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September 2015


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Leadership in rural/regional Australia

RDA Murray CEO Dr Gary Saliba, attended two leadership forums held in the region during late September. The first was the Nuffield Australia National Conference that was held in Albury. At this conference a number of scholars had presented the results of their outstanding research work and how they have implemented their learning in their own agribusinesses. Many of their projects have the capacity to contribute to major change in the agribusiness sector. Nuffield Australia offers scholarships to people operating agribusinesses. To find out more visit: Nuffield Australia
 
The second leadership forum was held at Wagga Wagga where the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) held their 21st graduation ceremony, graduation dinner and subsequent LEAD day. Another 32 leaders graduated to add to the already 1,000 graduates that have participated in the ARLF program. In many instances these graduates have used their development experience as a platform to answer the call of leadership in government, community and business. The ARLF offers scholarships to enhance the leadership potential of people in rural/regional Australia. To find out more visit:
Australian Rural Leadership Foundation

INDONESIA AUSTRALIA BUSINESS WEEK (IABW) 2015

Jakarta, 17-20 November 2015

Expressions of interest close 16 October 2015

The Hon Mr Andrew Robb AO MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, is expected to lead an Australian Government trade, education, tourism and investment mission to Indonesia from 17-20 November 2015.

Indonesia is a multifaceted business environment and the sector-specific networking events will raise the understanding of doing business in Indonesia and enhance existing relationships with Indonesian businesses.

Don't miss your chance to network, understand the market, qualify the prospects and meet with potential partners.

IABW is a government initiative which aims to promote Australia and Australian capability with a programme tailored to major industry sectors.


Visit IABW2015 to find out more and to register your interest.

Corowa Federation Museum Redevelopment Project

The Corowa District Historical Society is currently seeking expressions of interest for suitably qualified Architects and Building Design Professionals to develop initial concept plans for the completion of the building works. These works will create additional exhibition, visitor reception and administration/work spaces for the Museum.

Expressions of interest should contain a quote for the completion of stage one concept designs and associated construction budgets. An indication of ongoing costs to see the planning process through to completion would also be appreciated

An estimate of costs for the provision of the above services from interested parties must be submitted by November 30, 2015. The completion of initial concept plans and associated estimates by the successful tenderer will be due for submission by March 31, 2016.

Follow link for the
Design Brief for the Corowa Federation Museum Redevelopment Project.

For Further Information:

Mrs Lesley New
Committee/ Project Development Manager
Corowa Federation Museum
Phone: (02) 6033 1164
Email:
ajljnew@tpg.com.au

Mr Ashley Morgan
President
Corowa Federation Museum
Email:
mrashleyjmorgan@gmail.com

Advanced Grant Writing Workshops

Regional Development Australia Murray in collaboration with Murray Now and the Small Business Institute have organised Advanced Grant Writing Workshops in Albury and Denilquin.

These full day workshops targets members of small-medium sized business, corporate and/or local government agency who wish to review the fundamentals of effective grant writing

Presenters Sue Gold and Tammy Atkins bring local knowledge, understanding of government processes and effective grant writing experiences to this workshop and will specifically address:

  1. Where to start - finding grants and choosing one that is ‘fit for purpose’
  2. Rational - demonstrating the need for your proposal and examples of evidence
  3. Collaboration - establishing alliances and funding partnerships
  4. How to - responding to the application and its evaluation criteria
  5. Budget basics
The workshop is in 2 parts. The morning session offers an interactive workshop for all participants who are invited to bring examples of grants they have or are interested in applying for. The afternoon session provides individuals and small groups with coaching support related to their specific needs. 

For more details visit
RDA Murray

Small Biz Bus will soon be visiting the Murray

The Small Biz Bus travels around NSW to provide face-to-face, personalised advice and information based on individual circumstances.

COME AND CONNECT WITH A BUSINESS ADVISOR AND GAIN:

  • SKILLS TO GROW
  • HELP TO START
  • A FRESH PERSPECTIVE
  • MARKETING INSIGHTS

COROWA

DATE: TUESDAY 6 OCTOBER

TIME: 9AM – 3PM

LOCATION: COROWA SHIRE CIVIC CENTRE, 100 EDWARD ST, BALL PARK COROWA

FINLEY

DATE: WEDNESDAY 7 OCTOBER

TIME: 9AM – 12PM

LOCATION: CORNER OF BURTON ST & NEWELL HIGHWAY, FINLEY (NEAR HOLDEN DEALERSHIP)

TOCUMWAL

DATE: WEDNESDAY 7 OCTOBER

TIME: 2 – 5PM

LOCATION: 57 DENILIQUIN RD, TOCUMWAL (OUTSIDE TOCUMWAL LIBRARY)

JERILDERIE

DATE: THURSDAY 8 OCTOBER

TIME: 9AM – 12PM

LOCATION: POWELL ST, JERILDERIE (REAR OF CIVIC HALL)

BERRIGAN

DATE: THURSDAY 8 OCTOBER

TIME: 2 – 5 PM

LOCATION: 56 CHANTER ST, BERRIGAN (IN FRONT OF BERRIGAN SHIRE COUNCIL)

MULWALA

DATE: FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER

TIME: 9AM – 11AM

LOCATION: 109 MELBOURNE ST, MULWALA (OUTSIDE THE BAKERY & BUTCHER)

HOWLONG

DATE: FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER

TIME: 1PM – 3PM

LOCATION: HOWLONG LIBRARY & RESOURCE CENTRE, 59 HAWKINS ST, HOWLONG

Call 1300 134 359 or go to www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au to book a business advisory session on the Bus at no cost to you.

For more details visit RDA Murray

The hunt is on for Australia's Regional Online Heroes!

Are you a regional business owner? If you're using the internet to grow, Google and the Regional Australia Institute want to hear your story!         
We’re looking for Australia’s top ten Regional Online Heroes from around Australia to fly to Google's HQ in Sydney for a money-can’t-buy Masterclass – to help them grow even faster!


What makes you a Regional Online Hero?

Any small or medium regional business* that uses the internet to grow is eligible. A Regional Online Hero could mean anything from using online marketing to attract interstate customers, expanding from a bricks and mortar store to selling online, or managing a team across borders using shared documents on the cloud.

Enter the competition! 

Visit Regional Online Heroes and register for a chance to secure one of only ten positions at the Google Masterclass in Sydney.

Know a regional SMB doing a great job online? Google and the @Regional Australia Institute are hunting for Australia's Regional Online Heroes!

Enter now for your chance to win one of ten positions at a Google Masterclass in Sydney!

For more details visit Regional Online Heroes

New Grants and Funding

Murray Community Small Grants 2015/16

Application Closes: 30 October 2015

Overview

The Murray Local Land Services' Communities in our Landscapes and Connection to Country Programs are seeking expressions of interest for the 2015/16 Murray Community Small Grants round.

Community groups and land managers in the Murray LLS region will have access to $200k for practical on-ground activities, the acquiring of new skills or the support of community groups working in sustainable natural resource management and agricultural production.  

Each applicant may apply for funding up to $10k. 

To be eligible, applicants will identify and implement activities that:

  1. Build the capability of the community to manage land resources,
  2. Create, or support, Connection to Country or promote the exchange of Traditional Ecological Knowledge,
  3. Improve land management practices,
  4. Encourage community participation in sustainable land management, and
  5. Contribute to enduring land stewardship.
Register your interest in applying for the 2015/16 Murray Community Small Grants.

View examples of previously funded projects in the 2014/15 Community and Aboriginal Community Grants round.

Interested in applying? 

Visit
Murray Community Small Grants 2015/16 for the application pack

Contact Details
Website:
Murray Community Small Grants 2015/16
Phone: 02 6051 2200
Email: murray.grants@lls.nsw.gov.au

Export Market Development Grants

Application Closes: 30 November 2015

Purpose

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism and the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia.

Overview

The EMDG scheme:

  • encourages small and medium sized Australian businesses to develop export markets
  • reimburses up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000
  • provides up to eight (8) grants to each eligible applicant.

To qualify for an EMDG grant, your business must have:

  • promoted your product for export

and your product must be one of the following:

  • a good made in Australia
  • a good made outside Australia where Australia will derive a significant net benefit from its sale overseas
  • all services except those specified as ineligible in the EMDG Regulations
  • a tourism service (including accommodation, passenger transport or tours)
  • a conference or event held in Australia
  • an intellectual property right that mainly resulted from work done in Australia
  • a trademark that was owned, assigned or first used in Australia
  • know-how that mainly resulted from work done in Australia
Limitations

Any Australian individual, partnership, company, association, co-operative, statutory corporation or trust that has carried on export promotion activities during the year for which they wish to apply for an export grant.

To be eligible, the business must have:

  • income of not more than $50 million in the grant year
  • incurred at least $15,000 of eligible export expenses under the scheme (first-time applicants can combine two years expenses)
  • principal status for the export business (some exceptions apply, eg. non-profit export focused industry bodies)

The business also must have promoted one of the following:

  • the export of goods and most services
  • inbound tourism
  • the export of intellectual property and know-how
  • conferences and events held in Australia

Under Austrade's Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme, certain organisations and groups, who would not otherwise be eligible to apply for a grant under the general provisions of the EMDG Act can obtain approved status to enable them to apply for a grant in their own right. The two categories of approved status available include approval as an Approved Body and Joint Venture.

Contact Details
Website: AusTrade
Phone: 13 28 78
Email: EMDG.help@austrade.gov.au

 
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