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April 2016


From the Chair

Hello everyone!!

We have been busy working with Local Government, Community and Businesses developing systems maps that highlight all the external influences on our communities.

We have worked with Albury, Corowa and Urana and Tumbarumba so far. This has been an enlightening experience for all involved as we begin to understand just how different our communities are, how different are the pressures facing them and how different their future strategies might be.

Some of the influences may be the same but the response from each community is unique and the requirement for planning a future that is crafted by the community needs a different approach.

This is providing some real depth to the data that we are gathering to develop our regional plan.

We are also assisting Charles Sturt University to develop their strategy with the same process and this has turned out to be a complimentary process of each informing and developing the other.  CSU is very important to our region ( as are all our educational institutions ) and knowledge of the communities they serve is very valuable and provides opportunities for research and program development.

I find it interesting that the ‘experts’ talk about regional planning as different from community development however I think that community development provides for regional planning and that the two are inseparable.
At our meeting of Regional Leaders this month we spoke about youth unemployment.  It is something that is on all our hearts and minds. We are proposing to develop a day ( or more ) to assist with skills for people who are looking for jobs and to have a sort of speed interviewing approach to connect people who need employees with people who need jobs. We will be looking for your help. Start thinking about what roles you need to fill and let us know. We will have more about this in the near future as we draft up a project plan to make it happen. If you would like to be involved please contact us!
We are currently organising a workshop to explore contemporary issues about transport, logistics and supply chains in the region. The workshop will be held in Albury on 25th May. Also in development is a series of workshops with local councils to determine the impacts of amalgamation. 

Until next month



The China-Australia FTA (ChAFTA): Opportunities for Agribusiness in the Murray region

Regional Development Australia Murray (RDA Murray) and the Department of Foreign affairs and Trade Outreach program (DFAT) conducted a forum in Deniliquin - The China Australia FTA: Opportunities for Agribusiness in the Murray Region on 25 February 2016

The session was presented by Michael Growder, Assistant Secretary, Free Trade Agreement Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The below video is recorder in two parts.

View the first part
Assistant Secretary, FTA Outreach Unit, DFAT, Michael Growder and RDA Murray CEO Dr Gary Saliba agree that regional agriculture needs to step up to meet challenges and opportunities arising from the new China Australia Free Trade Agreement. Final of a two part series.

The Future of Transport and Logistics in the Murray
region: A Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain Workshop

This workshop is open to key decision-makers involved with the Transport & Logistics and supply chain sector. In particular the directors and managers involved in the supply chain and logistics sector, exporters and Importers, rail and road operators will be able to attend

The aim of the workshop is to develop an on-going forum where people like yourself are able to identify issues and develop solutions and approaches that will enhance the performance of the industry in the region

When:  Wednesday, 25 May 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (AEST)
Where: Albury Entertainment Centre - Elizabeth Room 525 Swift Street, Albury, NSW 2640

Click Below link to Register your interest by 5;00pm, Monday 16 May 2016
The workshop is designed for stakeholders to define and classify beyond competitive sensitivities, the emerging issues and opportunities that are shaping the industry in the current period and into the future. This will be an open forum where your experiences will be critical in crafting an industry-led, robust understanding and articulation of the issues, challenges and opportunities that are shaping the region.

When:  Wednesday, 25 May 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (AEST)
Where: Albury Entertainment Centre - Elizabeth Room 525 Swift Street, Albury, NSW 2640

Clean Energy opportunities in May

Energy Efficient Lighting and HVAC Courses for Council and Business
Training courses supported by Office of Environment and Heritage are available to assist business operators to benefit from energy efficient lighting and reduced heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) costs.
Learn about easy win, low-cost upgrades and tips to make the most of your lighting/HVAC system.
  • Find out about best practice operation and maintenance for lighting and HVAC; efficient technology and develop compelling business cases for upgrades.
  • Attendees can access specialist technical support after the training to implement their project.
Energy Efficient Lighting –        5 May Albury  and  19 May  Berrigan
Energy Efficient HVAC*  –          11 May Albury
(Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning)

 Book at Energy Efficiency Training or contact Jennifer Lee on 02 8837 6065


Find out about new clean energy opportunities for local government.  This event includes presentations and a technology tour of infrastructure. 10am-3pm.

Tumut Shire Council with GeoXchange drilled 35 bores in their carpark and are now realising energy savings of 60%. In addition, Council have installed solar on all of their WWTPs.

To find out more or register contact Chris Mackenzie Davey on 0457 593 266


Farmers & business managers involved in the grazing, orchard, fisheries and dairy industries looking to reduce their energy costs are invited to a free seminar 9:30 – 1pm.

Learn about energy efficiency, solar for pumping and other operations, ground source heat pumps and technical assistance available.
Hear from system designers, find out about storage and how you can benefit from renewables.

Suppliers will have information and technology on display on the day and attendees can access one-to-one subsidised specialist technical support for pump/energy efficiency, solar and storage.

Hosted by Local Land Services and Office of Environment and Heritage.

Contact: Cherie White, Riverina LLS, ph 69411402 or email  

Discounted Audits, technical & financial support for business available to 30 June 2016
Audits capped at $5000 are currently available for water treatment facilities, aquatic centres and heritage listed buildings using more than $80,000 energy pa. An additional maximum of $10,000 is potentially available to assist with technical expertise to support the implementation of your project; as well as a financial contribution towards measurement and verification services to ensure that your upgrade is delivering you the expected savings.

Find out about NSW Government Energy Efficient Business programs:
Energy savings and resource efficiency
Energy savings and resource efficiency

Contact: Kylie Walker, Regional Clean Energy Coordinator, 0477 716 757

New Grants and Funding

NAIDOC week funding

Application Closes: 29 April 2016


The NAIDOC grant funding round aims to support activities being held during NAIDOC Week 2016 (3-10 July) that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, achievements and continuing contributions to our country and society.


NAIDOC activities are funded through a NAIDOC specific stream of the IAS Culture and Capability Programme. This programme supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to maintain their culture and participate equally in the economic and social life of the nation. It also contributes to building Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations’ capability to deliver quality services to their clients.

NAIDOC week is held across Australia in the first full week of July each year to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and achievements. It provides an opportunity to recognise the continuing contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples make to our country and society.

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2016 is: Songlines: The living narrative of our nation. More information about this year’s theme is on the NAIDOC website (

The target group for NAIDOC activities is primarily Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples Australia-wide. A secondary target group is the non-Indigenous population, which is encouraged to participate in local NAIDOC activities to increase knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and support reconciliation.
All funded projects should be held during NAIDOC Week 2016 (3-10 July 2016).

The Department encourages applications for the funding of services and activities tailored to local circumstances with the involvement of Indigenous communities. Wherever possible, NAIDOC grant funding proposals should seek to engage local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to assist in delivering the project.
It is important to note that funding is not guaranteed and will be subject to the outcomes of the assessment process.


Who can apply for funding?

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous legal entities may access NAIDOC funding.
Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria outlined in the IAS Grant Guidelines and documented in the relevant sections of the application form.

Applications for funding will only be accepted from legal entities, including, but not limited to:

  • not-for-profit organisations
  • corporate profit focused entities
  • schools, both government and non-government
  • individuals who meet legal entity requirements
  • other relevant non-government entities, including universities and vocational education providers.

In general, state and territory governments are not eligible to apply for NAIDOC grant funding. However, educational authorities may apply on behalf of a government school that are not legal entities.
Community groups that may not be eligible to apply for funding are encouraged to consider partnering with an eligible organisation.

What cannot be funded?

Activities that will not be funded are stipulated in Annexure 1 Section 22.4 of the IAS Grant Guidelines in relation to the Culture and Capability Programme.

In addition activities that will not be funded include but are not limited to:

  • Activities that do not clearly address the outcomes of the Culture and Capability Programme (refer to Annexure 1, Section 22.4 of the IAS Grant Guidelines)
  • Retrospective funding for activities that have been completed
  • Purchase of capital items
  • Payment of salaries
  • Overseas projects
  • Administration fees
Contact Details
NAIDOC Week Funding

Newmans Own Foundation Charity Grants

Application Closes: 13 May 2016


Newman's Own Foundation is an independent, private foundation formed in 2005 by Paul Newman to sustain the legacy of his philanthropic work. This year's Australian funding round is focused on programs to support Children with Life Limiting Conditions


The focus of the Newman's Own Foundation 2016 Australian charity funding round is Children.

Grant amounts up to $50,000 are available for registered charities from across Australia.

This year the Newman's Own Foundation is specifically seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from organisations that enhance the quality of life for children with life-limiting medical conditions and/or for whom the experience of childhood has been disrupted by circumstances beyond their control. Funding will be for projects commencing in 2017.


Australian charities must have ATO DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) and ATO ITEC (Income Tax Exempt Charity) status.

Contact Details
Website: Newmans Own Foundation Charity Grants
(02) 9967 3746
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