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February 2016


From the Chair

Hello everyone!!

We had the pleasure of meeting with the Hon Michael McCormack MP and the Hon Sussan Ley MP to explore the issues in the Murray region. It was wonderful to be able to share our vision and to listen to their thoughts and plans.

Our committee has just met for the second time and we are working on some interesting projects prompted by Local Government and industry. We were hosted by Albury City's Mayor Cr Henk van de Ven and General Manager Frank Zaknich, who presented the councils vision and planning for the future. It is a great example of forward thinking and community involvement.

Gary took Committee member James Charteris-Hough on an Agribusiness road trip to help him get some insight into the area. James is Australian managing director of ABCA a Division of AB Agri Ltd- a British based, multinational agribusiness company. James’ role with RDA Murray is to assist in defining the potential for new forms of agribusiness in the region.

It has been a busy time assisting with projects for National Stronger Regions Fund which closes on 15 March 2016 and the completion of the report on the Tocumwal Intermodal Hub for the State Government.

We are in the planning stage now for our regional plan and would be happy to hear from you if you have issues you think need to be addressed across our region.

Until next month


Des Bilske (Deputy Chair, RDA Murray), Michael Growder (Assistant Secretary, Free Trade Agreement Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)) & Gary Saliba ( CEO, RDA Murray)

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).

forum provided an update on the status of ChAFTA, outlined its likely effects on the Australian economy, provided an overview of outcomes for the key sectors involved, discussed potential opportunities for Australian businesses wanting to engage with China and provided practical information on how you can maximise the benefits of ChAFTA for business. The session explored unique opportunities for the agribusiness development for the Murray region.

Writing A Winning Business Case

Learn the fundamentals of preparing a Winning Business Case and acquire the practical tools to assist you attract the investment necessary to build a stronger and more vibrant Riverina region

RDA Riverina is hosting a one day workshop covering the fundamentals of preparing a Winning Business Case. Tammy Atkins and Sue Gold will facilitate the workshop and bring a wealth of skills and knowledge in regional development, business services, project management, strategic alliances and funding applications. A tailored workbook will be provided which will include workshop notes, business case terminology template checklists and links to further resources. For more information please download the workshop flyer and registration form by clicking here .
Development Officers, Senior Managers, Managers of Businesses, Government Projects, Human Resources, Finance.
Cache Function Centre, 214-220 Baylis Street Wagga Wagga 
(Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided)
To register please complete the Registration Form  and return to Marg Couch, RDA Riverina Project Officer at 

Resources for Regions Program

The Resources for Regions program is sourced from Restart NSW, the NSW Government’s fund for infrastructure to support economic growth and productivity.

Resources for Regions aims to support regional and rural NSW communities affected by mining by addressing infrastructure constraints.


The NSW Government has launched the 2015-16 Resources for Regions funding round. Regional and rural communities affected by mining are being encouraged to apply for a share of the $32 million available.

To apply for the latest round of Resources for Regions funding read the program guidelines and complete an expression of interest application form.

Applications close 7 April 2016.

New Grants and Funding

National Stronger Regions Fund - Round 3

Application Closes: 15 March 2016

The National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) promotes economic development in Australia’s regions. The Australian Government is providing $1 billion over five years, commencing in 2015-16, to fund priority infrastructure in local communities.


The NSRF is a competitive programme, with decisions on projects to be funded based on, amongst other things, information provided in the application and supporting documents.

The objective of the NSRF is to fund investment ready projects which support economic growth and sustainability of regions across Australia, particularly disadvantaged regions, by supporting investment in priority infrastructure.

The desired outcomes of the programme are:

  • improved level of economic activity in regions;
  • increased productivity in the regions;
  • increased employment and a more skilled workforce in regions;
  • increased capacity and improved capability of regions to deliver major projects, and to secure and manage investment funding;
  • improved partnerships between local, state and territory governments, the private sector and community groups; and
  • more stable and viable communities, where people choose to live.

Not all projects will be able to contribute to each desired outcome, however collectively the projects will meet the NSRF objective and desired outcomes.

What is eligible for funding?

NSRF funding will be provided for capital projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or an extension of existing infrastructure. Note the replacement of existing infrastructure will only be eligible where there is a demonstrated significant increase in productivity.

An Eligible Applicant for funding must be:
  1. a legal entity with an Australian Business Number (ABN); and
  2. an organisation that is one of the following:
    • a Local Government body including the ACT Government, either in its own right or on behalf of a consortium; or
    • a not-for-profit organisation, either in its own right or on behalf of a consortium, that is not owned by a state or territory government.
A consortium must be supported by appropriate legal arrangements, and must be led by an Eligible Applicant, which has a financial or in-kind commitment to the project. A consortium may include ineligible organisations. Evidence of the legal arrangements should be submitted with the application
Not-for-profit organisations must provide the following evidence of their not-for-profit status with their application:
  • Audited Financial Statements for two of the three most recent consecutive years signed by a qualified auditor; and one or more of the following:
  • Current Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission’s (ACNC) Registration; and/or
  • Constitutional documents and/or Articles of Association that demonstrate the not-for-profit character of the organisation.
Who is ineligible to apply for funding?
The following organisations are not eligible for funding:
  • New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory governments;
  • state and territory government-owned entities;
  • state and territory government-owned not-for-profit organisations;
  • universities, technical colleges, schools and hospitals or business entities owned by them;
  • other organisations that are primarily funded by other Australian Government programmes or initiatives;
  • Regional Development Australia committees; and
  • for-profit organisations.
Contact Details
National Stronger Regions Fund

Small Grants Program

Application Closes: 28 March 2016


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


Funding under this program would average about $2,500 per organisation and would never exceed $5,000. 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.

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 at midnight on Monday, 28th March 2016. Funding for approved grants will commence after 1st July 2016.

The projects must address social justice issues, such as (but not limited to):

  • Poverty
  • Family violence
  • Social exclusion
  • Mental illness
  • Disability
  • Addictions
  • Brain injury
  • Access to education/training
  • Advocacy
  • Homelessness 

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.

Target groups prioritised include but are not limited to:

  • Disadvantaged women and women with children
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Asylum seekers & refugees in Australia
  • Rural or isolated groups
Contact Details
Website: Small Grants Program​
Phone: 02 9911 7390
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