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December 2014


RDA Murray Christmas Hours

RDA Murray office will be closed from
5pm Tuesday 23 December 2014
9am Monday 5 January 2015

Wishing you a season of joy and looking forward to continued success in 2015.

Murray Now Export Workshops

Bernard Gaffney Indigo Shire Council, Peter Crawley, Export61, Johnson Mangalath, Regional Development Australia - Murray

Regional Development Australia - Murray recently attended Export Workshops held by Murray Now and facilitated by Export61. The workshops addressed various aspects of selling products and services into foreign markets.

With the latest free trade deals for Australia recently announced; the Murray region will see even further increases to market access. Exports for the Murray region produce significant value as they generate external income, which creates wealth at a local level.

It is estimated that in 2012-13 the Murray Region exported over $8.2 billion in goods and services. This was almost a fifth of the transactional value of goods and services sold within the region (with the remainder representing sale of goods and services to other business within the region and household consumption).

$6 billion boost for regional infrastructure

$6 billion will be invested in regional infrastructure as part of the NSW Government’s $20 billion plan for Rebuilding NSW.

The Government has accepted all recommendations for regional NSW outlined in Infrastructure NSW’s updated State Infrastructure Strategy.

The recommendations include:
  • $3.7 billion for regional roads and bridges;
  • $1 billion for water security projects;
  • $400 million for country rail;
  • $300 million to accelerate regional health projects;
  • $300 million for regional school renewals; and
  • $300 million for regional tourism and environment projects.

NSW Premier Mike Baird said the Government plan to ‘turbocharge’ the State through a range of vital regional infrastructure developments.

“More than half of the regional funding allocated under Rebuilding NSW has been reserved for ambitious road projects because we recognise the importance of building and upgrading country roads to sustain growth in local communities”, Mr Baird said.

He added, “This is an exciting plan for regional NSW. For the first time we have a clear plan for NSW, and more importantly, we have a clear plan to pay for it”.

Deputy Premier Troy Grant said Rebuilding NSW represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to accelerate capital investment in regional areas that need it most.

“By reserving $3.7 billion of Rebuilding NSW funds for road projects, we will support local workforces and the movement of high productivity vehicles,” Mr Grant said.

“These investments will secure the future of regional NSW. Regional communities were widely consulted in developing Rebuilding NSW and I thank them for their encouragement to adopt a broad range of infrastructure”.

New Grants and Funding

Sponsorship Grants


Sunsuper Dreams is all about doing something positive for the community in a really meaningful way.


This Sunsuper initiative gives individuals, groups and organisations the opportunity to be awarded a $5,000 grant to help realise a dream for a better world.

Dreams must make a positive impact on the community to qualify. The dream project must also:
  • Be based in Australia
  • Be able to be undertaken in the next six months
  • Do something good for the community.
No self-centred dreams. No inappropriate content or language. And no dreams you've had when you've been asleep! We're talking about the dreams you have with your eyes wide open.

Each month we'll be awarding a $5,000 grant to the nominated recipient of the dream voted most popular on this website.


To qualify, your dream project must:
  • Be based in Australia
  • Be able to be undertaken in the next six months
  • Do something good for the community.

Applications / Guidelines

Application methods: Online

Contact Details


Sponsorship Grants


The purpose of the Sponsorship Grants category is to support events and activities that foster community cohesion and promote the benefits of a multicultural society. It provides public support by the New South Wales Government to multiculturalism and the value of cultural diversity.


The sponsorship fund provided by the Commission is a nominal amount, typically in the order of $1,000 to $2,000, to indicate support of the activity by the Commission. It is not provided to facilitate the financial viability of the event.

The Commission will accept applications for Sponsorship Grants all year round for consideration and approval at its monthly meetings. It will also introduce a risk management approach to grants of $1,000 or less aimed at making the auditing and administrative requirements more efficient and cost effective for both the recipient and the Commission.


Projects supported under this category are:
  • the hosting of seminars and conferences
  • multicultural, inter-community and inter-faith forums
  • local festivals and major cultural events such as exhibitions and concerts
  • teaching craft skills to target groups from culturally diverse backgrounds.


To be eligible for funding under the Sponsorship Grants, the following criteria must be met:
  • An organisation must be a non-profit sharing community organisation that is one of the following:
    • an association under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009
    • a co-operative society under the Co-operatives Act 1992
    • a company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001
    • an organisation registered as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR)
    • established by legislation
  • The structure of an incorporated organisation provides accountability for grant money and for managing the project to achieve planned outcomes or goals. Local Councils may be considered for Sponsorship grants.
  • The event must be conducted or located within New South Wales.
  • The event must directly fulfil the objectives of the Commission, and specifically:
    • promote a cohesive and harmonious multicultural society
    • promote the benefits for cultural diversity to all sections of society
    • promote the Principles of Multiculturalism and the advantage of a multicultural society
  • The application must clearly indicate the date of the event.
  • The application must show a realistic budget for the event. 
    Note: the Commission may not grant the full amount requested, in which case the applicant may be funded for a specific component of the budget.
  • The organisation must have acquitted previous grants received from the Commission which were due for acquittal.

Applications / Guidelines

Application methods:
 Email, Mail, Fax

Contact Details

Address: PO Box A 2618 SYDNEY SOUTH 1235 NSW 
Phone: (02) 8255 6779
Fax: (02) 8255 6779
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