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OCTOBER 2014


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Export Workshops - 12 November at Albury

Murray Now, RDA Murray, Export61 and ANZ Bank brings you Export Essentials Workshops for Regional and Rural Business Presented by experienced exporters and an ANZ specialist. Gain valuable information, practical tips and ‘how to’ get started advice. The workshops provide the perfect opportunity to pitch your export-related questions and issues to the experts. Network with like-minded businesses to discover how easy it can be to start or rapidly grow your export business.

Who should attend:
  • Businesses looking to develop a growth plan to extend beyond the domestic market• Potential exporters and new Exporters
  • Existing exporters that would like a refresher or expand their own export marketing plan
  • Businesses that provide services to exporters
Workshop Details - Wednesday 12 November

Workshop 1
Growing a Successful Export Business - 9am till 12.30pm
This workshop will deliver practical advice to start or grow a successful export business.
Participants will take away a strong understanding of what is required for successful export activity.

Workshop 2
How to Make Your Website Sell Your Exports - 1pm till 3pm
The internet has truly become the great equalizer in global sales. This workshop will give you the tools to create an effective export ready website reaching national and international customers in a cost-effective way.


For details and to register for the event visit Murray Now

Regional Development Australia Murray is proud to partner in this export initiative
 
             

Murray Now Industries - Want More?



The Murray Now Industry Prospectus web portal gives you access to the latest land survey results, economic data analysis, commercial and industrial real estate, transport networks and comprehensive industry listings related to the Murray regions’ local government areas.


Gain Exclusive Access to Over 5560 Local Businesses, Trades, and Organisations in this Directory

 

Australian Small Business Advisory Services

The Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Programme aims to improve the capacity of established not-for-profit small business advisory service providers to deliver low cost small business advisory and information services.

The Australian Government is providing up to $6 million per year, over three (3) years for the Australian Small Business Advisory Services Programme.

The Australian Small Business Advisory Service Business Solutions 2014 round aims to improve the accessibility, volume and quality of low cost business advisory services across five streams of assistance:

  1. Funding avenues and financial analysis
  2. Building your business
  3. Making the most of your talent and team
  4. Management capabilities
  5. Digital engagement implementation

Register your interest

If you wish to receive updates about the Australian Small Business Advisory Services Programme, please register your interest.

Register for ASBAS Programme updates

For more details visit Australian Small Business Advisory Services

Sustainable Living Week

In celebration of the national Sustainable Living Week, AlburyCity, City of Wodonga, Hume Bank and the Regional Centre for Expertise – Murray Darling, have teamed up to present the a week jam packed full of sustainable living ideas for the community with the highlight being the Green Market.

When: Sunday 26 October - Saturday 1 November 2014

Where: Various - see program for details

Price: Free

Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint and your bills and join us for a week full of educational and interactive community activities.

Featuring the Green Market on Saturday 1 November, hosted by passionate local experts, community groups, regional food producers along with special guest – host of ABC Gardening Australia – Costa Georgiadis.

Some highlights for the week include: 

  • Garbage to Garden: a workshop on how to turn your food scraps into compost
  • Spot the Night Life walk: an evening walk at Wonga Wetlands to spot squirrel gliders,  barking owls, flying foxes, platypus and more
  • Eco-Living @ the Grove: interactive activities including scarecrow-making, speed dates with sustainable builders, water experts and energy assessors. 

Check the full program here to get involved.
For more details visit Albury City Council

Nominate an outstanding Young Achiever today!

Nominate an outstanding Young Achiever between the ages of 12 and 28 in a variety of fields of endeavor! Nominating is free, for more information please click the below coupon to be directed to website to nominate for free and to find out more information!
 

New Grants and Funding

National Stronger Regions Fund
Applications Close: 28 November 2014

Purpose
The National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) is an Australian Government initiative to boost social and economic development in Australia’s regions by funding priority infrastructure projects in local communities. The  Australian Government has committed $1 billion to the fund over five years commencing from 2015–16
.

Overview

Funding will be provided for capital projects which involve construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade, extension or enhancement of existing infrastructure. Projects selected for funding should deliver an economic benefit to the region beyond the period of construction, and should support disadvantaged regions or areas of disadvantage within a region.

Local Government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply for grants of between $20,000 and $10 million. Grant funding must be matched in cash or on at least a dollar for dollar basis, and the funded part of the project must be completed on or before 31 December 2019.

The objective of the NSRF is to fund investment ready projects which support economic growth and  sustainability of regions across Australia, particularly disadvantaged regions, by supporting investment in priority infrastructure.

The desired outcomes of the programme are:

  • improved level of economic activity in regions;
  • increased productivity in the regions;
  • increased employment and a more skilled workforce in regions;
  • increased capacity and improved capability of regions to deliver major projects, and to secure and manage investment funding;
  • improved partnerships between local, state and territory governments, the private sector and  community groups; and
  • more stable and viable communities, where people choose to live.

Not all projects will be able to contribute to each desired outcome, however collectively the projects will meet the NSRF objectives and desired outcomes.

Limitations

An eligible Applicant for funding must be:

  • a legal entity with an Australian Business Number (ABN) or an Australian Company Number (ACN); and
  • an organisation that is one of the following:
    • a Local Government body including the ACT Government, either in its own right or on behalf of a consortium; or
    • a not-for-profit organisation, either in its own right or on behalf of a consortium, that is not owned by a state or territory government.
      Eligible local government bodies are defined in Attachment A. A consortium must be supported by appropriate legal arrangements, and must be led by a local government body or eligible not-for-profit organisation. A consortium may include ineligible organisations.
Who is ineligible to apply for funding?

The following organisations are not eligible for funding:
  • NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, SA, TAS and NT governments;
  • state and territory government-owned corporations, for example organisations that deliver services to communities that would normally be expected of a council and/or organisations that operate on a commercial basis and deliver services which support the day-to-day operation of the community;
  • state and territory government-owned not-for-profit organisations;
  • universities, technical colleges, schools and hospitals, and other organisations which are primarily supported by other Australian Government programmes or initiatives;
  • Regional Development Australia committees; and
  • all for-profit organisations.

For more information:
Website: Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Email: nsrf@infrastructure.gov.au

Community and Cultural Grants 2014/2015 Round 1

Applications closes: 6 November 2014

Applications are now open for eligible not for profit community organisations for grants under AlburyCity's Community and Cultural Grant Program.

Successful applicants will use the funds to implement community and cultural programs, services or events during 2015. 

Funding will be offered in the following categories:

  1. Community - programs, activities or initiatives that develop community capacity and or services that meet identified community needs.
  2. Cultural - program, activities or initiatives that provide art, cultural experiences and programs for the local community. 

Guidelines and Criteria  

Grant applications will receive a higher priority if: 

  • Aligned with an identified need or issue within the community
  • Is developed in consultation with the community
  • Creates opportunities to enhance skills
  • Encourages community participation in the project
  • Provides opportunities for sections of the community that do not normally access programs or activities
  • Exposes the community to a range of opportunities not currently available
  • There is contribution from the Applicant organisation
For more information
Website: Albury City Council
Contact
Maralle Vogel/ Team Leader - Community Development 02 6023 8272 mvogel@alburycity.nsw.gov.au

Narelle Vogel/ Cultural Development Coordinator 02 6023 8753 narellevogel@alburycity.nsw.gov.au

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