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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…

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International tourism booming

Overseas tourists are flocking to rural and regional NSW in greater numbers than ever before, according to the latest International Visitor Survey. The survey shows that rural and regional NSW has achieved its highest number of overseas visitors on record, with 852,500 international visitors staying 14.7 million nights and spending $1.05 billion during 2017. Visitor numbers grew by 11 per…

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Economy stays strong

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. According to statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, job vacancies increased by 4.1 per cent in the last quarter of 2017, marking more than four years…

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Air travel to Cobar needs to be reinstated

Reinstating air travel between Cobar and Dubbo should be a major priority for the two communities, RDA Orana executive officer Megan Dixon said. Flights between the regional centres ceased late last year, but it’s important to maintain that connection. “Unfortunately, Air Link, a subsidiary of Regional Express (Rex), could not continue flights between Cobar and Dubbo,” Mrs Dixon said. “However,…

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Emerging businesses given opportunity to shine

  Creating opportunities for emerging businesses in both regional and metropolitan areas is the aim of the Strategic Growth Loan (SGL) offered by Jobs For NSW. Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana executive officer Megan Dixon said the SGL has the potential to bridge the divide between country and city. “With this support, the business landscape in NSW can capture more…

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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…