- 9 September 2015
Our newsletter is full of information and opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities across the NSW Southern Inland region. In this edition we share details about a major event occurring this month that will help businesses in our region better engage with China. There are many new programs, grants and other funding opportunites and we share details of these.
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In this issue...
Education, Employment and Investment
- Opportunity Awaits at the Chinese Business Forum
- RDA Southern Inland Deputy Chair appointed to National Museum of Australia Council
- Take steps to grow your business this month
- Connecting regional, rural and metropolitan Australia
- Expressions of interest open for distribution of 2016 Back to School Vouchers
- Bee Awareness Day at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market on Saturday
Living and Working Sustainably
- Local farmer participates in Environmental Film Festival - this weekend
- Australian Agricultural Futures: report
- Soil for food, fibre and the environment day – a celebration of soils
Digital Economy Transition
- Small Business Digital Growth: the potential for internet and mobile technologies to transform small business
- Free Webinar: IT management for people with no technical background
- Rural Education Australia Program
- Small Grants for Rural Communities
- Australian Institute of Management 25% scholarships
Education, Employment and Investment
Opportunity Awaits at the Chinese Business Forum
A Chinese delegation of 100 key decision-makers will visit Goulburn on Monday 21 September to participate in a Chinese Business Forum, to be hosted by Regional Development Australia Southern Inland in conjunction with the Australian International Trade Association.
“Businesses and organisations considering export or tourism, seeking investment, involved with infrastructure development or looking for business and community networking opportunities should attend this event” said Cr Mark Schweikert, Chairman of Regional Development Australia Southern Inland.
The Business Forum will include a panel of presenters who will explain how to engage with China.
Business operators, regional producers and organisations are invited to promote their businesses and services at the Business Showcase that will occur in conjunction with the Business Forum.
RDA Southern Inland Deputy Chair appointed to National Museum of Australia Council
The Government has announced the appointment of Ben Maguire to the Council of the National Museum of Australia. Ben was recently appointed Co-Deputy Chair of the Regional Development Australia Southern Inland Committee; and has held business interests in the rural, tourism and hospitality industries as an owner and consultant to industry.
Take steps to grow your business this month
The Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre is a dynamic regional organisation that delivers a comprehensive range of business and educational services. In September, training will focus on business management for start-ups and business intenders, and established business people who are keen to gain business direction and are planning for expansion or diversification.
Connecting regional, rural and metropolitan Australia
Regional Voices is a new weekly radio program offering fresh perspectives on regional Australia, broadcast across the community radio network. Guests range from high profile industry shapers to rising stars, quirky characters and quiet achievers, exploring topics that regional listeners care about. Recently two business owners from our region have been interviewed on the program.
Expressions of interest open for distribution of 2016 Back to School Vouchers
The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal is calling for Expressions of Interest from community organisations to distribute $50 gift vouchers to families in need for their Back to School Program. Vouchers are redeemable for items such as school school items necessary to start the 2016 school year.
There are plenty of food events happening in the Southern Inland NSW region this weekend, visit the Southern Harvest website to find out more.
Bee Awareness Day at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market on Saturday
This Saturday the Southern Harvest Farmers Market at Bungendore are coming together for a special Bee Awareness Day. There will be talks throughout the day about why bees are important, how to help them, how to keep them and even a special display hive and a bee dance for the children. The Southern Harvest Farmers Market at Bungendore is held at the Bungendore Memorial Hall on the Kings Highway. At the markets you will find veggies, meat, seafood, cheese, chickens, seeds, eggs, honey, wines and preserves as well as your breakfast, lunch and coffee. All stallholders are the producers of the food. The markets are on every 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 9am til 1pm.
Contribute to the next step towards a potential food policy for our region by attending a lively panel discussion about the future of ACT regional food. Panel members include ACT Minister Shane Rattenbury, Nick Rose of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, local farmer Penny Kothe of Caroola Farm and Janet Jeffs of Ginger Catering.
Living and Working Sustainably
Local farmer participates in Environmental Film Festival - this weekend
The Environment Film Festival Australia comes to Canberra for the first time from 11th to 13th September 2015. The season features six sessions over three days and highlights some of the most pertinent environmental issues facing the world today. Most events incorporate a panel discussion afterward. Saturday 12th September includes a showing of Good Things Await, a Danish film telling the story of an 80 year old biodynamic farmer. The panel discussion afterward will include Burra local, Andrew from BurraBee Farm.
Australian Agricultural Futures: report
Australia’s Agricultural Future, written by the Australin Council of Learned Academies identifies these opportunities and barriers for the agricultural sector in the context of complex social and political issues around rural and regional Australia. The focus of the report is on emerging issues that may impact on the capability of Australia’s agricultural industries to respond to future increases in global demand, particularly in Asia.
Soil for food, fibre and the environment day – a celebration of soils
ACT Regional Landcare Facilitator program are hosting a full day workshop on 16 October, “Soil for food, fibre and the environment day – a celebration of soils” at Sutton Village Hall at Sutton. The program includes an interesting lineup of experts in their field and presentations by two of our regions’ innovative farmers, David Marsh from Boorowa and John Ive from near Yass.
Digital Economy Transition
Small Business Digital Growth: the potential for internet and mobile technologies to transform small business
A new report shows that small business use of mobile and internet technology is currently limiting their ability to reach their full digital potential. It finds that Australian small businesses can unlock an additional $49.2 billion in output over the next ten years by making better use of existing digital technologies. The report is useful for business owners across NSW Southern Inland as readers can drill down into the report to access data at a state, electoral district or industry level to determine approximately how much better off they can be over the next ten years with better use if internet and mobile technology.
Free Webinar: IT management for people with no technical background
Have you become the "accidental techie" in your organisation? This webinar will demonstrate how best to manage responsibilities as the IT contact, discover IT's function within your organisation and learn how to set up appropriate standards, processes and procedures. Understand the industry benchmarks around service delivery and IT costs. See what free tools are available to help you better manage your organisation's IT. The webinar is presented by Connecting Up.
Have you checked our Grants Support database recently? Lots of funding opportunities have been added this week to assist businesses, community groups and individuals. Here are just three:
Rural Education Australia Program - REAPing Rewards; up to $10,000 for locally driven projects and programs that directly enhance the educational outcomes for children and students (0-18 years) in remote, rural and regional communities.
Small Grants for Rural Communities - up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.
Australian Institute of Management 25% Scholarships for MBA - for not-for-profit organisation employees
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Cheers from the RDA Southern Inland Team