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Our Director Regional Development, Mandy Walker attended a celebration event on 13th July at the Beemurra Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) office at Yallalie Farm. Here the Directors of BAC welcomed guests, including Senator Sue Lines, Senator for Western Australia, and provided an insight into their work on the farm in the cattle backgrounding operation. It was great to hear from the ladies involved in the operation who are hands on in animal husbandry, land management and administration roles.
RDA Wheatbelt has been a supporter of BAC through our Noongar Enterprise Development Support (NEDS) project by funding the development of a strategic plan to develop a youth camp facet to the business. Madeline Anderson explained the vision of BAC and Phil Bellamy from the Shire of Moora spoke about the importance of organisations like BAC to be able to implement initiatives like this to ensure that the next generation of Yued leaders have access to cultural experiences and education.  
Carol Redford of Astrotourism WA also spoke of Madeline’s involvement in our NEDS astronomy project. Madeline was our lead artist who took the school students artwork of the emu and kangaroo in the sky and interpreted that into a piece that was then printed onto two Yued planispheres. This project has been showcased throughout the RDA network and has gained interest from communities in Far North Queensland.   

Congratulations to the Beemurra Aboriginal Corporation on the launch of your new logo, it is beautiful and the story behind the python was intriguing. We look forward to continuing our connection with you through the NEDS project this year.

Photo L to R - Carol Redford Astrotourism WA, Madeline Anderson Beemurra Aboriginal Corporation, Donna Vanzetti Beam Me Up Media.

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Government and Community News

Regional Telecommunications Review. Have your say on the issues paper and your views and experiences with telecommunications in regional, rural and remote Australia. 

Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarship Program. A $30,000 bursary will be paid to the scholar and there are approximately 15-20 scholarships on offer. Closing 6 Aug.  

Accelerator for Enterprising Women, Kickstarter Challenge. Submit your entrepreneurial or business ideas for the chance to get support to bring your idea to life including a share in $60,000 of seed capital funding and mentorship. Closing 31 Aug.  

SmartyGrants free Grantmaking and communications risks and rewards whitepaper. Ensure your grants communications are loud and clear.  

AIM Pinnacle Awards. 10 Categories, each winner will receive $20,000 worth of learning and development to give towards the charity of their choice. Closing 18 Aug.  

Superannuation reforms. From 1 November 2021, where employees do not choose a super fund, most employers will have to check with the ATO if their employee has an existing super account, known as a 'stapled super fund', to pay the employee's super guarantee into. New Gov't Superannuation comparison tool to compare 80 MySuper products.  

Single Touch Payroll Phase 2. The mandatory start date for STP Phase 2, where employers are required to report on an expanded range of information will be 1 January 2022.

Labour market information user survey. How do you access and use the National Skills Commission labour market information. Download hard copy.

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Grants and Funding Opportunities

Thank A Volunteer Day Grants. Up to $1000 to support communities to acknowledge and celebrate the role of volunteers within the community. Closing 5 Aug.  

Live Music Australia Program. Between $5000 and $100,000 to revive business ventures across the country, building capacity for a sustainable live music scene with strong community roots. Closing 9 Aug.  

Heywire Youth Innovation grants. Up to $10,000 for NFP community-based organisations in rural, regional and remote Australia adopt and act on one of the five project ideas. Closing 19 August.  

Strengthening Rural Communities. Up to $10,000 for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Closing 24 Aug.  
Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund. Small grants $7500 to $300,000 for projects that increase participation in sport and recreation, closing 31 Aug. Annual Grants between $100,001 to $166,666 and the Forward Planning between $166,667 and $2 mill closing 30 Sept.   

Budget Direct grants of $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000 for community projects. Closing 30 Sept.

Rural, Regional and Other Special Needs Building Fund Multi-Purpose Services Program Minor Capital. $50,000 up to $600,000 for projects that directly relate to the provision of residential aged care by a MPS. Closing 30 Sept.

Club Night Lights Program. Up to $1 mill for community groups and local governments to develop sports floodlighting infrastructure.  Closing 30 Sept.

NBN Regional Co-Investment Fund. Co-funding of projects with LGs to lift the digital capabilities of communities in regional and rural Australia. Closing 18 Feb 2022.

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