CEO Update - April 2016


CEO Update - April 2016

What a busy 2 months it has been since the last update! I hope that you had a wonderful Easter. It seems that there were plenty of choices for Easter activities around the region, with the Lightning Ridge Easter Festival and Back to Bourke Reunion both attracting large crowds. I spent part of the break hiking through the Warrumbungles with my husband, which reminded me how lucky we are to live in a region with so many natural wonders and attractions. I was reminded of this again upon returning to the office, where we have recently displayed a number of images from our region. The images showcase the diversity of industry, the hard workers who call the Orana home and of course the natural beauty of our beautiful rivers, landscapes and sunshine.

Now, a reminder about our internship opportunity which will allow Orana hospitality students (or those trained already or interested in hospitality) aged 18-30 to spend 6 months at the J W Marriott Hotel in Seoul. You’ll learn the Korean language and culture as well as having the experience of working at a 5 star international hotel and learning about hotel management. The general manager of the Marriott is a home grown Aussie, originally from Rockhampton, so he is keen to provide this opportunity for regional students. For more information, call our office on (02) 6885 1488. But be quick – we’re planning to have this take off in August.

The Korean Trainee Project places partially skilled trainees into Australian workplaces so that they can increase their skills while also helping businesses to grow. We were very excited to welcome our first two Korean trainees to the region. They are working and training as cooks at the Dubbo RSL Club, and we’ve already heard great reports about them! We’ve also had some other trainees arrive around Australia, and are expecting more to arrive in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned.

And speaking of Korean nationals, we were honoured and excited to host Korean Consul General Mr Whie Jin Lee and his wife just before Easter. We hosted a function at Lazy River Estate where the Consul General thanked Korean War veterans for their services by awarding peace medals and reaffirmed his support for the Korean Trainee Project. It was a pleasure to host the couple, who also had the chance to visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a local school and Taronga Western Plains Zoo during their overnight stay.

We recently welcomed the release of the Golden Highway Corridor Draft Strategy. RDA Orana initiated this study in conjunction with RDA Hunter over 2 years ago, so it is pleasing to see the result after a long period of research. We now look forward to the upgrades starting to happen on the ground, but realise that it’s still a long road ahead (please excuse the pun!)

The third ERF auction will be held on the 27-28 April. It’s not too late to progress your project, so if you need assistance please get in touch with us.

Tender applications for the Freight and Logistics Capability Study and Air Freight Study recently closed and we will look forward to awarding the tenders to undertake these studies soon.

Applications for the National Stronger Regions Fund closed on the 15th March, and it was pleasing to see a number of different applications go in from across the region. We look forward to hearing about the successful applications, to be announced around July. Hopefully the region will fare as well as we did in Round 2.

The final BioHub report will soon be released to the public. This is the result of a long consultation process with various stakeholders across the region. If you’ve forgotten what a BioHub is or you haven’t yet heard about this innovative project, you can read more on the Our Initiatives page.

Until next time…

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