First Construction of Inland Rail Complete

30 August 2019 Trackwork near Parkes, which will form the vital link between Inland Rail and the interstate east-west line from Sydney to Perth, is complete. Catering for growing freight demand, providing regional business with more opportunities to grow their exports and changing the way that freight moves along the Eastern Seaboard the completed North-West Connection Link will create essential…

Western NSW Back in the Air

27 August 2019 The towns of Walgett, Bourke, Cobar and Lightning Ridge will be back on the flight path next month for the first time in 12 years. The State Government and Far North West Joint Organisation (JO) have struck a deal that will see commercial air services linking Bourke, Cobar, Walgett and Lightning Ridge to Dubbo and Cobar to…

O2N EXPORT HUB WELCOME ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO THE REGION

23 August 2019 Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana Chairman, John Walkom has welcomed the O2N Export Hub Advisory Committee to the region for the first time this week. Mr Walkom said, “RDA Orana are thankful 15 industry experts from across the State are involved in this fantastic project,” “It is great to have an advisory committee made up from a…

$10.2 million for the Bogan Shire

29 July 2019 The Bogan Shire Council has received $10.2 million to improve water infrastructure in the shire. The funding from the NSW government is expected to further improve the shire’s water infrastructure, including the construction of a second storage dam to almost double the current water holding capacity. Included in the funding is $8.2 million for the construction of…

RDA ORANA WELCOME DUBBO HOSPITAL RECRUITMENT DRIVE

24 July 2019 Regional Development Australia Orana Director Megan Dixon was pleased to support the launch of Western NSW Health District recruitment marketing strategy launch on July 23rd.s Mrs Dixon said, “Here at RDA Orana one of our key pillars is workforce development, which is why we developed our annual Orana@Work series, this year it focused on recruitment marketing with…

BUSH SUMMIT WELCOMED BY RDA ORANA CHAIR

19 July 2019 Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana Chairman John Walkom has welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s plan to boost the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector in Australia. The announcement to make it a $100 billion industry by 2030 came during the Daily Telegraph’s Bush Summit held in Dubbo on July 18. “We support the Morrison government’s aim to drive…

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$15.4 million for the Orana from the NSW Government’s Drought Stimulus Package

19 July 2019 The NSW Deputy Premier John Barliaro this week announced 4 projects for the Orana region. With the funding coming from the $170 million Drought Stimulus Package, which aims to deliver economic benefits for local economies experiencing the flow-on effects of the drought. $1 million was announced in Nyngan for two of the last brick railway stations west…

Regional Tourism Awards Finalists

5 July 2019 A number of businesses and organisations from the Orana region have been named as finalists in the Riverina Murray and Country & Outback Regional Tourism Awards which will be held in Dubbo on July 27. Visitor experiences, glamping accommodation, farm stays and more traditional service offerings are among the providers invited to the gala evening to be…

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS SUMMIT EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana Director Megan Dixon is calling on all Orana young entrepreneurs looking to attend the 2019 Central West Young Entrepreneurs Summit. “RDA Orana is seeking expression of interest from people not located in Mudgee and who may be interested in travelling together by bus to and from the Young Entrepreneurs Summit in Mudgee on the 25th…

OPPORTUNITIES AND CELEBRATION FOR THE ORANA REGION

17 June 2019 Opportunities and knowledge sharing were the themes of the first Orana Mining Energy and Transport Industry Forum held on the 13th of June. “Without a doubt in this region, this is our time, now is the time to be thinking globally but acting locally” RDA Orana Chairman John Walkom said. “The day was filled with 16 outstanding…

ORANA BOASTS REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

14 June 2019 Business is booming in the Orana, with a new report revealing a rapid level of growth in regional employment. The Australian Jobs 2019 report, released by the Federal Government’s Department of Jobs and Small Business, shows that the Orana and Far West had the second highest growth rate in the state behind the Mid North Coast region.…

THE STATE OF THE REGION DINNER CELEBRATING SUCCESS

4 June 2019 Regional Development Australia Orana Chairman John Walkom and the committee would like to invite you to join us to celebrate the successes and triumphs of the Orana and the fantastic 13,741 businesses in the region at The State of the Region Dinner on the 13th of June. “RDA Orana are proud to be hosting an evening celebrating…

Government Funding for Emergency Water Works in Bourke Shire

24 May 2019 The NSW Government announced this week additional funding of $811,000 for Bourke Shire Council to carry out emergency works that will secure the drinking water needs of communities in the Orana. In December 2018, more than $1.2 million in funding was provided to Council to sink an additional groundwater bore, as very low Darling River flows saw…