Orana Jobseekers Driven to Succeed13-Mar-2014

Jobseekers in the Orana region are being offered the opportunity to improve their chances of finding employment through a five week Drivers Licence program that started last week. A lack of a valid NSW Drivers Licence is a major barrier to work for many jobseekers. The Orana Drivers Licence ..

NSW Productivity Boosted by Improvements to Strategic Corridor26-Feb-2014

Regional Development Australia Hunter and Regional Development Australia Orana have identified that better connectivity between the Hunter and Orana will improve productivity by enabling more goods and services to be imported and exported through the Port of Newcastle. The recently completed..

Better mobile coverage - at what cost?10-Feb-2014

RDA Orana have received an overwhelming response to their call to action regarding mobile phone coverage. “We’ve had people contacting us not only from across the Orana region, but from as far away as Mount Isa and rural areas of South Australia” said CEO, Felicity Ta..

RDA Orana Welcome Airstrip Upgrades03-Feb-2014

Today Deputy Prime Minister and Minster for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss announced a major upgrade to regional and remote airstrips across Australia – a move welcomed by RDA Orana Chair, John Walkom. “This is great news” said Mr Walkom. “It ens..

RDA Orana unveils Regional Plan 2013-2016 29-Jan-2014

RDA Orana unveils Regional Plan 2013 -2016 Regional Development Australian Orana (RDA Orana) has unveiled the region’s latest Orana NSW Regional Plan, a road map that will move the region forward over the coming years to 2016. The Orana NSW Regional Plan 2013 – 2016 was devel..

Mobile Coverage Programme20-Jan-2014

Have your say: Improving mobile coverage and competition across regional Australia The Department of Communications has recently released a Discussion Paper on their Mobile Coverage Programme (http://www.communications.gov.au/mobile_services/mobile_coverage_programme). This Discussion Paper ..

RDA Orana’s University Student Placement04-Dec-2013

Regional Development Australia Orana is very pleased to report that University student Tiffany Winters successfully completed her placement with the office on 21 November 2013. Tiffany, who is in her second year of study at the University of Western Sydney, has spent the last 7 weeks working..

Notice from DIBP Regarding 489 Visas03-Dec-2013

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced that due to a large number of outstanding applications, there will be no invitations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) until further notice. Please note that this restriction does not apply to States a..

Call for Expressions of Interest to Conduct Research into the Workforce Capacity of the Orana Region04-Nov-2013

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana is working with key stakeholders across government, education and training, business and industry to develop a shared comprehensive regional workforce planning and development strategy. The strategy, which will be underpinned by extensive research withi..

MEDIA RELEASE - RDA Orana Annual General Meeting31-Oct-2013

On 14 October 2013, the Regional Development Australia Orana Committee held its Annual General Meeting at the Dubbo Western Plains Cultural Centre. This year the Committee extended an invitation to the 13 Mayors and General Managers from each LGA within the Orana to engage with the Committee in ..

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Regional Development Australia Orana NSW

Regional Development Australia (RDA) - Orana is part of a national initiative based on building partnerships and ensuring that all governments and stakeholders are responsive to local priorities and needs. It is a conduit between government and local communities, and a provider of information.

RDA committees such as RDA - Orana are non profit community-based organisations. Committees comprise committed members of the region and represent the community, business and local government. Each RDA committee has a broad and diverse skills base and demonstrated networks and alliances. Each RDA committee includes members from local government.

RDA committees will have five key roles which, collectively, ensure that they achieve the outcomes required by governments:-

  • Consultation and Engagement with the Community
  • Informed Regional planning
  • Whole-of-Government Activities
  • Promotion of Government Programs
  • Community and Economic Development

RDA - Orana has an office located in Dubbo. For further contact details see the

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