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April 2015


FRRR  Heywire Grant: Mirror Mirror on the Screen

In 2014 the Urana Shire Council was fortunate to receive a grant of over $9000 from the Foundation for Rural and Regional/ABC under the Heywire Project. The name of the Heywire Project is Mirror Mirror on the Screen and will offer young people aged 12 – 25 years, particularly those with cultural and artistic interests, the opportunity to make a small documentary movie about life in Urana area.  The young people will choose the theme and story for the documentary. Implementing this idea will enable young people to develop not only filming skills but also see that their town has a lot to offer and that as a community we can work together in a positive way to bring events to the shire.

One of the driving factors of this project is for young people to believe in their community and become strong and successful citizens. The Urana Shire’s key objectives relate to “supporting a robust, resilient, unified and innovative rural community” and without our young people’s ideas, passion, creativity and skills, our communities would lack their strength and support.

The first stage of the Mirror Mirror on the Screen project, the planning day,  commenced on Wednesday 18th April at the Urana Memorial Hall, with Hannah from Rooftop Media, her assistant Zoe, and eighteen creative and enthusiatic young people discussing the activities they enjoy in Urana and strategies for the project filming days. At the end of the session, the young people were instructed to gather photos and videos on their smart phones about the things they loved to do in the Urana area and bring them to the Filming Days.

Hannah from Rooftop Media and her assistant will continue to facilitate the project and guide the youth on filming techniques to create an inspirational documentary of Urana and surrounding towns. The Mirror Mirror on the Screen project filming days will be held on Thursday 30th April and Friday 1st May 2015.
If you are aged between 12 and 25 years and would like to be involved in this wonderful opportunity of filming the documentary, please contact Council’s Youth Development Officer, Ms Susan Kane on Phone: 0417212069 or

RDA Murray attends Newcomers Australia Melbourne Event

RDA Murray team attended the Newcomers Australia Melbourne Event on 18 April  2015.  The Expo targeted the employment, education, visa and settlement needs of both newly arrived and settled migrants as well as temporary international workers, foreign students and the corporate expat community currently living in New South Wales.

The Expo provided an opportunity to the NSW State Government and RDA Murray to meet potential on shore skilled migrants wishing to relocate and settle in regional areas of Australia. The team met and spoke with a diverse range of people from different backgrounds and vocations.   The team highlighted the skilled shortages within the Murray and showcased the regions lifestyle advantages as a better place to live, work and grow.  

If you are interested in relocating to the Murray region under the General Skilled Migration Program or Regional Skilled Migration program, go online to
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or further information or contact the  Skilled Migration Officer on 02 6058 0600.

You are invited to a free information session

Solar PV for business

Ever thought about installing solar panels on your business, but didn’t know where to start?

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage invites you to attend a FREE information session 8.30am - 11.30am in Howlong (29 April), Wagga Wagga (30 April) and Griffith (1May)

This event will tell you everything you need to know about solar panel installation, technologies and funding options for your business. 
Optional free independent desktop analysis of your site with estimated system size and simple payback available. Just bring a copy of your electricity bill!

Find out more and register or contact Kylie Walker 0477 716 757.

Registrations close 2 days prior to each event.
Find out more and register now

RDA Murray at the Two Day Conference 'How Fast is Regional Australia Moving'

RDA Murray partnered with Murray Now to conduct a two day conference. Knowledge Forums held in March brought leaders from business, industry, commerce and whole of government to witness high calibre speakers engage and present ‘How Fast is Regional Australia Moving’. Over the two days, Transport Infrastructure gaps, impediments and growth opportunities were highlighted by and emphasis was placed on how regional areas such as the Murray can enhance opportunities for increases in people, industry and property availability.

Council endorsement for the

Buy Local in Greater Hume Shire initiative

Greater Hume Shire Council has formally endorsed the Buy Local in Greater Hume Shire initiative.

Council received a report on the initiative at its monthly meeting held Wednesday afternoon at Holbrook.

In receiving the report, Greater Hume Shire Council recognises the crucial role small businesses play in developing the character of our local communities by generating economic activity and strengthening community cohesion across our shire, creating jobs and employment opportunities.

“Council’s primary aim is to raise awareness in the community about the importance of shopping locally and positively influence buying behaviour to increase shopping at our local shops and businesses, and to encourage an increase in local business to business activity as well” said Mayor, Cr Wilton.

Shopping local benefits our economies further by the multiplier effect, which in simple terms is about how many times money spent by a resident, business, or visitor circulates in the local economy and the economy generally.

“Council views that that the Buy Local in Greater Hume Shire initiative is an ideal mechanism to position Council as working for the whole of the shire and the business community” added Mayor, Cr Heather Wilton.
Due to a solid response from the business community, Council will take the lead role developing the initiative and managing the program.

The proposal outlined that Council officers in conjunction with a working committee will determine the elements of the program. It is envisaged this will include a unique brand image, sticker decals, posters, outdoor signage and an ambassador network, along with internet and social media support tools. A possible Stage 2 of the initiative will include a shopper incentive offer.

It is envisaged that the initiative will be launched within six weeks and continue to the end of December, with a review and follow up survey to be conducted in early 2016.

For further information please contact:
Cr Heather Wilton
Mayor, Greater Hume Shire Council

New Grants and Funding

Community Heritage Grants

Application Closes: 1 May 2015


The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program aims to identify Australian cultural heritage collections which are publicly accessible, locally held and nationally significant.


The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material.

The program is funded by the Australian Government and managed by the National Library of Australia, with support provided by the Attorney General’s Department through the Ministry for the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; and the National Museum of Australia.

Since 1994, 1117 projects across Australia have received $5.3 million in funding

Check the CHG website at for information on preservation, types of projects previously funded and grant application and assessment.


A not-for-profit, incorporated organisation that:

  • owns or manages a collection of nationally significant material;
  • is accessible to the general public ('access' can be for research, via the Internet, or on temporary or permanent exhibition).

Funded organisations must make their collections accessible for research, by appointment, via the Internet, or on temporary or permanent exhibition.

Contact Details
Phone: 02 6262 1147
Website: Community Heritage Grants

Black Spot Program



To reduce crashes on Australian roads and to target those road locations where crashes are occurring


Road crashes are a major cost to Australians every year. Black Spot projects target those road locations where crashes are occurring. By funding measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations, the programme reduces the risk of crashes. Programmes of this sort are very effective, saving the community many times the cost of the relatively minor road improvements that are implemented.

The Black Spot Programme makes an important contribution in reducing the national road toll under the National Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan.

The Australian Government has committed $500 million to the Black Spot Programme from 2014-15 to 2018-19, which includes an additional $200 million over two years from 2015-16 under the Infrastructure Growth Package to improve road safety across the nation.

The Government has announced changes to the programme’s eligibility criteria for 2015-16 and 2016-17 aimed at assisting local communities to compete for this additional funding over the next two years.

Under the new criteria, the minimum Benefit Cost Ratio for proposals has been reduced from 2:1 to 1:1. In addition, the minimum crash history of sites has been reduced from 3 to 2 casualty crashes over five years or 0.13 casualty crashes per kilometre per year over 5 years. 

The criteria has also been amended to allow more funding for the proactive treatment of unsafe roads. Consultative Panels will able to allocate up to 40% of funding to sites on the basis of a road safety audit.

The Government has also guaranteed that at least 50 per cent of funding provided over the next two years will be dedicated to fixing roads in regional Australia.

Community groups, motorist organisations, industry organisations, councils and individuals are invited to nominate Black Spot sites around Australia to be considered for treatme

Contact Details
Website: Black Spot Programme
Phone: (02) 6274 7111
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