RDAIWM eNewsletter - September 2016
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QLD Premier presented with RDAIWM Roadmap

Whilst attending a forum in Ipswich, RDAIWM Chair Kathy Bensted presented the 2016-2020 RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Regional Roadmap to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk MP and Assistant Minster for Local Government Jennifer Howard MP.

This was a great opportunity for Ms Bensted to report to the Premier the opportunities and infrastructure needs of the region. The Ipswich and West Moreton region contributes almost $12 billion GRP to the national economy.

To continue this growth further investment is needed for the Bromelton SDA, Cunningham Highway Amberley Intersection, the Kilcoy Bypass and GWIZ Industrial Estate.

IWMJobs Launch

RDAIWM Chair Kathy Bensted, Ipswich City Council Mayor Paul Pisasale and Lockyer Valley Deputy Mayor Jason Cook launched the joint initiative of the IWMJobs website.

IWMJobs is a new website with a single point of access to all jobs advertised in the area. This Talent Community platform enables creating and matching local jobs for local people. There are over 500 local jobs in the Ipswich and Lockyer Valley Region being advertised on this jobs portal. This is a free service to both local employer and job-seekers.

RDAIWM Chair Ms Kathy Bensted said ‘IWMJobs  would encourage additional employment and educational development through attracting and matching job seekers with local jobs’. To sign up for this free website go to

Withcott Queensland's Friendliest Town

The town of Withcott in the Lockyer Valley has been awarded the title of Queensland’s Friendliest Town for 2016 by environmental movement Keep Queensland Beautiful. The tireless work of local Councillor Janice Holstein, the Lockyer Valley Regional Council and wider community has paid off for Withcott; being awarded a 4 star rating in the Queensland Tidy Towns program in 2015.

Having been involved with the Tidy Towns program for some 16 years, I’m so proud of the Withcott community for such an outstanding achievement, well done Withcott! said local Councillor Janice Holstein, Lockyer Valley Regional Council and RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Committee member.

Success at the Ekka

With over 400,000 attending the Brisbane EKKA, both the Scenic Rim Regional and Lockyer Valley Regional Council continued to promote their great regional food and wine attractions to a diverse range of people. Scenic Rim Council handed out over 7,500 of their famous carrot bags, with Lockyer Valley drawing over 14,000 to their stall.

The Ipswich and West Moreton region producers over $574 million worth of agricultural commodities and has over 3,000 agricultural businesses. To find out where to visit go to
Scenic Rim website
Lockyer Valley website

Advance Queensland


Have your say on the Regional Innovation
Hubs Program

We seek Queenslanders’ input and feedback to help shape the way we ignite and grow thriving regional innovation ecosystems throughout Queensland. We have partnered with strategy and design company Business Models Inc. and identified five key features for successful ecosystems.

Attend a Consultation Workshop

Consultation workshops will be held throughout regional Queensland during September where attendees can come together as a community, understand the program in more detail and learn how we can build innovation hubs together. We encourage regional Queenslanders to attend a workshop, join the conversation and help shape this program.

Read the Discussion Paper

The discussion paper (PDF, 544KB) sets the scene for how we can build thriving ecosystems in regional Queensland, states the goals of the program and poses 10 questions on the design of the guidelines.

IWMJobs Workshops

Ipswich City Council 
Local Talent Community Jobs Board Launch

Tuesday, 13 September
5.00 pm – 7.00 pm | FREE
Light refreshments will be served
Cunningham Room
Ipswich Civic Centre
Nicholas Street, Ipswich

RSVP by Friday, 9 September
For registration and further information email
Ipswich City Council’s Office of Economic Development
or call 07 3810 6938
Lockyer Valley Regional Council
Local Jobs Board Launch

Wednesday 14 September 2016 - arrive 5:15pm
details here
RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Inc
17 Lowry Street, North Ipswich (PO Box 2547, North Ipswich QLD 4305)

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