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SISP NRMA Future of Transport Challenge Winners

Earlier this month the awards for the SISP NRMA Future of Transport Challenge 2019 were presented to students from Mullion Creek Public School.

In partnership with NRMA, the STEM Industry School Partnership Program (SISP) challenged students to create an innovative product or service which addresses a real-world need through human-centred design thinking. The NRMA Challenge is all about investigation, collaboration and entrepreneurship to solve a local transport problem, with a focus in Orange on new transport technologies and how they can improve the delivery of local produce to customers from the Central West. (more…)

Supporting the Central West’s growing region of entrepreneurs and innovators

Sam Harma from RDA Central West (R) and Gerarda Mader from Upstairs in Bathurst (L) discuss the newly launched Entrepreneurial Ecosystem map.

Regional Development Australia Central West (RDACW) has launched the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem map to provide a visual road map for up-and-coming local businesses to help better understand, integrate and collaborate in the start-up/entrepreneurial professional landscape.

The map is about identifying and bringing together the organisations across the Central West that support aspiring entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses; from networking and start-up events, education, co-working spaces, advisory services, ideas incubators and accelerators through to commercialisation and investment opportunities.

To download a copy of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem map, visit: https://rdacentralwest.org.au/initiatives/entrepreneurial-ecosystem/

If you have a hub or business in the Central West that you think should be included on the map, contact Rebecca Taylor e. rebecca@rdacentralwest.org.au or t. 02 6369 1600.


Media Release: AgriTECH goes west – AgriTECH Education Innovation workshops Lake Cargelligo

More than 120 primary and high school students from Lake Cargelligo Central School, Condobolin Public School and Euabalong West Public School participated in the AgriTECH Education Innovation Workshops held at Lake Cargelligo Central School earlier this month.

The STEM Industry School Partnership Program partnered with CQ University to deliver the workshop. Researchers and Industry experts led students through a range of exciting technology, science and design thinking activities around agriculture. (more…)

2019 Premier’s NSW Export Awards

The Export Council of Australia and the NSW Government is encouraging export businesses to apply for the 2019 Premier’s NSW Export Awards.

The annual program aims to recognise excellence in the export of goods and services by NSW business and to honour and celebrate the nation’s top exporters, raising their profile and bringing valuable business and networking opportunities.

Applications close on Thursday 1st August 2019.



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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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.


Agribusiness Today Forum 2019

Maximising Red Meat Yields and Business Opportunities

SAVE THE DATE – 8th & 9th August 2019, Cowra NSW


Markets and Business Opportunities
Innovation & Technology taking red meat to the next level.
Who, what, where and how can we push the limits of red meat yields?


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.


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.