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Noongar Enterprise Development Support Projects

Introducing our new Project Officers
RDA Wheatbelt is excited to be able to introduce the two people that are going to be ‘on the ground’ delivering these projects in the Wheatbelt.  Robert Miles is working with the Ballardong region and is already forging ahead with introducing himself and the project to the community. The very positive response to this project and input into the name that will be an integral part of the project, Moorditj Yaakiny (Standing Strong), has been fantastic. Stephanie Mippy has recently joined the team but has already begun working with local groups and individuals to develop the networks required to progress this initiative. The Yued project will be known as Ngala Wele Karla (Our Dream on Fire).
The process to design new logos, construct websites, project emails, and create the information packs is currently underway but should you wish to contact the Project Officers please contact Robert on 0428 959 084 or and Stephanie on 0419 928 818 or
The projects seeks to provide ‘on the ground’ support to groups and individuals and build partnerships to identify social and economic opportunities and pathways for starting a small business or social enterprise with the social enterprises also expected to act as incubation hubs. The key element is building capacity within the Noongar community for the project to continue beyond the funding period. Whilst the main focus of these projects has been aimed at the Noongar community, both Robert and Steph are happy to work with any Wheatbelt based Aboriginal people wishing to start up a business.
WE Shine 2018 - York
RDA Wheatbelt is pleased to again be supporting this fantastic regional business event. The Wheatbelt Business Network WE Shine tickets are now available. Hurry as last year sold out quickly. Members $110 and non-members $145. Ticket includes all sessions, m/tea, lunch, a/tea and networking sundowner. Speakers include Dr Melissa Langdon, who founded to support women at work and Ron Gibson on Networking Know-How to Grow Your Business. Also Skills to Shine masterclasses and a Q and A panel. Friday October 26th, 10:30AM until dark. Faversham House, 24-26 Grey St YORK. 

Photo - L-R Stephanie Mippy, Robert Miles, Mandy Walker

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Government and Community News

Trucks will be able to carry more hay and fodder to drought affected farmers with longer and higher loads of hay and fodder permitted to travel on state and national-controlled roads. Heavy vehicles up to a maximum height of 4.6 metres and 2.83 metres wide will no longer require a permit to access the existing state-controlled road networks. Previously access was limited for Class 3 vehicles up to 2.6 metres wide and 4.3 metres high. Permits will still be required through the NHVR Portal for access to some local government roads.
2019 Science and Innovation Awards. If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. Closing 12 Oct. 
Nominate a Mobile Black Spot for the Program’s Database. Local and state governments, and Federal representatives have been invited to nominate black spot locations. Members of the public are encouraged to make their coverage issues known to their local council and Federal representatives. Closing 11 Nov. 
Australian Future Agro Challenge you will be the first to hear all about the latest innovations in food, agtech and agriculture as visionaries from all over Australia, face-off live, on a national stage, to compete for the honour of representing their country 16-17 Nov.  
Digital Infrastructure Atlas illustrates all key telecommunications infrastructure such as the telephone exchanges, dark fibres and radio-communication sites around the State to provide WA enterprises with increased opportunities to improve their telecommunications services.

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Grants and Funding Opportunities

Preserving our Aboriginal Sites Grants. Support to Aboriginal not-for-profit organisations to undertake projects that protect and preserve registered Aboriginal sites. Incorporated Aboriginal organisations registered for GST can apply for a max of $30,000 (ex GST). Unincorporated Aboriginal groups and organisations not GST registered can apply for a max of $15,000 (ex GST). Closing 15 Oct. 
Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs grants. Grants from $150,000 to $1.5 million over four years to help establish and/or operate SME export hubs in the six Growth Centre sectors. The export hubs will work with Growth Centres to facilitate SME export opportunities. The grant amount will be up to 50% of eligible project costs. Applications for Expressions of Interest close 15 Oct. 
Aged Care Regional, Rural and Remote Infrastructure. Up to $500,000 to assist existing approved residential and home care providers in regional, rural and remote areas to invest in infrastructure. Commonwealth Home Support Programme services will also be considered, where there is exceptional need Closing 24 Oct. 
The Move It Aus – Better Ageing grants enabling national sporting organisations, along with non-government and LGAs to apply for up to $2 million to deliver programs to Australians over 65. Closing 31 Oct. 
Regional Economic Development Grants. Up to $250,000 for community driven individual projects that  promote sustainable jobs, partnerships, productivity, skills and capability, as well as stimulate new investment and industry diversification in regional WA.  Closing 2 Nov.  
Harmony Week Funding for community groups and NFP organisations to hold celebrations for Harmony Week in 2019. $2000 for Harmony Week activities that celebrate our vibrant multicultural community. Closing 5 Nov.
Creativity Australia One Voice Choir Grants. Grants of up to $10,000, to encourage communities to start their own choir. Successful applicants will receive the start-up grant and join a 12-month intensive mentoring program to guide them. Closing 9 Nov. 
Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Program, Fostering Integration Grants. Supporting migrants to integrate into Australia by encouraging social and economic participation, developing skills, building community resilience, promoting and encouraging the uptake of Australian values, addressing issues within Australian communities and promoting a greater understanding and tolerance of racial, religious and cultural diversity. Closing 9 Nov. 

Dep't Infrastructure & Regional Dev't Programs

6th - Doodlakine - B&S Ball
Cut up pit, games, music plus a burnout competition. No glass. No fires. No dogs. No aggression.
14th - Meckering Earthquake 50 years Event
Free entertainment & attractions. Live music throughout the day, food stalls, carnival rides, Scitech science shows etc.
20th - Beacon - Living on the Edge Concert
County Music Icon Adam Harvey Live as well as Dave Prior, Amber Munns, Kate Hindle, Eastern Line, Kate Linke.
5th-7th - Kulin - Bush Races
Activities and entertainment for all the family. Pack your swag, tent, caravan, ute etc for free camping facilities.
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