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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…

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​ Apprentices to benefit from intensive training

A new mentoring program offered by the Federal Government aims to improve apprenticeship completion rates by offering a positive incentive to apprentices in industries undergoing structural change. The Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (SMAA) program aims to build on support offered by the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network and increase retention and completion rates. Mentoring services will be provided to apprentices…

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Opportunities abound for indigenous jobseekers

Dubbo company 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. Fletcher International’s chief executive officer Melissa Fletcher said…

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The Orana region: A place to call home

In the past decade, the Orana region has become a hub for skilled migration, with local communities providing as many reasons to make the move as potential job opportunities. Dubbo resident Jose Sunny (pictured) received a warm welcome from the locals when he first arrived in the regional city in 2008 after being advised it would be a difficult transition.…

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Opportunity to connect and collaborate

RDA Orana executive officer Megan Dixon said the NSW Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub provides an ideal platform for industry to grow and thrive through technology, collaboration and innovation. “Effective knowledge sharing is fundamental to a thriving, resilient and productive economy. The NSW Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub is a NSW Government initiative which connects industry, research organisations and government,…

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Building a united region of opportunity

Seeking increased export opportunities and building a united region were the overwhelming outcomes of an Opportunity Identification Workshop held at Charles Sturt University’s Dubbo Campus on February 5. The workshop, which was attended by representatives of government departments and industry from across the region, focused on the future direction of the Orana. RDA Orana executive officer Megan Dixon described what…

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Better start to life

The Federal Government’s Better Start to Life funding of $94M over three years is having a positive effect in the Orana region. The allocated budget has been used to fund the new Directions: Mothers and Babies Services program which aims to improve the health of expectant mums in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and reduce the infant mortality…