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Employment Opportunities - Aboriginal Enterprise Development
Yued and Ballardong Enterprise Development Support Project Officers
2 x Part-time positions $55,000 - $60,000 pa (Based on skills and experience)

The ‘Noongar Enterprise Development Support’ projects will help develop Aboriginal business enterprises utilising existing cultural and regional assets.  These positions will be to inspire, facilitate and support the community to develop self-employment options and social enterprises that provide skills, employment pathways and income for Aboriginal people.

Experience in working with a range of stakeholders is critical, as is knowledge of culturally appropriate ways of working.  Professional development and mentoring is provided for the Officers.

All applicants must reside within the Wheatbelt region (or be willing to move to the Wheatbelt) and must address all of the selection criteria for the position.  These positions are culturally significant and pursuant of Section 50(d) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984, the applicant for these positions must be of Aboriginal descent.

Applications close at 4.00pm on 15th June 2018

Download the project briefing notes.
Download the Position Description, which includes the Selection Criteria for the Yued region Project Officer and the Ballardong region Project Officer.

Applications to be emailed to or mailed to 3 Constable street, Gingin WA 6503. For more information, email the office or Tel: 9575 1888.
Federal Budget 2018 – Budget Highlights for Regional Australia

Regional Development Australia Committees program - The Australian Government is continuing the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Committees program for the period 2018-19 to 2021-22.

Regional Employment Trials Program - The $18.4 million Regional Employment Trials Program will be introduced in 10 selected disadvantaged regions. The trials will assist to inform the delivery of future employment services and help Australians in selected regions to better access localised employment services and economic growth opportunities. Additionally, the Department of Jobs and Small Business will engage employment facilitators to work with Regional Development Australia committees to generate projects, connect with local stakeholders and promote economic opportunities as they arise.

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Export Hubs - Funding of $20.0 million over four years is allocated to help Australian SMEs to grow and export by supporting the private sector to develop local and regional business collaborations (hubs) in areas of competitive strength. The hubs will help SMEs work together to develop local, regional and indigenous brands, and connect with new markets and global supply chains, by identifying export opportunities, creating scale and building on regional competitive strengths.

Roads of Strategic Importance Initiative - This Budget includes $3.5 billion to establish the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative which will upgrade key freight corridors in regional Australia and increase productivity by connecting our major agricultural and resource areas with our cities and ports. The Initiative will also benefit urban areas where the primary focus will be last-mile access to ports, markets, airports and intermodal facilities. Upgrades to these roads will increase safety and provide broader benefits to regional Australia by supporting the tourism industry. Includes $220 million to deliver a bypass of Bindoon on the Great Northern Highway in Western Australia.

A Stronger Rural Health Strategy - The Australian Government will provide $83.3 million over five years from 2017-18 to achieve stronger rural, regional and remote health outcomes by aligning the distribution of the health workforce to areas of greatest need and building the capability of Australia's medical practitioner workforce. In addition, the Stronger Rural Health Strategy will provide greater opportunities for Australian doctors through better teaching, training, recruitment and retention.

Grant Programs - A further $200 million has been allocated to deliver a third round of the Building Better Regions Fund program. The Stronger Communities Programme will be extended for a fourth round. This program provides grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 to community organisations and Local Governments for capital projects, such as aged care facilities and community halls.

Decentralisation – The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities Indian Ocean Territories is moving from Canberra to Perth. RDAs are managed through this Department.

Instant asset write-off program -  This is being continued, allowing small businesses to write off asset purchases up to $20,000 instantly.
Applications Closing 25 May for RDA Wheatbelt Committee 
Seeking to make a difference in your region? How do you see the wheatbelt region growing and being recognised? Are you interested in contributing to a committee of motivated locals who will focus on driving economic development in your region?

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Wheatbelt Inc is seeking regional leaders with vision, drive and business experience who are able to facilitate economic development opportunities and investment for our regional communities and create jobs and growth.

Your networking skills will help build forums which enable consultation between business, industry and all levels of government and develop solutions for regional economic development. Applications for the Deputy Chair and Committee member positions are sought from highly motivated and experienced people who are knowledgeable about the economic strengths and challenges of the Wheatbelt region.

Download the Applicant Information Pack and the Application Form.
For further information contact the admin office or call 9575 1888. 
Applications close on 25 May 2018 at 4.00 pm (WA).

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Government and Community News

Brett Hayes, Clinical Nurse Manager of Palliative Care in the Wheatbelt, has been named WAs 2018 Nurse/Midwife of the Year for introducing mobile video conferencing to enable patients to remain at home during the final stages of their care. Brett  also took top honours in the Excellence in Rural and Remote Health category at the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards. Congratulations!
Young Social Pioneers. For Australians 18 to 29 yrs who are using their influence, platform or initiative to change the world. Young people from all backgrounds, cultures, religions, locations etc are encouraged to apply. 9 x $10,000 grants. Closing 1st June. 
Women's Leadership Development. Supporting the development of female leaders throughout the country. $3000 - $8000 partial scholarships available. Closing 15 June. 
Exploring ways to improve farmers' interaction with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Call for submissions from farmers and stakeholders on interaction for review to reduce red-tape and find practical ways to help farmers meet the requirements. Closing 15 June. 
The Grower Group Alliance, in partnership with CBH Group and Leadership WA, 2019 Growing Leaders Scholarship program has opened for applications. Three scholarships, valued at up to $15,000 each, includes two scholarships in Leadership WA’s six-month Rising Leaders program, and one for more progressed leaders in Leadership WA’s 10-month Signature Leaders program. Closing 29 June. 

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Grants and Funding Opportunities

Every Club Funding - Assists organisations within regional WA to deliver outcomes aimed at supporting the management, governance and planning practices of community sport and recreation clubs. Funding from $5,000 to $40,000 in 2018/19 and $30,000 in 2019/20. 25% co-contribution required. Closing 8 June.   
Cooperative Research Centre Grants. support medium to long term industry-led collaborations to solve industry problems and deliver tangible outcomes. No specified limit but 50% co-contribution required. Closing 3 July. 
Growing Cricket for Girls. Up to $2000, supporting community cricket, school sporting associations, cricket clubs and secondary schools to develop new girls' competitions and grow established competitions to encourage girls to play cricket.  Closing 30 July. 
Youth Engagement Grants Program. Up to $10,000 for local governments and community service organisations to implement projects that engage young people 10–18 yrs in creative ways and help achieve positive outcomes. Ongoing until 31 Dec. 
Active Regional Communities aims to increase the opportunities for regional people to participate in sporting and active recreational activities in regional WA and is tailored to meet the ever changing demands and challenges of sport and active-recreation groups. Up to $5000, with Co-contribution and or in-kind required. Ongoing. 
Lotterywest Information technology and web grants can help organisations innovate, build their capacity and add value to their business. Small and large grants with over $50,000 requiring a Technical Needs Assessment. Ongoing. 

Aust Gov't Regional and Community Programs

2nd, BEVERLEY Tractor Pull, Lawnmower Racing
Canteen and Bar available on the day NO BYO. Gates open 11am, racing 12noon - 6pm.
2nd - 3rd BENCUBBIN - 360 Off Road Racing
See the State’s best off road racers battle it out over 70 kms. Camping, food, drinks, bar.
3rd - TOODYAY - Fibre Festival
Fashion, music, spinners, displays, demonstrations, craft, quilting, animals, stalls.
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