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Regional Development News - Wide Bay Burnett
Monday, 05 November 2018 13:20

Inside the November 2018 RDA WBB Newsletter:

  • Regional Growth Fund jobs boost
  • New leaders to drive economic development
  • Growth Forum attracts record attendance
  • Building Better Regions Fund - Round 3 open
  • Regional Employment Trials
  • Jobs Fraser Coast Launch
  • Upcoming Events





Regional Growth Fund jobs boost

The Wide Bay Burnett secured almost 20% of the entire $272 million Australian Regional Growth Fund (RGF) grant pool with two iconic projects announced.

A new "super brewery" for Bundaberg Brewed Drinks and a $60 million Military Projectile Forging Plant for Maryborough will create hundreds of job opportunities and boost these regional economies for many years to come.

Bundaberg Brewed Drinks secured $19 million from the fund to enable it to meet global growth predictions while retaining the majority of its operations and employment in Bundaberg.

Military supply chain company NIOA received $28.5 million to reignite the local manufacturing industry, creating more than 100 direct jobs through its projectile forging plant.

RDA Wide Bay Burnett Director of Regional Development Scott Rowe said the outcome of the Regional Growth Fund for Wide Bay was exceptional.

“These two projects will provide an economic boost to their regional cities creating much-needed employment,” Mr Rowe said.

“RDA WBB is very thankful to our federal members who fought very hard to see these projects advance.”




New leaders to drive economic development

A new group of regional leaders have been appointed to help drive economic development across the Wide Bay Burnett.

Seven volunteer community leaders have been chosen to share their skills and expertise to work as a united group to secure State and Federal funding as part of a new RDA WBB committee.

The new members are: Bill Trevor OAM (chair), Daniel Poacher (deputy chair / treasurer), Georgie Somerset (secretary), Kerren Smith, Ed Gibson, Tanya O’Shea and Kristy Frahm.

Bio of the new members…

Chair - Bill Trevor OAM (Bundaberg) brings a wealth of local experience from a long-standing career in local government positions and community leadership. He strives to bring the region together to work as a united group to ensure it reaches its economic potential.

Deputy Chair / Treasurer – Daniel Poacher (Fraser Coast) boasts more than 20 years’ experience in construction and engineering projects, and brings strong knowledge of business, finance, governance, communication and project management to the RDA WBB Committee.

Secretary – Georgie Somerset (South Burnett) offers strategic planning, management, marketing and communication knowledge with a background in beef production. Working with various regions in Queensland, Georgie focuses on developing relationships within and across organisations.

Kerren Smith (Gympie) boasts more than 40 years of industry experience in transport and manufacturing. The growth and prosperity of Wide Bay Burnett is his driving force, with a focus on creating wealth and a stable future for the youth of the region.

Ed Gibson (Fraser Coast) has enjoyed a vast background in hospitality, tourism, sports and events, with connections to all levels of government. Ed’s diligent research, development and leadership skills have been the source of success of many great opportunities in the region.

Tanya O’Shea (Bundaberg) leads growth and diversification for social health and awareness in the Wide Bay Burnett’s local communities. Her focus on business and employment in the region is highly valuable to the RDA Committee.

Kristy Frahm (South Burnett) is the current CEO of not-for-profit Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (BIEDO). With a strong foundation in the agricultural industry, Kristy works to identify and seize opportunities for economic development.

For more information, please visit www.rdawidebayburnett.org.au.




Growth Forum attracts record attendance

The fifth annual Wide Bay Burnett Regional Economic Growth Forum held on October 11 in Bundaberg was rated a resounding success attracting a record number of attendees.

More than 200 business, community and political leaders converged on the Bundaberg Multiplex to hear from local businesses about their recent achievements and pending opportunities.

With a focus on innovation, infrastructure and emerging opportunities, the audience heard from state and federal industry leaders about seizing opportunities, managing risks, and working together to build thriving economies.

Federal Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport Scott Buchholz provided the keynote address at the forum which is hosted by the three tiers of government (Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils, Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning and Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett).

Copies of the presentations are available from www.wbbroc.org.au/news/events.




Building Better Regions Fund – closing soon

Eligible organisations seeking federal government funding through the $200 million Building Better Regions Fund have just two weeks left to submit their applications.

Tourism infrastructure and job creation are front and centre of the new round, and applications from councils and not-for-profit organisations are invited.

For detailed information on eligibility and guidelines, please click here, or contact Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett on 0429 881 697.




Regional Employment Trials

Local organisations with initiatives to help reduce unemployment are encouraged to apply for funding under the Commonwealth Government’s Regional Employment Trials.

The Wide Bay Burnett is one of 10 regions across the country selected for the trials which feature $1m in grant funding to partner with eligible groups to undertake employment-building programs.

Regional Employment Facilitator Austin Ryan has been appointed to work alongside the Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett (RDA WBB) Committee.

RDA WBB chair Bill Trevor congratulated the Federal Government on empowering local organisations to develop unique solutions to local employment barriers or opportunities as part of the two-year trial.

“The Wide Bay Burnett and Townsville are the only two regions in Queensland to be included in these trials,” Cr Trevor said.

“The program provides local stakeholders, including businesses, not-for-profits and local government agencies, with grants to trial local approaches to delivering employment-related projects."

The minimum grant amount per project is $7,500 while the maximum is $200,000. The grant will be up to 75 percent of eligible project costs. For more information on the Regional Employment Trials and for a copy of the guidelines, click here.



New group to tackle workforce development

RDA WBB director of Regional Development Scott Rowe has been appointed inaugural chair of a new volunteer organisation tasked with assisting workforce development, skills and training support.

Jobs Fraser Coast was launched in conjunction with a new Fraser Coast Workforce Blueprint by the Minister for Employment, Small Business, Skills and Training, Shannon Fentiman, last week.

The Blueprint was developed in collaboration with industry stakeholders, training providers and employer consultation, government entities, and guided by the insight of Jobs Fraser Coast. It delivers recommendations and actions to support employers, industry bodies, training providers, state and local government, and the many other stakeholders in supporting skills and workforce development.

The Jobs Fraser Coast committee consists of:

Scott Rowe (Regional Development Australia), Ana Rodger (TAFE Queensland), Graham Young (University of Sunshine Coast), Melinda Everett (National Disability Services), Darryl Stewart (Tiaro and District Chamber of Commerce), Lance Stone (Maryborough Chamber of Commerce), Sandra Holebrook (Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce), Louise Knol (Fraser Coast Regional Council), Michelle Kennedy (Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service), Leticia Grigorieff (Jobs Queensland).

More information can be found at the Jobs Fraser Coast website.





Join Queensland’s leading science and technology education companies in a truly immersive day of stage based presentations and hands-on activities.
Saturday 3 November 2018
9:00am – 1:00pm
Bundaberg Multiplex Centre,  1 Civic Street, Bundaberg West, QLD 4670
Cost: $43.29

Buy tickets via Eventbrite.

A 2-hour interactive training session that takes you through tasks and strategies for successfully using Facebook to promote your business. 
Wednesday 7th November 2018
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Bundaberg Business Enterprise Centre, Cnr Quay and Tantitha Streets, Bundaberg, QLD 4670
Cost: FREE
Register here.

Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) in conjunction with the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, are offering regional export workshops, run by the Export Council of Australia.
Friday 9 November 2018
8:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Maryborough City Hall, Reception Room, 388 Kent Street, Maryborough, QLD 4650
Cost: FREE
Register for this event here.

Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils (WBBROC) Meeting
WBBROC is holding their next quarterly meeting next month in Brisbane. These meetings are attended by the WBBROC Mayors, Deputy Mayors (or delegated Councillors), CEOs, a representative of Regional Development Australia, and representatives of the regional offices of the Department of State Development and the Department of Local Government.
Thursday 15 November 2018
Parliament House, Brisbane

Designed for established companies and organisations that are considering or already focusing on innovation as a business growth strategy to affect change within their business and industry sector, e.g. SMEs, larger enterprises, not-for-profits and research teams. 
Mondy 19th November 2018
Burnett Riverside Motel, 7 Quay Street, Bundaberg, QLD 4670
COST: Fully subsidised
Register for this event

This November breakfast will have a panel of three speakers talking about their experience of setting up and running a business while still keeping a full time job. For some of our speakers they have managed to turn their side project into their fulltime dream job!
Thursday 22 November 2018
Hervey Bay (venue TBA)
Cost: TBA
Book your tickets here.







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