RDAIWM eNewsletter - September 2015
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Bromelton State Development Area

The Chair of RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Kathy Bensted and CEO Rees Banks were given a full briefing of the Bromelton State Development Area this month by Scenic Rim Regional Council Mayor John Brent, Council CEO Craig Barke and RDAIWM Committee Member Cr Jennifer Sanders.

At full completion, the development of Bromelton will comprise: 617 hectares of major industry, 244 hectares of rail dependent industry, 58 hectares of rail sidings, six hectares of local services centres and 18 hectares of corporate logistics, which is anticipated to employ in the order of 24,800 workers. By build out, Bromelton will contribute in the order of $786 million in gross operating surplus annually to SEQ and Queensland.

Funding workshops for Somerset

RDAIWM will be conducting Business Case Workshops in conjunction with the Somerset Regional Council during October. The RDA's Business Case Workshops will provide information about the National Stronger Regions Fund and other relevant Federal and State Government funding programmes, plus tips and strategies to support organisations in developing a successful business case and acquiring funding for their project.

The workshop training will be conducted by highly trained professionals at Kilcoy 14 October, Fernvale 22 October and Esk 29 October. Book your place by phoning RDAIWM on 3812 4144 or email 

Kathy Bensted appointed to RDA National Chairs Reference Group 

The Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Warren Truss MP has established a reference group of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Chairs, comprising one representative per state and territory. RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Chair Kathy Bensted has been selected as the Queensland representative.

The purpose of this group is to provide information and advice to the Deputy Prime Minister on the critical issues in their respective jurisdictions on regional economic development matters. Please feel free to email your items of interest to

Local lake names to become official: have your say

The Queensland Government is inviting locals to have their say on proposed names for some of the Lockyer Valley's unnamed lakes. Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said the proposed names would make official the names that locals used for the lakes.

Submissions are open until 6 November 2015: visit and use the 'I'm looking for' link on the left panel. To view the maps for the proposed areas search QPN1292 and QPN1293.

Nominations open for 2016 Premier's ANZAC Prize

Year 8 to 11 students across Queensland are able to nominate for the 2016 Premier's Anzac Prize, with student applications due by Friday 30 October, 2015.

Students are required to produce a five-minute multimedia presentation about how the Anzac tradition has shaped Australia, why it is still important and how future generations can keep the tradition alive as part of the application process. Expressions of interest close on Friday 16 October.

For further information click here 
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