Still trading, Muddy Waters Brewarrina

Muddy Waters in Brewarrina has transformed itself in order to remain open for loyal customers. Still selling their range of hot and cold drinks and delicious food, owner Belinda Colless said they are offering a range of takeaway dishes including salads, burgers, sandwiches and Turkish melts. For the sweet tooth, there are plenty of treats such as fruit salad, muffins…

COVID-19 Migrant Survey

Are you a migrant, living in the Orana region who has been impacted by COVID-19? We’ve been in contact with Home Affairs and accordingly advise that in the short term, the best thing to do is to monitor Home Affairs news and media website, as linked: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus Also, as welfare programs are administered by Services Australia, please ensure you follow their COVID-19…

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COVID-19 Business Resources

This is a difficult time for most businesses across Australia, with the health crisis that is unfolding across the globe being unpredictable. RDA Orana wants to continue to support our great local businesses and their employees and we want to work with you to ensure continued operation and future growth. Government Support Business hotline:  13 28 46. Open 7 am to…

COVID-19 Should I close?

We’ve done a quick check around the region and are hearing that some businesses are confused about if they should close their doors. The instructions that have been published on various government websites are fairly explicit – but we think some businesses are confused about if they fall into the definition. A great example is a gift store that also…

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COVID-19 Business Preparation

I think we can all agree that COVID-19 has caught many of us out and with the information constantly being updated, its never been more important to be agile in business. Thankfully, (though not perfect) we do live in a time when technology enables us to be more adaptable and for some professions, working out of the office is easily…

COVID-19 Business Support

This afternoon the Prime Minister announced an additional $66 billion economic response package on top of the previous $123 billion stimulus package, bringing the total Federal Government response to $189 billion. The package not just provides some certainty in an exceptionally uncertain world, but also provides some hope to our business community that they can hold on. The key areas of focus in the…

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Orana skills survey begins

RDA Orana has begun its second skills survey in the region this week in the lead-up to the annual Orana@Work summit. The survey will run for four weeks and aims to gauge Orana’s workforce needs. RDA Orana Director of Regional Development Megan Dixon said the data gathered will be used to inform the region’s skilled occupation list, along with an update…

Water Summit success

10 February 2020 Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana Director of Regional Development Megan Dixon was thrilled to welcome over 100 attendees to the second annual Inland Growth Summit on January 30th. Mrs Dixon said, “It was fantastic to have attendance from a cross-section of Government, Industry and the local community on the day,” “The theme was all about the future…

Bridge Hub partnership offers insight and innovation

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana director Megan Dixon has welcomed the addition of Bridge Hub as an industry partner for the upcoming Inland Growth Summit on January 30. Established by the Blue River Group, Bridge Hub is an innovation that is focussed on commercialising technology for the benefit of the Australian and global agrifood industries. “It is exciting to have the…

Water researcher explores planning opportunities

16 January 2020 Geoff Beeson’s fascination for water use and management stems back to his childhood in Victoria where he was intrigued by the irrigation systems of the Goulburn Valley. As an independent researcher and educator, Dr Beeson’s interest has been a key aspect of his career as well as the subject of his book A Water Story: Learning from…

Event to explore the future of water

13 December 2019 The Future of Water will be the featured topic at RDA Orana’s upcoming Inland Growth Summit in Dubbo. The one-day forum, to be held on January 30, will focus on the value of water as a natural resource and its future management. Director of Regional Development Megan Dixon said RDA Orana was proud to present the summit…

Pilliga Pottery becomes first DAMA sponsor business

12 December 2019 A Coonabarabran enterprise has made history by becoming the first NSW business to be endorsed by RDA Orana to pursue a migrant worker under the Orana DAMA (Designated Area Migration Agreement). RDA Orana Director of Regional Development Megan Dixon was pleased to announce Pilliga Pottery as the inaugural company utilising the Orana DAMA. “This agreement has been…

Vocational Learning Pathways to Employment

5th December 2019 RDA Orana Director of Regional Development Megan Dixon believes that incorporating more vocational learning into education would benefit pathways to employment in Australia. “We need to look at how we train people to gain on the job experience while they are undertaking study,” she said. A report issued by the Department of Jobs and Small Business shows…