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GOVERNMENT TO LAND NEW FLIGHT SERVICE FOR FAR NORTH WEST

Passengers will soon be able to book flights to see their loved ones in Bourke, Cobar, Walgett or Lightning Ridge for the first time in years, following the release of a multi-million dollar tender to secure a new air services provider in the Far North West. This new air service provider will revolutionise travel for communities in the Far North…

NEW RURAL MEDICAL SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR DUBBO

The University of Sydney, School of Rural Health in Dubbo are set to receive $7.65 million to expand and transform the existing premises and construct a new building on adjacent vacant land, offering a wealth of advantages for country-based medical students. The current model of medical training will be turned on its head. The majority of training will happen in…

INLAND RAIL DREAM BECOMES A REALITY

The first sod turn of the Inland Rail project was officially turned at Parkes in December. Construction on the Parkes to Narromine section is expected to begin almost immediately, with the first train travelling on the new line by 2025. The benefits to local industry will be enormous, it will drive significant investment in the communities themselves through the creation…

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DUBBO’S FIRST COMMUNITY SUPPORT MANAGER

Newly developed ‘The Exchange’ is a space that nurtures the potential of those in regional Australia with big dreams for a small business. Their vision is to create a community of business owners, future founders and service providers in regional Australia who congregate at the Exchange in Dubbo. They need a community manager to handle engagement and a Program Manager…

MAIN WORKS CONTRACT AWARDED FOR MUDGEE HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT

Work on the redevelopment of Mudgee Hospital will commence in the coming months after it was announced Hutchinson Builders have won the race to be the main works contractor for the project. The project is expected to deliver about 275 jobs in construction and related industries, and will boost local employment opportunities through skills and Aboriginal employment programs. When completed…

SUNTOP SOLAR FARM APPROVED BY NSW GOVERNMENT

The first of Photon Energy’s planned solar farms was granted approval by the NSW Government’s Department of Planning and Environment in December. The solar farm project, located 10km west of Wellington is expected to cost Photon Energy $262 million. This is a multi-million dollar project that will over the longer-term increase electricity capacity, help to cut greenhouse emissions and create…

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REGIONAL RAIL FLEET MAINTENANCE FACILITY APPROVED

The NSW Government has welcomed the planning approval for the new Regional Rail Fleet Maintenance facility at Dubbo, which will deliver an economic boost to the Orana and regional NSW when detailed design and construction starts early next year. In 2015 Transport for NSW carried out a review of the NSW regional rail network to look at potential locations for…

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REGIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS REVIEW OFFERS PATH FOR IMPROVEMENT

A new review into rural and regional telecommunications has shone a light on digital agriculture and a thriving tourism industry. The 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review: Getting it right out there has put forward 10 recommendations to improve access to telecommunications infrastructure, modernise consumer protections and ensure better digital inclusion in the Orana region. The review provides a pathway for the…

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WALGETT SOLAR FARM TO POWER UTS

The University of Technology Sydney recently signed its third renewable energy power purchase agreement, this time for the output of the 32MW Walgett Solar Farm in the Orana region. The University said it will purchase the equivalent of half its annual electricity demand from the solar farm, through a deal that will kick start construction of the $40 million project.…

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FUNDING TO DELIVER LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE

The NSW Government is calling on councils to apply for a share of a further $20 million in funding to support local government infrastructure projects that speed up housing delivery across NSW. The Government Low Cost Loan Initiative gives councils a 50% refund of interest payments on loans for infrastructure projects which enable housing supply. Funding from the first round…

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NEW APPRENTICE WAGE SUBSIDY

The Australian Government will be investing $60 million into a trial wage subsidy as an incentive for employers in regional and rural communities to engage more apprentices. Under this subsidy, eligible employers within the Orana region will be able to receive payments based on the apprentice’s relevant award wage rates. Subsidies will be provided at 75% of the apprentice’s award…

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PROFILE: Regional Enviroscience, Dubbo

Building a strong workforce from the ground up with a particular emphasis on encouraging young people into the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) has been a major focus for Regional Enviroscience. Established nine years ago by Juliet Duffy from her rental property garage, the business has really thrived and now employs 23 local people including four female…

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FINAL DAYS TO SUBMIT ORANA MIGRATION AGREEMENT SURVEY

Regional Development Australia Orana Director Megan Dixon is reminding all employers in the region that the window of opportunity to have their say on the occupations and number to be included in the Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) application will be closing on Monday. Stakeholders and employers in the Orana Region were sent a digital survey last Wednesday, to gather…