RDAIWM eNewsletter - June 2016
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Somerset Timber Bridges Replacement

The Mayor of Somerset Regional Council Graeme Lehmann recently toured the region with RDAIWM Chair Kathy Bensted and Committee Member Albert de Ruiter. On the agenda was the funding applications for the replacement of the timber Pryde Creek Bridge on England Creek Road and Apple Tree Creek Bridge at Cressbrook. This will provide reliable transport networks to both major employers in the food manufacturing and cattle by-products industries in the region.

University of Southern Queensland Update

Whilst attending a University of Southern Queensland forum at their Springfield campus, Assistant Minister for Local Government Jennifer Howard MP and RDAIWM Chair Kathy Bensted were given an update by the Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas about the university’s commitment to the southwest corridor and the Ipswich region and the increase in student numbers at both the Springfield and Ipswich campus. Ipswich has a major focus on health studies, while Springfield sees the introduction of a Bachelor Degree in Aviation.

Energy crops – Pongamia plants

In an Australian first, QUU recently established ‘energy crop’ farms at their Toogoolawah and Boonah Sewage Treatment Plants, which involved planting 5,800 Pongamia plants, complete with custom irrigation systems. These trials are expected to reduce effluent discharged to the environment by irrigating the ‘energy crops’ with treated effluent, and offset their fossil fuel dependency by harvesting the seeds to produce bio-fuel. It is estimated that four hectares of plants could yield 12,000L of biodiesel every year, which is enough to run around 24 fleet vehicles. The crop farms will also provide a drought proof source of water to help maximise the trees’ annual seed yields and diversify land use in regional areas.

Scenic Rim
Eat Local Week

Join in and experience the food and wine of the Scenic Rim at Scenic Rim’s Eat Local Week. Eat Local Week provides visitors and locals with an opportunity to learn about and enjoy the outstanding array of fresh, local products available right on their doorstep. Eat Local Week connects consumers with farmers and highlights the benefits of sourcing food that’s in season, close to home. More info

Start Playing
Stay Playing

The Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Sport, Curtis Pitt, has launched the Queensland Government’s new Join the Movement campaign urging women and girls across the state to become active and healthier for life.  Join the Movement, is part of the government’s sports encouragement Start Playing Stay Playing initiative, and would use popular social media channels as well as a dedicated website to inspire more women and girls to get active. See more

Get Out and Get Active Funding

This programme provides funding for projects that will deliver community-based sport and recreation activities that increase opportunities for participation by women and girls who are either currently inactive, or would otherwise benefit from further participation.

Further details here

Fact Sheets

RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Inc
17 Lowry Street, North Ipswich (PO Box 2547, North Ipswich QLD 4305)

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