Water researcher explores planning opportunities

16 January 2020 Geoff Beeson’s fascination for water use and management stems back to his childhood in Victoria where he was intrigued by the irrigation systems of the Goulburn Valley. As an independent researcher and educator, Dr Beeson’s interest has been a key aspect of his career as well as the subject of his book A Water Story: Learning from…

Event to explore the future of water

13 December 2019 The Future of Water will be the featured topic at RDA Orana’s upcoming Inland Growth Summit in Dubbo. The one-day forum, to be held on January 30, will focus on the value of water as a natural resource and its future management. Director of Regional Development Megan Dixon said RDA Orana was proud to present the summit…

Pilliga Pottery becomes first DAMA sponsor business

12 December 2019 A Coonabarabran enterprise has made history by becoming the first NSW business to be endorsed by RDA Orana to pursue a migrant worker under the Orana DAMA (Designated Area Migration Agreement). RDA Orana Director of Regional Development Megan Dixon was pleased to announce Pilliga Pottery as the inaugural company utilising the Orana DAMA. “This agreement has been…

Vocational Learning Pathways to Employment

5th December 2019 RDA Orana Director of Regional Development Megan Dixon believes that incorporating more vocational learning into education would benefit pathways to employment in Australia. “We need to look at how we train people to gain on the job experience while they are undertaking study,” she said. A report issued by the Department of Jobs and Small Business shows…

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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…