Author Archives: RDA Central West

A message from new CEO, Sam Harma

RDACW’s Chair Christine Weston welcomes new CEO Sam Harma. (Photo Credit: Central Western Daily)

RDA Central West has a welcomed a new voice with the appointment of Mr Sam Harma as the new CEO at RDA Central West.

“The Central West is a vibrant and diverse region. The opportunities are immense and the communities who call the Central West home are resilient.

“I am honoured to be the new CEO/Director of Regional Development at RDA Central West. RDA’s have a long history of delivery, and have built trust with the community over many years. I look forward to continuing to strengthen this role.

“I invite new ideas, and encourage all interested parties to contact our passionate team any time if we can support your idea, project, event or community in any way.

“RDA Central West has the unique role of advocating on behalf of and working together with community organisations, all levels of government and the private sector. This positions RDA to have a key role in economic development and as a leader of regional development outcomes across our region.

“I look forward to my family growing in the Central West and capitalising on the fantastic lifestyle, and unmatched opportunities which exist to all those who live, work and invest in the Central West.”

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Young Farmer Business Program training and leadership grant

The NSW Department of Primary Industries Young Farmer Business Program is offering grants of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) to eligible groups across NSW.

The Group’s Vault will provide grants to groups who support young farmers and fishers to undertake training related to business and leadership development. Examples of projects include (but are not limited to) farm tours, commercial fishing business tours, workshops, events, business skills coaching, training and guest speakers.

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ABC Heywire Program

ABC Heywire Trailblazers Program

Applications are open for ABC Heywire’s 2020 Trailblazers program.

The Program is an opportunity for young, regional change makers to have their stories on the ABC. The ABC is interesting in hearing from individuals and groups of up to three people aged 18-28 working on projects to make regional Australia a better place.

Applications close Friday July 5 2019.

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QANTAS Regional Grants

QANTAS has a new Regional Grants Program, and round one is open for applications now.

It’s offering the chance to share $5 million in grants – $1 million each year over five years – to charities, organisations, causes, projects and individuals that help deliver direct services or benefits to regional communities.

Applications close on 30 August 2019.

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2019 Farmer Business Coaching Program

Registrations are now open for the 2019 intake of the Farmer Business Coaching Program run by NSW DPI Rural Resilience Program in partnership with Hunter Local Lands Services, Dairy NSW and Young Dairy Network.

These organisations are supporting the Farmer Business Coaching Program by reducing the normal program cost to only $1,500 per farm for the 12 month course for all eligible businesses.

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NSW DPI Hidden Treasures Roll 2019

The NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Women’s Network is calling for nominations for its Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.

Hidden Treasures recognises the outstanding efforts of women volunteers in NSW and promotes the valuable role of volunteering to the community. This important tribute captures inspirational stories, documenting and celebrating the unpaid work of women in rural New South Wales. 

Nominations close on Friday August 2nd 2019.

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Upstairs Kaffine Startup Workshops

Upstairs Bathurst is holding it’s Kaffeine course starting this week and running for six weeks. 

Kaffine is a short, sharp, engaging course that will run for 2 hours per week over 6 weeks at venues near you with some classes also being run online. It is designed to teach entrepreneurship especially to the people of our region, the Central West of NSW.

Course begins Wednesday 15th May, 2019 at 10am.

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Manufacturing Efficiency Funding

Applications are open for the NSW Government $16 million fund to help manufacturing businesses save energy and money.

The funding could help you: upgrade energy monitoring systems, replace or retrofit old, inefficient equipment, install new energy efficient equipment or improve manufacturing processes.

Funding is open now and closes on at 5pm, AEST 30 June 2019.

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Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund

Applications are open for the Federal Government’s Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund (the Innovation Fund).

The Fund has been established by the Government to support regional and small publishers to transition to and compete more successfully in the evolving media environment. It will preserve and improve the viability of Australia’s regional and small news publishing industry in the current period of transition.

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Regional Skills Relocation Grant

The NSW Government has established the Regional Skills Relocation Grant to increase the availability of skilled and experienced workers for businesses setting up in, relocating to, or existing in regional NSW.

Grants are available for businesses operating in NSW regional eligible industries. The funding is available to assist with the relocation costs of eligible skilled workers they employ that move from metropolitan areas to regional NSW.

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