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Have your say on addressing skills shortage

5 October 2018 Orana RDA Director Megan Dixon is encouraging everyone to have their say during the public consultation period for the proposed Orana region Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) application. Answering the need to address critical skill shortages being experienced by local business, DAMAs are custom-designed arrangements which support a tailored, regional response to labour needs. The over-arching nature…

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Respite centre project becoming a reality

The dream of having a respite centre for people with disabilities in Trangie is quickly becoming a reality thanks to funding received from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). Announced in the first round of the BBRF, the Federal Government is contributing $176,000 towards the $350,000 development. Construction of the Trangie Respite Centre is now underway in Temoin…

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Applications open for Inland Rail Community Consultation Committees

Local residents will have the opportunity to shape the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail, with nominations now open for Community Consultative Committees in New South Wales. The committees will cover the Narromine to Narrabri and North Star to NSW and Queensland Border projects, two greenfield sections of the 1700km project which pass through NSW.   Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism…

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Stage One of Regional Growth Fund closing soon

Time is running out for developers in the Orana region to apply for a share of a $272M fund which has the power to transform entire communities. “The Federal Government’s Regional Growth Fund supports long-term economic growth in regional Australia and has the potential to create jobs and build stronger regional communities,” RDA Orana executive officer Megan Dixon said. The…

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Australian International Business Survey

Australia’s International Business Survey (AIBS) is one of the largest studies of its kind into Australia’s international business behaviour. Now in its fifth year, the AIBS will continue to gauge the challenges faced by businesses of all sizes and across all industries as they engage in global trade. Insights and perspectives provided will give a deeper understanding of business, regulatory…

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Newell Highway upgrade a key priority

Upgrading the Newell Highway would cement its place as one of the key links in the National Land Transport Network. Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana Chair John Walkom has welcomed Infrastructure Australia earmarking the inland NSW artery as a focus for future development. “A lot of the projects are metropolitan-based so this is a win for regional Australia,” Mr Walkom…

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Support for Qantas Academy bid

RDA Orana is keen to work with Dubbo Regional Council to bid for a Qantas Group Pilot Academy. The proposed $20M facility would have the capacity to train 500 pilots a year, to help meet the increasing need for skilled aviators in one of the fastest growing global industries. The facility is expected to open its doors to students during…

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Air travel to Cobar needs to be reinstated

Reinstating air travel between Cobar and Dubbo should be a major priority for the two communities, RDA Orana executive officer Megan Dixon said. Flights between the regional centres ceased late last year, but it’s important to maintain that connection. “Unfortunately, Air Link, a subsidiary of Regional Express (Rex), could not continue flights between Cobar and Dubbo,” Mrs Dixon said. “However,…

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Emerging businesses given opportunity to shine

  Creating opportunities for emerging businesses in both regional and metropolitan areas is the aim of the Strategic Growth Loan (SGL) offered by Jobs For NSW. Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana executive officer Megan Dixon said the SGL has the potential to bridge the divide between country and city. “With this support, the business landscape in NSW can capture more…

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Enquiry into zonal taxation

The NSW Investment, Industry and Regional Development Committee plans to reopen its enquiry into zonal taxation, with a view to driving the success of regional businesses. In particular, the key focal areas are payroll tax – including possible concessions for businesses operating outside of metropolitan areas – and Stamp Duty on commercial properties in regional NSW, including possible concessions. The…