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February 2015


Knowledge Forums | How Fast is Regional Australia Moving? 

March 12, 9:30 am - March 13, 4:00 pm

Regional Development Australia Murray is partnering with Murray Now  and other stakeholders in conducting Knowledge Forums themed “How fast is regional Australia moving”.

The two day conference will highlight regional challenges and attributes and will be held in Albury/Wodonga on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 March 2015 including an exclusive networking evening on the Thursday.

The conference will cross borders to bring leaders from business, industry, commerce and whole of government representatives throughout Australia.

Day One features Transport Infrastructure: Challenges facing the transport industry, Inland Rail Project, Women in Transport, Logistics in Murray Region, Intermodal Transport Options, Managing Growth, Supply Chain Efficiency

Day Two features People Property and Industry Movement: The commercial relationship between Asia and Australia, Key Industry movements in Regional Australia, Promoting Business and trade between China and Regional Australia, Water supply infrastructure opportunities, Future population for Regional Australia, , Innovative Communications for the region

Join us and engage in a series of forums, led by high caliber speakers in their field.

For more details and to book for the event visit How fast is Regional Australia Moving


ACCC releases Free Online Education Program for Small Businessess

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) offers three online program, including the small business education program which is aimed at helping small businesses understand their rights and obligations under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA 2010) and covers areas such as misleading and deceptive conduct, consumer guarantees, consumer contracts, small business scams, pricing and unfair selling practices

Alternatively, there is a pre-entry franchise education program, designed to help potential franchisees evaluate their suitability for running a franchise and to acquire the knowledge needed to do so successfully.
These programs as well as the tertiary education program can be found at:
Members may also be interested in subscribing to the Small Business Information Network and Franchising Information Networks – a free service dedicated to keeping small businesses informed about the latest regulatory developments, scams, upcoming educational webinars and publications etc. To subscribe, simply send your details to this address: and/or
Finally, to get advice related to the CCA2010, members can contact ACCC’s small business helpline on 1300 302 021.

Share your stories of immigration in regional Australia

Australia’s history is rich with stories of immigrants coming to regional Australia seeking a better life. 

Stories such as engineers and construction workers coming to work on the Snowy Mountain Hydro Scheme. Or the experiences of the many temporary workers that undertake the seasonal work that is so vital to our regional industries.

Today international migration remains central to the prosperity of regional Australia. Between 2006 and 2011, more than 270 thousand international migrants settled in regional Australia – more than the current population of Greater Hobart.

Research shows that these international migrants are important for regional areas; growing their populations, filling labour force shortages and bringing diversity to the community.

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) is currently reviewing the contribution of international migration to regional population and the economy. As part of this work RAI would like to explore the lived experiences of migrants and regional communities.

This is an invitation for international migrants who now call regional Australia home and the communities that they settle in to share their stories and help inform the policy debate on this important issue.

RAI is interested in hearing all stories (good and bad) about your first hand experiences.

Our aim is to use this work to generate new insights into what parts of Australia’s immigration policy works, what doesn’t and our options for the future. To share a story or find out more about this work please contact Morgan Rennie at by 6 March 2015.

Business and Environment Awards for 2015 now open!

The Berrigan Shire Business and Environment Award nominations are now open.

  • Nominate your own business in a specific category
  • Nominate another business to take part in the process – every entrant needs to answer a few questions
  • Nominate a business or person in the People’s Choice Award
  • Nominate an employee, trainee or apprentice who works for you.

Please take a minute to be part of this event that showcases excellence in Business in Berrigan Shire.

Entry is via the online portal at

If you would like assistance or more information please contact Merran Socha on 03 5888 5100.


2015 E-Leaders Program: Growing our rural leaders

National Rural Women’s Coalition are offering a new 'pick and choose’ leadership program for rural women which offers greater flexibility.
If you're keen to make a difference to your business or community, want to grow your leadership capacity and learn about more about effective communication and negotiation and understand more about the political process, this program is for you. 
You can find more details on the National Rural Women's Coalition e-leaders program here: E-Leaders Program

CALLING ALL Aspiring Rural Women Leaders - NEW PROGRAM
Applications close 27th February so you'll need to register asap.

New Grants and Funding

Westpac Foundation Community Grants

Application Closes: 24 March 2015


Westpac, in partnership with Westpac Foundation, is committed to supporting local community organisations providing opportunities to those who need it most. Westpac Foundation Community Grants, funded in  partnership with generous Westpac staff donors, encourage local not-for-profit organisations that have a big idea to change lives for the better to apply for funding.

The general public, Westpac customers and staff have the opportunity to get behind their favourite community organisation by encouraging them to apply for a grant. Any community organisation that meets the eligibility criteria can apply for a community grant of up to $10,000.


To be eligible for funding, your organisation will:

  • Be endorsed as, or auspiced by, a Deductible Gift Recipient (but not another ancillary fund) listed with the Australian Taxation Office under Item 1 of the Table in Section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act, 1936
  • Have an annual gross revenue of less than $4 million in the 2013/2014 financial year
  • Work with your local community to address social disadvantage through providing educational opportunities, employment pathways or improving quality of life for people in need, with particular focus on these target groups: Indigenous Australians, refugees, women, youth, aged, people living with disability or homeless populations
  • Not have received funding from Westpac Foundation in 2014.
Contact Details
Address: Westpac Foundation, Westpac Place 275 Kent Street Sydney 2000 NSW
Phone: 1300 851 357
Website: Westpac Foundation Community Grants

Small Grants Program (under $5000)

Closes 31 March 2015

The Mercy Foundation offers a Small Grants Program once a year. Small grants are provided for a range of social justice and community initiatives and are not limited to a focus on homelessness


The Small Grants Program provides seed funding and prioritises those activities and projects which focus on addressing disadvantage in regards to women and children. The types of project areas that may be funded include: poverty, domestic violence, women’s groups and activities, activities that focus on assisting children, women and/or children with disability, mental health and addictions. However, the Small Grants Program are not limited to these areas and these are only provided as a guide

The Foundation will respond to small grant requests within 12 weeks of the application deadline. The Foundation also seeks to minimise paperwork and reporting mechanisms for this program. The next round of small grant applications close on 31st March 2015. Funding for approved grants will commence after 1st July 2015.

Priority will be given to small organisations and those groups that receive no other funding. If the organisation is a community group which is not an incorporated association, that group might seek out an ‘auspicing organisation’ that does have incorporated, company or other appropriate legal status. The Small Grants Program fund projects within Australia only.

The Small Grants program is only available to NON PROFIT organisations. This program does not fund individuals or for-profit organisations. if the applicant has no legal status, an agency that does have legal status (non profit)  can be asked to auspice the project and hold any grant monies on behalf of the applicant.

Applications / Guidelines

Application methods:
Website: Mercy Foundation
Application: Mercy Foundation

Contact Details
Address: The Business Manager The Mercy Foundation Ltd 40 Rocklands Road WOLLSTONECRAFT 2065 NSW  
Phone: (02) 9911 7390
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