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RDA WBB Media Release
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 16:57

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett (RDA WBB) is pleased to announce that Round One of the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund Community Investment Stream has resulted in 147 projects receiving $6.9 million Australia wide.

The Wide Bay Burnett region received $258,759 to deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities.

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Round 2 of the Accelerate Small Business Grants is open for applications
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 15:55

Under the program, matched funding up to $10,000 is available for eligible small businesses that demonstrate high-growth and employment aspirations to enable them to engage high-level experts and strategic advisors to work closely with them in their business.

Already, 53 small businesses have received funding under Round 1 of the program and are using the grant to access tailored, one-on-one advice from business experts on issues such as market expansion, strategic direction and marketing for 6 – 12 months.

The program guidelines and application forms have been updated for Round 2. Applying businesses must have a clearly defined opportunity and plan for growth, and demonstrate how engaging external advice will assist the business to achieve these goals, as was required under Round 1.

To be eligible for funding, businesses must:

  • have a trading history of a minimum of three years at the time of applying for the grant
  • have a minimum turnover of $500 000 in the previous 12 months
  • have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • have Queensland headquarters or significant Queensland operations
  • have competitive opportunities in domestic or international markets
  • be experiencing growth and have clearly defined high-growth and employment opportunities
  • declare if any owners or directors of the business are an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent.

For more information, including guidelines and terms and conditions and to apply for funding, visit Business Queensland.
Assessment panels will be held regularly to consider applications and cut-off dates will be advertised on Business Queensland.

Meet & Greet - 31st July 2017
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 14:16

This Meet & Greet was hosted by Deb Frecklington MP and attended by over 50 people.

Please follow the link to SB Online for more information


Meet & Greet - 19th June 2017 - Southern Cross Austereo
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 17:02

Thank to our hosts Southern Cross Austereo, it was a hugh success with over 40 attending

Please follow the link to SB Online for more information.


Back to Work Regional Employment Package
Tuesday, 06 June 2017 15:18

State Development are now approaching the first anniversary of the Queensland Government’s Back to Work regional employment package.

The package has been highly successful in providing employment opportunities for over 4000 new employees across the state. In the Wide Bay Burnett this number is in excess of 800 jobs, with some 500 employers across the region receiving financial support.

While many of your members have taken advantage of the package I feel it is appropriate to re-visit the package and encourage your members to assess if the package is something to aid their business by getting an extra pair of hands to help grow of the business. Skills packages are available to fine tune the new employee to suit the enterprise needs.

The Back to Work regional employment package provides up to $20,000 to an employer who takes on a new employee who has been unemployed.

The link to all the detailed information is https://backtowork.initiatives.qld.gov.au/ and/or I would be happy to discuss specific questions with your members on 07 4122 0401.

Members may also access information on the Youth Boost component of Back to Work on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1prc0vBF6Y

For further information please contact Bob Hockey.

Bob Hockey
Back to Work – Employer Officer
Regional Services – Wide Bay Burnett
Department of State Development

P 07 4122 0401  M 0413 337 703

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Level 1, 319 Kent Street Maryborough 4650


Back to Work - Youth Boost Payment
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:29

The Back to Work - Regional Employment Package (Back to Work) is a two year $100 million package giving businesses the confidence to employ jobseekers in Queensland’s regions and providing an economic boost to regions facing challenging times.

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Business urged to view electricity prices with caution
Monday, 27 February 2017 11:22

The Queensland Electricity Users Network (QEUN) is urging all businesses in regional Queensland to view the Draft 2017-18 retail electricity prices announced by the Queensland Competition Authority with extreme caution.

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$130 million Jobs & Regional Growth
Monday, 27 February 2017 08:14

The fund is part of the Government's plan to create jobs, especially in regional Queensland, and is available to support business and projects that will generate economic development and employment opportunities.

The $130 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund is part of the government’s broader $200M Jobs and Regional Growth Package, targeted at growing regional economies and jobs for Queenslanders.

The fund will help facilitate private sector projects which create employment and economic growth opportunities in regional areas outside South East Queensland facing significant economic and employment challenges.

Financial assistance ranging from $100,000 to over $10 million is available for proponents to apply directly. Applications will be assessed under an appropriate set of criteria and the type and level of assistance will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Applications will be considered across a broad range of medium to large businesses, for both new projects and expansion of projects in Queensland that maximise benefits for regional employment and economic growth.

How to apply

Applications for financial assistance are invited directly from proponents. For more information on how to apply contact us:

  • Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Phone: 1300 785 106

More information

To find out if your project might be eligible for support and for further information on the fund, view the jobs and regional growth brochure (PDF icon 231 KB).

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