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Media Release: Robots inspire STEM teachers in Industry Partnership pilot program

Regional Development Australia Central West recently held its first workshop for the Pilot STEM Industry School Partnership (SISP) Program at Canobolas Rural Technology High in Orange.

The Sphero Robotics workshop was attended by 10 teachers from Orange East, Bletchington, Clergate, Spring Hill, Calare, Bowen, Glenroi Heights and Mullion Creek public schools.


Farm to Institution Central West NSW

Media Release: Farm to Institution, Central West NSW Project

Regional Development Australia Central West is launching Farm to Institution Central West NSW – a first-of-its-kind project in Australia, and part of an embryonic movement in the region supporting not just regional economic development, but also social and environmental development.

Farm to Institution Central West NSW is about creating new pathways to market for regional producers and farmers into regional institutions. (more…)

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Media Release: Pilot funding for STEM Industry School Partnership Program (SISP)

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Central West is collaborating with RDAs Hunter and Southern Inland to pilot a program that provides students in years 5 to 8 in each region with age appropriate STEM skills and pathways to STEM jobs.

Funded by the NSW Department of Education, the STEM Industry School Partnership (SISP) Program matches schools in each region with an industry partner and technology program.


Mixed Farming Technology, Agribusiness Today Forum

Media Release: Innovation and ag-tech for mixed farming on show

Innovation to improve the efficency and productivity of mixed farming operations across Central NSW is the focus of the Agribusiness Today Forum in Parkes next month.

The Forum on Thursday 2 August and Field Day on Friday 3 August will feature skilled speakers and live demonstrations of new technology in the livestock and cropping industries. (more…)

Central West Orana Regional Plan

Media Release: Regional solutions to dire metro population growth warnings

Decentralisation and policies focussing on jobs and infrastructure for regional areas must form a significant part of the national strategy to combat the dire consequences of the unprecedented population growth in metropolitan cities over the next 30 years, says Regional Development Australia Central West Acting Chair, Reg Kidd. (more…)

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Media Release: New project tackles regional paddock-to-plate challenge

Regional farmers could secure sales to city customers with a new project launched by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Central West and Farming Together, funded by the Australian Government.

The collaborative business model called Central West Fresh was developed following the Small Agricultural Enterprise Logistics workshop facilitated by RDA Central West which investigated the problems small farmers and food processors face delivering produce to metropolitan clients. (more…)

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Media Release: A new Charter for a stronger, more focussed RDA network

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Central West Chair, Mr Alan McCormack, has welcomed Minister Fiona Nash’s announcement that RDA Committees will move forward under a new Charter, describing it as a “great opportunity for RDAs across the country, and a strong sign of support and confidence in the important networking, facilitating and advocacy role of Regional Development Australia Committees.” (more…)

Building Better Regions Fund

Media Release: Bumper infrastructure boost to Central West NSW through Building Better Regions Fund

Central West NSW is set to receive an $11.9 million infrastructure boost from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) Round 1, Infrastructure Stream.

Funding was awarded to Councils and Not-for-Profit organisations for five projects in the Central Western region, located in Bathurst, Orange, Forbes, Lachlan and Weddin Local Government Areas. These projects represent 16% of the number of projects funded in NSW, with a combined total value of $57.5 million. (more…)