EO Update - July 2016


EO Update - July 2016

There’s been some great wins for the Orana region recently! Here’s a quick snapshot:

Our Infrastructure Masterplan & Audit for the Orana & Far West has been completed. Please do take the time to have a look at the views from industry and government across the Orana region here.

Whilst on the subject of infrastructure, recently Urbis was announced as the successful tenderer to conduct a major freight and logistics capability study for the Orana region. This will consist of two related studies:

  • a study into the feasibility of establishing an international air freight facility; and
  • a study into the capability of the freight and logistics systems in the region.

I strongly encourage you to complete the survey which forms the first part of this study. It’ll only take 10 minutes, we promise! Link here:  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2903023/RDAOranaFreightandLogisticscapability 

We were honoured and excited to host the new Korean Consul General and Vice Consul General in early July. We hosted a function at the Dubbo RSL where the Consul General thanked regional Korean War veterans for their services. It was a pleasure to introduce these visitors to our Orana region.

The Consuls weren’t the only high profile visitors to our region this winter. The Head of Earth Sciences at UNESCO, Professor Patrick McKeever, recently visited the Warrumbungles to provide information about benefits that geoparks can bring to their communities. RDA Orana and the Warrumbungle Shire Council hosted discussions about the possibility of the Warrumbungles becoming part of UNESCO’s Global Geopark Network, which would be a significant win for the Orana region.

The third ERF auction was held in late April and results announced in early May. To my delight, the Orana region was able to repeat the success of earlier rounds - 31 of the 73 successful projects were located in the Orana region.

We’ve been working hard to prepare for an upcoming Regional Living Expo in Sydney, in conjunction with 10 Orana councils. At the expo, the team will be encouraging Sydneysiders to make the move further west, by promoting the benefits of living and working in our wonderful Orana region. If you haven’t yet seen the website showcasing these benefits, have a look at www.lovethelifewelive.com.au.

By the time our next newsletter rolls around, we ought to be enjoying the warmth and bright colours of spring in the Orana.

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