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Central West Orana Regional Plan

Message from the CEO – Julia Andrews

This year, one of the priorities of RDA Central West is to work with the Growing Lachlan team to deliver a Western Area Business Forum in the Lachlan Shire to build business capability and networking, to help them establish links to start-up and innovation hubs currently gaining momentum in larger regional centres and to help promote the western area as being pro-active and open to new business growth opportunities.


Tackling Tough Times Together program

The Federal Government has provided $15 million to assist the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal with its Tackling Tough Times Together program.

Grants of up to $20,000 are now available across drought-affected communities nationally. A smaller number of grants valued at up to $60,000 and $150,000 are also available for larger-scale and multi-year projects that have a broader impact. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.


More funding for the Drought Communities Program

The Federal Government has allocated an extra $81 million in funding for its Drought Communities Program (DPC) which offers eligible councils up to $1 million for projects and infrastructure that stimulate the economy of drought affected communities. 

The Government has also increased the number of eligible councils from 60-81 local government areas.


Grants for wine export promotion

Applications are being invited for the Federal Government’s $500,000 Wine Export Grants program.

These grants are designed to support small to medium wine exporters in capturing export opportunities in China and the USA, by offering reimbursement grants for specific export promotion activities from January 2018.


Farming RDA Central West

Farm Household Allowance review

The Federal Government is conducting a review into its support program to farmers experiencing financial hardship, the Farm Household Allowance.

The review panel is interested in hearing from all people across the agricultural sector, including farming families experiencing hardship, and farming families who are doing well, trusted advisors and support networks such as: accountants, agricultural advisers, agronomists, financial planners, Rural Financial Counsellors, stockists, succession planners, industry and the general public.


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Pitching for Investment with Edith Yeung, Bathurst

Bathurst Council will host leading international investor Edith Yeung  on Monday 29th October in a talk that will share with entrepreneurs her knowledge on how to prepare to be investment ready.

Ms Yeung is a Partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm 500 Startups which has invested in over 2,000 companies including mobile, artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain startups.


Screen Australia’s Skip Ahead Inititiative

Screen Australia and Google Australia are inviting applications for the fifth instalment of the Skip Ahead initiative.

Both scripted narrative and documentary projects are encouraged to apply for Skip Ahead five funding.

Applications will be considered from individual content creators (YouTube channels), teams of content creators (multiple YouTube channels), and/or established YouTube channels teaming up with an external producer or production house.