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December 2013


IN THIS ISSUE
  • RDA Murray Regional Plan 2013-2016
  • New Expo era
  • ASIC launches a New Small Business Hub
  • NSW 2014 Women of the Year Awards
  • Merry Christmas from the RDA Murray Team
  • New Grants and Funding
RDA Murray Regional Plan 2013-2016

RDA Murray’s Regional Plan 2013-2016 is now available on the RDA Murray website (www.rdamurray.org.au). The Plan was devised as a motivator in driving key regional development objectives in the Murray region for the term 2013 to 2016.


The Plan is intended to outline RDA Murray’s objectives, its assessment of the long term issues facing the Murray region and its identification of opportunities, challenges and key priorities.

Ultimately, the document will assist stakeholders and economic and community practitioners to easily identify and embrace the roles and key functions of RDA Murray, enabling  development and implementation of new regional programs and initiatives.

The priorities contained within the Plan are a result of extensive consultation with community, local government, business and stakeholder groups. The consulttaion process was framed around the four key determinants of long term regional economic growth: 1) Human Capital, 2) Sustainable Growth & Population, 3) Access to International, National & Regional Markets and 4) Comparative Analysis & Business Competitiveness.
The committee identified seven key priorities, clustered into four major regional priorities: Economic, Environmental, Social and Integration issues

The RDA Murray Committee and its team members will continually review and update this ‘living’ Plan to meet its ever changing economic and social landscape.


Download RDA Murray Regional Plan 2013-2016 HERE
New Expo Era

Deniliquin Council will coordinate the next Deniliquin Innovation Expo after officially taking over management of the Murray Valley Industry Park (MVIP) this month.

An official launch on 4 December 2013 included the handover, official launch of the park's education centre and the official announcement of the 2014 expo. The third annual expo will be held Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24.

Deniliquin Council general manager Des Bilske says the expo coincides with council's floodplain management conference, which will attract 250 delegates from across NSW to Deniliquin from May 22-24. The expo features agricultural-based farm sites, seminars on farming and natural resource management, displays of the latest farming technology, a new inventors competition, a farmers' market and more.

The expo was just one of the events and improvements added to the park as part of a business plan to ensure the facility is a self-sustainable community asset. Other ventures at the park since 2009 include the relocation of the Murray Catchment Management Authority SeedBank from Berrigan, rice trails, noxious weed trials  and a community crop which is currently being grown for the Blighty Football Club.

The learning centre is the latest venture, which is a demountable classroom housing laptops and a smart board. This centre is designed to be used by school groups, university and TAFE students, organisations and community groups.


For more information on the expo please visit Deni Innovation Expo

ASIC launches a Small Business Hub


The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has launched a new Small Business Hub to help small business know and better understand their compliance obligations.

The Small Business Hub is the result of ASIC consulting various small business stakeholders and conducting an on-line survey. ASIC received feedback that small businesses wanted access to information that was relevant, practical and easy to access and understand.

The Small Business Hub is an information gateway that provides easy to read material and signposts users to more detailed information. The main features to the Small Business Hub include:
  • General information about small business
  • Starting a small business
  • Compliance obligations for companies and business names
  • Closing a small business
  • Various resources, including one minute guides on a variety of useful small business topics
  • Top 10 small business inquiries made to ASIC and associated links to assist with these
  • Small business eNewsletter
For more information visit the Small Business Hub
NSW 2014 Women of the Year Awards

Nominations now open for the 2014 NSW Women of the Year Awards.

Women NSW is looking for inspiring role models, women who have demonstrated excellence in their career and women who have made significant contributions in their local community for the 2014 Women of the Year Awards.

For the first time, a new category has been introduced - Harvey Norman’s Young Woman of the Year Award. This award acknowledges the critical role that young women play in changing the social and business landscape for women and is proudly sponsored by our partner, Harvey Norman.

A.H. Beard’s Community Hero Award acknowledges local heroes and/or volunteers and women who are making an outstanding contribution to their local community. This is proudly sponsored by our partner, A.H. Beard.

The Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year recognises women who have excelled in their career, field or passion and/or have made a significant achievement in a traditionally male-dominated area.

NOMINATE NOW for the Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year

NOMINATE NOW for A.H. Beard’s Community Hero Award

NOMINATE NOW for Harvey Norman’s Young Woman of the Year Award

Please read the NSW Women of the Year Awards terms and conditions before you commence your online nomination.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Awards, please email womenoftheyear@facs.nsw.gov.au

Nominations close at 11.00pm on Thursday 9 January 2014.

Merry Christmas from the RDA Murray Team 

We wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!


The Albury and Deniliquin offices of RDA Murray will be closed from 5:00pm Monday 23  December 2013 and will reopen 9:00am Monday 6 January 2014.  

See you all in 2014!
New Grants and Funding

Sita's Community Grants program

Applications closes: 31 January 2014

Purpose

SITA’s Community Grants program will partner with organisations that fit with our core philosophy of supporting local participation in social and environmental projects which help create a more sustainable future.
Overview

SITA’s community grants are specifically intended to support a diverse range of organisations located in the communities in which we operate. Eligible projects will address one or more of our key focus areas:

  • Encourage community involvement and improve the quality of the local environment;
  • Develop environmental awareness and inspire participation in sustainable activities through education;
  • Contribute to improved human health and wellbeing; and/or
  • Support and encourage recreation and community building.
Limitations

All grant applicants must provide documentation to show they:

  • They meet one, or more, of the key focus areas.
  • They are a legal entity, registered in Australia, with a current ABN (or have the legal backing of one i.e. an auspice or funding partner).
  • They are an Australian registered charity or community organisation based in Australia (or have the legal backing of one i.e. an auspice or funding partner) providing services and / or delivering projects in Australian communities.
  • The entity applying for financial assistance has the ability or capacity to be maintained independently of SITA support.
  • They agree that financial assistance provided by SITA Australia must be spent on the approved project within the agreed time frame.
  • They agree that, upon receiving approval from SITA Australia, any financial assistance provided through the SITA Community Grants program will be publicly acknowledged.
  • They have read the SITA Community Grants Terms and Conditions.

It is important to note that SITA will not accept more than one grant application per project, per year. You are welcome to submit more than one application for your organisation, however the projects must be different.

SITA will be assessing all grant applications on its individual merits and the benefits the project will provide to the community. However, there are some things SITA will not fund including:

  • Events or activities that may be detrimental to the environment;
  • Individuals;
  • Events associated with gambling or alcohol;
  • Political or military organisations or activities;
  • Religious or sectarian organisations involved in purely religious/sectarian activities;
  • Overseas programs and projects, including international goodwill agencies.
For more information
Phone: 02 8775 5535
Email:
sitacommunitygrants@sita.com.au
Aussie Farmers Foundation Grants

Applications closes: 03 February 2014

Purpose

Aussie Farmes Foundation aims to support initiative which will make a difference to the health and wellbeing of Australian rural and regional communities.
Overview

The Foundation aims to partner with best practice organisations around Australia who are delivering services in rural and regional Australia, where there has been an identified need of assistance. We are interested in community-focused activities which will make a real and measureable improvement to rural and regional communities, activities which are based on consultation or input from the community.

Priority

People in rural and regional farming communities.

Limitations

Aussie Farmers Foundation can only consider applications from organisations that have:

  • Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 + Tax Concession Charity (TCC) Status
  • An ABN (Australian Business Number).
For more information
Contact: Venetia Taylor
Phone: (03) 9015 9138

Email:
info@aussiefarmersfoundation.org.au
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