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Building Capacity Within RDA Wheatbelt
RDAs across Australia have received a small amount of additional funding for capacity building activities. RDA Wheatbelt has allocated a portion of the $5800 to providing professional development to Committee Members and staff; purchasing a subscription to the Regional Australia Institute InSight platform; and web based teleconferencing subscription to enhance the teams productivity.
The RAI InSight is an online interactive map of Regional Competitiveness. It uses 71 indicators in 10 themes to give a snapshot of the competitive position of regions. This will greatly assist RDA Wheatbelt to access data to support economic development within the region.
Deputy Chair Karen Strange and Director Regional Development Mandy Walker were delighted to attend the recent Rural Regional Remote Women's Network of WA, Regional Leadership Masterclass, held at Muresk.
"This was a great opportunity to explore contemporary leadership approaches and compare that to how we do business in the Wheatbelt.” said Mandy. 
In March, Mandy will also be attending the Australian Regional Migration Conference - Attracting and Supporting Regional Migration: Innovation, Investment, Skills, Settlement. This is in response issues arising from changes to workforce visa application and assessment criteria and the impact it is having on the region.
Photo - RDA Wheatbelt Deputy Chair Karen Strange and Director Regional Development Mandy Walker at the RRR Regional Leadership Masterclass, Muresk in February.

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Government and Community News

Lotterywest Grants Information Sessions. T: 9488 6280 M: 0420 964 407. Tammin 26 Feb Council Chambers 12-1pm , Cunderdin CRC 26 Feb 4.30-5.30pm, Quairading CRC 27 Feb 2-4pm, Beverley 28 Feb by appt.

AgriFutures™ Ignite Network is offering 25 Ignite Network members the opportunity to attend the Aust Institute of Company Director’s Foundations of Directorship program. Three day course, Sydney Tue 21 May to Thur 23 May. Closing 6 March.

The Scribblers Festival is inviting poets, storytellers, graphic novelists, comic strip creatives, and essayists to enter the very first Golden Pen Awards. The inaugural theme is: Discovery. The Golden Pen awards is open to all WA high school students aged 12-17 years. Prizes! Closing 31 March 2019.

2019 Infrastructure Priority List. The consensus list of the infrastructure investments Australia needs over the next 15 years is updated regularly to reflect emerging infrastructure priorities across Australia and provides independent, evidence-based advice to governments and industry on the projects that will most benefit our growing communities. 
Single Touch Payroll, changes to the way employers report their employees' tax and super information to the ATO is now applied to those with less than 20 employees as of 1 July 2019. Employers send their employees' tax and super information to the ATO each time they run their payroll and pay their employees.
All associations (NFP) that were incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1987 are now incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015. Each association must review and update its rules (Constitution) by 1 July 2019 to ensure the rules comply with the requirements of the new Act.
Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030. The strategy provides the State with a strategic framework for managing waste and guides the Waste Authority in delivering its programs and development of advice to government.  
Technology in agriculture. Adoption of emerging technologies in Australian ag is expanding at a rate faster than the consumer’s capacity to understand the opportunities - creating a need to explore community perception and regulatory challenges. This is the focus of two new AgriFutures Australia-funded reports: Emerging technologies in agriculture: Consumer perceptions around emerging agtech  and Emerging technologies in agriculture: Regulatory and other challenges.

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Grants and Funding Opportunities

Social Justice Small Grants. $1000 - $10,000 to assist communities and organisations to build capacity that will help create structural change and bring about greater social justice in Australia. Closing 4 March.  

Horticulture Innovation Australia. $8000 scholarship to build capacity in people in the horticultural industry to ensure the development of leaders for the industry in the future.

Forest Community Support. Up to $2000 for events that encourage people to learn more about forestry, get active and seek to contribute to the well-being of their regional community. Closing 6 March.  
Road Safety Community Grant. Up to $1,000 in event grants to further encourage community groups to participate in National Road Safety Week. Closing 8 March. 
IGNITE grants. Up to $5000 for individuals working in writing, publishing, visual arts to develop skills and progress their careers and to acquire knowledge, to undertake mentorships, internships, residencies & leadership opportunities. Closing 8 March.
In a Good Place. Up to $20,000 for community-driven initiatives that reduce social isolation, increase social participation, connectedness and encourage people in communities who are at risk of, or are experiencing, mental health issues to seek help. Closing 14 March.
Women’s Leadership Development. $3000 - $7000 scholarship funding is currently available for women to participate in a range of leadership development courses. EOI close on 15 March.
Community Engagement Grants. Up to $40,000 for arts-based activities that promote the participation and engagement of WA communities in arts and culture. Closing 22 March. 

FRRR Strengthening Rural Communities. Up to $10,000 for small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia to support broad community needs. Closing 26 March. 

Arts Projects – Organisations. From $10,000 to $100,000 for a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Also organisations that undertake arts programs, projects or that provide services to artists. Closing 4 June. 

Dep't Infrastructure & Regional Dev't Programs

2nd - KALANNIE - Wheatstock Concert
A showcase of WA talent with many country tunes for people of all ages. Entertainment, food, bar and more.
19th - BENCUBBIN - Women Mean Business
Shire of Mt Marshall Women in Business Workshop, not to be missed by any female involved in, or interested in business. Contact -
8th-9th - WAGIN - Woolorama
Commercial exhibitors, cattle, horse, working sheep dogs, entertainment, displays & activities for all the family.
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