF where unfortunately they were unsuccessful with their application for funding to assist with new rescue crew facilities and hangar door upgrades at their Mackay based hangar. When Round Two came about, CEO, Ian Rowan and the team at RACQ CQ Rescue decided to apply again and approached Mackay Regional Council and RDA MIW to see if we could provide assistance with their application.

After meeting with Ian and some members of their board it was clear that their project met the guidelines for the BBRF, however there were some gaps in their business case around broader regional economic benefit. A workshopping session was held with RDA MIW, MRC and RACQ CQ Rescue and a number of key regional economic benefits were identified by the group. At this time the RACQ CQ Rescue team also identified that their staff were time poor and would struggle to develop a strong submission before the application closure date. Rather than developing a half-baked proposal they decided to utilise some external support to manage the grant application process and utilised local support for this role. In relation to the overall process Ian Rowan said “The BBRF grant process required us to submit our application in three weeks immediately prior to Christmas! This meant a focussed effort from key staff and frequent meetings with key stakeholders and external contractors for input to meet the Design & Build submission, local and regional economic benefits report and the detailed application support material.”

With the assistance of this external support (and a number of drafts/feedback sessions and further discussions), RACQ Rescue were then able to craft up an application that saw them successful in Round Two and will deliver them $1.62M for their infrastructure project. The project itself is critical to future-proof RACQ CQ Rescue as highlighted by Ian Rowan when he said “The successful application is testament to the fantastic efforts of all organisations who willingly supported the project. This funding will allow CQ Rescue to future proof our hangar operational facility (improved floor space for additional aircraft, upgrade engineering and medical storage space, a VR training facility), improving our operations centre, 24/7 operation crew facilities, kitchen, support staff offices, D&A testing and an ability to be designated as an Emergency Control Centre in cyclones and disasters with direct airside access.”

When looking back at the history of this project and their funding application, there are a number of lessons to be learned from this process, however four immediately spring to my mind:

Lesson 1: Persistence can pay off – don’t be put off by lack of success. Funding rounds are competitive and you won’t always be successful.

Lesson 2: Take on board feedback from previous applications. Learn from the experience when you are unsuccessful.

Lesson 3: Workshop your application with key stakeholders early. Early engagement with key stakeholders is a key to strong project planning.

Lesson 4: In the application use a three-step process of “defining, quantifying and providing evidence of benefits”.

Once again, we would like to congratulate RACQ CQ Rescue on their successful application and look forward to seeing their critical infrastructure project delivered in the near future, so that they can continue to provide their vital service to the MIW region.

CRC Developing Northern Australia - Expressions of Interest
More than $4.6 million dollars will help fund innovative research projects across Northern Australia as part of the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia’s latest funding round announced today.

The 2018/19 EOI funding call will target industry-led research collaborations to develop important new technologies, products and services which address industry problems in Northern Australia in the areas of:

Agriculture & Food (including aquaculture)
  • Developing stronger and more efficient supply chains for new and existing Northern agricultural industries
  • Developing new systems or technologies for new or existing industries which transform the way existing supply chains operate across Northern agricultural industries.
Northern Australia Health Service Delivery
  • Developing innovative health service delivery infrastructure, methods and/ technology models which enable and support:
    • improved early disease detection
    • improved mental health seeking behaviour
    • improved mental health seeking behaviour and support systems
  • Developing new market opportunities and prospectus building.
Traditional Owner-led Business Development
  • Delivering new place-based development opportunities for Traditional Owners across agriculture/ food and /or health service delivery sectors.
Expressions of interest open: 23 July 2018
Expressions of interest close: 7 September 2018

Growing Queensland's Food Exports

The program will provide matched funding of up to $100,000 (minimum of $50,000) over 2 years per eligible project. Applicants must co-contribute at least 50% of the total project funds. Up to half the value of co-contributions needs to be cash while in-kind contributions can include costs such as freight costs, product and reasonable salary costs for key personnel.

To be eligible the business must:
  • be able to demonstrate export readiness or current export success
  • be a business in the food supply chain (e.g. food producer, grower collective, or wholesaler/exporter) with an ABN
  • co-invest cash and in-kind support (e.g. product, freight) to at least the value of the grant sought.
Applications close: 1 August 2018

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 will need to contribute a minimum of 20 per cent to the total eligible project costs.

Applications open: Late July 2018

ANZ Seeds of Renewal

The ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program, which has been running since 2003, demonstrates ANZ’s belief in vibrant, sustainable rural communities.

The program focuses specifically on helping build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, to ensure the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia. It is built on two key tenets:
  • Vibrant communities are diverse and inclusive with strong social capital, where everyone can participate and build a better life.
  • Sustainable communities innovate, expand and create opportunities that will deliver demonstrable medium-to-long-term economic benefit to the community, contributing to economic sustainability.
Through the Seeds of Renewal program, ANZ commits $250,000 which is distributed through grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations for projects that will help their community thrive.

Applications close: 17 August 2018

METS Ignited Collaborative Project Funds

The METS Ignited Project Funds is a $15.6m, four-year initiative to support, encourage and fund sector-wide collaboration. The funding is provided by the Australian Government as part of the Growth Centre initiative. It is open to METS companies across Australia.

METS Ignited is looking for minimum matched investment for collaborative, industry-led projects with clear commercialisation applications.

Seeking to invest in innovative ideas to improve the productivity, competitiveness and innovative capacity of the sector, to deliver results on a national scale that have sector-wide impact including for SMEs.

Applications now open

CSIRO Kick-Start

CSIRO Kick-Start is a new initiative for innovative Australian start-ups and small SMEs, providing funding support and access to CSIRO’s research expertise and capabilities to help grow and develop their business.

The program offers eligible businesses access to dollar-matched funding of $10,000-$50,000 to undertake the following research activities with CSIRO:
  • Research into a new idea with commercial potential.
  • Development of a novel or improved product or process.
  • Test a novel product or material developed by the company.

Mackay Regional Council – Community Grant Program

Mackay Regional Council is proud to support the community with a variety of grant and funding opportunities. Grant monies were provided to sporting, arts, service, and environmental groups and individuals.
  • Academic bursary
  • Community arts and culture grant
  • In-kind assistance
  • Grant program
  • Regional Arts Development Fund
  • Sporting grants
Applications close: 7 September 2018

Isaac Regional Council - Isaac Community Grants

The Isaac Community Grants program funds local projects, events and activities which help develop resilient, adaptive and vibrant communities while contributing to the social wellbeing of its residents, workers and visitors.

Categories for Isaac Community Grants include:
  • Minor or Major Grants - Application Form - Major or Minor Grants
  • Individual or Team Development Grants - Application Form - Individual or Team Development Grants
  • School Bursaries - Application Form - School Bursaries
  • Emergency Grants - Application Form - Emergency Grants
Applications close: 15 October 2018

Whitsunday Regional Council – Community Assistance Grants
The Whitsunday Regional Council is pleased to be able to provide financial assistance to community groups as part of the Community Assistance Grants Policy. The focus of the policy is to recognise the important role volunteer based organisations have in the region and how Council can best support their endeavours.
There are three grant types available:
  • Sport & Recreation Clubs Grant – this is available to sport & recreation clubs with funding based on participation levels.
  • Facility Management Grant – this is available to organisations that manage multi use sports facilities. Conditions apply.
  • Special Projects Grant – this is available to all incorporated community groups.
The Special Projects Grants are offered in rounds during the financial year with applications up to $20,000 being considered.
Applications close: 26 October 2018

Queensland Mining & Engineering Expo - 24-26 July 2018

QME 2018 will showcase a diverse range of exhibitors showcasing the latest mining and engineering technical solutions and innovations.

A series of fantastic seminars are also available to attend.

Digital Business Workshop for Manufacturing - 8 August

The Queensland Government is offering this free Digital Business Workshop focussed on Manufacturing that is jam-packed with practical advice and you will take away the digital skills you need to grow your business.

During this workshop you’ll discover:
  • current digital trends and how they impact your business
  • how to use data for better business decision-making
  • tips for using online analytics tools to track your business performance
  • how to improve your online presence and customer experience.

DTMR Regional Industry Briefing - 14 August 2018

An industry briefing on the program of works announced under the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) 2018-19 to 2021-22.

This event will provide industry with a greater understanding of upcoming programs and projects, the type of skills required, the method of procurement, the likely budgets available and the timing of the work entering the market.

MIW Regional Projects Forum - 30 August 2018

The Mackay Isaac Whitsunday (MIW) Regional Projects Forum will feature presentations of new projects and tourism recovery projects planned and underway in the MIW region, which will offer supply chain opportunities for local businesses.

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