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PROFILE: Regional Enviroscience, Dubbo

Building a strong workforce from the ground up with a particular emphasis on encouraging young people into the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) has been a major focus for Regional Enviroscience. Established nine years ago by Juliet Duffy from her rental property garage, the business has really thrived and now employs 23 local people including four female…

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PROFILE: Black Gate Distillery, Mendooran

Mendooran’s Black Gate Distillery is a boutique operation which was established by husband and wife team Brian and Genise Hollingworth in 2009. The first of its kind in Central West NSW, the distillery has a tranquil bushland setting where a range of Single Malt Whisky and Dark Rum is made using traditional methods and high quality ingredients. Producing 3000 litres…

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SMALL BUSINESS MONTH EVENTS

16 October 2018 RDA Orana Director Megan Dixon is encouraging local small business owners and entrepreneurs to attend local events for NSW Small Business Month over the coming weeks. All NSW councils have been invited to participate and run events for their business communities. Local Chambers of Commerce and other business groups will also hold sessions to upskill and build…

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Profile: Mink and Me, Coonamble

Mink and Me is a beautiful gift and homewares store and takeaway coffee bar located on the Castlereagh Highway, Coonamble. Owned by Lucy Watson, the business has evolved from a one-room spot in the So Spoilt beauty salon to a thriving retail outlet with an online store which has helped to ‘drought-proof’ the business. Mink and Me has been running…

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Boarding school open for 2019 enrolments

  The Orana region’s boarding school journey continues with the launch of Macquarie Anglican Grammar School’s program for 2019. School representatives will kickstart the program by visiting locations across the State. RDA Orana Director of Regional Development Megan Dixon said each event will give parents and carers a chance to find out more about boarding at Macquarie. “This new element…

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Coonabarabran educator awarded for her dedication

Castlereagh Family Day Care educator Ellen Mahne has been named as a regional winner in the 2018 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards for the Dubbo and Central region and is thrilled with the honour. “Family Day Care has opened so many doors for me in my life, both professionally and personally,” Ellen said. Since becoming an educator, she has…

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Writing for TV workshop for regional screenwriters

  Screen writers from regional NSW, Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory will have the opportunity to participate in story and character development for a TV drama as part of an upcoming workshop for WIN.  The 2-day Screenworks 2018 Writing for TV Intensive offers regional screenwriters the opportunity to observe how a story is developed, contribute to the process…

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Juliet Duffy announced as dual finalist

Acknowledged for her contributions and significant achievements in regional and rural communities and excellence in business, Dubbo’s Juliet Duffy has been announced as a dual finalist in the 2018 Women of the Year Awards, nominated for Regional Woman of the Year and Business Woman of the Year. Juliet’s hard work has been reflected in her roles as Director of Regional…

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Opportunity to connect and collaborate

RDA Orana executive officer Megan Dixon said the NSW Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub provides an ideal platform for industry to grow and thrive through technology, collaboration and innovation. “Effective knowledge sharing is fundamental to a thriving, resilient and productive economy. The NSW Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub is a NSW Government initiative which connects industry, research organisations and government,…

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The Darling Design Company, Cobar

Residing in Cobar, Ellie Russell is a freelance graphic designer and blogger responsible for creating her own online business, The Darling Design Company. As the name suggests, the company provides small businesses with sophisticated design services (print and digital) to assist in the branding and advertising of a product or service. An enthusiastic social media buff, Ellie also lends her…