CEO Update - February 2016


CEO Update - February 2016

Hello and welcome to the first CEO update for 2016! With so many exciting things happening around the region this year, 2015 already seems like a distant memory.

Recently an information session was held in Dubbo about Round 3 of the National Stronger Regions Fund. The Federal Government has announced great news for our smaller remote communities for Round 3. Remote and very remote applicants will only need to demonstrate that they can fund at least one dollar for every three dollars from the NSRF grant funding (previously it was dollar for dollar). We would encourage all applicants to consult with us. We can help you with economic data and letters of support and review your application once you have the necessary documents.

Hospitality students, this one is for you. We can now offer an exciting 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.

The Orana Carbon Project is still ticking along, and the date for the third ERF auction has just been announced. It will be held on the 27-28 April. It’s not too late to get a project developed.

The BioHub pre-feasibility report was launched to stakeholders in Cobar last week and will be launched to Dubbo stakeholders very soon. The final report will be released to the public soon after that. This is the result of a long consultation process with various stakeholders across the region. You might ask, “what’s a BioHub”? It is a “first point of receival”, “receiver of last resort” facility which receives BioMass, such as urban wastes or the by-products of agricultural production, and transforms it into other value-add products. Its role is similar to what scrap yards provide for metal recovery. The end product generated from BioHubs includes industrial reductants, biochar-based fertilisers and bio energy. If you haven’t yet heard about this innovative project, you can read more here

As I write this, we are awaiting the arrival of our first Korean trainee on the ground tomorrow. We are really looking forward to welcoming  he and his wife to our wonderful region and we know they’ll make a great contribution to our community. We are expecting more trainees to arrive in Australia in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned for further updates through our media releases and social media.

Assistant Minister Michael McCormack will visit regional Australia in the coming months and consult with regional leaders and organisations about policy. They’re talking about a long term vision for regional Australia. These conversations will focus on innovation and investing in infrastructure, two of our key priority areas here at RDA. We’ll definitely have a few ideas to put together before the Minister’s visit. It’s also a great time for you to consider what ideas you could share with the Minister on his visit.

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