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Central West family businesses set to gain from experts’ visit to Parkes

‘Family Matters’ – is a FREE Workshop on succession planning for family businesses to be held in PARKES 9am-4pm, Thursday 28 November, 2019

Registration Essential! Register your family online: www.nalag.org.au/familymatters

DON’T MISS OUT!

Family businesses in and around the Central West region will have the opportunity to receive valuable tools and advice on succession planning from a team of industry experts at a FREE, one-day workshop to be held in Parkes on Thursday 28 November 2019.

Following the success of a similar event held in Narromine earlier this year, the National Association for Loss and Grief’s (NALAG) ‘Our Shout’ program coordinator, Ms Brenda Baker, is hoping to improve the experiences of succession for a greater number of family businesses. “The workshop in Narromine was attended by over 120 people and the feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive,” she said.

NALAG’s ‘Our Shout’ program promotes positive strategies to improve well-being and resilience in rural NSW communities. “Communication in family-run business is crucial not only for financial success but also the emotional and mental well-being of all family members that are involved in the partnership. Family members that are able to express their needs and concerns in a way that is productive and supportive of other family members often leads to healthy and long term sustainable family partnerships that are able to weather the hardships of not only drought but of the many other challenges that face rural and regional communities,” said Brenda Baker.

The workshop’s expert panel will include Family Succession Advisor, James Hamilton and Succession Law Specialist, Claire Booth. Ms Booth says drought conditions should not deter families from succession planning, “The impact on the drought for some farming families has meant people are stuck in a holding pattern, waiting for things to improve before starting or finishing succession planning. However, what we’re hearing from the banking sector is if a family has been thinking about a succession plan now is actually a good time to sit down and discuss the options.

“Farmers rarely want a hand out, but a hand up – they want to be in charge of their future, and what happens to their land, especially when it comes to handing over assets or management to the next generation,” said Claire Booth.

Regional Development Australia Central West’s (RDA CW) CEO Mr Sam Harma added: “This workshop will ensure attendees from across the Central West are empowered with powerful new communication skills, take home checklists on how to approach the succession plan as well as insights from the banking sector as to how best approach the bank when things are tough, cash flow is low, equity levels are stretched and the impact of drought affects even the most informed plan. Family businesses are the back-bone of our communities and we’re positive that the new skills and tools learnt at this workshop will have positive outcomes across the region.”

The ‘Family Matters: Succession Planning Workshop’ will be held at Parkes Services Club from 9am-4pm on Thursday 28 November 2019 and is supported by: Regional Development Australia Central West, Parkes Shire Council, Rural Financial Counselling Service and the Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Resilience Program.

The workshop is FREE but registration essential. Registration is NOW OPEN and will fill fast.

To register or for more event information, visit: www.nalag.org.au/familymatters or contact NALAG NSW on t. 02 6882 9222.

*A downloadable FLYER detailing the event is available here or directly from the above website.

*It would be appreciated if you think this free workshop might be of interest to members of your community if you can distribute or post these flyers up on any relevant notice boards to help spread the word to assist families in our region.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Brenda Baker | NALAG: www.nalag.org.au/familymatters | m. 0428 676 528 | e. brenda@nalag.org.au

Sam Harma | RDA Central West: www.rdacentralwest.org.au | t. 02 6369 1600 | e. admin@rdacentralwest.org.au

From Monday 18 November please contact Sam Harma directly via:  m. 0448 288 698 | e. director@rdacentralwest.org.au

A message from CEO Sam Harma – October 2019

Go West for the Western Business Forum: Condobolin, Monday 4 November 2019

October is NSW Small Business Month and RDA Central West has been working hard to showcase many of the region’s local businesses and events which are creating jobs and driving the local economy forward. Small business is the lifeblood of many of our communities and this month, as in all months, I am encouraging everyone to shop local where you can and back local businesses having a go.

A major event supporting local business development and investment attraction will be taking place at the Condobolin Showgrounds on Monday 4 November this year. The ‘Western Business Forum’ aims to showcase why the Lachlan Shire and the Central West region is such a great place to live, work and invest.

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Showcasing Central West Schools

Students across the Central West region have been given a significant opportunity to showcase their excellence in STEM-based learning gained during 2019.

Schools have been invited to submit either existing projects they have worked on during the year, or if they feel inspired, they can submit totally new projects for consideration in the inaugural SISP STEM Awards 2019.

The Awards will provide an opportunity for the NSW Department of Education schools in the region to showcase their winning approach to learning.

The SISP STEM Awards are now open at: www.stemawards.com.au/central-west/ and CLOSE at 5pm on Monday 18 November 2019.

To read more about the Awards and the entry process click here.

Orange Jobs Expo & Try a Trade 2019 – FREE!

Are you a student or job seeker or are you considering a career change?

‘The Orange Jobs Expo & Try a Trade’ info day will be the place you need to be. Come along and speak with local businesses and providers about jobs, apprenticeships, traineeships and training opportunities in the Central West.

Entry is FREE: Wednesday 13 November from 9am-2pm at the Orange Function Centre.

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National Renewables in Agriculture Conference & Expo

SAVE THE DATE – Thursday 14 Nov 2019!

On-farm renewables are a valuable opportunity for farmers to cut costs and emissions. Hear from farmers already successfully using renewables, why they did it, and what they’ve learnt.

At this one day event to be held in Wagga Wagga, industry experts will discuss topics such as: Feasibility and working out the business case for renewables; Understanding grid connections and What’s on the horizon for energy and agriculture.

Don’t miss this first time event. For the full program and to register, click here.

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REMINDER – 2020 Women’s Awards nominations about to CLOSE

Central Western women celebrated the ‘International Day of Rural Women’ this month with lunches and events all over the region. If you know an inspiring rural woman who should be celebrated don’t miss out on nominations for two of the biggest 2020 women’s awards:

  •  ‘NSW Women of the Year Awards(incl. a ‘Regional Woman of the Year’ category) – nominations CLOSE Friday 25 October, 2019.
  •  ‘AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award’ – nominations CLOSE Thursday 31 October, 2019.

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2020 NSW Women’s Week – grants now OPEN

The NSW Women’s Week grants provide local organisations with an opportunity to deliver a range of education, mentoring and participatory activities that will provide direct benefit to local women and girls. Grant funding will comprise of grants of up to $5k each.

NSW Women’s Week will be held 2-8 March 2020. Women across the Central West and NSW make important contributions at work, in our families, communities and neighbourhoods. The NSW Government encourages charities, not-for-profits, companies limited by guarantee and local government organisations to apply for grant funding to hold events and activities that celebrate women during this week.

Applications are now open and will CLOSE 5pm on Wednesday 6 November 2019.

For further information click here.

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FREE Confinement Feeding workshops in October

Attention ALL Central West Graziers/Farmers –

A series of FREE Confinement Feeding/Drought Lot Workshops will be held during October in Canowindra, O’Connell and Peel.

Each session will run from 9:30am to 3:30pm with a field trip in the afternoon. Run by Central West and Central Tablelands Local Land Services, morning tea and lunch will be included.

*RDA Central West region towns hosting the workshops are:

  • Canowindra: Thursday 10 October
  • O’Connell: Monday 14 October
  • Peel: Tuesday 15 October

Click here for workshop topics, venue details and all workshop location details.

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NSW Women of the Year Awards 2020 nominations now OPEN

Now in their ninth year, these Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution made by women across NSW to business, industry, community and society.

Nominations can now be submitted, and close the last week of October. Who in your community deserves recognition?

There are seven different categories including a ‘Regional Woman of the Year’ Award.

Nominations CLOSE Friday, 25 October 2019. Winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held 5 March, 2020.

Visit, the Awards website for the full list of categories, further information and to submit nominations, here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/news-and-events/news/2020-nsw-women-of-the-year-awards-nominations-open/

NSW Small Business Month 2019 is coming!

October is NSW Small Business Month. Designed to support small businesses to both start and grow, the NSW Government has organised a wide variety of inspiring educational events and webinar sessions, with many of them FREE.

With something for everyone, the courses range from social media marketing and financial related topics to business acceleration and networking events. Registration is essential.

Visit: https://www.businessmonth.nsw.gov.au/ for a full calendar of Small Business Month related events and courses during October, 2019.

Beyond Blue’s FREE NewAccess

Mental Health Awareness Month this October asks you to check in to see how YOU, your FAMILY and/or MATES are travelling mental health wellness wise.

NewAccess is a FREE new service launched by Beyond Blue and is now available to some parts of the Central West region. A confidential mental health coaching service, where you DON’T need a GP referral or Mental Health Plan, that provides support over six private sessions. Access the service in person, by phone, Skype or FaceTime.

For more details call Beyond Blue t. 1300 224 636 or visit:

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/newaccess/where-are-your-access-coaches-located?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_MLtlI3I5AIVmR0rCh2VGw0eEAAYASAAEgLzrPD_BwE