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Round 4 of regional fund has two streams

RDA Orana Director of Regional Development Megan Dixon has welcomed Round 4 of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) which has two streams available for eligible businesses. Mrs Dixon said the Infrastructure Projects Stream supports development involving construction, upgrades or extension of infrastructure. The Community Investments Stream supports projects benefitting local communities. Mrs Dixon said previous rounds of the BBRF…

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Mudgee information session success

RDA Orana and the Mudgee Chamber of Commerce have co-hosted a successful information session for local businesses with a focus on meeting long-term workforce needs. Geared towards hiring employees through the Orana DAMA (Designated Area Migration Agreement), the evening focused on using migrant workers to address skills shortage and ensure future growth. “Having the right employee in the right role…

Discover more about the Orana DAMA for your business

Regional Development Australia Orana Director of Regional Development Megan Dixon invites business owners, human resource managers and decision-makers to an information session about how a business might be able to use a migrant to overcome a recruitment difficulty or skill shortage in their business. Mrs Dixon said, “having the right employee, in the right role, at the right time is…

REMOTE AREA TAX CONCESSION INQUIRY WELCOMED BY RDA ORANA

22 October 2019 Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana this week made a submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the effectiveness of the current Remote Area Tax Concessions and Payments. “The remote area tax assistance has not fundamentally changed over a number of decades to reflect changes in demography, infrastructure and cost of living,” RDA Orana Director of Regional Development…

QANTAS SERVES UP PINK SLICES BY LOCAL INDIGENOUS BUSINESS

Orana-based indigenous food products produced and packaged in pink have been served on domestic QANTAS flights as part of the airlines ‘FlyPink’ month to raise funds for cancer. Pink Dreamtime Tuka slices will be served up with pink beverages on the QANTAS flights for the rest of the month as part of the annual fundraising campaign by QANTAS to raise…

Stakeholder engagement focus in Narromine

16 October 2019 RDA Orana’s support of a roundtable session in Narromine enabled stakeholders to have input into Infrastructure Australia’s recent audit which includes strategic planning for the future. RDA Orana Deputy Chair Tracy McIntyre was pleased to have the opportunity to engage with the Infrastructure Australia representatives and focus on regional priorities including resource management and future development. “I…

TRADE DELEGATION SHOWCASES AUTHENTIC ABORIGINAL BUSINESSES IN CHINA

In partnership with Ausfeng, representatives of RDA Orana were very pleased to lead a trade and cultural delegation to Hejin City, in Shanxi Province in deep China from 25 September to 2 October 2019. Joining Chairman John Walkom and Director of Regional Development Megan Dixon on the trip were Herb Smith (Dreamtime Tuka), Peter Peckham (Native Secrets), Ben Olsen (R…

FANTASTIC FEEDBACK FROM COBAR WORKSHOP

Cobar business representatives have described the recent industry consultation as a great way to exchange information with RDA Orana along with other companies in the METS (Mining, Equipment, Technology and Services) sector. Budd Exploration Drilling, Glencore CSA, Copper City Tyre Service and Face Contracting were all represented at the breakfast workshop presented by RDA Orana and mining industry consultant Clare…

MIGRATION ROUNDTABLE TO ADDRESS SKILLS SHORTAGE

7 October 2019 RDA Orana hosted a two-day discussion focussed on migration as part of the organisation’s commitment to regional workforce shortages. “Locally-led migration strategies have provided a response to issues facing rural and regional communities, including shifts in workforce and population,” RDA Orana Director for Regional Development Megan Dixon said.  The event began with an employer session to address…

TIME TO REGISTER FOR INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

18 September 2019 Businesses with an interest in industry development are encouraged to register for a series of free workshops across the Orana and Central West regions. The workshops will be hosted by Regional Development Australia ((RDA) Orana, with a focus on the METS (Mining, Equipment, Technology and Services) and resources sector. RDA Orana Director of Regional Development Megan Dixon…

First Construction of Inland Rail Complete

30 August 2019 Trackwork near Parkes, which will form the vital link between Inland Rail and the interstate east-west line from Sydney to Perth, is complete. Catering for growing freight demand, providing regional business with more opportunities to grow their exports and changing the way that freight moves along the Eastern Seaboard the completed North-West Connection Link will create essential…

Western NSW Back in the Air

27 August 2019 The towns of Walgett, Bourke, Cobar and Lightning Ridge will be back on the flight path next month for the first time in 12 years. The State Government and Far North West Joint Organisation (JO) have struck a deal that will see commercial air services linking Bourke, Cobar, Walgett and Lightning Ridge to Dubbo and Cobar to…

O2N EXPORT HUB WELCOME ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO THE REGION

23 August 2019 Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana Chairman, John Walkom has welcomed the O2N Export Hub Advisory Committee to the region for the first time this week. Mr Walkom said, “RDA Orana are thankful 15 industry experts from across the State are involved in this fantastic project,” “It is great to have an advisory committee made up from a…