SCREENWRITER SHARES STORIES FROM THE SILVER SCREEN

22 February 2019 Regional Development Australia Chairman John Walkom was pleased to welcome American screenwriter Shirley Pierce and her partner from CRC Partners Australia Barry Pierce to the Orana this week. “Dubbo is the potential location for a future Hollywood rom-com movie, I’m pleased RDA Orana could assist Shirley and Barry by making introductions and to scout potential locations for…

NEW POLICE TRAINING CENTRE IN DUBBO

25 February 2019 Crime fighters across the Western Region will soon have a new local training facility thanks to a $35 million investment from the NSW Government. The state-of-the-art training facility will provide police officers with the necessary training to maintain high standards, and develop into new career paths in the Police Force. For regional cops who often travel to…

$14 MILLION FOR REGIONAL ROAD AND RAIL NETWORKS

20 February 2019 Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries announced this week $14,701,00 for 7 projects under the Fixing Country Roads and Fixing Country Rail programs in the Orana region. Fixing country roads: Walgett Shire- Reconstruction and sealing of Come by Chance Road between Walgett and Pilliga- $6,980,000 Walgett Shire- Reconstruction and sealing of Gundabloui Road between Collarenabri and Mungindi- $1,200,000…

COOLAH MULTI-PURPOSE SERVICE OFFICIALLY OPENED

21 February 2019 The $11.2 million Coolah Multi-Purpose Services (MPS) was officially opened this week. The new facility, funded by the state government, offers primary healthcare, age care and emergency services with the residential aged care beds in the town are now under one roof. The Coolah Multi-Purpose Service incorporates primary healthcare and community health services consolidating the 20 existing…

RDA ORANA THRILLED WITH $49,500 GRANT FOR ‘THE WELCOME PROJECT’

13 February 2019 Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana Chairman John Walkom is thrilled that RDA Orana were the recipient of a $49,500 grant this week for ‘The Welcome Project.’ “This grant will allow RDA Orana to provide a series of initiatives for migrants to feel more welcomed and encourage social inclusion into the 12 local government areas within the Orana…

CONTRACT SIGNED FOR NEW REGIONAL RAIL FLEET

14 February 2019 A contract has been signed for the $2.8 billion project to design, build and maintain the new regional rail fleet based in the Orana region. The contract has been signed with Momentum Trains, which is lead by Spanish company Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles. It includes the construction of the new rail fleet, which is comprised of…

INAUGURAL INLAND GROWTH SUMMIT SUCCESS

4 February 2019 Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana Chair John Walkom was very pleased the inaugural Inland Growth Summit was such a success. “It was a sold out event with attendees from across the Eastern Seaboard, including all levels of government and the private sector with a full day program that received a fantastic response from attendees,” Mr Walkom said.…

INLAND GROWTH SUMMIT, SHAPING UP TO BE EXCELLENT

25 January 2019 Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana Chair John Walkom and the Board are looking forward to RDA Orana’s first event of the year, the inaugural Inland Growth Summit on the 31st of January. “The event is shaping up to be excellent, with outstanding speakers, lunch and refreshments, and a fantastic networking event to finish off the day all…

$6 MILLION IN VITAL ROAD SAFETY UPGRADES

25 January 2019 The State Government this week announced $6 million in vital road safety upgrades in the Orana region as part of the latest round of the Government’s Saving Lives on Country Roads and Liveable and Safe Urban Communities initiative. The projects will include a $1.5 million spend for work on the Newell Highway between Brocklehurst and Coonabarabran, including…

BOURKE’S NEW ABATTOIR OPENS

3 January 2019 Bourke’s abattoir is open and aims to have 100 people employed by the end of January. The local council says the abattoir started processing goats on January 2 and currently have 60 employed workers on site. There have been major delays to the project’s construction and in November contractors claimed they were owed hundreds of thousands of…

$30 MILLION FOR A NEW CARPARK AT DUBBO HOSPITAL

23 January 2019 Residence of Dubbo and the great western community will soon have access to more than 350 additional free car parking spaces at Dubbo Hospital thanks to a $30 million state government investment. The carpark at Dubbo hospital can no longer handle the demands of patients and staff who need ready access to the expanding hospital services. The…

NARROMINE WETLANDS PROJECT $2.5 MILLION GRANT

24 January 2019 An almost $2.5 million grant from the state government for a Narromine Wetlands project will help to attract more tourists and generate local jobs. The grant will allow for the development of the southern portion of the existing wetlands reserve which will benefit the expansion of the three existing ponds to serve as a larger capacity storm…

DROUGHT COMMUNITIES EXTENSION PROGRAM

21 January 2019 With the announcement of Bourke Shire Council being successful in its application for $1 million under the Drought Communities Extension Program, there are increased employment opportunities for the community of Bourke. People who have their work interrupted because of drought and are currently unemployed or have had their usual hours of employment reduced, are encouraged to register…