RDAIWM eNewsletter - December 2015
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$71.8 million facilities project

The Australian Government has approved a $71.8 million infrastructure project for the RAAF Base Amberley to support the relocation of the Australian Army's 17th Construction Squadron. The project is expected to begin in late 2015 and be completed by late 2016.

The project will provide new working accommodation, vehicle shelters, quartermaster stores and workshops, as well as a new fire training area for the RAAF Fire Services. The new facilities will provide a consolidated Engineer Support Regiment with modern and fit-for-purpose facilities to work, operate, maintain and support the Army's efforts, both in war time and peace.

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RDAIWM Chair Kathy Bensted and
RAAF Air Commodore Scott Winchester

USQ Ipswich and Springfield 
Upcoming programs

USQ has been a part of the Ipswich community since 2006, and have now expanded locations into central Ipswich and continuing to grow with the region. Officially moving to the Ipswich site in January 2015 USQ Ipswich is offering degrees in Human Services, Nursing, Midwifery*, Paramedicine, Psychology and Tertiary Preparation. USQ looks forward to developing the tertiary education opportunities in the region, building bright futures for our community.
From left to right: RDAIWM Executive Officer Rees Banks, USQ Vice Chancellor Prof. Jan Thomas, RDAIWM Chair Kathy Bensted and USQ Director Ian Hawke.

Advance Queensland support programs and initiatives

The Queensland Government has developed a number of programs and initiatives that support and align with the Advance Queensland agenda. The following programs were launched at the Ipswich Forum by State Minister Leeanne Enoch:

Community Digital Champions
Innovate Queensland
PhD Industry Experience Program
Startup Queensland
Queensland-Chinese Academy of Sciences Collaborative Science Fund(Q‑CAS)
USQ Vice Chancellor Jan Thomas, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy The Hon Leeanne Enoch, Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard and RDAIWM Chair Kathy Bensted.

National Stronger Regions Fund - Round Three opening

Round Three will open for applications on 15 January 2016 and close 5pm applicant’s local time on
15 March 2016.

This programme will provide funding of $1 billion over 5 years, commencing in 2015 - 2016, to fund priority infrastructure in regional communities.
More information.


Tech Savy Seniors

Lockyer Valley Regional Council and Scenic Rim Regional Council will be participating in the Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland program which will provide an opportunity for training to older Queenslanders in basic digital literacy and encourage them to use technology to connect with family and the broader community.

Seniors can sign up to learn how to use a tablet device, navigate social media, shop online and access government services.

Read more here.

Nominations for Mobile Blackspot Locations
Now Open

A further $60 million has been committed by the Government for Round 2 of the Mobile Blackspot Programme, with funding to be available over two years from 1 July 2016.

The database is now open for the public to report additional regional locations with poor or no mobile coverage. You can nominate a regional mobile black spot location by completing a mobile black spot nomination form.

The closing date for nominations is
31 December 2015.

Toogoolawah Cultural Precinct Opening

The new precinct which opened on Friday 11 December 2015 includes the ‘Condensery Gallery’, a sculpture garden and workshop space, as well as car parking, new roads and paths.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government provided $500,000 towards the project through the Regional Development Australia Fund.
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