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Recognition for Alkane Resources

A company with mining interests in the Orana area has been named as the Mining Operation of the Year at the New South Wales Minerals Council Suppliers Awards. Alkane Resources Limited was recognised for its fleet improvement, contribution to local works and upskilling of the workforce. Alkane operates the Tomingley Gold Operations which opened in 2014, and the Dubbo Zirconia…

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PROFILE: Ann-marie Furney

Ann-marie Furney is a driven member of the community who is passionate about equality in rural and regional education. Since graduating from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Arts (English Language and Literature), Ann-marie has taken on an active role in the educational system focusing on pedagogy, innovation and professional learning practices. Some of her notable…

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Drought Assistance available

DroughtHub provides a one-stop online destination for information on a vast range of services and support available to primary producers, their families and communities to prepare for and manage drought conditions. The NSW Government is committed to working closely with farmers, industry and stakeholders and has delivered a $300 million drought package to ensure NSW is better prepared for future…

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Tribute to Brian O’Flaherty

  The staff and committee of RDA Orana would like to express our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the late Brian O’Flaherty. As the managing editor of Dubbo’s Daily Liberal newspaper, Brian was a well-respected newsman who had worked extensively as a journalist and editor in Australia and overseas. He was a quiet achiever who always…

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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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Heywire Regional Youth Summit Ideas

The 2018 Heywire Regional Youth Summit in February was an event geared towards young people from across the nation who gathered to discuss how to make life better for themselves and their peers. The youth from regional, rural and remote Australia developed seven ideas to improve the lives of young Australians: – Connecting to Culture – is a community festival…

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Bangamalanha Conference 2018

Individuals and organisations are invited to become involved with the upcoming Bangamalanha Conference presented by TAFE NSW. Join a host of other organisations, businesses, practitioners, communities, industry and service providers committed to improving outcomes and increasing inclusive practices to make a positive difference in post-school Aboriginal education, training and employment. Participants will be able to gain an overview of federal,…

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Orana becomes centre for renewable energy output

Announcement of a wind farm which will generate an estimated 1000 megawatts has the power to confirm the Orana region as a hub for renewable energy. The Liverpool Range Wind Farm, between Coolah and Cassilis in the Warrumbungle area, will feature 267 turbines, making it the largest of its kind in Australia. Approval for the Epuron-owned project was granted by…

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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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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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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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Profile: NDF Ag Design

Founded in 2001 by Dale Foster, NDF is an innovative agricultural business known for the manufacturing of high quality zero till disc planters. The disc planters are designed unique to the consumer, promising the preservation of ground moisture, no disturbance to the top soil and improved germination. The Narromine-based business started as a small-scale operation and years later now employs…

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Opportunities abound for indigenous jobseekers

Fletcher International Exports is already putting the Tailored Assistance Employment Grants program to work, adding young Aboriginal employees from Walgett to its workforce. The meat processing plant has taken advantage of the Federal Government scheme which aims to provide training and employment opportunities in the industry for 200 indigenous youth. With expansion of the meat processing sector, there is now…