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Regional support from State Budget

RDA Orana chairman John Walkom has voiced his enthusiasm for a 2018-19 State Budget described by NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet as having a ‘strong heart.’ “Payroll tax relief, tourism and skills training are just a few of the good items for Regional NSW,” Mr Walkom said. He is impressed that the Government will increase the payroll tax threshold from $750,000…

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Call for committee members

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana chair John Walkom has called for committee member applications including a Deputy Chair as part of national reforms to the network. “Following an independent review of the Regional Development Australia program, the Australian Government is implementing a number of reforms,” he explained. The review, conducted by Warwick L Smith, showed that a new approach was…

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Healthy future ahead for rural medical network

Improvement in local health services and training facilities is one of the benefits of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy announced in the 2018-19 Federal Budget. RDA Orana chairman John Walkom was pleased with the amount of investment in rural health facilities which will in turn improve the level of service offered to patients. “The University of Sydney’s School of Rural…

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Demographer says think globally, act locally

“Communities love talking about the big picture.” That’s the opinion of demographer Bernard Salt who crisscrosses the Australian countryside talking to townspeople about making the most of their assets and opportunities. “I am an optimist,” he said. “And I am optimistic about the future of Australia and the interior west of the Great Divide.” The future lies in utilising resources…

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Federal budget on the mark for investment and jobs

The Federal Government has ticked boxes for rural and regional Australia in its 2018-19 Budget, which has received the approval of RDA Orana chairman John Walkom. “The Government is continuing to support rural and regional Australia by delivering in areas such as infrastructure, employment, education and health,” he said. Investing an additional $1.9 billion over 12 years in national research…

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John Walkom reappointed as RDA Orana Chair

A dedicated businessman of 41 years has been re-appointed as Chairperson of RDA Orana. Techni-Clean Australia managing director and Dubbo local John Walkom has confirmed his commitment to the region once again after already serving nine years in the role. Mr Walkom’s existing ties to the region include being on the board at the Taronga Conservation Society, active involvement in…

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Proposed changes to zonal taxation welcomed

RDA Orana executive officer Megan Dixon has confirmed the organisation’s support of the enquiry into zonal taxation being conducted by the Legislative Assembly Committee on Investment, Industry and Regional Development. “Payroll tax relief in the form of an increased threshold provides an incentive for regional businesses that is supported by RDA Orana,” she said. RDA Orana is also supportive of…

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Mark Coulton congratulated on new appointment

RDA Orana executive officer Megan Dixon has congratulated Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton on his recent appointment as Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Mark personally and as a representative of this region,” she said. “Our major industries of mining and agriculture are strong exporters and trade is an important aspect of…

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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…

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Opportunities galore for emerging businesses

Creating opportunities for new jobs and providing incentives for emerging businesses is a positive sign for NSW, Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana executive officer Megan Dixon. Speaking about the State Government agency, Jobs for NSW, Mrs Dixon said there was support available, particularly in a financial sense. “This is good for NSW – for people thinking of a starting a…