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Chance to network on rail maintenance facility

An upcoming networking session outlining details of a new rail maintenance facility for Dubbo will be a driving force for the city’s various trades people to become involved in the project. RDA Orana executive officer Megan Dixon said the briefing and networking event being organised by the Transport for NSW and Office of Regional Development signals a fantastic opportunity for…

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Support builds for a regional pilot academy

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana chairman John Walkom has added his full support to Dubbo’s potential bid for a Qantas pilot academy for the region. “RDA Orana is keen to work with Dubbo Regional Council to bid for a training centre at the regional airport,” he said. The proposed $20M facility would have the capacity to train 500 pilots a…

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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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Destination Network Scholarship Program

Meetings and Events Australia (MEA), the peak body representing the events industry in Australia has partnered with Destination NSW to offer six scholarships to people in regional NSW to undertake a SIT50316 Diploma of Event Management.This initiative is part of the NSW Government’s $6 million Regional Conferencing Strategy & Action Plan.Applications close Friday, 30 March 2018.  

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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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From zero to hero in the manufacturing world

With a focus on creating growth in regional areas, a loan offered through Jobs for NSW is providing extra incentives for emerging businesses such as The Glass Lab in Tweed Heads – turning the company into the biggest surfboard manufacturer in Australia. Founder Adam Wessel took advantage of the zero interest rate on the Regional Growth Loan (RGL) which allowed…

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Economy goes from strength to strength

With unemployment figures down by 2.4 per cent in the Federal electorate of Parkes in the past 12 months, its a good sign that the economy is going from strength to strength. Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana executive officer Megan Dixon said that job vacancies had increased by 4.1 per cent in the last quarter of 2017, marking more than…

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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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Service access vital to retaining country communities

To understand the services picture in our smallest towns, the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) reviewed the long term change in the availability of services delivery professionals in these communities across 30 years from 1981 to 2011, measuring the number of doctors, nurses, dentists, police officers, psychologists, teachers, paramedics and social welfare professionals in small towns in 1981 and again in…

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Juliet Duffy announced as dual finalist

Acknowledged for her contributions and significant achievements in regional and rural communities and excellence in business, Dubbo’s Juliet Duffy has been announced as a dual finalist in the 2018 Women of the Year Awards, nominated for Regional Woman of the Year and Business Woman of the Year. Juliet’s hard work has been reflected in her roles as Director of Regional…

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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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Committee Profile: Brad Cam

RDA Orana’s Deputy Chair Brad Cam has an extensive list of achievements and roles that give him valuable experience to contribute to the Orana region, specifically to its economy and the tourism industry. During his career, Brad has held various positions at Mid-Western Regional Council. In 2014, he was appointed as General Manager, making him a key figure in regional…

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A quarter of Cobar’s workers don’t live in the town

More than a quarter of Cobar’s workforce don’t actually live in the town, with 27 per cent of workers travelling from outside the mining community to their workplace. Some workers live in nearby communities such as Nyngan, Narromine and Bourke while others travel from as far away as Armidale, Orange, Wagga Wagga and Townsville. Figures released by the Australian Bureau…